Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: My Kitchen {Summer 2018}

New to the blog? You may not be aware that in addition to sharing interior design inspiration, I’m also busy behind the scenes with my own home’s projects. Our kitchen, for example, was completely gutted and re-designed by us, DIY style. Today we’ll take a peek around My Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen with industrial chic, slightly modern farmhouse, European inspired, and white design elements.

Except for the white oak hardwood flooring (painstakingly installed and finished on site by a seasoned artisan whose craftsmanship we could never rival!), my husband and I accomplished all of the electrical, plumbing, plastering, tiling, finishing and construction ourselves to transform the kitchen’s design and function.

 We live spare and clutter-free so you won’t see overly styled or contrived insta-friendly moments since such efforts would not be authentic representations of our home.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen

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Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: My Kitchen

If you follow me on IG, you may recall I added a sweet steel industrial cart to the working part of our kitchen. It is super functional, wonky, imperfect, and perhaps even a bit underscaled. For those reasons and more, we love it. How did it come to live here?

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #benjaminmoorewhite #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Industrial Kitchen Cart History

For months, I kept my eyes peeled for something with character that I could bring into the kitchen for extra work space. I thought a chunky square vintage butcher block would work well.

However, I was also hoping I could somehow put to use our leftover piece of Viatera Minuet quartz. When I ordered the quartz, I asked them to salvage the sink cut out just in case…

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: Viatera Quartz (Minuet) for Countertops

Quartz Countertop in Kitchen: Viatera - Minuet

Read about how I chose this quartz. EXACT Quartz Countertop in Kitchen: Viatera – Minuet

Teak 3 Leg Stool
Bonjour Pillow
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Silver Butler End Table
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
STOCKHOLM Framed Print
PARIS Framed Print
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Fireclay Farm Sink
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
REDECKER Natural Fiber Bristle Pot Brush, Set of 2, Durable Untreated Beechwood Handle, Heat-Resistant Union Fiber Head, Made in Germany

Made in Germany Pot Brushes in my kitchen (in case you need ’em).

Eyes Peeled on a Motorcycle

My husband and I were on his bike (a 1980’s motorcycle from our dating days) on our way to lunch and passed a garage sale near downtown. From a distance, I spotted a little cart with casters and an air conditioner resting on top. After lunch, I suggested we stop at the sale on the way home since the dimensions looked right for a petite work island.

The cart wasn’t marked with a price since it was basically there to support the air conditioner for sale. In fact, the owner didn’t want it and was happy with my offer of $10. It came out of the factory where he worked his entire career and is pleasingly timeworn. There is something so irresistible about objects which served their purpose exceptionally well yet can somehow be resurrected to live on with brand new purpose.

1.25-qt. Cast Iron Teapot with Infuser

In my kitchen, in case you need one…Cast Iron Teapot

Industrial Steel Cart Before & After

BEFORE: Here is how my find looked right after we hosed off the grime.

Steel industrial cart on casters before I transformed it DIY style. #hellolovelystudio #diy #steelcart

But how would that salvaged piece of FREE leftover quartz fit the top?

Fitting the Viatera quartz (Minuet) top on the vintage steel cart for the kitchen. #hellolovelystudio #diy #steelcart #viateraquartz

AFTER: Not too shabby!

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the Rescue

Since orange is my least favorite color, and I had no desire to strip the paint with chemicals, I chose to transform the cart with Annie Sloan chalk paint in a tranquil shade of Paris Grey.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen with Minuet Viatera quartz.

How I Repurposed This Steel Cart

Before I even touched it with my paint brush or brought it inside, my husband power-washed the cart and added planks of maple (salvaged from the original kitchen’s floor) to the bottom shelf. It improved the function and makes the piece look more substantial.

Our kitchen had beautiful hardwood flooring when we bought the place but water damage destroyed a large section of it.  We ripped it all up and saved every possible maple plank to reuse.

Natural White Oak Lookalike Laminate

Home Legend Wire Brushed White Oak 3/8 in. Thick x 7-1/2 in. Wide x Varying Length Click Lock Hardwood Flooring (30.92 sq. ft./case)

SIMILAR Laminate (while our white oak hardwoods were finished by an atisan on site, we used this unbelievably low priced lookalike laminate in other projects): FIND HERE

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: Farmhouse Sink

30" x 18" Thick Wall Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

SIMILAR SINK: Fireclay Apron Front Farmhouse Sink: FIND HERE

Adding More History

So in addition to the used up cart and leftover quartz cut-out being revived, we also incorporated a portion of the original kitchen floor!

