Monday, May 7, 2012

My Kitchen's Hidden Secrets

I love the vintage look of my kitchen. 
Seems to be right out of a 1930s, doesn't it?

When friends and visitors walk into this kitchen for the first time, I often get comments such as: "Where's your dishwasher? I couldn't live without a dishwasher!" Or, "All you cook with is a stove? No microwave?" Or, "Where's your trash can?" I just laugh. I don't want to live without modern conveniences either. So, I thought I'd share some of my "hiding" secrets.

Where's the dishwasher?

It's--behind the door!

Where's the microwave?

 It's inside the work island!

Trash can?
 Hidden in this old general store coffee bin.

Many of my antiques and collectibles are re-purposed. I have for years seen more uses in items than the obvious.
So, I suppose you could say, I've "gone green" for a long time now.

Vintage crocks become storage for miscellaneous kitchen items.

Old wooden crates are also used for storage. This one is normally covered with a cloth, but I thought you might like to see where I store John's jellies for his P, B and Js.

Speaking of wooden storage crates, wanna guess what's in these two?
The Armour crate holds everyday drinking glasses.

The tall crate on the left?
 Hides a coffee pot! 

And, for that coffee, 
Coffee filters in a crock on top!

Can you guess where the ugly power box is located?
Check out the little hanging shelf in the corner.

Mrs. Butterworth bottles hold dish detergent and liquid hand soap.

 A glass candy jar from our store keeps paper napkins handy. 

 A group of snuff bottles holds dried herbs and spices.
I think you're getting the idea?

Living in an historic district doesn't mean we have to sacrifice modern conveniences. With just a little imagination, we have a kitchen that fits right in with the age of the house--and leaves visitors puzzling over, "Where's the dishwasher?"
I love a good puzzle. . .

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Valerie said...

This has given me many ideas for my own kitchen.

The Farmers Daughter said...

Glad the post sparked an interest.

Rosie said...

Vintage look. Modern conveniences. Job well done.

Kimberly said...

Well done!
I don't have a microwave and I think the dishwasher is on its way out. :) I like how you've incorporated what you what with what you have!

Anonymous said...

What a charming kitchen you have. I love seeing your ideas!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I LOVE your kitchen! I'd much prefer a kitchen like this one as opposed to a shiny new one with all the bells and whistles.

Art and Sand said...

I love the look of your kitchen. I actually do live without a microwave. We had no room for it and my husband cooks fresh food daily , but we have to have a dishwasher!

My favorites are your fry pans and the soap containers.

Mahek said...

First time on your blog and I love it already...
I love everything country and your kitchen exemplifies it...
I love the crates and the rustic look that it imparts..
I would love to visit your kitchen.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Oh my sweet goodness! I love this kitchen-- and the hidden amenities it holds!
The coffee pot in a crate on the counter in 'plain view' is a very cool idea, I must say. I don't have my garbage can hidden--although I am on the look out of a disguise. One of two possibilities: 1. a two -wheeled wire shopping cart (like my grandmother used to have) 2. a wicker basket tall enough, preferably with a lid!
As to the dishwasher-- I just won't have one, I prefer hand washed--but If I did! it would be hidden like yours. Right now I'm looking to hide my deep freezer in a similar way. I also am looking for a way to hide the microwave.
Your kitchen has inspired me.
I came to visit your blog via Cozy Little House...

The Boston Lady said...

Love all your hiding spots, but I think the dishwasher's place is my favorite. You have provided much inspiration! Ann

camp and cottage living said...

I saw your kitchen at 'Corn in my Coffee Pot' and thought I would visit you. Your home looks like a trip into the past!
I love your unique storage ideas and primitive kitchen.

Debra said...

That meat grinder takes me back to my grandparent's time when they'd make homemade ham salad ! :)

Revi said...

Pat was right! Your kitchen is charming, and your storage ideas are clever!
I'm a new follower.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Pretty kitchen. I love the Mrs. Butterworth soap containers!

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh...My...Oh, My! Your kitchen is a dream! I'm just sure that I have stepped back in time...and I am in my great grandmother's farmhouse kitchen.

You are so clever and I love all your hiding places. I love all your black cast iron griddles hanging neatly in a row.

What a showpiece! Mrs. Olson (Little House on the Prairie) would be so jealous!

Thanks so much for sharing, my friend,
Carolynn xo

Amy Kinser said...

I love all of your hidden storage. Such a clever system and looks great!

Unknown said...

LOVE it all!!!!!

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, my gosh! I love your kitchen!! How sweet! It is fabulous!

Jay Oldridge said...

You have the most creative
mind! I love this because it
evokes a sense of both my Grandmother and my Great Grandmother's kitchen -
and my Grandmother
' cooked ONLY in cast
iron. What did you do
with your frig? Do You
have it disguised as an
ice box? I could sit down
right now in your kitchen
and feel so at home.
Thank YOU!!!

Tonita said...

I love your kitchen and the creative way you use different objects to house modern or not so pretty items in your lovely farmhouse kitchen. The bin for the garbage is wonderful. Love the soap dispensers. Thanks for sharing your hiding places. The dishwasher door is the best and something I want to copy.

Unknown said...

Just wanted you to know that I mentioned you in my blog on "Collecting Cast Iron," which I just published. I also added you to my favorite blog list on the right sidebar, as I love your blog!

Unknown said...

P.S. Forgot to give you the link to my blog, where I mention you! :)

Your home is lovely!

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