Monday, January 18, 2010

Kitchen Before and After

Cabinet doors with original hardware from 1962!

View of empty cabinets and countertop

Over stovetop-the range was our last original appliance!

Vintage rub-on that was on cabinet wall beside stove-:)

Cabinet doors as they were sanded and puttied-notice the lovely shades of gold on the far doors-I did that a year and a half ago-thinking I would paint them a warm gold-so glad I waited---

Russell made the frame for this and I made the message board section

-a very easy $20 project!

We opened the cabinet over the oven, painted the inside,

built a shelf for the microwave, and I of course added some jars for a touch of color!

(Got the oven @ Habitat about a year ago for $40!)

What a find! Brand new Kenmore Elite Range Hood that retails for

around $400-got for $142 @ Sears!

(Got the stove top @ Habitat about a year ago for $20)

Window over sink with new pendant light!

(Can't see the dishwasher, but I get it off of Craigslist about a year and a half ago for $75)

Art Glass pendant light-Kit and shade $30 @ Lowes

My baking corner! The pic is of Russell's Great, Great, Great Grandmother!
She is my cooking inspiration-love this pic!

This is the formerly forgotten about cabinet above our refridgerator!

I never remember what was up there, it all went unused!

So we opened up, and now my depression glass has a beautiful spot!

Some Notes:

Let me start by saying how much I love my house! We are so blessed to have our house, for it to have so much room for us, to be able to afford-it is wonderful. Just like any house, there have been things in the 6 1/2 years we have lived in it that we have longed to change. Some were easy to do along the way-pull up bushes, add flowers, add color to rooms, take up carpet, refinish floors, replace light fixtures, and on and on. Others have been more daunting like windows, bathrooms, the kitchen, the basement. We tackled the windows and it was so worth it-we still have 2 rooms to do on the back of the house, but still, so worth it.
In the meantime I have longed for a cozy kitchen. A kitchen I could enjoy spending time in, that was up-to-date, where everything worked and maybe even went together :)
So, bit by bit, things have been accomplished-the floor was replace, several appliances were replaced out of necessity, and there remained the cabinets-a mind boggling task to undertake, one that we put off FOREVER!~
Being the bargain shopper that I am, I begin to look for cabinet hardware on EBAY
So I bought these:
28 pewter cabinet pulls- $35.00 (including shipping)
28 sets cabinet hinges- $38.00 (including shipping)
And then got a giftcard for Christmas to use for this:
1 Gallon Valspar Paint- $25.49
1 top of the line brush- $13.99
And this:
1 pendant light kit-$15.99
1 Art Glass Shade-$14.99

Of course there were other insignificant things along the way that added up, but I have to say we really worked hard to keep this as in-expensive as possible-and I LOVE the results!
The only thing left to do is paint the legs of the butcher block table I use as an island-still working on finding feet to add to make it about 6-inches higher!

I got lots of gasps when I told that I was painting the cabinets black-but I am tickled with the results and would do it again in a heartbeat!
So thankful for my dear hubby and our dear friend Tommy for the job they did, I wasn't allowed to touch a paintbrush, for reasons that can be seen throughout the house!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Save the Date!

What's Old is New Again
A Household Swap Meet
January 23, 2010
4:00 pm
@ the home of
Dawn Greene
Bring things you are tired of looking at in your home and find something new and exciting from someone else!
What you need to do to participate:
1. Email me @ to RSVP.
2. Choose 5-10 things from your home that you are "over". (if you have more than that GREAT!)Example-a lamp you can't use anymore, a bolt of fabric from a redo, curtains, nick-nacks,small-medium furniture items, picture frames, mirrors, pillows, plates. . . .
I could go on and on!!!(The picture on the wall that you can't look at anymore, or the pillows that don't match your new colors)---I keep thinking of other things!
(No clothes, toys, etc-this is a strictly household swap!)

3. Choose a yummy finger food to bring and share.
4. Feel free to invite friends, but they will need to email me, or have you let me know so that I can have them on the list!!!

What you need to know:
1. I would love to have your stuff before 1/23, if at all possible! You can bring it by, I will meet you, or if you see me you can give it to me!

2. Once everyone arrives the day of the Swap Meet, we will draw numbers and take turns "shopping". I will give further instructions the day of!

3.Please know that if you bring 10,20 or even 30 things, we are not going to make you shop until you find that many to take with you!
You may just find a few things, or you may just come to enjoy the fun!
Note: This a free, for fun event with no strings attached! Just a great way to be out with the old and in with new at no cost to you!

If you have any questions, let me know!

Looking forward to some great fun with you all!!!


Friday, January 1, 2010

We've been busy-be on the lookout for some shots of our latest project! A kitchen makeover on a budget-!! We've used lots of paint!!
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