By the way, does the price of chalk paint make you want to hurl a can of chalk paint at me? Because while pricey, this project only required a teeny tiny amount of this miracle stuff…about $1.50 worth of the paint. I have 2/3 of the can left after painting the cart, a door, and a dining table!

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

The little steel cart has dents, history, and character…just like me. An aged appearance can appear beautiful to the evolved eye.

Bosch Kitchen Appliances

Bosch Gas Cooktop

EXACT COOKTOP: Bosch Gas Cooktop: FIND HERE

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen with Minuet Viatera quartz.

I removed the curtains at the patio door for the summer. Our woodsy backyard is alive with squirrels, blue jays, cardinals, turkeys, an owl, a fox, bunnies, and beautiful herds of deer. I don’t want a bit of the nature show obscured by panels of fabric.

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: Marble Subway Mosaic Tile

Polished carrara marble mosaic tile for kitchen backsplash. #carraramarble #marblesubway #marblemosaic #subwaymosaic #walltile #kitchendesign

SIMILAR MARBLE: Polished White Marble Subway Tile Mosaic: FIND HERE

But what about function? Do we get USE from this wonky cart? Is it obtrusive in the space?

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: Kitchen Bridge Faucet

Bridge Kitchen Faucet #bridgefaucet

EXACT KITCHEN FAUCET: Kohler Bridge Kitchen Faucet: FIND HERE

More Than a Cute Accessory

It took ZERO time for this cart/work island to begin helping the kitchen function better. We truly needed it! A little extra counter space is HIGHLY underrated! It may be tricky to judge from the photos, but the cart does not interfere with any of the function in the work space. Its petite size means neither the oven door, pantry door, drawers in the peninsula, nor the dishwasher door (it blends into our cabinetry since it is paneled and to the right of the farm sink) touch it when opened.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

The cart could certainly have accommodated a larger quartz top with overhang, but since I already had a free one, for 10 bucks and a little paint, I’m not complainin’.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen: Beadboard Design Element

In multiple kitchen design projects, we have installed vertical wood beadboard to the peninsula/island. It adds texture and interest in addition to a more forgiving and durable surface.

Belgian linen upholstered counter stools from RH are extremely comfortable and have served us well for a decade. I’m thinking about adding two more because of how often we eat quick meals here.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Vintage French Doors

Vintage French doors (snagged for $38 total prior to the remodel) separate the kitchen from the dining room. Three years ago, on a Friday night when we were feelin’ saucy, we decided to knock down the whole wall between these two rooms.

Why All the Hype About Demo?

If you watch makeover shows on HGTV you may wonder if ripping out fixtures and demolishing existing walls is as gratifying as TV personalities dramatically claim. But as a real life renovator, trust. Demo is a rush, and we are talkin’ major endorphin happyhour!

Unfortunately, after our own sledgehammerhappyhour, we discovered this wall to be load bearing. To stay on budget, we compromised by widening the single doorway (which previously had no door) to accommodate the vintage French doors.

Bonus to this less open design? If I’m working in the kitchen and don’t to hear the TV in the great room, I don’t have to.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

Dining Area

The opposite side of the dining room is open to the 2-story great room/living room. I am always surprised when I view a photo snapped of our massive rustic oak sideboard from Belgium. In real life, this piece is gigantic! My abstract painting above it is over 6′ tall.

Our dining room is neutral with Belgian linen slipcovered side chairs, Louis linen oval backed dining chairs, a round table topped with glass, and a carriage style lantern pendant. #diningroom #neutraldecor #belgianlinen #europeanfarmhouse

I’d like to add a pretty French country bench in front of the dining room windows. Here are friendly priced options:

Dining room with Belgian linen slipcovered side chairs and round table. Carriage style lantern pendant over table. Hello Lovely Studio.

Samarth Indoor 3-Light Lantern Pendant

Similar lantern: 3-Light Lantern Pendant

Paint Color Throughout Home

All the walls are painted BENJAMIN MOORE White. Yes. Just “White” since it is the base color for all their mixing. It has minimal undertones and is very light and bright. We needed a strong white to counter the strength of the yellow natural light.

