the new vintage old dresser in the beach cottage kitchen mini makeover
Mon 3rd, Feb, 2014
G’day Beach Cottage friends, so this is the unit I have been talking about – it was an old unit that was scraped and chipped and needed a face-lift.
When I started looking at kitchens (hello Pinterest I have been stalking them, what did we do before Pinterest?? you can find my pick of pinned kitchens on my Beach Cottage kitchen board here) I realised that everything I was drawn to was different to what we were planning – in that I was planning ripping out the kitchen and putting in a Hamptons/Shaker feel streamlined kitchen with lots of storage and very ahem clean and…white.
The more I looked the more I realised I wanted something a bit more unique and unusual….and I kept pinning very open kitchens not streamlined fitted ones…also this decision went with the fact that since the wall got knocked down we haven’t been sure what we wanted because of the way the room changed, they way we used it and our movements in it…
…also to be quite and totally honest, a new kitchen going in, after the last few months the upheaval is now not on the cards, thank goodness I did not start the ball rolling and had not committed to anything – the brain power, tradies in and out, budget and all the rest that goes with a new kitchen just is not going to happen yet at least at the beginning part of this year…I don’t need any more stress in my life right now I can tell you that…maybe by the end of the year I’ll be ready for it, who knows?
Sooooo I had ordered a new fridge to go in the corner (will show you that soon, in the end didn’t go for an industrial or a vintage style – I have to be realistic that this is a working household for a family of 5 not a kitchen on Pinterest styled for a magazine, with a single couple and a cat deep in the depths of Catalonia) – the new fridge in the corner meant that there was a space for another unit and I was going to get another of the stand alones to go here….Mr BC thought though that this unit could work and once we moved it in it was a surprise that it was exactly the same height as the stand alones…so a no brainer to slot it in here and see how it goes for a while…there was one problem in that while the right height, the depth was out so Mr BC fitted a piece of wood to the back and side of this, once painted it doesn’t show at all…
Above this unit there will be more wall units (more storage yay! for me to fill with vintage china haha) and I am going on the hunt soon for hardware and will match up what goes on the unit with what is on the wall, hopefully it will blend in nicely…I’m also needing to get new lighting for in here, right now I am thinking vintage style…and we need an electrician to come in to remove the socket you see up there on the wall, not sure why that is there like that but from the previous owners…plus we need more batons on the wall to hold the cupboards on (walls are not that strong or so I’m told, I don’t get involved in wall strength or the ins and outs of brackets or wall plugs, I consider that a blue job and thankfully have enough willing and able males in this house who like to spend an hour or two debating walls, batons and the capacity of wall plugs to hold the weight of vintage china).
So this is a stop-gap for the moment, before we decide what to do and to give me some breathing space before any kind of life changing decisions in terms of ripping out and putting in a new kitchen…next up lights and units….
I hope you like it