Vintage Kitchen Reveal

Today I'm excited to show you the work I have done in our 1950's kitchen.  Now before you ask why I didn't redo the counter tops and floors, I will tell you the reasons.  First off, I love the vintage floors (they don't make them like those anymore), and secondly, this is a rental.  Yes!!  I'm a Real Estate Agent who lives in a rental.  There is a reason for that too.  I'm saving money so I can purchase a property out of state in cash (preferably Kentucky) to live in part of the year.  That way I can have the best of both worlds, the city and the country.  Ok, back to the kitchen.  So luckily our landlord is nice enough to allow us to paint whatever colors we want, so I took that a bit further and painted every surface in the kitchen.  Now because I got all paint happy, I didn't take pictures immediately before the redo, so here are a few from when we first moved in almost 4 years ago.  


 This was with the original stove that came with our place.

This was with the original stove that came with our place.

 And this was with our first vintage stove, which unfortunately we had to get rid of because it had a gas leak.

And this was with our first vintage stove, which unfortunately we had to get rid of because it had a gas leak.

As you all know, I heart vintage houses and love when some of the original character is brought back to life.  Unfortunately this kitchen had seen years of navajo white (a landlords favorite), over more navajo white.  I just couldn't do it anymore,  I needed some color and pizzazz.  So here is where I went with it.

1950's kitchen

To me, nothing says more 1950's than mint green.  So I chose to paint the walls and upper cabinets a bright white using Benjamin Moore's Cloud White, and paint the bottom cabinets and the custom benches I made mint green using Benjamin Moore's Van Alan Green.

faux brick and stenciled grocery sign diy

I'm absolutely in love with the faux brick backsplash.  This is just one of those brick panels  that you can buy at Lowes.  I just screwed it onto the wall and added a white wash to give it a more aged look.  The Grocery sign was made by hand using MDF, a stencil, and spray paint.  Thank goodness I have a friend who knows photoshop and was able to hook me up with the lettering.


Kitchen cart made out of windows

This kitchen cart was made out of 3 vintage windows found out on the street.  I basically just added a top and bottom and some casters.  Then I added 2 shelves using strips of wood and decorative shelf supports.  To top it off, it now houses my microwave and wine fridge. Yay! for more counter space!

custom bench seat in kitchen

For some seating,  custom benches were made using Ana White's Plans and seating pads were made out of 1" foam and some leftover MDF that I had.  and yes, that is plastic over my seats, I do have kids.  The table was also made out of some 1 x 8 boards and legs from Ikea.  The other side is attached to the wall using simple shelf L-shaped supports.  If you are curious as to what the actual bench looks like, I've included a picture below.  The bench offers great storage below as well, since I have no place to put extras after a major Costco haul.

Ana White super simple bench

The other side of the kitchen houses our utility closet and our water heater.  A small command center was made to hold the kids homework, our grocery list, and our monthly calendar.  Oh and that picture you see, its a poster from Portland, OR brought to me from my bestie on her last trip there.  I love how the white frame looks on it, so simple and chic.  The lamp is a fixture from Ikea, modified to be hard wired.

Kentucky Vintage Tray

A simple double dish rack as well as a hanging bar across the window help store wet dishes to dry.  This kitchen doesn't have a dishwasher so haven't a convenient place to dry my dishes makes my life easier.  After all did they have dishwashers in the 1950's?  I'm also kind of obsessed with succulents right now, so I have a few in the window sill.

The last issue I had to deal with was the floor.  Over the years it had gotten very dull and sticky and was very hard to clean.  I was fortunate enough to get the hook up from the guy who cleans our floors at the office.  He did an old fashioned strip and wax and the floors were as good as new.  This is a true testament of "they don't make them like they used to".

Well,  I hope you enjoyed my Vintage Kitchen.  Now lets talk budget.  I spend roughly around $400- $500 to give this kitchen a new life.  So if you are in the market for a new vintage home that might be a little rough around the edges,  I can help you brighten it up for a few hundred dollars while you save up cash for a major renovation.  


Vintage House of the Week #5

Monrovia San Gabriel Altadena Highland Park Vintage Houses For Sale

Welcome to this weeks edition of Houses we love.  This week we will explore and 1887 Queen Anne Cottage, a San Gabriel Mid Century fixer, a Highland Park Hipster retreat, and an adorable Altadena cottage.  Are you ready?


If you have ever dreamed of living in a Historic Queen Anne Cottage, boy do I have one for you.  Nestled in the beautiful city of Monrovia is this 1887 (that's when Monrovia was established) Queen Anne.  With period details throughout, you can't help but feel like you live in a museum.  The backyard also feels like an english garden, perfect for a tea party.  The best part is the tax break since this house qualifies for the Historic Mills Act.  Extra Score!!!  You can have this piece of history for $759,000.


