WARNING: The following pictures are intended for
adult, colorblind highly imaginative audiences only. If you are primarily a "left brainer," you may want to shield your eyes, as your creative spirit may be forever damaged.
Hopefully, the sight of this horrid kitchen doesn't result in vivid nightmares for any of you.
This was my kitchen.
(By the way, the mesmerizing red-orange tea kettle came with the home - it's really what sealed the deal for us.)
Thankfully, everything in the picture except the stove is now GONE.
Quickly moving on to the new love in my life, my new, old sink....but first, a couple obligatory inspiration photos:
As much as I wish I could reveal the entire kitchen to you, it's not finished. Not even close.
(hey, it's only been 2....months....ugh)
But I would like to share my very tasty Craigslist score with you...my new, old sink, complete with faucet:
Directly out of a REAL farmhouse on a REAL farm in the REAL country.
I thought I was going to have to refinish the porcelain, so add another $40 for that, but still less than the cost of a new kitchen sink.
But, after scrubbing the sink, what I thought were "rust" stains, were really lime scale (I think?? Please correct me if I'm wrong).
It was A LOT of work to clean it. First, I soaked it in vinegar (according to Pinterest, this stuff can do everything from cleaning showers to refinish wood?), which helped considerably:
The sink in the "soaking" process. I thought we'd have to throw away the faucet, but it turned out looking brand new.
I'm not a patient person, so I took my vinegar-smelling self to Lowes and bought some CLR.
I chose it because it looked the most lethal. (In my war on lime)
The drain is brass - I love it, but we had to remove it to make way for the garbage disposal...blah!
Okay, moment of truth, check out my baby now...
It's not actually installed here...there's a outlet on the left that had to be moved, but it gives you an idea of my new sink in all of it's $50 wonderfulness!
Like my backer board counter tops?
Please excuse the mess, but I wanted to show you how it looks with the new (non-orange-red) porcelain tile countertops. (I promise, more on that later).
If you squint, you may notice my bead board back splash?
We had been given some remnant granite to use, but when preparing to cut it, we realized that it was stained beyond repair....so we had to make a quick (and inexpensive) decision.
My plan is to get the cabinets painted this week...we'll see if management (my toddlers) allows this to take place.
So, fingers crossed, there will be yet another "How to paint your kitchen cabinets like a professional" pin on Pinterest very soon!
Have you ever re-used an old porcelain sink? How did you seal it? I don't want to refinish it, as I like the old, slightly dull look. But it stains really easily. My dad suggested car wax? Has anyone tried this?
Any advice is appreciated!
Thanks for stopping by!
take care -