Thursday, May 29, 2014

Redoing the Kitchen in The Little House

Hello, Dear Ones!
Well, I told you I would take you along on my journey to get The Little House ready to live in. We started by having the place repainted a soft color from Sherwin Williams called Biscuit. What? You liked that yucky mustard color? :) While our house was on the market I started working on the kitchen here in February and the first thing I did was paint over those pale yellow cabinets with a bright white.
 So here is the before and after of the painted cabinets.
 Another before and after.
We're keeping the old butcher block like countertops because they're in pretty good shape. I wanted to show you the Rooster wallpaper I put up many moons ago. I still love it.
Here's the stove hood I painted with heat resistant paint 9 years ago and it still looks pretty good. Another keeper.
Well, I just couldn't live with the yucky almondy yellowed underside of the hood so guess what? I went and bought some more heat resistant paint - white - and sprayed the underside and it helped to make it look almost new. It really was smelly, I'm tellin' ya! Almost passed out again! I probably got fumes on the brain and stuff.
I found these cute little knobs from Hobby Lobby online for $2.99 each! What a bargain and I thought they were pretty cute and Jadeite looking. Alas, I'm not bringing my Jadeite ~ it got packed.

 So the cabinets got painted white and with the added knobs I thought it was looking pretty spiffy!
I used a very shiny enamel paint. I know you're really supposed to use a satin finish for kitchen cabinets but the room is so small and the wallpaper is rather dark and I wanted the kitchen to be shiny so the light could bounce around. You can see the pass through to the living room and see how small this place really is.
See that white patch? Well, guess what was there? A genuine wall phone! Yes ma'am! This place was built in the 1970s so there it was. We had it taken out and the wall patched! I kinda panicked because I knew that I would never find this wallpaper again and would just hang something over the white patch. Well, I went out into the little storage closet outside and lo and behold were two rolls of the wallpaper I had saved!
So I patched it...
 Not perfect and the olden wallpaper had faded a little but it'll do. It does look better in person.

The only backsplash is on the stove side and was this nasty beigey colored laminate. Well, I didn't like it and decided to fix it! I painted the laminate with some primer, let that dry and then hung some beadboard wallpaper over it.
 I liked it!
I don't know how well you can see the beadboard wallpaper here but it looks SO much better and SO clean and white! Only one little lone red cow creamer. I packed the other ones!:( I will survive though).

So there you have my little redo of the kitchen in The Little House. Now I'll have to decide what to poke in here!


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Love Me Do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
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Someone to love
Somebody new
Someone to love
Someone like you

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
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Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
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~ sung by The Beatles






47 comments:

  1. Good job! It's looking sooooooooo nice...can't wait to see what else you're going to do with it. Glad you found wallpaper in storage, so you could patch the area of the olden wall phone!

    Hugs,
    Jan ♥

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  2. Oh how sweet ! I now know this is just a stop over in your new journey. When do you plan on moving to NY?

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  3. The cabinets look so much better bright white and I LOVE the bead board you added to the backsplash!!

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  4. It's looks great Shelia! Love those green knobs.

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  5. It looks very bright and cheerful now. Good job.

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  6. Excellent! The white is bright and light and should be easy to clean too! The green knobs are cute and I like that beadboard wallpaper. How lucky you had the wallpaper to patch- it was meant to be!

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  7. Shelia, it is looking so cute! I love that wall paper and it's so great you had a piece to patch it! The shiny white cabinets and backsplash are perfect to just brighten the whole area. Green knobs are so cute. Glad the red cow creamer make it to the little house! Enjoying fixing this up with you.
    hugs, Linda

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  8. You are so clever and you have a very good eye. I particularly liked your wall paper patch job. Me, I'd just stick a picture frame over it. LOL. xo

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  9. Sheila, you are a woman after my own heart! I am also a wallpaper patcher from WAY back and I have also used the high-heat paint and nearly asphixiated myself when I painted my brass fireplace doors black a couple of years ago...but they sure look great! Your cabinets look awesome painted the crisp white and the little green knobs are perfect. What a great idea with the beadboard wallpaper and it looks amazing against the red rooster wallpaper.... it's lookin' lovely!!

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  10. Shelia, everything looks so bright and shiny. Your little kitchen is great. I always loved a kitchen where you can see into the dinning and living rooms, especially if you have company. That way you can be part of the conversation. Looking forward to seeing your new little home.

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  11. Shelia,
    The kitchen at The Little House is taking on your charm and personality, dear friend!!!
    I love the freshening of the cabinets with new paint and knobs!!!
    The beadboard paper as backsplash is genius!!! HUGE improvement!!!
    Thanks for sharing the updating and the process of making a transitional move!
    The cow creamer on the stovetop made my heart smile!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  12. What a cozy kitchen! Very charming and full of personality. Lucky red cow to be the one and only chosen to represent the entire herd!

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  13. You've been busy-busy behind the scenes. It's looking great! I love that wallpaper too.

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  14. Wow! You brightened up your new, little kitchen so much I almost had to put my sunglasses on! I love what you've done. What a huge change. I can't wait to see more!
    ~Adrienne~

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  15. Looks so nice!!! You were very busy this winter!!!