CALLING ALL VINTAGE FLIPPERS!  Yeah thats right, I'm talking to you!  Look we all know we have a major obsession with HGTV and shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, and Vintage Flip, but have you ever wanted to get your inner DIY Diva out and flip a house of your own?  Okay, maybe not flip, but renovate exactly to your liking.  We know Joanna Gaines produces beautiful homes all day long, so why not you?  This 1950's Ranch is almost 2000 square feet and sit just blocks away from desirable San Marino.  I see tons of potential in this house, and I'm sure there is beautiful hardwood floors underneath that dated carpet.  So are you ready to embark on this journey?  This San Gabriel house is priced below market and can be yours for $850,000.

Next up is this adorable Hipster retreat nestled in the hills of Highland Park with compelling views of the local hills and San Gabriels.   This place has been completed redone with  new wide planked hickory floors, sleek white cabinetry, black quartz countertops, stainless appliances and walk-in pantry.  There is no need to worry about upgrading the electrical and plumbing because that has been done for you too.  Even the  windows have been replaced and new recessed lighting and fixtures added. What's really cool about this retreat is if you need a home office or studio there are 2 additional bonus spaces you can use.  One adjacent to kitchen w/laundry hook-ups is large enough to be a guest room or media space. The other, is accessed from the yard.  And if you are in water saving mode, drought tolerant front landscaping and terraced hardscaped backyard complete the picture.  This beauty is offered at $629,000.


Looking for a great little family home?  Maybe with extended family?  This house in Altadena is ready to move in with gorgeous hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen, baths, and a guest house.  The upstairs is a master retreat with a den so that mommy and daddy can have some alone space.  Haha!  (I think I'm day dreaming).  This house is so bright and cheery and ready for you to move right on in.  Priced at $769,000.

As you all know I love vintage houses and I would love to help you find your dream vintage home.  Please contact me at 626.437.4177 or to schedule a showing.

Not quite ready to buy?  I help with getting you into single family leases as well.  Visit my renting section for more details.

Vintage House of the Week #3

alhambra pasadena highland park altadena houses for sale

Welcome to this weeks edition of Houses We Love.  This week we will explore the cutest english tudor, a Bungalow Heaven Crafstman,  a bright and cheery Highland Park bungalow, and a quaint cottage with a guest house.  So let's get started.

First off we have this amazing english tutor nestled on a tree lined street in Alhambra. I just love the vaulted ceilings in the living room with some of the original windows kept in tact.  And that beautiful hardwood floor (to die for)!  The kitchen is so cute complete with the vintage stove.  With some new flooring, countertops, and a quick shine up to the original cabinets, you will have the vintage kitchen of your dreams.  Oh, and the backyard is huge!!  Like 15,000 square feet huge.  Enough room for a swimming pool, swing set, or whatever else your heart desires. All of this for $858,000

So for this next house we have a beautiful Craftsman home, situation in the Bungalow Heaven area of Pasadena.  Can I just say I'm in love?  This house has too many vintage details to name, but just look at it, its darling!  Everything has been remodeled and yet it has been done so well that you can see all of it's vintage charm.  They also didn't leave out any modern amenities, like that commercial 6 burner stove.  That kitchen is a great way to get your inner chef out.  Oh and if you are a wine person, like me, you'll appreciate the basement.  I'd be the first one to build out a wine cellar.  This beautiful home can be yours for $778,000

highland park bungalow for sale

Okay, I have to be honest with this one.  I like it for the colors.  Typically I'm not into the bright houses, but something about this house makes me happy.  So if you ever wanted to live in trendy Highland Park, then why not go with something more colorful.  If a little 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow is what your looking for then I think this one is a mighty cute one.  Offered at $649,000.

And for our last house of the day, we have this quaint little Altadena Cottage.  Very cutely remodeled, but still has that tiny house feel.  Yup, because I know some of my peeps want tiny houses and personally I think a family of four could live here.  I know mine could.  Complete with a little guest house in the back for some extra and your golden. So for those of you looking to join the tiny house movement nows your chance.   I just want to know, can I keep the etc. sign above the T.V?  This little gem is offered at $539,000

That's it for this weeks Houses We Love.  I hope you found something you love too.  If you want to check any of these properties out or see anything else in the area that you love, don't forget to hit me up at 626.437.4177 or at

Lots of love.  Til next time.

Vintage House of the Week #2

In this edition of Houses We Love we will see a cute doll house bungalow, a 1920's remodeled spanish style, a gorgeous craftsman charmer, and a mid-century ranch.  All here in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley.  So lets have some fun!

