Friday, August 26, 2016

Lucky Junk Kitchen Renovation

authenticity |ˌôTHenˈtisitē
the quality of being authentic
Let's here it for being far as I'm concerned, there is no other way to be. My hubby & I both believe in living truly authentic lives.And for all of you that shop my brick & mortar,  Lucky Junk, nothing could be more vintagely (ha, made up a new word) authentic!
I get asked SO often as a vintage home decor shop owner to post pictures of my own homes interior.  As, enduring & flattering as that request is, I have never had the guts to do it.  I don't want to disappoint any of our Lucky Junkers.
All of my time, creativity & energy are used up most days by the shop.  Not that I'm complaining, but gosh it sure would be awesome to not only do the constant Re-Styles at Lucky Junk...but some for my own home too!
Well, with the encouragement of one of my gal pals.planner-draftswoman.demolition goddess & of course the thumbs up from the hubby we are finally taking on our first "demo" interior remodel.
So with authenticity by my side...let's embark together on this Budget-Concscience,  U-Do-It Transformation of our Dutch Colonial Cottage Kitchen circa 1942. 

Not all you see was of course original to this era, like the purple, yes purple laminate countertops or the Big Box Hardware Store faux stained glass lighting 
that we inherited when we purchased the home 10 years ago.
But yes, oh yes, the knotty pine wood cabinets are all of 1942...can we get an AMEN!

We truly liked the separation between the kitchen & dining area when we first bought the home.
But, now with this nagging-won't go away feeling that we want to live a simpler life...
we are ready for an Urban Farmhouse Kitchen Decor, complete with some open shelves.  

The open shelves will keep us honest and minimal...
using & purchasing only kitchenware that we need.

We plan on leaving some cabinetry...
as the wall separating these two rooms is what we will be focusing on to start.

The journey is about to begin & will continue to evolve.
Would be honored if you come along for the ride.


  1. Oooh! I'm super excited about the new kitchen digs. Of course, I will be insanely jealous. However, you best keep the chalkboard for Bill's sweet drawings and your messages to each other! Good luck! CANNOT WAIT!

  2. Awwww thanks MUCH Katie! LOVE you sweet sentiment about the chalkboard...will always be a part of McCarthy Manor. We're going to take this reno slow...& cost friendly. Have always wanted to do this...and finally took the plunge! Love you girl! xo

  3. There is a lot going on in the kitchen, but you have it organized in a way that works for you. The island in the center of the room is an ideal space for extra bowls and utensils. The stained glass brings a presence to the room that you usually don't see in a kitchen.