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Showing posts with label Kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kitchen. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Pallet Plate Holder

As some of you may recall, I had decorated the top of my old fridge with two pallet boxes that I made last summer.
When my new fridge came, the magazine type box was too tall to put on top of the new fridge.
I had placed it on my coffee station.  I really wanted to hang it on my wall, but alas it was way too heavy.  I really like the way the wood bowl, pie pan, wood scoop and spoon look in the rack.
I decided to make a lighter rack to hold them.
Hubby cut up another pallet that didn't have a back to it.
I nailed a piece of pallet wood onto the bottom of the rack.
I then took a piece of lathe, cut it, and nailed it to the back.
It is 2/3 lighter than the other rack--PERFECT!
I didn't want to paint it.  I also went back and forth on whether I should paint a saying on it.  I decided that I just wanted it to look old.
To make the wood look aged, I took some Dark Walnut stain and dry brushed the edges.
I think I made the right decision.
I love the way it looks on the kitchen wall.

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Creative Cain CabinOld Red Barn

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Behind the Scenes

When I paint a piece of furniture for myself, I don't go into great detail like I would if I was painting a piece of furniture to sell.  In fact, I try and save as much paint and time that I possibly can.
I thought I would share with you some behind the scenes pics of me painting my corner cupboard.
I bought this cupboard on craigslist about two years ago.  I truly loved the black, but I needed to lighten it for my kitchen.  It kind of stood out like a sore thumb after I painted the walls and woodwork in my kitchen.
I tried to just get away with painting the inside panels in Annie Sloans Coco, but it still stuck out.
This is what the inside of the bottom looks like.
I have no desire to make this pretty and waste my time and paint.
The previous owner used it for an entertainment system and had cut a hole in the back panel.
When the doors are closed you can't see it.
For the shelves, I only painted the top with 2 coats and the bottom with one coat of Coco.
I made sure the front part of the shelf got painted.  I like pieces that look distressed so allowing some black to peak through is just perfect for me :)
Again, where the Coco and Old White meet, I didn't worry about making it perfect.
Sometimes you just need to relax about the detail.
Before applying the wax, I sanded the cupboard.  
I only painted the outside of the base doors.
Here they are with 2 coats of Old White and one door sanded to distressed perfection.
So this is a pic behind the scenes before wax.
Here is the cupboard after clear and dark wax.
As you can see all  of the imperfections really don't matter.
You would never know if I hadn't shown you how I really finished it off.
This is the corner
Before:
And After:
Now it blends in and brightens up that corner!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's on the Top of Your Fridge?

The question is, what is on top of your fridge?
Do you store things up there or decorate the top of your fridge?
I decided that after making all of those boxes and things from pallets, that I ought to use them around my home.  I wanted to use some on top of my fridge, but was concerned if I really should be putting anything up there.  In all my research, the only thing that was iffy was that objects on the fridge could block the ventilation and cause the fridge not to run efficiently.  We have a lot of space around our fridge so ventilation was not going to be an issue for me.

Now, what is on top of my fridge?

  • Some wood bowels
  • wood scoops
  • pie tin and tin spoon
  • an old citrus press
  • old canning jars holding my lentils, oatmeal, and rice
  • my "new" Fanny Farmer Cookbook


  • About 16 years ago, I learned how to bake bread from a good friend.
    She told me to look for the Fanny Farmer cookbook.
    So....16 years later, my kiddos got it for me for Valentine's Day.
    My friend loved how everything was explained in great detail throughout the cookbook.
    I on the other hand enjoy all the sketches that help explain the words.
    =)
    I really need to dig in there and find some really great recipes besides bread!
    Although hubby would be happy if that is the only thing I make.
    I love the look of the wood pallet boxes against my newly distressed painted cabinets.
    So what's on top of your fridge?

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Kitchen Update #5

    This will just be a quick update on the kitchen.
    I finished painting the top cabinets.
    I painted them in Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint and 
     waxed them with clear and dark wax.
    I also changed out the hardware.
    Before:
    After:

    We are talking with the man tonight who will be helping us out with the bottom cabinets.
    Oh fun!

