Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Little by Little.....

Hello friends...thank you for visiting again. I am slowly making progress on my kitchen . I have the bottom cabinets all primed and painted. I spent yesterday working on all the drawer fronts. Popping the movies, The Young Victoria and Meet Me In St. Louis, on in my computer helped a lot. The work goes so much faster when I watch a good movie and who doesn't love a great MGM Judy Garland musical?

I adore movies with lavish costumes and fabulous history.
I never even took anything out of the cabinets...just paint around it all!

I had the brilliant idea to mark the drawer fronts with a number and a right or left indicator. I thought that would help to make sure they were reinstalled in the proper location. Which would have worked out great, had I not painted over the markings...DUH!
I ended up testing each front until I found a fit..yeah, I know, I'm so smart.
Then I proudly stood back to gaze upon my work and noticed to my dismay, I had hung all the lower doors upside down!!
Will someone hand me that D**n screwdriver again!!

After spending a lot of time looking for the perfect knob..Home Depot, Lowe's, Craigs List and local hardware stores, I decided on a clean and simple matte finish black round knob.
what's more 'farmhouse' than that?
Ok....they were only $1.95 each compared to $5.00-$10.00 each for fancy ones. I'm betting Mrs. Farmer would have picked the plain black also.

Yes, that's a Christmas decoration still up ;-(
I think they look great. you see the two open cabinets on the left. Those will remain that way to show off my pretty cream dishes. I am going to paint the interior back and sides a different color than the soft grey walls. I really would love to use a color that is not the expected hue. I picked out two a very soft blue, but that seems too obvious. The other color is a very soft Peony blush , which I think is more of a 'Wow, I never thought to use that color!" type of choice. What do you think?

The color will be in a recessed area and will not be a bright pink at all, just a subtle blush of color. I am going to paint a section and see if it will work.
After all that hard work and decision making it was time for dinner

homemade pizza!
so good we had to have two!

I found a wonderful new pizza crust recipe. It got rave reviews and was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside..perfect!
You can find it here.

Until next kind and stay creative. is a sweet bird pic for you ..enjoy!

Little Tufted Titmouse with last night biscuits


Kathleen Grace said...

I just love the cabinets and hardware Janet! It is a long process though isn't it? Are you going to paint the insides of the bottom cabinets? I just realized how hard it will be to do the roll out shelves and things down there, yikes. Plus I'm afraid that with the heavy wear of baking dishes in and out the p[aint won't hold up very well. Maybe I'll line them with something to help. I just can't wait to see the final reveal. I love the blush peony color too, with grey walls? Gorgeous!

Aprons and More said...

You are one busy girl! Love the pink...are you going to paint the shelves themselves or just the part you see (like the edges)? It looks great! So does the pizza and the cute birdie! Keep up the good work!

Katy :)

Heather said...

your kitchen is turning out BEAUTIFULLY! way to be bold and go for the blush pink. :)
so happy to score a new pizza crust recipe...we do homemade pizza here at our house often...
though yours looks much more delicious!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love it and the hardware is perfect! I can't wait to see the open shelving with the black interior, it is going to blow everyone away!

Can't wait to see the blush color. Good job, girl! Think of how much money you are saving on this project by doing it yourself :)

Lisalulu said...

LOVE the blush color!! think i'll have to try that and with the grey LOVELY and as for dinner, you just made my tummy grumble! I want some!

Marie said...

You kitchen is looking very inviting. My friend has a coffee colored kitchen (with cream) and did the inside of her see-through cabinets bright orange - sounds terrible but looks fantastic.

Hugs - Marie

Audrey said...

Pizza!! That's what I'll make for supper!

beth said...

Okay, that was unfair....I was happily scrolling through your kitchen project and then, WAM, you stuck in pictures of delicious pizza! They looked so good.

koralee said...

Oh I adore your kitchen...way to go...I painted everything white in mine too so I so understand the time it takes. That last image is are so sweet to feed the little birds your biscuits....xoxox

Annette said...

I just love the idea of the pink inside. Can't wait to see it!

Sweet Birdy Love said...

Hey janet, don't feel too bad. That 'brilliant' idea is just the sort of thing I would do.....
The peony blush is gorgeous, go for it.
It's all coming along nicely and good choice of handles.
That little tufted Titmouse, is so sweet. Kind of looks like he's having a bad hair day....

Must check out the pizza recipe it looks and sounds delish.

Claire X

Maison Conti said...

Great work, Janet! The kitchen is looking as charming as can be. Love the knobs...still waiting to check on that truly curious. I like the blush a lot. Can't wait to see if it works for you. Looks like you still have LOTS of snow on the ground. You asked me to send ours to you. I hope you appreciate it! Frankly I don't miss it over here one small bit!

Tweed Delights said...

Looking good Janet - love the black doorknobs too! Go for the blush, you know you want to, hehe ;-)! Nice pizza - we make our own homemade one here too - very popular :)

Anonymous said...


did you have to strip the builders cabinets before apply the primer? Which primer did you use? I'm glad you went with yellow BTW. Hey, you could change the color insidne the open cabinets when ever you needed a change ( and of course your curtains.)
Pam in NJ

janet said...

@Pam in NJ

I will be doing a guest post on Remodelaholics blog on April 21. In that post I will talk about the whole process of my restyle. The products I used and my prep work.

Come visit then ;->

Janet xox