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  1. Renov8or
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    Have you considered Green Demolitions?

    A site that pulls out salvaged kitchens – sometimes from fancy mansions – and resells them? Some of the package deals when they throw in the high end appliances turn out to be a good deal. And they say they negotiate – no offer turned down.


  2. Nancy
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    Drats! I have been hoping to hear that you moved the window on your sink side so you could put that beautiful beast of a wardrobe in there!! Then there’s those doors! Have you thought about just building a new house around all the “stuff” you have found? Then it would fit perfectly. Prayers for Elvis and y’all. Spend your days holding her. I hope you’re keeping the piano! Otherwise I am coming after it and yes I think I can make it fir in my kitchen.


  3. Gerry
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    Have I missed something? Are you ever going to show us the piano island finished? Have you gotten a counter top on it? I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this reveal…… I can’t take it much longer!


    • Gerry
      September 17, 2015 @ 10:58 am

      Waiting not awaiting… I hate auto fill!


      • Patricia
        September 17, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

        I liked “awaiting”. Made you seem like an escapee from a Jane Austen book.


  4. Marie
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:02 am

    You may already know this but there is a place in New Bedford MA that collects and stores vintage home goods (like claw foot tubs, etc). They are interested in reuse so it might be worth a road trip sometime??? It is called New England Demolition and Salvage. I can’t seem to copy the link here.


  5. savannah
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:14 am

    xoxoxo for you, sweetpea.


  6. Katherine
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:27 am

    I am so relieved. One, that this was not a post about Elvis getting worse, because we don’t want that to happen, and Two, that you, the queen of giant beautiful repurposed things has decided (well, been persuaded) not to use them in your kitchen. I am relieved about this because this was my plan, too, until we also saw how difficult it would be in our very bumpy old kitchen. I’ll be anxious to see what you decide on instead. Kisses to Elvis.


  7. Sarah
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    Hmmmm, I drove about 400 miles round trip to pick up a green sink similar to the one above…I still stand by my decision and the $750 I spent on it…


  8. Kiki
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    trying to get my head around what you’re posting…. not sure I’ll get it!
    glad to hear no further bad news about Elvis…. hope she makes it much longer 🙂
    maybe should read everything again – and another thing: the link for the double-basin & -sink is prohibited – ‘foul’.
    Hugs, Kiki


  9. Amber
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    Okay, so does this mean that you’re going to go with Paul’s idea and attach architectural salvage pieces to the face of the cabinets? Because I could soooooo see how this could be done and look AMAZING. I hope so! Also, please tell me you’re still going to do the white subway tile with the open shelves above, your mockup looks so great! I LOVE that kitchen you designed!! Also, that church was so quaint and pretty, I can just imagine dressing up every Sunday with a hat and gloves and a kisslock purse, and walking to church with a bible in my arms – so dreamy! I hope Elvis is doing okay!


  10. laura
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    Sweetie next time buy the 25.00 sink and have Paul make you a potting table base for it. Enough said. Aeries AKA Pink Kitty sends kitty kisses.


    • Yvonne Angus
      September 17, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

      Amen! Re-purposing is the name of the game…especially for $25.00!!!


  11. Darling Lily
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    I am not yet ready to let go the GFT dream kitchen. You’re grieving right now and everyone knows you aren’t supposed to be make major decisions for at least a year. I do completely agree that some practicality is going to have to be allowed to rear its ugly head to a degree, but let’s not be hasty.

    Could you not remove the legs of an antique sideboard and mount it to the wall somehow? (Or just cannibalize it?) You and Paul are both built on such noble proportions that I’m sure you’d love being able to choose a height that works better for you than the standard counter.

    You can do this, girl. Paul most assuredly needs to be there to yea or nay the actual practicality of anything, but there is nothing the two of you together cannot do.

    Poppet, Posey, Butterbean, Biscuit, Tater Tot and Doodlebug send head butts, their favorite liver treats and many love bites to Elvis. Miss Kitty would like her to know that she herself enjoys some slippery elm powder in her food ( or occasionally via syringe directly in her mouth, which is rather less pleasant but still tolerated) to soothe her sensitive stomach.


  12. Garden, Home and Party
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:52 am

    The great finds you see on craigslist are undoubtedly someone else’s “dreams” of a kitchen using repurposed antiques. So the cycle continues. At least you have a fabulous island in the repurposed piano, right?
    Good wishes to sweet Elivs!


  13. Garden, Home and Party
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:52 am

    Oops, I mean Elvis…my fingers sometimes get ahead of my brain.


  14. Lydia
    September 17, 2015 @ 11:57 am

    You are a bad influence. Every time I read one of your posts I then find myself on Craigslist trying to find my own GFTs. I’m moving into my own place on Monday and I have no furniture to take with, want to be my personal shopper?


    • Yvonne Angus
      September 17, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

      I thought it was just me! I have two nearly 5 feet tall, 12 x 12 inches at the top, tapered down to a 12 x 12 inch base, $25.00 for both, (she said she wanted it for EACH, but didn’t post it that way, so she honored her post), just waiting for me to restore them (they had a lot of brass angels and bling on them, some broken, some salvageable, some just TOO much), and find SOMEWHERE to put them! Both purchased after reading another VEB blog, and getting the CL “itch” again.
      On the same session, I found and purchased a gorgeous GFT Victoria scrolly hutch (no base cabinet), for $100.00, AND 10 pieces of vintage metal lawn/porch furniture, $100.00 for all.

      So, all in all, $225.00 isn’t so bad! 😉


      • Yvonne Angus
        September 17, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

        Should have proof read. The top items are two pedestals. Lol!


  15. sharon
    September 17, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    Dear Victoria….I knew you were a wonderfully wonderful animal lover!!!! Elvis truly appreciates ALL your love..x


  16. Julie
    September 17, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

    Good to see your posting again! You’re faithful fans miss you when your real life gets in our way. After having rehabbed multiple homes and kitchens over the years for my own business, I have slowly given in a bit on being a purist with hanging on to some of the original cabinetry etc. Heck, most of the time you couldn’t even fit a regular dinner plate in them anyway. But it boils down to a form vs function, I’ve always sided with form until recently just because I’m worn out. I have absolute faith that whatever you end up with will have such personality, charm and whimsy that no one but you will know that underneath it all are some basic cabinet boxes. Compromise in design and vision isn’t ever easy but there’s only so much you can do to fight reality and physics.


  17. Jayne Z
    September 17, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    I so understand your desire to not disrupt Elvis’ routine. The less stress the better. My Bandit is 19-1/2 and there is no way I would take a vacation or leave him because I could never forgive myself if anything happened while I was away. I want to be there for him no matter what.


  18. Sunnie Mitchell
    September 17, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    I so needed to read this today: ‘(..I was also right; because now they are mine, and no one else will be able to have them.), thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! My Paul was grumping at me this morning (Scotland time) about my yarn stash – so nice, so very, very nice to know someone else ‘gets it’ about having to have something! Cuddles, gentle pats, and shedloads of well wishes for Elvis, and for you and your Paul, comforting hugs.


  19. Sharon
    September 17, 2015 @ 1:36 pm


    Good to see you posting again. I am sure that you and the Master of Fixing It All aka Paul with come up with something fabulous befitting your GFT dreams. Loads of love and well wishes to Elvis.


  20. AppleHillCottage
    September 17, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    Looks like those people with the outrageously priced green sink couldn’t find any cabinets to put it on either…


    • Robert
      September 19, 2015 @ 11:46 am

      Oh my gosh! LOL! ^ That wins for funniest comment!


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