Kitchen Before/After

I’ve been waiting to be able to post this for about 3 years. The time has finally come, and I’m beyond excited. It’s like a whole new world for us in our house. When we moved in almost four years ago, we knew that we would completely change the kitchen. We had to. See for yourself.


Our house was built in 1959, but it looks like they tried to do some “updating” sometime in the late 70s or early 80s. The stove was from the 80s, and the refrigerator was from the mid 90s. We immediately pushed the stove out to the trash, but we had to keep the refrigerator until, well, just about 2 weeks ago. So basically what we have here are some light wood grain laminate cabinets with butter yellow countertops AND backsplash. They actually continued the laminate up the wall..



Check out the lovely hardware. We decided quickly that we had to take action. We immediately started taking doors off.


Ok, so the doors came off, and the laminate peeled off easily. Here’s what we had to deal with on the inside; nightmarish yellow contact paper with what appeared to be molasses spilled on it. Yes, more yellow. This was extremely difficult to remove.


…And there’s more. I almost killed myself trying to take this stuff off.


Here are the upper cabinets once the contact paper was removed. Ok, we’re making progress now.


And then there was THIS! Yikes! It was bad. Sooo bad.


Ok, the contact paper is finally off here, and we were able to move on.


But first, a little overview of the chaos. So scary.


So here everything is cleaned and sanded. Time to remove the “backsplash”!


If I only knew what was lurking behind that yellow mess…



Don’t be jealous. Here we have some lovely petrified glue. Great. We also have screws sticking up from the countertop from where we removed the backsplash. Fun.


Absolutely gross. We had to sand and clean this immediately.


After we sanded the glue and prepared the backsplash, I painted the interiors with enamel paint. I wanted it to be super durable. It actually turned out great. Nice and clean.



Now we’re getting somewhere.


So back to THIS problem. We actually lived with these for about a year (or so). Then we stumbled upon some quartz, yes QUARTZ countertops for $100 on good ole Craigslist. Kelly had to pay to have it cut for our new sink, etc., but it was still a great deal, and they were exactly what we wanted. I was SO excited when it was time to get rid of these old countertops.


And the old sink/faucet are gone!!


Old countertops gone!


Kelly working his magic.


Here are the new countertops, but we had to continue to live, so here’s what our kitchen looked like for the last, ohhh, two years. Every time someone would come over, I would apologize for the kitchen situation and made sure to tell them that it wasn’t permanent.


So much stuff. Too much stuff. Finally, about a month ago, we were able to finish the kitchen. We hired a local cabinet maker and he resurfaced our existing cabinets and made new doors and drawers. But first, it was time for me to purge! Boy, did that feel great. I took everything out of the cabinets and deep cleaned the interiors. I got rid of so much stuff…


Now it’s time for a new makeover.


But first, we changed our view with a brand new window!


Whoa. Where am I? Here’s the new space after the cabinets were done. We chose a laminate due to durability and easy maintenance. The color we chose was Columbian Walnut. We also chose some nice modern stainless steel hardware. We were VERY happy with the results, but there’s more!




Now that the cabinets were done, it was time to install the backsplash and under cabinet lighting. Kelly was up for the challenge…


NOW we’re talkin’! What a transformation.


A new refrigerator! Now we’re living in the lap of luxury! Seriously, I’m so happy with this new situation.





There’s my beautiful new window and windowsill. We found that pendant lamp at a thrift store a couple years ago. This was the perfect spot for it.





So there you have it. Honestly, after living with no cabinet doors and no drawers for almost four years, we were glad to have ANYTHING. It’s funny how you take those small things of convenience for granted. Sometimes we just walk out to the kitchen, stand there, and stare. It’s completely life changing. We feel so fancy now.

Anyway, my apologies for the super long post. It’s probably the longest one EVER, but I needed to do it that way in order to show the entire process. It took a long time to finish this, but it was so worth the wait. We’re already planning another project, so I’ll be back to share that too. Have a great week, everyone!

Summer Fun!

We really had a great summer. Aside from working, we spent our days at the beach, pool, and had skate sessions at home. Cadell went on his first trip to NYC and Washington, D.C with his other grandma and got to meet his family on his dad’s side. While he was away for three weeks, Kelly and I spent a few days out of town and enjoyed every minute of it. My daughter is living with us now, so we were able to spend a lot of quality time together as a family. Here are some highlights from our summer…

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So now we’re easing back into our school routine, and we’re looking forward to fall. Kelly and I are keeping busy with work and we’ve got some exciting home projects going on, which I’ll share later. I hope everyone is having a great week!

