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Monday, October 15, 2012

Planning Perfection and Kitchen Bling

My blogging friend Joan noticed my Vintage Depression Glass Cabinet Pulls
when I posted about my canning jar light pendants last week.
She wondered where I had purchased them,
and if they were in fact,
Vintage...
 

I promised her I would reveal my secrets about the handles this week...
so Joan..
this one is for you!
 
 
These pretty gems are actually called Glass Bridge Drawer Pulls; the color is Green Depression Glass and they have Nickle Bolts with Flush Connectors.
I love the Flush Connectors.
They give the inside cabinet door a finished look rather than having a bolt sticking out an inch with a nut screwed down against the cabinet door.
 
I painted the inside of the cabinets behind the glass doors the Feldspar green color...
Are they Vintage?
 
About 7 years ago, at an estate auction, I purchased a "box lot" for $5.  The box lot was full of old and somewhat rusty kitchen gadgets. 
At the bottom of the box, wrapped in an old dish towel, I found
6-Green Depression Glass Bridge Pulls, circa 1940
They were the color of old Coke bottles
and I instantly fell in love with them.
 
and the old style wavy glass in the doors is new, but was as close to the old vintage wavy glass as I could find... but much less fragile...
Those glass pulls, "found" 7-years ago, were the thing that my entire kitchen plan evolved from. 
Green is my favorite color... and I love cottage style... so went my planning for the perfect kitchen... but it takes time,
and my old brown and harvest gold 1970's kitchen had a long way to go...
 so did finding the additional pretty glass pulls that I would need.
 
this photo makes the pulls look lime green... all the pulls are the same Coke bottle green..
it's just the camera flash playing tricks on the bling!
I am a Polish farmers wife and thus... a frugal wife.  Yes, I could have gone out and bought the rest of the 32 pulls that I needed... you can find them new from $7 to $20 each on the internet... though they're not quite as heavy or substantial as the vintage ones...
but that would have cost somewhere between $200 and $600. 
Since I'd basically paid less than $1 each for the first 6-pulls...
I went on the hunt...
It took me almost 5-years... (I'm also a patient woman)...
and I ended up spending less than $100 total for all 32-pulls. 

I found an additional 20-pulls in a close-out bin at Restoration Hardware Outlet Store in San Marcos, Texas, marked down to $2.99 each.  (I ended up with 2 sales people digging through every bin with me to locate the 20 they had!)

Then I found 6-more Vintage pulls on eBay for $24 plus $6 shipping.
 
 
So, as I was planning my perfect kitchen renovation, I was looking for pretty kitchen bling... and I found it at the bottom of a box... wrapped in an old dish towel... forgotten... Funny how things often come to you that way.
and so...
some are Vintage and some are not...
you can hardly tell which is which...
 
these pretty corbels from the Curious Boys in Seguin, Texas
Next up... paint and architectural detail, inspiration provided by
Sarah's Summer House renovation...
and here's a hint....
pretty, vintage, painted perfect blue...
 
PS... in case you've been wondering...
my upper cabinets are painted Pot of Cream white and the bottom cabinets are painted Feldspar green; both colors by Behr at Home Depot.
 
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11 comments:

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Love the story behind your gorgeous green pulls! What a great inspiration for your kitchen. Love your corner shelves... I've got some in my kitchen too. Thanks much for your visit and sweet comment. Good luck with your paranormal portraits... I'm adding some new ones this year as they are just too much fun! :)

A Thrifted Market said...

Great story on the knobs! I love when things come together over time, it makes them so much more special. Love the corbels too! Great job.

Annmarie Pipa said...

what a story!! "pays" to be patient! the green bling is just gorgeous..I have never seen anything like it. I bet you just love your kitchen!!

Joan J said...

I love the story but even more I love your perserverance. A fine, fine quality. The drawer handles are pure perfection. You must just pinch yourself when you see what you've done with this kitchen! I swear, I'm coming for coffee one day to see it in person :)

Joan

Connie said...

I love this story . . . anything worth having, is worth waiting for, and when you go through the waiting period the prize becomes more valuable and treasured.
Your mason jar lights are amazing. Thank you for sharing your step by step process. You absolutely rock!
I found your blog through mutual followers and I hope that we can become mutual followers, too. Have a very sweet week, Connie :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a great find (or finds)! And thank you for sharing, Dixie, as I loved hearing how you found these neat knobs. And I am still crushing on those lights. HOW cute they are.

XO,

Sheila

Lynn said...

WOW!! You ARE a patient woman! So worth it! I love the lights, too!

Connie said...

Hi Dixie, just skimping down this post a second time is a pleasure in its self. You must get so much enjoyment working in your beautiful kitchen.
Thank you for the lovely comment and thank you again for becoming a follower to my blog. I was so excited when I saw you had visited. Have a marvelous week.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Ruby and Arthur said...

Love your green knobs! I too am a fan of cottage style and your kitchen looks nice! Jean

LV said...

Those pulls are very pretty and look so nice on your cabinets.

SmilingSally said...

Aren't you the most clever -- and patient -- and frugal lady!

Just beautiful.

Have a good week.