Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kitschy Kitchen tour

Wanted to show you around my tiny kitschy kitchen...

When we purchased this place a couple of years back, the cabinets were a depressing muddy brown and the counter tops a faux peeling butcher block. I painted both with a low VOC paint to freshen them up until we can afford to replace them. The vintage stove you see above is from the 1920's. I use the burners but not the oven (it's non insulated), thus the counter top oven pictured to the right. The pom pom trimmed gingham curtain hides an ugly microwave, circa 1983...


The Humpty Dumpty cookie jar was a Christmas gift from my husband. The record player is perfect for playing Fats Waller tunes to stir spaghetti sauce to! The fruity cake tin was a Rose Bowl flea market find. Only $9!!!


Found the miniature replica stove at this flea market last Fall. The veggie head potholders, funny head cookie jar and anthropomorphic postcards were eBay finds. The vintage egg carton is from the super sweet Lil Melfie. (see the other cool stuff she got me here... I use all of it!!!) I was lucky enough to have been her partner in a Vintage Kitchen Swap.


Legend has it that the swinging door (which leads to the laundry room seen here) once hung in a Hollywood Restaurant that was frequented by Humphrey Bogart. I am not sure if its true, but I like telling the story to our guests anyway! Lends the joint a little romance, me thinks :-)


I covet anthropomorphic salt and pepper shakers and condiment containers. Those angry grapefruits are my favorite, and have inspired many a not so happy Polka Dot Pixie guy.. Most of these were found in antique stores or on eBay. I made the pumpkin couple out of polymer clay a few years back.


If you can see the old fridge in the corner.. we found it in the yard of an antique shop, all battered and worn. A trip to a local automotive painter gave it new cheery lease on life. It works, but not well, so it stores dry doggy treats instead of people food. Behind the vintage tablecloth/curtain is a very messy desk, complete with fax machine, computer, printer and scanner. If we ever can afford it, I'd like to bump out that wall a bit to create a cozy breakfast nook like this one...



A closer view of my kitschy bluebird collection, all from eBay (except for the canary S &P which I found here). The milk glass cake plate was a thrift store find :-)

Hope you enjoyed the little tour! This kitchen redo was definitely done on a budget, and often we chose form over function when it came to things like appliances (see inefficient stove). But I am very happy cooking in this little space. Wish I could have you over for pie!

32 comments:

bluemuf said...

Wow... what a fantastic kitchen. I just love it. I had to enlarge all the pictures so I could see every little detail. What fun you must have had putting this together.

Karen

michelle said...

That has got to be one of the cutest kitchens I have ever seen! I love the green!

Laurie Hardin said...

Loved the tour...your work is so you!!! When I looked at the blog entry I just knew this kitchen was so perfect for you and a reflection of your taste, just like your perfect little creations!!
Thank you for sharing!
Laurie

randi said...

Too cute- I just love it! All the colors reminds me of my kitchen. I felt right at home!

Rebecca said...

Oh wow it's all so cute! I love your bluebird collection the most I think. :) And I see the cherry curtains that are just like mine!!!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your kitchen! All those shakers are too cute! And I must say, one of my kids has a serious Humpty Dumpty fetish, and yours is too DARLING!

Miri said...

Love your vintage kitchen.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

You think I wouldn't hop on a plane right now and come for pie?
(What kind is it???)
I love your little kitschen :) Especially the bluebirds! I have some pages I tore out of a magazine years ago of those...so precious...might be my next collection...they sure are sought after on ebay, aren't they?!!
Tomorrow is my ffm preview party..always a giveaway.

windlewood said...

Sooo sweet! Your kitchen is adorable! I bet you find some of your creative inspiration in all your lovely found items.
Lenae

Cheryl said...

AMAZING kitchen...it belongs in a magazine. Thanks for showing us all around. What a happy place to call your won. Great job decorating.

Marie said...

I just love your kitschy little kitchen Jenny! You and I have similar tastes and I would just adore having all your lovely finds and treasures. I do have a set of the bluebird china birds, in the form of a sugar and cream set. I really treasure them. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely little glimpse into your inspiration!

Marie Patterson Studio said...

I'd LOVE to come for pie!!!! :) Your vintage kitchen is just soooo you!! My fav are those adorable bluebirds!! Thanks for sharing these great pictures!

Sweet B Folk Art said...

Your kitchen is a sweet as cherry pie! I admire that you display all of your treasures so well... you inspire me to dust off some of my little goodies and place them in my kitchen

- Sweet B

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I love it!!!...m...

Karin said...

Love, love, LOVE it!!! So adorable...

CraBBy GaBBy said...

Love it! how fun is that?
what pure delight to see this wonderful kitchen!
Heidi

dewy23 said...

Just looking at your kitchen makes me smile...I spent a bit of time looking over every detail!

laurie said...

What a happy kitchen! Love your bluebird collection. That stove is awesome too. Thanks for sharing.

Sadie Lou said...

Oh my!! Your blue bird collection is the envy heard around the world!
Goodness!
If I had breakfast in such a cheery kitchen such as yours--I might never be cranky again--well, almost never.
*hugs*
~Sadie Lou

Pearl Maple said...

What a fantastic kitchen, all the kitschy sure adds flavour !

Mosaic*Queen said...

Soooo Good to hear from you!! AND your kitchen is the cutest ever!
Also, congrats on your site! You make the most fabulous pieces!!!!!!
Hugs!

Michelle

vivian said...

what a wonderful kitchen! I love your Kitschy collections! the stove and old fridge are wonderful! well.. as is everything else! I wish I could come visit for pie!!
hugs!
vivian

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Very cute kitchen (I think we have similar wall color - mine may be a shade darker). Love the curtain with the pom pom fringe (which I'd put on everything)!

Manuela

carolyn said...

What an adorable kitchen!

Maija said...

Your kitchen is so fun and so cool!!!

Sweetina said...

I am in love with your sweet cute and cheerful kitchen! It warmed my heart to see it! The grapefruits are hilarious!
xxwonderful blogTina

Fantastic Figments said...

I love it.. it is sooo sweet.. I keep looking at all these wonderful blogs with the very martha stewart-esque organization and a little tear rolls down my cheek as I wish I could be so organized. If you have any tips to organizing a small area they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your sweet little kitchen look AWESOME!

Smooches
Steph

Fantastic Figments said...

organizing tips I can't wait THANK YOU

Nan said...

I found you through Polka Dots and Rick Rack, and I'm sooooooooo glad I did! Your kitchen has got to be the most adorable kitchen I've ever seen!! I am in love with absolutely everything in it! Thank you for sharing.

Diane Duda said...

I love your kitschy kitchen! Especially those angry grapefruits. Don't you worry that they bully all of the others at night when everyone's asleep? :)

xo
Di

jenny holiday said...

My face hurts from smiling!!!!!!!!! I mentally ate some cherry pie....pancakes....and biscuits!!!

You love how your kitchen made me crave retro food huh?? hahhaa...

I LOOOVE it!!!

Again....what a great MOM!! Such lucky kiddos!!!

xoxo Jenny

cyndee said...

Hi there, I was looking through my bookmarks and saw this one and remembered all of the anthro cuties - I had to stop by for another look - awesome decorating style!!! I also looked at your link for the antique fleamarket in CA - loved the little dollies. Bookmarked it in case they change pics over the summer. Pics are the next best thing to being there.Thanks for the tour and the link :)