Saturday, November 20, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen...

Funky Junk Donna's theme tonight is 'white' and I've got it. In my kitchen now and outside. The white inside makes me happy. When we bought this house over a year ago the only thing I didn't care for was the kitchen. The BEFORE pics were taken before we moved in.

Happily this past May we started the makeover. Mr. Crow's Foot wanted to rip out the whole kitchen, but I stuck to my guns (and budget) and we painted.

The sanding begins. We use our potting bench as an outdoor work bench too.

A happy day for us; chipping off the drywall compound fake tiles and grapes. You couldn't even wash this thing. Eeeew.

We removed the old soffit and replaced it with beadboard. We Mr. CF built in a couple of display cubbies.

We did all of the work ourselves except for the stone backsplash behind the stove and the new countertops. Here Miss M helps our tiler. This part of the transformation took place in July.

A reminder of the BEFORE:

And the not quite finished AFTER: Pretend that crown moulding is on and the wood floors are in. Thanks.

Dang; I missed the shot of Mr. Crow Foot's handy dandy reworking of the cabinets. The new fridge is taller and wider and I didn't want to loose the storage above the fridge. We also added four hooks at the back door as there is no closet and you know where jackets end up if there isn't a place to hang them.

I missed my corner pantry when we moved here and there was this 'thing' stuck on the wall. We added the beadboard up top and the corner shelves to try to make it look like it fit in. The light is the next victim on my list.

Now THIS was interesting. The stove would have originally been on this wall in the 1965 house. There was a gas cook top on the island and it was another happy day for us when it disappeared and a new smooth cooktop went back on the outside wall.

Dark and reddish. Just not me. And those grapes.

I've got a valence to make (the fabric is waiting by the sewing machine) and I think I will paint the light hardware the ole oil rubbed bronze for some contrast. It was hard to make this room look warm in photos. It feels warm though. Honest.

One of my favourite details is this vintage towel bar that we found at one of my favourite antique shops. We loved that it still had it's original packaging!

I do like the over the range microwave; please squint so you don't see my junk in the old microwave home. I think I'd better fashion a curtain for there too. Remember you're ignoring the lack of crown moulding on that far wall too. That's the wall with the tricky angles.

My version of Jen at Tatertots and Jello's Thanksgiving printable... in turquoise of course! (Thanks Jen!)

I've got to paint that calendar frame white too. It's always a challenge to spray paint in the winter. Note the dog dish. Designed to slow him down at mealtime. I wonder if they make those for husbands?

Thanks for peeking!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Barbie Camper Girls

One of my favourite toys as a child was my Barbie camper which I proudly purchased for $11.00 in fifth grade on our exciting family trip to Disneyland in 1972. I played with it, my nieces played with it, then Miss M, lamenting the taped together camp stools and missing steering wheel. This fall we discovered the new Barbie camper and she was pining away for it. On Saturday she sold her Little Tykes kitchen & vast pantry full of plastic food and is now the proud owner of the 2010 model. We're now running a Barbie Campground.

I loved the picture of my camper on the box.

It took Miss M a while to be ready to part with some of her favourite toys but after selling the kitchen & accessories she said that she felt good. More room in the playroom and now new Barbie love.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Little Pumpkin

It's hard to believe it was eight years ago that Miss M celebrated her first Halloween at four months. Sigh.

It was a beautiful night... the snow had melted and we didn't need winter coats. Always a bonus. My witchy poo with her neighbour friend at the start of their spooky trick or treat adventure.
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