Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kitchen pics…finally…No, really!

Here you have it folks, the pictures everyones been waiting for.  I’m sure you’ve all been sitting on the edge of your seats right? 
These are the before/after of my kitchen. 
100_8398From this…
100_8914To this. 
The spice shelf was is an antique wooden tool box that belonged to Sunny’s dad.  I found another one just like it that will go to the right of it and hung vertically. 
On the top shelf is Sal and Pepe my s & p shakers.  I’ve tried hooking them up with Jennifer’s traveling Geisha, しかし取引はなしです (but no deal)! 
The long stick above the coffee mugs is a perfectly chippy chair rung my sis found down by the river—love it! 
My aunt found the retro coffee mugs after hearing me gripe about the 70’s kitchen.  They fit perfectly!
This candle holder houses my vintage copper measuring spoons.  I like that the scoops are square.
From this…
To this.
I painted this dark paneling a butter yellow.  the paint chip said Warmed Honey…can’t figure that one out. 
Because of lack of cupboard space we brought in 2 white cupboards.  I was thinking of putting glass knobs on them.  And, conveniently, Hobby*Lobby has their knobs on sale 1/2 off this week! 
The white pitchers on top of the cupboard I found at a yard sale for…drum roll…$1.00 a piece. 
I like unique birdhouses.  The church one is extra special because my daughter gave me that one for my birthday one year.
On the hooks below the shelf are my childhood aprons an aunt made for me.
When I was a young girl, my elderly neighbor asked me if I’d help her with a little dusting.  As payment, she let me pick something from some stuff she was getting rid of.  I picked the hand-painted little girl figurine.  It’s from Crews-Beggs.  Not valuable, but definitely sentimental.
The meat grinder is home to a little pie bird in it’s shredded-paper nest. 
100_8920Love the old milk crate I got last summer for $1.00.  Makes a nice home for odds and ends.
The toy train was Sunny’s. 
Don’t you love the old teal-colored enamel coffee pot? 
100_8924As you can see, I have a small collection of metal strainers.  That’s probably not going to be their permanent home.  I saw on another blog how you can put battery operated twinkle lights in them and hang them on the wall.  Problem is I don’t have anymore wall space to put them.  I’ll figure something out. 100_8921 This is a glass shelf above the sink.  The old miniature cast iron stove on the left was a sample stove the salesman would use when selling his wares. 
I love this old bank of windows.  Fun story:  The valance was one really long piece I found at Good*will for 75% off.  I bought it before we ever moved here, but since I’m partial to yellow I figured I’d find a place for it someday.  It couldn’t fit more perfectly.  All I had to do was cut it in half.
I didn’t purposely match the paint colors with the ungodly 70’s floor, but hey, it works! 
There you have it.
It’s All I can live with it now Good!


  1. It is all good! I love what you did. It is so cozy and homey looking!

  2. Very pretty!! I actually like your vintage floor- go with it! Everything is so nice and I love all your little touches here and there. Thank you for sharing the pics - I always love "peeking" into other's homes!!

    God bless you - Julie

  3. It's beautiful Brenda! You should go into interior decorating. You're really good. Hey I would let you decorate my home, it needs some help!

    Can't wait to come see it in person!

    Love ya all,

  4. It's wonderful! You did a great job! Isn't it great to transform a space and make it truly your own? So happy for you.

  5. Love your new paint colors. That wallpaper was crazy. Love the spicy color that is on there now. You have such a knack to put things together. It looks great and so homey and inviting like its right out of a magazine. I know you are enjoying the space now with all your great collectibles around you.
    ♥ Joy

  6. Very good idea, never seen measuring spoons like those.
    "This candle holder houses my vintage copper
    measuring spoons."

    You worked hard, with a very good result.

  7. It looks very warm and homey! I love the little touches and the stories behind them.

  8. Lookin' good - - - Miss Brenda!

  9. awesome Brenda!!!You are so talented...hope all is well with you and your family! God Bless, Diana

  10. we are putting in new kitchen cab right now, i think we are acting a little too soon actually, they have only been in 36 years, and still work, so whay change, but my wife says change or die, so we will change

  11. Hello sis, you can come decorate my house anytime. In fact you did a wonderful job of organizing my kitchen and I really appreciated it. Hope to see you soon.

  12. Brenda I LOVE it! Your vintage collectibles are wonderful and you displayed them really well. The colors are great - it looks like a warm place to land!

    Tell your boys not to be hurt - The Geisha is a tad bit hard hearted :)

  13. So fun to take the old and make it new, new to you! I think it's great that you've found some things that are meaningful to you all and then fixed your kitchen, etc. around it. Well done, girl!

  14. Wow, you have done a lot of work and the result is fabulous!! I am very impressed. Would love to visit and see it all up close and personal!

  15. You have done so much with just your skill with color and a determination to make it homey. I am so impressed. I will stop whining about having to rip off my wall border now. lol.

  16. i expected to get a rise out of you on the kitchen having new cabinets after 36 years, at leasst telll me ifi am being unrealistic, brenda>>.i'm serious<><>,.it is such a job and i wonder if it is really worth it,.<>in my 68 years of life i have never been involved with such a project


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