vintage finds for a modern world: Bluebirdbaby’s kitchen makeover.
the very adorable Erin Wallace, author of Bluebirdbaby and owner of freya photography, lives in a funky 1850 house on the coast of Maine with her partner and daughter. They purchased the very dated house in hopes of turning it into a mixture of modern and vintage. The first projects were stripping rooms of wallpaper and linoleum, although some wallpaper remains to retain the house’s vintage.The biggest challenge so far? The kitchen!
Erin says, “We walked into the kitchen and noticed one thing…the beautiful farm sink! It made the mustard yellow/brown everything melt away as our eyes fixed on the white beauty in the middle. The whole remodel took about a year, with a long break between stripping the layers and layers of wallpaper off the walls and the actual construction.”
“It was quite eye opening to see the entire kitchen gutted…it just seemed so big! We went with open shelving on the top to give the room a more spacious look while displaying our funky vintage kitchenware. The cupboards below were designed to be flat paneled with the overlay for a simple, clean look.”
“We’re waiting on glass knobs to make the kitchen totally complete. I picked the blue color out (Ice Blue by Benjamin Moore) months before the painter could even get in. I knew it was the color I wanted and it turned out to be perfect! Not too blue, but very happy. We tore out a wall, expanding the kitchen a tad to fit a washer/dryer and to move our fridge back to gain space.”
“We’ve added storage in every possible place, including the vintage Hoosier I found on Craigslist for all our canned goods and flours, and oodles of bookshelves for cookbooks and our water filter system. My partner’s father is a master with renovations. He made the open shelving, designed the wine rack, and also the bookshelves and storage shelving on the other side. Add that to his countless hours of painting and we are forever grateful for his amazing work.”
“The floor is my favorite part…it sat underneath 4 layers of linoleum and had plywood tacked on top of it. You can see it in the picture of the gutted kitchen (above ‘before’ shot) it wasn’t a pretty sight! But with some sanding and staining, it turned out beautifully!”
Everything you see filling our kitchen was thrifted or second hand, from the table and chairs down to the glasses and plates. Check your local flea market…you’ll find amazing things!” For more fabulous vintage finds from erin, follow her blog Bluebirdbaby, and visit her photography website, freya photography.