We have been working on all kinds of updates out in the cottage the past few months. From painting the built-in bookcases to changing some of the lighting. We are currently working in the kitchen and bathroom – so this view? Looking a bit more like a construction zone at the moment.
We aren’t removing those original old cupboards – don’t worry. But the counters and sink might have changed just a bit. I will share an update on what we have gotten done so far next week (for more of those in between the before & afters as requested) but today, it is all about 3 easy ways to add some of that lovely old world charm to a kitchen.
If you aren’t familiar with the guest cottage- it is a separate house that we have on our property. It is about 1000 square feet and has it’s own kitchen and bathroom and outdoor area. We are in process on updating the outdoor area as well- but it isn’t looking too exciting just yet- and it is winter. So on hold for a bit.
The cottage has a different vibe or feeling than our house. It has wood walls and open beam ceilings just like our house- but is far more rustic. Instead of trying to completely change that more vintage cottage feeling- I decided to play it up. We have kept the decor and the updates we make more on the simple ‘English cottage’ style side- and I love that cozy feeling out there.
Old World Style Lights
In the kitchen- we recently updated the lights to these charming lanterns- and they are really playing well with the rest of the room. I love shape and size of them- and the finish in person is much more bronzy with some gold and brass tones coming through.
Breadboards on repeat
This is one I have talked about before. Stacking up those breadboards on the counter. I am a bit of a breadboard collecting kind of a girl- and I definitely have a hard time walking away from a board with great patina and character. So, my stack of breadboards might be a bit larger than most. But you can use as few or as many as you would like and get the look.
A rustic wood dish shelf
Anything with a delicious vintage wood patina is going to instantly warm up the kitchen. With that stack of bread boards on one side of the range- the other side begged for something as well. And this dish rack shelf was perfect. And- a confession: This particular piece was actually one made to hang on the wall. I flipped it over and set it on the counter and love it here. So don’t be afraid to try something you love in a different way to make it work for the space.
Copper and more copper
Because, can you really have too much copper? Well, okay- probably. But when that copper looks as gorgeous as these vintage pots and pans do- I think they are ideal for adding that instant warmth and old world feeling. This copper pot rack was easy to put up- and it is a simple example of a high end look for a low end price. This is simply a brass curtain rod with brass hooks. If you were to shop for a brass ‘pot rack rod’ for your kitchen- you will likely pay much more just because of their name. Find a heavy duty curtain rod that has the finish and look you love- and give it a go. The key is to find one Without the big end caps on it – keep it simple. And pay attention to the diameter of the rod- you don’t want one that is super chunky and your hooks need to be able to fit on it also. The one I have is just over 1″ – Similar one HERE and similar gold hooks HERE OR if you prefer to grab one that is an actual pot rack and ready to go – this one is gorgeous.
And if you are looking for some good inexpensive copper pots and pans to create a similar look – this set looks like it would have enough included to fill up your pot rack quickly.
I know… artwork in the kitchen? Yes. Because it is gorgeous anywhere and in the kitchen -adding vintage paintings brings in a whole other feeling that makes it feel ‘collected’ rather than just ‘designed.’ This one is actually a page I found at a thrift store that I then put inside an old frame. I have about 4 or 5 of these style old painting prints now-I am contemplating doing a wall of them if I can find a couple more.
This cute olive tree is currently residing in our living room in our main house- but it was perfect out in the cottage kitchen as well. This is just a regular little olive plant- I think we found it at Home Depot. I placed it in that old stoneware pot (probably about 15 years old from a local store) and it was perfect for warming the room right up.
On the same line as the stacked breadboards and the dish shelf- bring in something with raw wood to add that patina and charm. I brought this weathered and loved old table inside to be a small island- and that delicious silvery wood added an instant amount of charm.
A vintage rug
I love to bring in a vintage rug anywhere really- and in the kitchen is a perfect place to use one. This is one I found several years ago and it was a perfect color and tone for the room. A tip with rugs like these is to flip them over if they are new or look too vibrant for your taste. The backside is often a perfect muted look.
So there you have a few simple style secrets to add an old world charm to the kitchen- I hope that this was helpful and gives you some ideas for how to create the look in your own home.
Happy Wednesday everyone.
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