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    Creative Cain Cabin

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Minor Projects Major Difference

    I just wanted to share with you two quick projects I worked on in the kitchen.
    The first one was our ceiling fan.  I wish we didn't have to have the fan in the kitchen.  Since we don't have central air, it is a must in the summer.
    I thought I would paint it in AS Old White.
    I used clear and dark wax.  It truly is amazing how much it brightened up the kitchen.
    I also painted the hood over the oven to blend in with the cabinets.
    It looks so much better because it blends in.
    I will share with you the finished upper cabinets soon. :)
    I am so unhappy with the changes in Photobucket!
    I lost the font that I used in all my other photos.
    Time for more change I guess.......

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Kitchen Update # 4

    I am finally ready to paint my upper cabinets.
    My cupboards boasted of this 1980's early 90's country geese contact paper.
    As I was peeling the paper off of the shelves, my mom was warning me not to get my fingers caught on any "nails" in the cabinet.  I assured her that there were no nails to get my fingers caught on.  Just as I said that my finger scraped this!!!  Who in the world would leave a razor blade under the contact paper!
    I am so glad I did not cut myself.
    I decided to paint the inside of the cabinets with some paint we had around the house.
    The color was called Oyster.  
    I then stained the inside of the cabinet with Minwax's dark walnut.
    The inside kind of resembles the AS Coco that I painted the wood work.
    I painted the outside of the cabinets in AS Old White--2 coats.
    The tile was painted in AS Coco -- 2 coats.  
    My daughter and I couldn't resist playing a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.
    Ever since I used the soft cloth on the clock, I feel like I can control the wax better with the cloth rather than the brush.  
    Here I am blending in the dark wax.
    This is the cabinets and tile without wax.
    Here is the corner  
     Before:
    After with clear and dark wax:
    Again the bottom cabinets are gonna be replaced and then painted.
    Slowly but surely.....

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

    Taking a Cheap Clock and Giving it a Facelift

    I told you that I was trying not to spend more money than necessary while giving my kitchen a little remodel. As I changed my kitchen from burgundy to Cocoa and Old white, I knew that my kitchen clock was not going to match my kitchen anymore.  The clock was cheap, but it still worked so why not just paint it and make it a clock face that I would have wanted to buy.
    I took the clock apart piece by piece.
    I painted the face the sandstone color that I painted the kitchen walls, 
    and I painted the outside of the clock in Annie Sloan's Coco.
    I popped over to the Graphics Fairy to find a clock face that I wanted.
    I couldn't print it off on a big enough paper to mod podge it over the other clock face, so I decided to use the charcoal pencil method to transfer my clock image.
    I cut the clock out.
    I knew I was going to have to cut a hole in the center of the circle, 
    so I did these simple steps to find the center without using algebra and a ruler.
    I colored on the back over the numbers with a charcoal pencil.
    I placed it on the clock making sure that the Roman Numeral XII was at the right place to hang correctly on the wall.  Before tracing over the letters, I made sure to tape the paper in place.
    I just drew the lines freehand that are above the Roman Numerals.
    Using my Sharpie paint marker I colored it all in black.
    I didn't connect all the lines so that it looked a little worn.
    I then stained the inside with Minwax's dark walnut stain. With a soft rag I wiped the stain off using a circular motion.  However, I made sure not to wipe all the stain off so it gave it that old TIME look.  
    Since the outside of the clock is plastic, I decided to apply the clear and dark wax with a soft rag.  This worked perfectly.  The bristles on my brush would have chipped away at the paint like it did on my Garbage Can when I waxed it.  (By the way, the paint is holding up with no problem on the garbage can.  Some of my readers were concerned about washing the garbage can off.  The wax is what protects the paint.)
    It made it look like an old wooden clock.
    Before:
    After:
    Loving it!!!
    Unfortunately when I hung it up on the wall it fell and the plastic edge chipped, so the old glue gun fixed that problem.  I am just glad it isn't an expensive clock :)

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    The Graphics FairyOld Red Barn
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