To kick off my first Random Moments of Delight post of 2015, come along with me as I show you how I’ve created a functional kitchen in a tiny, nonfunctional house and how it developed with love into a cozy patchwork of memories and eccentricities.
This is the “ranch house” on my hubby Tim’s (and family) 22 acres of beautiful high country forest and fields in McCall, ID.
The ranch has been in the family for generations. The building began as a line shack elsewhere (cowboys would sleep in it when repairing fence lines). Then Grandpa Deinhard moved it to this property and it became his cigar smoking, Limburger cheese eating man-cave.
When Tim’s mom inherited the property, she moved the line shack to its present site (for the view), put in RV hookups near the house, and she and her family came and spent summers on the ranch. She added a laundry room, 2 small bathrooms and a “master” bedroom to the back. It also sports a huge porch, (about 400 sq feet) which expands the living space outdoors into the fresh mountain air. You can see the different sections of the house by looking at the roof in the picture above.
Although I’ve been transforming the place, taking it from summer cabin to permanent home, I’m going to concentrate on showing you the kitchen today so I can join Fiesta Friday at Angie’s place (mostly about cooking 😉 ).
The main entrance of the house is from the porch. The door opens into a room that has the kitchen area and a living space in it. As you can see there is almost no space to prepare food or store much. But by combining various things I found on the ranch and stuff we brought from California, I created a space that is fun to cook in.
One of the first things we did was remove the vintage cabinet on the right of the sink and replace it with (of all things) an entertainment center we brought from Camarillo. The vintage unit is now on our porch being used as a “pantry”. We also put in a second butcher block unit (which was the center island in our old home) to give more storage and work space and to help create a division between the two areas of the room.
The room is dark at times so I added extra area light utilizing lamps that were elsewhere in the house. The plant helps define the kitchen area. On the top of the entertainment center I put old photos of many of the family who had enjoyed the home through the decades.
There are many projects planned, such as replacing the kitchen tiles (we have the tiles) and finishing the wood flooring in the rest of this room, but they are far down on the list of hubby’s “honey-do” list. I’m on the fence about whether to paint the paneling (we did in the room next to it), but may keep it as a salute to the history of the place. I did paint the back of the door though and will do the door and window trims soon.
The area above the stove was poorly used so I bought a cheap garden “bench” for flower pots, and hubby sawed off the legs and mounted it. I put another light from our CA collection to help when cooking. (See where the paint from other room stops?)
I’m sure you can guess that there is no room for a dishwasher, but I grew up in a farmhouse without one, so I am content.
The center kitchen counter has multiple uses in this tiny space. I put a big basket for tools and random odds and ends that land on the counter, and a cutting mat (one side is for projects, the other for food prep).
Shelves went into the “TV” part of the entertainment center, and a plastic tub for dirty dishes on the side counter (I hate dirty dishes in the sink!)
I simply had to add a magical touch to this patchwork kitchen by hanging my fairy chimes in the window.
I thought you might enjoy a shot of the rest of the room which has undergone its own transformation (it’s even changed since this shot!)
It’s absolutely a delight to work in the kitchen now, and I even have an audience while preparing food 😉 .
I’d love to know your reactions to this haphazard, sometimes eccentric, and definitely cozy kitchen redo. As always I am so pleased that you visited. Your comments warm my heart and put a smile in my day.
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