Following Ed’s post about his favorite part of our house, the wood paneling, I figured I could let you in on my favorite as well: the section of glass-front cabinets in our kitchen.
In keeping with the pine theme in our house, our kitchen cabinets are true 1950s knotty pine. They’re charming, cabin-y, nostalgic, quirky, dated, awesome, blech all at the same time. Sometimes I come home and walk in through the carport door into our kitchen and think, “Ugh, it’s so dark in here. I can’t wait until we paint these cabinets” (not to mention get rid of the pine cabinets-on-pine walls thing going on up in there). And other times, I walk in and think, “Man, I sure do love that we have real pine, sturdy, huge cabinets that show the history of this house.” It’s still a toss up as to what we’ll do with those ugly-gorgeous cabinets when we renovate the kitchen.
What isn’t a toss up though, is my affection for the one row of glass-front cabinets. They were the first thing that caught my eye when we looked at the house (scratch that, they were the first thing inside the house to catch my eye–the amazingly huge backyard full of flowers and fruit won first prize).
Like this row of muscadines and scuppernongs (types of grapes, for those of you who don’t live in the South).
And a close up (they get much larger and turn purple (muscadines) or yellow (scuppernong) in the fall.
To say that our house was not a looker when our realtor showed it to us is a bit of an understatement. We had the most awful blue walls in the addition, beige shag carpet in the den, a yellow-wallpapered bathroom, wall-to-wall carpet and other old-folks design choices everywhere.
But the glass-front cabinets were not a problem. I loved them instantly and just knew that they would be perfect to house our pretty blue and white dishes and serving pieces.
Like the rest of the kitchen, they’re a little cabin-y with that hardware, but I still think they’re so pretty. And this little bit of glass reflects light around the room and opens it up a bit. Proof, the glare in the pictures. Sorry about that, folks.
I hope you see this area is the temporary home for my new cuckoo clock too. I’m still pretty much in love with that thing. It’s amazing, I tell you.
These and the cabinets below are more shallow than those in the rest of the room, so we may decide to make them deeper when we renovate, but regardless what we decide to do, they will definitely be a part of our kitchen and home for years to come. I love ‘em!
What’s your favorite part of your home or apartment? Did something vintage like these cabinets catch your eye when you moved in, or do you have a love for something brand new and modern?