Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Here is some of our "garden bounty" (well, the fruit is from the citrus trees, but you get the idea. ) My garden is nothing like Fran's lovley oasis, but we are certainly enjoying the tomatoes. The other night I made a spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes that was to die for. Nothing tastes like fresh.

Here is a little preview of the newly white cupboards in my farmhouse kitchen. I used the old hardware, spray painted black. The space is transformed already.

These shelves will remain open, OR I may have custom glass front doors made to go here. Either way you will be able to see the dishes on these shelves, so I have painted the backgrounds a nice barn red.

Here is the bargain fabric I found, a nice red and white decorator width cotton ticking to make curtains. One set for the windows and one for a space under the counter.

Finally, here is another future decoration for the refurbished kitchen. A whimsical vintage style sign. It is not really such an idle boast, for we are coffee snobs of the first order.

I have no idea how long it will be until I can show you a completed "after" picture because this project is taking forever. I am happy with the results so far, though.

I never told you about my trip to the Quilt Visions museum. It was a fabulous exhibit, quilts from the "Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection". Well-known artists like Ruth McDowell, Frieda Anderson, Carol Taylor, and many others.

I was delighted to see the quilts "in person" and I'm even happier that there is a wonderful art quilt exhibit space locally. I'm afraid, however, that I disappointed the nice lady who called me to get volunteers to work the museum desk. With a full time job, I'm just not willing to give up weekend afternoons, even for a good cause. Some things will just have to wait until retirement.


dee said...

I love the new look. I'm currently contemplating what to do about my kitchen. We need new floors and the cabinets are fine but I'm just tired of everything the way it looks. That fabric is so great-it will really perk up the whole room.

Rian said...

The kitchen looks great! What a difference! I really dig the fabric, too. Very crisp.

Phyllis said...

Love your kitchen re-do so far. Your quilts are very nice and I love the colors.

Shelina said...

You've got a great kitchen. My sister-in-law has a farmhouse, and she has it decorated with old signs too.

Debra Spincic said...

It's amazing what white paint can do! Lookin' good so far!

Kay said...

This is going to look terrific. What a lot of work, but it will be worth it.

Gerrie said...

Your kitchen is looking great. I can't wait to see the transformation. We are living in chaos right now cause Mr C is redoing our bedroom.

Granny Fran said...

I really like the red background with those lovely white cabinets. This has the homey, old fashioned kitchen look I love.
Boy, I'm glad you've only seen the carefully selected photos of my garden. I don't post any photos of the overgrown sections, so my reputation is not really deserved. I probably do have the most and largest grasshoppers of anyone, however. They prefer to move from the dry prairie to my lush well watered greenery. I'm afraid if I spray them it would kill my gorgeous huge butterflies.