Ultimate Guide to Best White Paint Colors! #bestwhite #whitepaint #choosingwhite

Find out how to choose the best white paint colors HERE.

Back in the kitchen, I like the overgrown shrubs seen through the windows. They provide a buffer from our circle driveway and the street. Mature trees encircle the house creating a private sanctuary feel.

Our serene white kitchen with windowseat has a tranquil breakfast area with small round wood table, Belgian linen slipcovered armchairs, and floor lamp. #hellolovelystudio #serenekitchen #windowseat #europeanfarmhouse

Vintage Signs

My handpainted FLOWER MARKET sign above the windowseat was found at Urban Farmgirl’s brick and mortar shop in Rockford, IL. Here is a possibility if you have a place for it:

This handpainted PATISSERIE sign (English translation: shop where French pastries/cakes are sold) would also do the trick.

Flower market sign hangs above window seat in serene space. In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

The pillows and throw are all vintage RH.

   In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart

See more of my kitchen here, and find more sources for the decor here.

Before and after steel industrial cart makeover. I took a beat up cart, painted it with Annie Sloan Paris Grey, added salvaged wood planks to the bottom shelf, and used leftover quartz (the sink cut out) for the top. Now we have a functional and cute industrial cart in our serene kitchen. Hello Lovely Studio. #industrialcart #industrialfarmhouse #kitchencart #kitchenisland #diy #worktable #serenekitchen #viateraquartz #anniesloanparisgrey #industrialchic

Thanks for taking this tour of our kitchen and reading the history of a quirky industrial cart!

Lovely in My Home

Teak 3 Leg Stool
Bonjour Pillow
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Silver Butler End Table
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
STOCKHOLM Framed Print
PARIS Framed Print
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Fireclay Farm Sink
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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8 Comments

  1. July 17, 2018 / 2:47 am

    I love the story of your cart. The rescue, the rehabilitation, the recuperation of the quartz top.
    The thing that’s missing in too many homes is wabi-sabi. When everything is new and perfect, there is no soul. It is a fine line between patina and trash. And faux patina looks as fake as acid washed jeans compared to well-worn jeans. Another comparison: helmet-head perfect hair vs. slightly tousled vs. unkempt. Or lots of makeup vs. natural makeup vs. no makeup.
    Defects aren’t defects–they’re character. Until there are too many. When is that? That is THE question!

    • michele
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Those are vivid and powerful examples of patina gone wrong, and I so agree. I should probably add a little more detail to the story of the cart. We spent a good amount of time with the older retiree who used this cart in his factory and was happy we were taking it. He had tales to share with us and needed the company. When I go to sales, I like to get a feel for the history of a piece I like. This cart will stay with us for a long time and will remind me of this man’s labor, work ethic, and joy. Of course it was going to be the perfect size and function like a dream – it was simply there waiting for me to adopt it! I honestly saw no defects – just clean lines and pleasing proportion. When I was younger, I would fret about decisions large and small. Now, more often than not, I am embracing reality and even accepting resistance as a mysterious launchpad to prosper me. Reality brings imperfect edges, messy love, and unexpected twisty turns. Welcoming it all is where the fruit is. Thanks for inspiring me – you always do, friend.

      • July 17, 2018 / 2:16 pm

        I have chills thinking about the happiness you must have given to the previous owner of the cart, just by listening to his story. So many people with stories to tell. We just have to listen.

        • michele
          Author
          July 17, 2018 / 3:53 pm

          Y E S. With today’s pace (even in my sleepy town!), it truly is becoming more remarkable to slow down enough to really listen. And the thing about ‘sleepy’ is it is not fully awake which is how I long to live. The man’s comfort in his skin, contentment and gratitude left a mark. His life was so simple and full, and I love having an object his hands touched so often. 🙂

  2. DRitchie
    July 17, 2018 / 7:27 am

    What a lovely post. Your transformation on your cart is unbelievable! I really enjoy your blog. THANK YOU for bringing a little happiness into my day!

    • michele
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 7:45 am

      I so appreciate your time and reading, friend. So happy to have you here. 🙂

  3. July 17, 2018 / 10:14 am

    You two are amazing!!!! That cart!!! I also love your countertops and elegant stools. You’ve created a perfect peaceful oasis. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • michele
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      We’re just everyday folks who enjoy the process of home improvement, Holly! Thanks for the encouragement and kindness. xox

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