Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A-Workin' On the Kitchen

Another little project for the kitchen....

For one portion of the kitchen cabinets, I wanted different knobs.  Knobs that would go with the other kitchen cabinet knobs, but look distinctively different.

I'm trying to make this set of cabinets look like an old-fashioned hutch.  At least, that's what I'm aiming for!

I purchased knobs on ebay, getting all the knobs for about $2 apiece (including shipping!).

However, the knobs DIDN'T quite match.  The look was very similar, but the shade of silver/patina was not the same.

So, paint to the rescue!



  I wanted all the knobs to look like this pull.....

The top three cup pulls are pretty much how they arrived in the mail;
the bottom three have been altered by paint.

How'd this happen?

A little nickel-silver spray paint to get a more brushed nickel color,
then,
a quick spritz of black spray paint
and a rub-down with an old rag.

Most times, I rubbed off too much black paint--
no problem!
Just another spray of black paint and another rub.

So the cabinets went from this................


to this!
and this!

Whew!  This was easy and quick, but I have lots more of
little (and not so little) project to do
so I can show you the WHOLE kitchen!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Bathroom: New Curtains!

Back to working on the Master Bath:

Here's the fabric!


Tip: For LARGE pieces of fabric, use a sheetrock ruler!
It's like a really large T-square, and not very expensive.
I think I paid less than $15 for this at Home Depot.

I read about this great tip somewhere--but I can't find the blog!
If you know where this great idea originated, let me know so I can
give the credit for it.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Life's been really busy lately!

We've sent one son off to the Big Apple--New York City.

I have to admit, I've never even been to New York.

And as a (very) small town girl, this sorta scares the be-jeebies out of me!

Meanwhile, back on the home front, we are also preparing to probably send another son off to the Washington DC area.....

And are discussing future plans with the third son (which may include the armed forces).....

And I've got school.  I've been writing two (2!!) papers a week for a two-hour class.  Fortunately, I'm loving the class, which makes it okay.  Just Lots Of Work.

In the few extra minutes here and there, Dearest Husband and I continue to work on the kitchen.  Here's the latest accomplishment!

Dearest Husband sealed our beautiful new butcherblock countertop on the island.  It's lovely!  Plus cat-proof, kid-proof, and Jane-proof.


Pretty oak!

Another look.

And out blotchy wall as I try to figure out what color BLUE to paint
the kitchen walls.

More to come on our remodeled kitchen!