Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dressing up the kitchen a little

But don't let this fool you! I am still plugging away at parts of the kitchen I thought would be finished weeks ago! I was planning on taking a break before starting on the island, but changed my mind on that. I could really use the extra working space in our kitchen!

It has been a really long time since we started this main phase of our kitchen overhaul, fifteen months ago!
And I am feeling it. The need to be done with it is strong, at least until we do the wood flooring. (Hopefully next spring.)

But... aren't these little pot holders so sweet? I found them at a sweet little fabric store, and couldn't resist!

They aren't old, but they look like they could be!
Now, promise you won't laugh, but they were my Mother's Day gift to myself this year! (Does anyone else do this?) I have been waiting to hang them up because, well~ another slightly embarrassing admission~ here I am, repainting the color of the bead board in the backs of the upper cabinets.

The previous color

(although bright and cheerful)
didn't match the greenish gray I painted the floor, see below:

The color clash was driving me crazy! If you know me, you know color is a very, very serious matter indeed. It cannot be just any green, you see. It has to be the right shade of green. So despite the magnetic repulsion I am developing toward paint brushes, I did the only thing to be done, and began painting them the same mellow green used on our floor. I went back and forth on this color, because what looks perfect on our floor sometimes looked a little too blue inside the cabinets.

But then I remember that perhaps this is a choice that doesn't need to be taken quite so seriously! When we put down wood flooring, I can change the color simply enough if I want! It will only be on the back of three cabinets, and on our island. I also covered over that same first green the was on the half walls in the dining room and part of the kitchen. It is a really pretty white now, and I think it is going to fit just right.

Now regarding the island (are you getting tired of these updates?) it is getting closer to me showing it to you! I am putting bead board on the sides, and need to paint it, but am waiting for it to cool down! It has been hot this week, at least for our little corner of the world! Hardly any homes have air conditioning here, because it is so rarely hot! SO, when it bring out all the fans you own to keep cool! :)

I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend!

Blessings to you,


Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Those pot holders are adorable! I wish I knew how to crochet well. I'd be making some for myself!


About Southern Belle said...

i thought for a moment the pot holders were some of the ones grandma made. = ) she sure crocheted some beautiful things.

i think both the 50's shade of green and gray green look wonderful in the cupboards. could you take a picture with things inside the cupboard and show us how that looks so we can see before and after?

have to admit the 50's shade of green is growing on me... you have a beautiful kitchen and i am not just saying that because i am your sister.

love ya,

Lark said...

I love, love, love the pot holders! You are so talented. I can crochet a little bit, but not skilled enough to do something like that. You do such a great job decorating. I do not have any talent for decorating. I just need to hire an interior designer to do it all for me. =)

Jenni said...


I actually did not make these pot holders myself; I found them at a little fabric shop. I went back and and realized that I wasn't clear that I had bought them, not made them! I can't crochet, though I have truly tried! :)

Anonymous said...

Your pot holders are so cute! I can't wait to see the island. Glad that your kitchen is coming right along!

Tracey said...

Thank you for your lovely comment today Jenni. Everything is looking lovely in your the pot holders! xxx

Amy said...

The new cabinet color goes great with the red and green decorations! You've been working so hard, and it looks fantastic! I can't wait to come over and see it in person (hint hint).
I buy myself Mother's Day gifts, too. :)

Mom2fur said...

I bet there are a lot of us who couldn't resist vintage potholders--let alone red and white ones! They're really cute, and I love the salt and pepper shakers, too!

Robin Beck said...

I laughed when you read that your bought the pot holders for yourself!!! Girl, I do that for myself every holiday! My husband and family do buy me gifts but I like every once in a while getting myself a little something something! :)
They go perfect in your kitchen-I can't wait to see your island. I don't know if I have ever told you this but you inspire me so much.
Have a wonderful week,

Unknown said...

I LOVE your floors! Wow. I'm going to have to poke around a bit to see if you blogged about the technique. Your pot holders are super cute, too. I just wanted to stop by & thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. So happy you liked the sheet music dresser & laundry tote. I'm off to check out you and your sis' new blog.


Linda Stubbs said...

New to your blog. Very nice! I have a potholder just like the one with the rose in the center. I love those kind of things myself. They are easy to make follow teaching lessons on youtube. You can play them over and over until you get it. I love youtube.

Enjoyed my visit. Very adorable blog you have.

Blessings, Linda
Prairie Flower Farm

Scrappy Girl said...

Those are adorable. I think I saw the same ones or some that were very similar in a fabric store when I took my mom to Amish Country. Are they by Moda?

Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

I love the pot holders and the shakers. Adorable!

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and leaving me a note! Im so glad you liked my laundry room! As fate would have it, 2 days after finishing it we got news we might be moving in 4 months, ugh! Well, I guess that just means there will be another laundry room makeover in my future! :)

Jeni said...

You find the prettiest unique things. Those pot holders and shakers are beautiful. I like those colors all mixed together like that. Enjoy that kitchen!!!