Pasadena Vintage Homes

First up we have this cute little bungalow in Monrovia.  With a good size backyard, I can just see myself relaxing out there with a glass of wine on a hammock.  The inside is darling as well, with vintage details in the main rooms, and for a more modern feel both the kitchen and bathrooms have been completely remodeled.  This little gem is offered at $574,900

Next is this 1920's Spanish Style beauty in East Pasadena.  I am in love with that front porch and the original details that were kept in this vintage home.  Did you see that bathroom? (Melt) The kitchen has been tastefully remodeled keeping with the time period of the home, and archways galore.  Plus you can live really close to all the healthy stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods, but you probably won't need it since it already has garden boxes set up for you in the back yard. Then once you grow those veggies, you can prepare them on an awesome Viking Stove which is included in this home.  This spanish charmer is offered at $538,000.

Have you always wanted to live in a vintage craftsman bungalow?  I've got one for you, nestled in the beautiful city of South Pasadena.  Built in 1909 this house will knock your socks off.  Lots of vintage details that make the house original, with a super cozy feel.  You want to dine al fresco with your friends?  It has the perfect yard for an al fresco dining experience.  One of the features that I love the most is that their is a basement with a workshop.  What?!  If you have read my blog before you know that I'm a DIY Diva.  So having a workshop is a huge dream of mine.  If it's one of your dreams too, then this is the house for you.  Not to mention you'll have access to all the cute little cafes, shops, and farmers markets that South Pasadena has to offer.  Offered at $688,000.

Now you know I always have to throw in a mid-century ranch style home for you because personally I think they are perfect for those with larger families. This traditional style home is nestled in the Fish Canyon area of Duarte.  First off,  I love the mint green color (like how cute is that?) This house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and although it is a smaller home, the layout is fantastic and seems so much bigger.  Its also has a backyard that is to die for.  I can imagine water balloon fights, fun on a swing set, and a cute little puppy running around.  All while moms cooks a delicious dinner her kitchen overlooking the back yard.  In the winter everyone can gather around the cozy fireplace drinking hot cocoa and watching movies.  Offered at $529,000

So there you have it.  All of these great homes have gone on the market in the past week, so if one of them strikes your fancy, give me a call before they are gone.  Have a wonderful week and I'll see you next week loves.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what's happening in the SGV.

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How To Turn A Simple Crate into a Side Table

A few years back I was at an Estate Sale in South Pasadena and I came across some awesome items in the tool shed.  One of those being a very sweet old cobblers table, with a few missing legs that I automatically knew I would turn into a coffee table.  

cobbler table

But you see everything came in a lot, so I was forced to take a couple of other things including this really cool box crate thingy.  Its served a few purposes around the houses like storing DVD's and as an umbrella stand, but it never really found its ultimate purpose.  That is until I needed a side table to go between my Cane Chairs and my brain went ding, ding, ding!  Lately I've been really obsessed with Hair Pin legs so I decided to grab some over on Etsy.  I couldn't help myself for $8.00 each.  Hairpin legs + cool crate thingy = Awesome side table.  The project was super easy.  I just screwed the legs into the crate and that was it.  


crate table

And no I do not usually wear my Anthropologie clothes while working on projects, but this particular project required no special outfit.  

hairpin legs

I just love the way it turned out.  I might even be inspired to paint my living room now (Can you tell it needs it?).  Now if you don't have a random vintage box, you can just make one yourself by screwing together pieces of 1 x 12 board.  It is a very simple project.  I only know that because that is how I made my shoe rack in my closet.

 Now I have a great little table in the center of these Cane Chairs I picked up not to long ago.  Oh and if you must have my  World Pillow Covers  you can pick them up for next to nothing on  Amazon .  

Now I have a great little table in the center of these Cane Chairs I picked up not to long ago.  Oh and if you must have my World Pillow Covers you can pick them up for next to nothing on Amazon.  

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How to Get Rid of Pesky Mosquitos With Natural Products

It's summer time, usually I'm good with that because it means going to the Beach, Family Vacation, BBQ's, and lots of swimming.  However, one of the things I hate most about Summer are the mosquito bites. So I'm going to teach you how I prevent them without using chemical based repellents, and also how I stop the itching when it's too late and they already bit me.   

What I use is this handy dandy essential oil blend called Nature Shield by Plant Therapy.  It's very easy to use and very economical.  I use a 2oz spray bottle, usually recycled from another product I finished up and fill it with good old witch hazel that you can pick up at any drug store.  I then add about 10-20 drops of the essential oil blend and shake.  Then I just spray the heck out of myself when I am exposed to mosquitos.

Now what do I do if I forgot my spray, or its too late and those little critters already got me?  This is where I use old fashioned bar soap.  The one I use is from Trader Joes, but you can use any kind like Ivory soap or whatever else you may have on hand.  You just spritz or wet the bar of soap and rub it on your bites, and viola!  No more itching!  Other things that work are using a paste made out of baking soda and water or a white toothpaste.  

So there you have it, instead of worrying about pesky mosquitos in the summer.  Enjoy the hot dogs, hamburgers, a tall glass of lemonade, or an ice cold beer instead.  

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