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  16. Looks great, Shelia! I know you will have it all ready to go in no time. Keep sharing!! :)

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  17. I love your little house kitchen!
    I like the bright white on the cabinets and the beadboard wall paper! So crisp.
    I'm sure you'll find something to poke into the kitchen and keep that little Moo Cow creamer company!
    Pat

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  18. Hi Sheila, everything looks great. Wonderful tip with the heat resistant paint. I see your little cow there....LOL The painted cabinets are looking so spiffy and updated. Thanks for visiting Sheila. Have a lovely week.

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  19. The white paint makes it look so fresh, Shelia! I'll bet it looks even better in person. How great that you actually had some of the wallpaper left. Otherwise, I was going to suggest getting creative with wall décor. : )

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  20. You're going to have a cute little kitchen. Love the green enamel knobs for the cabinets!

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  21. Wow, you have made a huge difference Shelia! How great that you were able to patch the wallpaper in the kitchen and not have to replace it as that would have been a big job to try and do whilst moving in at the same time! Love your little green doorknobs! xx

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  22. WOW it is all coming together so beautifully! (Just as I knew it would) Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  23. Love the cabinets painted white and glad you left that range hood that great red!..and yes the breadboard wallpaper looks great!!!

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  24. Yes, I love the white with the green knobs and the Jadeite will be perfect. The bead board is a great backsplash.

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  25. Great job! I like the wallpaper, too. I love roosters and will keep mine and I really don't care what others say.

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  26. Looks cute. The white does look better. I love the bead board wall paper. Would love to find some for my bathroom.

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  27. I think you're done an outstanding job, sugar!! Outstanding! It looks adorable and I'm like you. I want it clean and smellin' good before I move in. Love it!
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  28. Very cute. You did a good job.

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  29. Adorable -- you can never go wrong with bright red and bright white!

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  30. I'm loven your little house Shelia, you having so much fun I can tell,:)

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  31. Shelia, I am just LOVING your new sweet digs. It is reminding me so much of my own home. Even the counter tops..I indeed love it! And the rooster wallpaper... :):):) Home! This is SO homey!
    The white beadboard wall paper is wonderful..as it the red range hood..and...just everything!

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  32. Your wee kitchen looks so light and bright, well done Shelia. I'm looking forward to what else you have done.

    Diana

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  33. I am glad you are getting the place to a spot that you will like living there. What a change for you...but the fun will be in the travels and a sweet place to land in between trips. Blessings as you fix-er-up! xo Diana

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  34. Your've been a busy girl! It's looking good. '-)

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  35. Looks like you've been busy Sheila-very exciting times! Lovin' the fresh shiny white cabinets:@)

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  36. Hi Shelia, Pure love in your sweet little kitchen. The painted cabinets and pretty green knobs are awesome and what a great fix for the patch. You lucky girl to find some leftover wall paper. Love the roosters. That beadboard wallpaper looks like real wood. Love it and what a difference it makes. You did such a fabulous job with this fix. I can't wait to see more.
    Have fun!!
    Still having blog issues here with receiving posts and comments. I just got this post now. You asked about the biscuit jar. It was a blue glass container with no lid. I ended up selling it a few years ago.
    You also asked about the tray and the little bud and leaves off to the side. Those were already on that vintage piece. Something very different and rare to find.
    Sending hugs~
    XOXO

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  37. Wonderful changes in your little kitchen Shelia! Each one made such a difference!

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  38. Your new home is coming along great Sheila dear! I agree that white is so much better and it just made your cute knobs pop!

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  39. Such a difference, love your white cabinets and your knobs are perfect!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  40. Your kitchen looks just grand, Sheila! Thanks for the visit today :) I can't wait to hear all about your travelling adventures!
    Blessings,
    Diana

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  41. Yep..not laughing here!!! Nope. It's going to be a little doll house..I can see it coming. :)

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  42. Those are some great changes Shelia. I like the bead board wall paper! We have a spot on the kitchen wall where the old wall phone was and the original wall paper is still there too so I just hang the calendar over it. :) I wanted the paper as a reminder of what was there when we bought the house 37 years ago.

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  43. Hermosa está quedando la cocina, su estadía ahí será muy reconfortable. Pero lo más hermoso es que los viajes que harán serán emocionantes y llenos de vida. Me gusta mucho como siguen caminando juntos usted y el Sr. preciosus. Abrazos

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  44. Hermosa está quedando la cocina, su estadía ahí será muy reconfortable. Pero lo más hermoso es que los viajes que harán serán emocionantes y llenos de vida. Me gusta mucho como siguen caminando juntos usted y el Sr. preciosus. Abrazos

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    1. Thank you so much for popping in to see me, Shirley!
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia :)

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  45. I love the cabinets with the green knobs. You are doing a remarkable job with the smaller space.

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  46. It looks wonderful Shelia. I love the bead board and I do like the counters and the roosters too. I don't change things if it is still in good shape. With 3 boys we wear stuff completely out first! LoL!

    Sherry

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