New Shop Items!


Fresh finds, Lucy approved!


Vintage Dansk Festival candle holder.


Vintage Dansk teak tray.


Vintage Pottery Craft decanter.


Vintage Goodwood teak coaster set.


Vintage stoneware pottery planter trio.


Vintage Midwinter England mugs.


Vintage Floraline pottery vase.


Vintage Dansk Kobenstyle enamelware pot.


Vintage Tensor task light.

Here are the latest additions to my shop. Be sure to check them out at Kibster Vintage.

School starts for Cadell and I on Monday, so I’m getting organized and mentally prepared for some big changes. I will continue to add items to my shop, so it will be business as usual there. I already have some new things lined up and waiting to be photographed and listed, so stay tuned! There’s also a “summer fun” post coming up, which is a roundup of our summer. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Weekend Getaway

Kelly and I haven’t taken a vacation in about six years, but every so often, we’re able to go for a weekend getaway. We usually venture south along our east coast to a beach that’s more quiet. We were able to go for a long weekend about two weeks ago, and it was SO NICE! We thrifted for two days, went out to dinner, relaxed for a full day, and spent some time on our room balcony looking out to the ocean. It just never gets old.



Upon arrival, we walked around the hotel and took some photos…



This is what we woke up to for three days. 5RoomView





View from the hot tub.


Grabbing a little lunch and drinks by the pool.



The rare selfie..




Enjoying some cocktails on the balcony.


Sunset view on the west side of the building.


Our final morning at the hotel.. We’ll be back!

Around The House






Just a little post of some things around the house… This has been a great summer so far, and we’ve all been really busy. We’re super excited about some upcoming home improvements too, so I’ll be sure to share those as they happen.

I will definitely be going back to school at the end of August, too. Things will be a little more hectic, but I’m ready to move forward.

Kelly and I also went on a little weekend getaway last week, so I’ll be sharing those photos soon. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

New Shop Items!

McCoyPottery_AquaCrescent1Vintage McCoy pottery pedestal planter.

Heath_SaltShaker2Vintage Heath salt shaker.

Mosaic_Trivet4Vintage mid-century mosaic trivet.

Teak_BowlSet1Vintage teak bowl set.

GlassCork_JarSet1Vintage glass/cork jar set.

Digsmed_CarvingBoard1Vintage Digsmed of Denmark carving/cutting board.

Teak_SaltPepper5Vintage teak salt/pepper pair.

Zanesville_Vase1Vintage Zanesville pottery vase.

GreenStoneware_Planter1Vintage green stoneware pottery planter.

Southwest_Pottery1Vintage southwestern pottery planter.

GooseneckLamp_Black1 Vintage mid-century modern gooseneck lamp.

PotteryVase_Olive4Vintage mid-century modern pottery vase.

Business has come to a screeching halt, so I’ve gone through my personal collection to try to drum up business. I’m also trying to simplify a bit and do some cleaning to make room for more. I may be going back to school in the fall, so I’ll be busier, but looking forward to some positive changes.

KL Vintage Modern

DanishTeak_IversenPlanterHere’s the latest up for auction at KL Vintage Modern! This is definitely one of my all-time favorite pieces. This is a teak planter designed by Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde MobelFabrik of Denmark, circa 1961. It features three storage drawers on the left and a planter with removable metal table top on the right side. There is also a slatted shelf on the bottom to hold books, magazines, etc. It’s a beautiful and versatile piece, so be sure to check it out.

Around The House

TeakChairs_Lucy1TeakChairs1I have to share one of Kelly’s greatest find to date; these gorgeous Danish teak chairs. We were in desperate need of some different dining chairs, so we were keeping our eye out for a nice, reasonably priced set. We had been using the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs for a couple years, and 2 chairs just weren’t enough. I loved them, but they were damaged and needed a lot of work. So one day while thrifting (yes, thrifting) Kelly found this set for $80, and brought them home. I almost died when he brought me out to the van and opened the doors. I absolutely love them! I posted the photo above on Instagram, and a wonderful user informed me that they were designed by Arne Vodder! Bonus! The craftsmanship is so beautiful, I can understand why these chairs (and all vintage Danish furniture) have become so desirable. We’ve had them for about a month, and they’re the best dining chairs we’ve had. (This is our 4th set). The others were either too heavy or too rickety. I believe we’ll have these for many years. The search is over for the perfect dining chairs, and we can cross one thing off our list.