September 1, 2009

Vintage Chandelier & The Beach House Kitchen

Hey Good People,

Here's the Chandelier I worked on most of today - reminds me of Rain, and I must have rain on my brain because it's sooooo hot here, my city is on fire and we desperately need rain.
I love the unique style and design Mr Beachy creates and I wonder if you do too.

So, I'm staying inside these days catching up on things, trying to be a blogger, and cooking up cool light meals. My kitchen is small galley style, with 2 great front windows that I find myself watching the neighbor kids play while I snack...way too often.

Built in 1949 by the original owner I'm sure it stayed in its original condition for all these years till we came along. Everything needed attention, and we were determined to keep the original charm with paint, and all the tools you could possibly imagine. After we touched and fixed every single inch of this kitchen and returnd it to it's original good looks I was happy.

I figure this guys wife musta been my height because the cabinets are the perfect height for me. They're all original with beadboard doors, and I added the vintage glass pulls. Not nearly enough cabinets, but is there ever? Funny thing is - both of the painters that painted this kitchen STRONGLY suggested we go over to Home Depot and buy new cabinets, they just don't get it.

The countertop, backsplash and window ledge are marble, the sink is big, deep and not divided - I love that. Great for big pots. I also love the deep drawers and the pull out bread board.

The stove is old, and in great condition. I'll get that Wolf Range one day, just not this day, not this economy. This old guy works perfectly, it's white and chrome, oven, 2 broilers, center griddle, and one of the burners has a thermostat - great for slow cooking and keeping food hot. There's also some great drawer storage at the bottom. Besides that, I can't see how the old guy would ever fit through the doorway - I think the house was built around the stove.

The kitchen table is a cement pedestal table, usually you see them outdoors but I think it's cool for this kitchen - very easy to take care of. I found the chairs at my neighbors garage sale and recovered the seats in white - some kind of fabric that I can easily just wipe clean. The Chandelier is one of my favorites, and the blue neon sign says Marsha's est. 1996.

I made this sign out of an old chippy white fence picket and these chunky white letters. I've got the rest of the fence behind the garage waiting to be used for something. One day.

The tile floor is waiting for it's turn to be what it was originally - black & white squares. When I am in a kitchen with those big B&W squares I feel like I'm in a mansion somewhere, ya know? As anxious as I am, I am so not looking forward to the mess tearing up the old tiles creates, so this floor is staying a little while longer.

The Laundry Room is next and then through the swinging door to the Dining Room, which is pretty much what sold me on this house when we bought it 13 years ago.

Of course, every room has a unique "favorite" Chandelier created by us - the best part of this old place.

Thanks for coming by today -


  1. Good morning Marsha,
    I so enjoyed looking around your white kitchen today, it looks as if it came out of a Home Decorating magazine. Delightful.
    Your chandeliers & signs are amazing.
    a bientot

  2. I love it Marsh! Marsha! Marsha! :) :) :)

    Fresh, clean and right after my own heart. You did it all up RIGHT. I have a galley kitchen too...In not too much longer it will be ripped out. The makeover has only SLIGHTLY begun...pantry is done and new wall is up...but that is it! REdo is BIG $$ even when you do the work yourself! :( :( :(

    Thanks for sharing your lovely space. LOVE IT!


  3. I LOVE your home! The chandelier you just finished is GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely love it! And I adore your Beach Family sign! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Hi Marsha,
    I LoVe your crisp white galley kitchen !! Your kitchen is almost exactly like mine, same galley style !! I sooo want bigger, BUT, I'm not a redo , ripup type person.. I would have to leave the cottage and go far.. far.. away for awhile !! Not good at all this !! But, do LoVe what becomes of a makeover !! I'm a happy camper now !! Thanks for sharing your beachy, white, beautiful home !! I almost smell the ocean !! Have a happy cool day...
    hugs ~tea~xo

  5. What a beautiful home. I love the beach family sign, rustic and lovely.

  6. What a lovely home you have! I love your beach family sign, and those counters oh I could kiss them!


  7. Hey Marsha!
    It's me back again! My husband designed my button and my page I have no clue how to make a button... but, if you scroll to the bottom of my blog, there's a little picture frame and you can click on it. Just read your post on meeting Marsha Brady! How funny! We have a friend that was kissed by Marsha Brady while she was doing a show in Nashville. ok, I have written a novel! Love your blog!


  8. Soooo beautiful, Marsha!! I just LOVE chandeliers... and this wonderful place of yours!!

  9. Hello again, Marsha!
    Thank you so much for popping by, ladybug!
    I really do appreciate your sweet comments so much, too! If you would like me to do something for you, anytime.... just let me know~ my evenings are pretty open! :)

  10. Marsha, it is just so beautiful, reminds me why I love an all white decor. Now I'm wanting to go back and remove some color I've added to my home over the years. White goes with everything! I love your chandeliers too, you've got such a good eye for decorating and keeping things simply elegant.

  11. wow your kitchen is very very nice. and i love that rain chandelier.

  12. Love the marble countertops... they're so honest. Combined with the white, they make the kitchen glow. Lovely!


  13. I just drooled over all the pretties you have.


  14. I am remodeling a kitchen and have been looking for ceiling fans, but I want and love your chandeliers. How did you do the ceiling fan and chandelier in your kitchen? I'm dying to know. Please help. I live in a small town and the nearest Home Depot is 30 miles away and thrift stores are basically extinct. Any advice?

  15. I love your "beach family" sign; is there a reason for the spelling of "FAMLY"? Mike

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