Adding An Antique Architectural Piece in the Kitchen {Antique Gingerbread Trim}

Adding an antique architectural piece in the kitchen (antique gingerbread trim) was on the agenda this week.

I have had this architectural piece for some time now. I purchased it from my friend Kristen.

It has been in various places, like the dining room and on the ledge of the stairwell.

I was not really thrilled about its placement in either of those places.

I then had an epiphany, that ah-ha moment that it just may very well look great in the kitchen.

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

The antique gingerbread trim was placed above the cabinets at one end of the kitchen.

Don’t worry, this chippy piece has been heavily sealed to prevent further chipping!

When we first placed the trim above the cabinets it was there for a few days looking like this:

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

The piece seemed a bit lonely . . . afloat.

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

Something was missing . . . I thought it needed something like a finial of sorts

something similar in design like my garden finial.

Garden Finial - Great Room Hearth - Housepitality Designs

Not as big or heavy though!!!

I shopped the house, hoping that I could find something I already had that would work.

Architectural/Gingerbread Piece - Housepitality Designs

I spotted these Pottery Barn urns/pots that I had in the media room.

Pottery Barn Urn - Housepitality Designs

Thought that the color and texture would go well with the gingerbread trim.

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It was a good thing that I had a pair of these.

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

I love these pieces in that space.

Kitchen - Housepitality Designs

And love it more since this project was a no-cost one. Using what I already had.

Aren’t those the best projects?

Hope you have a great weekend with fun plans.

I will be on the ballfield . . . well not really ON the ballfield, but on the bleachers

cheering on the team to hopefully victory. A local tournament, so I may have time

in-between games to continue my other project I started.

Organizing and decluttering!!!

Organizing and Donating - Housepitality Designs

Organizing and getting rid of things that do not bring me joy!

All with the help of this book:

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.”

I started with my closet and so far filled 8 bags of clothes to donate and I am still not finished!

My friend Linda gave me some advice, if it doesn’t look fabulous on you, chuck it!

And I am!

Have a most fabulous weekend!!

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  1. I need to get that book and BE RUTHLESS in my closet(s)!!! I have clothes in 3 closets for cryin out loud! Ceazy! Now, I ADORE the architectural piece and the urns there are PERFECT! I almost always now buy a pair of something cause that is usually what we need, right? Enjoy the games. We have no plans:(:( Joe hasn’t been anywhere yet but the PT lady said yesterday he should get out. Maybe I can persuade him for dinner tomorrow night!
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  2. Teddee Grace says

    Yes, the pottery pieces did the trick. Have not read this de-cluttering book everyone is raving about. I have no problem getting rid of clothes…my motto is if it isn’t comfortable and flattering get rid of it…but do you think you can be this ruthless with your shoes, boots and decor items? Those are my trouble spots!

  3. The gingerbread looks fabulous, Shirley! Perfect above the cabinets.

    Happy Friday!
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  4. Shirley the architectural piece looks perfect in your kitchen, especially with the urns!
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  5. Fabulous new look – love those pieces!! Especially the Pottery Barn urns. Sigh. So lovely…

    Have a happy weekend Shirley!
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  6. No cost projects definitely are the best! 🙂 I’m in the middle of decluttering and organizing some closets and cabinets in my home, too! It’s been pretty liberating, feel so much lighter now! I love the piece you hung over your cabinet, and the color is a nice contrast to the cabinet color! Have a great time cheering this weekend, hope ya’ll bring home victory! ~Rhonda
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  7. Linda miller says

    Congrats on finding a new home for your architectural piece. But more so, for finding a new home for your clothes that don’t make you feel fab! Maybe, they will bring joy to someone else.

  8. The chippy piece looks great in your kitchen, especially with the urns! That books sounds interesting!
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  9. The architectural piece looks great above your cabinets! I have a similar piece hanging above the window in my laundry room. Have fun at the ballgame!!!!
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  10. Love the placement over the cabinets! We share a love of tole trays. I have a wonderful collection displayed in my kitchen, as well. Your blog is an inspiration!

  11. Shirley, the Pottery Barn urns completed the look as they are perfect with the architectural piece! I really need that book. I am so impressed with your progress of decluttering! Hope your hubby’s team wins!

  12. Shirley, I like your new addition to the kitchen with the urns. Great job. I love when you can shop the house and find treasure that you can use.
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    Good luck to your hubby’s team, hope they win. Have a terrific weekend.

  13. I love the symmetry of your new vignette. It looks great. I have also been organizing and decluttering. It is very fulfilling! Good luck to you.
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  14. The new piece in the kitchen is gorgeous. Love the age and the accents with it are perfect as always. Have a super weekend

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  15. I love how the gingerbread piece looks above the cabinets and all that gorgeous chipping! Your kitchen is so pretty Shirley, the decor, warm colors it’s just perfect!
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  16. It looks adorable in your kitchen! You have a very lovely kitchen, Shirley:) Love the way you decorate! Have a great day! So glad you liked the jewelry:D
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  17. Shirley, you have have an amazing chippy piece. It looks great above you cabinets. Jo
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  18. Shirley, I love your kitchen and the new addition looks wonderful. Enjoy the game and I hope they win!
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  19. Love the architectural piece along with the urns. Those really helped ground it. I need to purge again soon, too. Lots of stuff will be carried to the consignment shop and clothes to GoodWill.
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  20. Beautiful fun piece of salvage Shirley and you paired it so beautifully with the pottery barn vases. Adds such wonderful character to the top of your pretty cabinets. Happy Friday and have a wonderful week end.
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  21. Looks great Shirley! I love the balance of the urns with the architectural piece! You have such a great eye. Enjoy your ballgame.


  22. I love your gingerbread trim Shirley, if you grow tired of it, I know a Potting Shed that would give it loving home! We had a big de-cluttering a year ago when we sold our house in Charlotte. It’s amazing how freeing that feeling is once you decide to let go. Enjoy your time in the bleachers 🙂
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  23. Very pretty and different Shirley! I am familiar with that book, it’s full of some great tips, but a minimalist I will never be 🙂 I do need to work on my closet…
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  24. Shirley, your kitchen is amazing! Love those wonderful cabinets. That new piece is perfect, love the patina and your pots on each side. aaahhh black tole trays, one of my favorite things!
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  25. Love cost free projects, too! And, you found the perfect spot for your trim … such a cool architectural interest piece to add up there … great idea!!
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  26. Love the vintage trim, so much character. I have some old trim I need to do something with. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
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  27. jeannette says

    My daughter bought this book and loves it. She is finding it very helpful to organize her home, with two small children and a career! I’m tired just thinking about how full her days are! lol I’m finding retirement very relaxing… We don’t live close to each other, so I’m not able to help.
    Love the new touches to your kitchen – always a bonus when you don’t have to buy something new.

  28. If I got rid of everything that didn’t look fabulous on me, I’d be walking around necked. :/

    As for that gingerbread piece,you have the Midas touch Shirley. I never would have thought to place it there, but it looks fabulous!
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  29. This is just perfect and it even matches the chandelier…

  30. That looks so nice–I love the symmetry with the urns added! And I think I’m going to have to buy that book, but I’m afraid I’ll wind up giving away everything I own! LOL
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