Project Dollhouse - Kitchen Now and the Plan

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm loving my little kitchen over at Project Dollhouse!  There's a lot to like about living with less space (and stuff.)  The work area of the kitchen is laid out well, all of the surfaces are easy to maintain and cooking in there is a breeze!  

Anyway, here's a look at the kitchen as it is today.  There's plenty more to do, but it's fun to see it coming together. Don't you think the best part of designing a space is the planning?
Originally when we looked at the kitchen, I didn't think there was room for an eat-in space.  Because there's no pantry, I assumed the wall above would be used for some sort of storage solution.  To my delight, my cabinets house everything I need to store (and I even have a few empty cabinets).  So, that leaves me room for this little dining space.  This is directly opposite the stove wall.

Here's the plan:

The old wallpaper will be covered with this new wallpaper, which I already have in my possession!
I'm keeping the small dining table - it's a Salvation Army find. The gateleg design allows the legs to swing in if you want to let the sides of the table down. It's super practical and I also love the bamboo detailing on the legs. I'm keeping the existing chairs, (possibly repainting them in a yet to be determined color) and the seat cushions will be changed out to Formosa by Waverly.

For extra seating, I'm going to bring in a ceramic garden stool, in cobalt.   Saw a gorgeous one at Southeastern Salvage this weekend, similar to this one.

Since this is a "created" dining space, there's not a good source of light directly over it.  This consignment shop lamp will sit right on the dining table.  I was so lucky to find this.  The marbleized shade must be at least 20 years old and it's in perfect condition.  

I had the hubs carry the subway tile up the wall where we had removed one of the upper cabinets.  

He will(!) install some shelves to display my small but much loved blue & white porcelain collection.

All together in a quick collage

Any thoughts on paint colors for the chairs? Should I just freshen them up with more white paint?

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Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy said...

Looks lovely - that is SUCH a cute kitchen! Love those teatowels too :)

Splendid Sass said...

Love it, Kim! Yes I would stay with the white on the chairs. You have done a lot of the work. Downhill from here.
Have a happy Thursday.

Haus and Home said...

Looks good I like the blue and yellow together! Can't wait to see how you use the garden stool in there!

Julie of Monkey Grass Hill said...

It is so cute! I love all your touches and can't wait to see it finished.

Modern Furniture said...

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Anonymous said...

I love your doll house. What about cobalt on the chairs, or a pale yellow?


A Whole Lotta Magic said...

Leaving the chairs white is too ``matchy`` with the table.

I would paint them black!


pam {simple details} said...

Beautiful plan, Kim! I'd wait until you have the wallpaper up to decide on the chairs. I love the white with the fabric, but if they disappear against the wallpaper then I'd try black.

Laura@happyroost said...

Looks like a great plan. Can't wait to see it all come together!

For the chairs white would look great....or what about a yellow? I'd go slightly brighter than the wallpaper but make sure it goes with the fabric and the rug. That would be cute!

Good luck with everything!


amber wallace said...

How exciting! I love the plan. I would probably just do a fresh coat of white paint. Although I would be tempted to do a navy blue to...story of my life :)

ALR said...

Looking good! You can play it safe with the white, you just can't go wrong with that...or you can try a muted green or a soft gray.

Amy R.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I would pull out that blue from the fabric for the chairs. I think this space is going to be fantastic. Can't wait to see it all together.

My Interior Life said...

Ooh, yeah, I'm starting to dig a deep cobalt/navy on the chairs to pull in blue and white china and garden seat. Love what you're doing! It will be fab!

kayce hughes said...

looking good! I would leave the chairs and see what you think after everything else is done.

j said...

It looks like you are making good progress on your kitchen! I love gate leg tables, but I've never seen a bamboo one before. :)

Fran said...

Wow, I love what you're doing here. So fun! I'm thinking cobalt for the chairs, it'll help tie in the garden stool!! And, your gateleg table is so cool - I love these types of tables and I love the thought of adding blue & white vases/jars into a kitchen - so lovely!

The Vintique Object said...

What a great idea to use the garden stool as extra seating! It can be tucked away without taking up ton of space visually.


Unknown said...

This is going to look great! Can't wait to see the the garden stool and oriental carpet in there with the b& w porcelains! ( Im a collector of those as well!)

Missy Minicucci | The Rinfret Group said...

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Jessica said...

DYING over this Kim! CanNOT wait to see the final product.

Unknown said...

The fabric for the chairs look fantastic. I would keep it white.
The kitchen looks good, I love white cabinets.
The subway tiles are beautiful!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

This little kitchen is big on personality! It is looking great, Kim! I'm with all the others who suggest painting the chairs blue. I think they will look striking against the wallpaper and tie in nicely with the garden stool. In any case, looking forward to seeing what you decide.

René said...

What a fun project! I absolutely love everything you have chosen!

Ispirato Design said...

It's looking beautiful! As you may know I'm in the thick of it as well. Little by little until the last detail is completed, right?! I love a lamp directly on the table- just makes it so intimate and I'm loving that stunning cobalt stool!

Indonesian Furniture said...

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it looks great and very beautiful.