Recycled kitchen

full-kitchenI am still over the moon that somehow we managed to find the perfect, recycled kitchen. We had spent a lot of time visiting Habitat Humanity’s Restores, and combing Kijiji listings all over Southern Ontario. It was looking bleak.

And then all of a sudden, it wasn’t. We hit the “recycled kitchen” jackpot, thanks to Matt’s mom who is a Kijiji mastermind. Not only did we find a kitchen that suited our old farmhouse-style abode perfectly, but the scale and layout were so extremely perfect. It is completely exactly what we had in mind. And it has granite countertops, guys. We thought we’d be grasping at straws to even fit a recycled kitchen into our home, and maybe replacing the countertop down the road. Maybe.

The picture above is the kitchen in it’s current owner’s setting, and in fact it will be a few months before we are going to take possession of it. In the meantime, we have enough on-hand to scrap together a fairly usable kitchen. For now, it won’t be pretty…but it’s oh-so worth the wait.

I had a little bit of fun trying to find colours and textures that would compliment this dark-wood, farmhouse style kitchen without looking too traditional.colours

To the far right are colours pulled from the the actual kitchen: Two colours from the granite counter top, and one from the antique black paint of the cupboards. The middle row are colour saturation variations of the actual kitchen colours (you’ll notice they have the same undertone), while the far left row are complementary to the middle row. I ‘t use all of these colours, but it makes for a great place to start playing “colour bingo”.

Below, I tried to look at ways to pick up on these colours using different textures that I love (brass, crochet, glass, etc), while trying to steer away from anything too traditional or heavy. Really, it’s just a fun little modern farmhouse design experiment to help stave off my impatience.


  1. Luci crocheted dish clothes – here.
  2. Ticking stripe sky blue wallpaper – here.
  3. Tapestry dish towels – here.
  4. Grey porcelain candle holder lanterns – here.
  5. Brass pendant light – here.
  6. Bamboo knife block – here.
  7. Blue bottle pendant light – here.
  8. Assorted vintage blue glass bottles – similar here.
  9. Hammered copper canisters – here.

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