Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Little Newness of Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones!
I showed you a nasty snap a few posts back and told you we were doing some things to our little kitchen.
You may want to grab a cup of tea cuz I got a looooooooooong post here.

It probably doesn't look much different to you who visit me often
but there are a few little changes.

This is how the kitchen looked a little over a year ago when we got granite countertops and a beadboard backsplash.

This is a bad snap, but this is how the kitchen looked after we moved in over 16 years ago.
A dirty cream color on the cabinets and on the walls. 
Formica, the real shabang, on the counters.
Now I was so smart and stenciled the little plate border. 
Did you know I was a rockin' stenciler? Well, I am! :)

Then a few years down the road I got all smarty pants like and painted all my walls and in the adjoining breakfast room - blood red! 
Except the wainscoting, kept it white.
Loved it to death. Blood red/Death  
(how do you like my pun? I'm so creative like this you know)  :)
Well, for six years I loved it! 
Those red walls just screamed "REDRUM! REDRUM"
Tired of the blood red, I went to a sweet soft creamy yellow! 
Took two coats of primer and three coats of yellow! Whew!
Then Mr. Precious and I painted the cabinets a nice bright white a couple of years ago.

Pop on up to today. Our home is not a new home. It's olden and was built in 1970.
We decided to have new doors made for our olden cabinets and the interior of the cabinets all painted up nicely with oil based paint.
I'm loving them.

There was just a teeny little trim on our olden doors. Some of the doors where hung a tad crooked. Some wouldn't close all the way. Olden! Kinda like me! :)
So new doors were made with a wider outline. I don't know what you call it - border, rim?
Anyway, you can see the difference here.

Here's a last year snap of the corner cabinets. 
The bottom cabinet contains a lazy Susan so not an inch of space is wasted. I love that!

But look now! SQUEAL!!
I got a glass front door for the top cabinet! 
And it has little lights on the sides to light up my life! :)

I do realize this is not much of a big deal to most of you, 
but hey, don't take much to please me and I'm tellin' ya ~ 
I'm in kitchen cabinet glass door heaven! :)

I think I probably went overboard poking stuff in here.
This was the cabinet where I used to keep tea and doggie biscuits for Chloe and lots of glasses.
These shelves are pie slice shaped and are about two feet or more wide and that deep.
So I just kept poking and poking and poking dishes in here.

Oh, boy! Oh, joy! 
I'm loving my little over stuffed pie shaped glass front cabinet door!
Can you love all that? 
Well you bet your I didn't break that glass on the floor! Just sayin'!

Moving on...
This is my little pretend island. 
She really wants to be an island but she's just a peninsula.
I just keep telling her - no cabinet is an island! :)
She's painted a soft green and I love that. 
Her doors are so much prettier with the wider borders around them too.
I've got all kinds of stuff poked behind these doors too. 
Although I have to maneuver around the Jenn Air's innards.
Was that TMI? 

Got new hardware too that matches the faucet - 
kinda black with a little coppery color showing through.

One more time ~ SQUEALL!!
See what I found? 
I found a Jadite bowl! 
I've been looking for one ever since Christmas when I saw Debbie's from Debbie Dabble. 
Her Jadite bowl was filled with cookie cutters.
I drooled for weeks! I really did.
Felt plumb sorry for myself that I didn't have a Jadite bowl. :(

This spot above the ovens looks so much better too.
The cabinet door at the top had just been sliced off for the ovens to fit. 
Our cabinet guy made a real door for this space.
Now she is a 'real' cabinet!
See that little wooden squirrel? Do you know what that's used for?
You grab it's little tail and use his little front feet or the space behind his little ears to grab and pull out a hot oven rack and you will not burn your most precious dainty fingers.
It's cheesy. I know. 
But a sweet little friend made it for me many years ago and now he's home with Jesus.
So I'll always keep it.

Cabinet guy tried to talk me out of my little fronts here with the wooden pieces I added and painted green with my most talented fingers. He wanted to put in those drop downs so I could poke wet sponges and things in them. I didn't want that! I wanted my little olden fronts.
Got my way. See? They're old and a little bumped up, I don't care. So, he being the cabinet guy with his cabinet guy mind decided to make things flow better, he would make all of my top drawer fronts plain so my little fronts with the wooden green thingys could shine. I like how it turned out!

Then...are you ready for more? 
I went right out and bought four tiny little bitty corbels and had them put up under the cabinets. 
I am taking care of these myself and need to sand again and put the final coat on, but I couldn't wait to show you! A little bitty SQUEAL!!!

This is a very special cabinet too!
Guess what's behind those new doors...

See? Cookie sheets and trays and baking pans and such! 
Mr. Precious helped and cut some liner down as to not scratch the new paint! :)
Okay, I'll shut up now and let you look.

Well, shoot! That didn't last long, did it? :)
I took down my little valance over the sink and am liking all of the light coming in.
I just may not put it back up!
I would like to use the wooden blinds like I have on the windows on the front of the house, 
but they won't fit because of the raised faucet.
Okay, I'll shut up now. :)

Love my girls. I know...shhh.

Y'all come back, ya hear? :)

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Light Up My Life

So many nights I sit by my window 
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now
You've come along
You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song
Rollin' at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I'm turning for home?
Finally, a chance to say hey,
I love You
Never again to be all alone
You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song
You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song
It can't be wrong
When it feels so right
'Cause You
You light up my life
~ sung by Debbie Boone