9 Ways Carla Malloy Made Her Kitchen Magazine Worthy Without Spending Thousands Of Dollars

In the March 2013 issue of Country Living, they show Carla Malloy’s beautiful kitchen renovation. When she purchased her 1890’s ranch house near Ojai, California, she focused her efforts on the kitchen and garden first and foremost. Her kitchen was the most used room in her home, as professionally, Malloy sells preserved fruits, vegetables at Jalama Road Family Farmstand (jalamaroadfamilyfarmstand.com). The kitchen already had beautiful architectural bones, including century-old fir floors and beadboard cabinets. She shares 10 tips with Country Living how she made her space even better……..

1. If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

These cabinets had been in the house for over 100 years, and they looked fantastic, they just needed some minor tweeks. She simply brightened it up with plenty of white paint, then set about adding personality through charming 1950s appliances. White paint and a thorough
hardware cleaning was an amazing makeover all on it’s own.

2. The secret To A Great Kitchen Space?

A crowd-pleasing table. “Our friends always hang out in this room anyway” says Carla. So she invested in an eight-foot-long pine antique table, big enough to accommodate plenty of guests.

3. Add An Unexpected Surprise

Go out on a limb with unconventional furniture. Instead of dining room chairs, she chose cypress tree trunks, which function as stools, and didn’t cost a thing.

4. Be Different, Opt For Vintage Appliances

Vintage Appliances offer style! A neighbor gifted the Malloys with a cast-off 1950s CE
refrigerator, as well as an O’Keefe & Merritt stove from the same era. “I love the way
these look,” Carla notes,”and both still work perfectly!”

5. Invest in Wood floors

Wood floors evoke a “real room” feeling. Who says kitchens (and bathrooms,for that matter) must include tile?

6. Skip The Curtains If Privacy’s Not An Issue

Less can be more when it comes to curtains. If privacy’s not an issue, and your
windows look this good, think about skipping drapes and blinds altogether. “The redwood
was too gorgeous to cover up,” Carla says.

7. Go With Something Different For Your Countertop

Consider a different kind of country countertop, such as steel, or concrete. It reminds me of farm tools, like galvanized buckets,” she explains.

8. Don’t Spend Thousands On An Island

Carla came across this early-1900s Mexican desk-$350 at an antiques shop—and saw
an opportunity for a one-of-a-kind workstation. She made the piece more functional by making a lower shelf from basic wood planks atop the stretchers. She then elevated the counter height by adding casters to the legs.

9. Take Advantage Of Vertical Space.

It would’ve been a shame to waste the kitchen’s closet on buckets and  a broom. So, Carla transformed the area into a pantry with six-foot-tall pine shelving  units that also maximize corners.

Carla Malloy’s Beautiful Kitchen In March 2013 issue of Country Living

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