Random Moments of Delight #46: My Cozy Patchwork Kitchen

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.

kitchen We moved in mid May, leaving Camarillo, CA on the occasion of hubby’s retirement.  Our home in Camarillo? 2,000+ sq feet. This ranch house? 600… Downsizing anyone? πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ ).

Before shots:

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.

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I made the room look bigger by drawing the eyes up. I used this trick in much of the house. Plus that’s space that is usually wasted…

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.

Painting the back of the originally paneled door (who does that? lol) brought much needed brightness to the room. Adding a mirror helped as well.

Painting the back of the originally paneled door brought much-needed brightness to the room. Adding a mirror helped as well.

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?)

The pots and pans are hung on simple S hooks from the wire bed of the planter.

The pots and pans are hung on simple S hooks from the wire bed of the plant stand.

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.

I bought a swivel head for the faucet and with a tub for the soapy dishes and spray for rinsing (not to mention towel on stove for extra drying room) all is well.

I bought a swivel head for the faucet and with a tub for the soapy dishes and spray for rinsing (not to mention putting a towel on the stove for extra drying room) all is well.

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).

Notice the awesome kitchen step stool, and magnetic workshop paper towel holder. I put faux tiles (adhesive backing) on the wood cabinet as a splash board.

Notice the awesome kitchen step stool, and magnetic paper towel holder. I put faux tiles (adhesive backing) on the wood cabinet as a splash board.

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!)

kitchenredo33The microwave is now on top of the fridge, and a spare bookcase serves as a pantry.

kitchenredo32Hubby is working on putting wood on two sides of the old metal cabinet, which I will then stain the same color as the butcher block tops.

The cool vintage metal poster I found while cleaning will go on it.

The cool vintage metal Cinnamon poster I found while cleaning will go on it.

I simply had to add a magical touch to this patchwork kitchen by hanging my fairy chimes in the window.

The valance is simply lace doilies we had. And along with my terrific view I added a hanging plant for color.

The valance is simply lace doilies we had. And to enhance the terrific view I added a hanging outdoor plant for color.

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!)

The area rugs are necessary to protect the edge of the wood floor from being damaged until hubby can finish the project. We had all the rugs but they are their own hodgepodge of colors and designs... lol.

The area rugs are necessary to protect the edge of the wood floor from being damaged until hubby can finish the project.

It’s absolutely a delight to work in the kitchen now, and I even have an audience while preparing food πŸ˜‰ . 

Cooper the Cattledog and Tuxedo Jack await some pieces of watermelon ....

Cooper the Cattledog and Tuxedo Jack await some pieces of watermelon ….

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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11 thoughts on “Random Moments of Delight #46: My Cozy Patchwork Kitchen

  1. Meghan Post author

    Thank you N! I do best when I have lots of different things around me to work with. Then it becomes a “found” art piece so to speak. I’m not sure I’d do very well with a totally blank slate… good to hear from you!

  2. nharvey

    It’s a joy to see you posting again! And love all the creative ideas in your kitchen. It takes me forever to decide what to do with a room, and too often it still never turns out as well as I’d hoped. You seem to have a magic touch with it, just like you do with your wardrobe. Kudos as well to your hubby for all his contributions.

  3. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Lili! I am truly not much of a cook in the sense that I don’t do it very often, but when I do it’s kind of a zen experience and the kitchen sets the mood. Thank you so much for visiting!

  4. Lili

    I like your kitchen Meghan – it’s got character and all the bits and pieces you need for happy cooking! Thanks for sharing and Happy FF again! πŸ™‚

  5. Meghan Post author

    Isn’t that curtain idea fun? And there is usually a breeze everyday that whispers over the fairy chimes. Oh yes, both are quite well behaved (for the picture anyway!). Jack and Cooper have become quite good friends actually (don’t tell Cooper I know tho). And the way Jack follows me around he may need a new name: Heeler Jack. It’s wonderful to reconnect Genevieve.

  6. Genevieve

    The window is my favorite thing in the kitchen. I love the lace doilies as curtain toppers. The magic fairy is a must. And the view is amazing. My next favorite things are Cooper and Jack being well-behaved while begging. πŸ™‚

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