We love our little house, built in 1955. I’ve really neglected posting about the Golly Ranch (as we lovingly call it sometimes) on my blog. I do get asked questions about it and I’m totally guilty of procrastinating about taking proper photos and sharing some of the things we’ve done. Nothing nearly as intense as our bathroom remodel, but we’ve had un-blogged painting and decorating and minor fix-it projects. I thought over time you might like a few small tours of our very modest home.
And so I’m starting off with our kitchen! At 1,100 square feet, our entire house is quite petite. The kitchen is no exception.
We have a small kitchen with an open eat-in dining area separated from the kitchen by a peninsula. I took photos during our first house tour and later on inspection day, so you can actually see what it looked like before we were the owners! That’s why I think of these are “before before” photos. Before us, and before painting last month!
Below is the view into the dining area as we first saw it, standing in the kitchen. This is the point where I pat myself on the back that I can look past over-sized furniture, jungles, and bad paint jobs to see the potential. 😉
The previous owner and her husband bought the house in 1979 (he passed away a few years before she sold the house to us in early 2012) and raised their two kids in it. She actually had a large dining room table setup in the basement, presumably for family parties that the kitchen couldn’t accommodate.
Inside the kitchen proper, here’s a look at the sink area…and the side of Mel’s head. Sorry, this was taken quickly on inspection day. The scalloped wood valance and display shelves were one of the things that attracted me to this house instantly!
This is the last “before it was even our kitchen!” kitchen photo, looking at the wall with the stove, and into the hallway that leads to the bathroom, two of the bedrooms, and living room beyond:
The day we moved in I also thankfully had my camera, so I have a few shots of it completely empty! And since at this point the photos are now once we owned the house, feel free to blame us for not immediately painting over that disgusting poo green color that kept me from posting photos of the kitchen. (More on that in future posts!)
So here’s what the kitchen looked like the moment we opened the door with the key for the very first time:
The other view is standing in the kitchen at the peninsula, facing the dining area. I love the eat-in kitchen and the peninsula! You know those shelves were meant for my vintage Pyrex, naturally.
Here’s the dining area from a different view, standing by the back door (for reference, in the photo above, the back door is to the left of the picture window, out of the frame):
It’s a small kitchen by modern U.S. standards! But coming from a condo with a tiny galley kitchen, this was miles more space than we were used to. Sure, sometimes I’d love to have more storage or an actual pantry, or more counter space, but honestly, no complaints. It’s really quite a liveable size for us!
See? Here’s a photo from Christmas Eve a year ago, cooking for a small dinner party. If it can easily handle the mess I make when I cook my grandma’s pasta sauce, I’m good. 😉
So that’s the “before” of our modest little kitchen. And it’s really “before before”. I was so embarrassed by that lingering paint color to ever really share many photos of it anywhere. Terrible, I know!
Since moving in, we honestly haven’t made any changes except swapping out cabinet knobs to chrome (still need to replace the brass hinges), painting (accomplished in December), and window treatments (just last week). But I can’t wait to show you how much nicer it looks with a fresh new paint job (aqua!), our own little touches, and the little details in the kitchen. Stay tuned for future kitchen posts, coming soon!