Thursday, November 29, 2012

I Love Antiquing and Resale Shops!!!

Found a couple of very cute items while antiquing around the courthouse square last weekend and I thought I would share them with you.

My first surprise find was a honey bee teapot and honey jar I just LOVE and I had to have it!! (I think my bees would approve too - HAHA).  I think it will look adorable in the farmhouse kitchen on some of my open shelves - it'll kind of spruce up all the canisters.  The sales lady told me there will be matching honey bee plates in January!! Guess who will be going back for more in January? Lol

Also found a really nice older crock! The brand is Rows and my good friend that I was shopping with who has a ton of experience in pottery said it was a very good pottery piece. This will work perfect in the new kitchen to hold the extra utensils. 

Hope you all have a great day!  More kitchen work this weekend...STAY TUNES!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Photo Updates - Kitchen Remodel Updates

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


This farmhouse kitchen is moving right along.  I am hopeful that it will be functioning before Thanksgiving!  Keep your fingers crossed for me please!  LOL - The stove is working so that's a definite PLUS!

Some explanation about this section of the kitchen.  The old stove had SO many disadvantages - including butting up against the wall on the left hand side.  As you can imagine, this was a major inconvenience and a real fire hazard!  If you were going to use those two burners you had to stay right there and babysit the stove - just to make sure you didn't catch the wall on fire!  Not sure why the kitchen was set up this way by my relatives (but I'm sure it was a cost saving issue or something) - but we have now corrected the hazardous flaw.  Anyway - the socket above the old burner on the old stove had to be replaced entirely due to grease build-up!  The old stove also did not allow me to use my large canner very easily and we won't be having any of that! This stove also at times takes 20-30 minutes to warm up the oven.  Can you say inefficient!

Anyway, to make this a more efficient functioning area - we decided to replace the stove.  The new stove has continuous grates and 5 burners.  We also decided to hang the microwave above the stove to get it off the countertops since we are so limited in counter space.  On either side of the cabinet we added beadboard and on the left side we will be adding a magnetic spice rack framed out in old barn board (recycling from the barn).  My plan is to build an additional spice rack out of pallets (see my upcycling idea post)....and that will be located on the left hand side for salt and pepper etc.  I'm still trying to figure out the right hand side of the microwave.  Do you have any ideas?  It's not a very big area - probably only about 6 inches.  I'm always up for fresh ideas!

So here's the before photo -

Below is the "in between" photos after the installation of the small cabinet with microwave range hood underneath:

And here's the final after photos - you should see me trying to get a good angle of this part of the kitchen. Hi Miss Maggie puppy - LOL.  I have a magnetic spice rack and a magnetic knife strip to install and some touch up work on paint and a some minor details that will finish it up later...but you get the gist.

Below is a sneak peak at my Martha Stewart chalkboard labels - I LOVE THEM!  Got these at Staples!

I hope you like the progress and now we are on to the sink wall...wish us luck!!!  Stay tuned for the sink wall!  While I'm stuck at work the hubby is out at the farm working hard on the kitchen remodel with my Uncle...WISH I WAS THERE!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


We are moving right along with our farmhouse kitchen update and have managed to complete one corner of the kitchen.  As you can imagine, this has not been an easy task while trying to keep the kitchen functioning while remodeling!

In order to keep things moving and to be less disruptive - we divided the room up into thirds.  The first corner was our open pantry shelving/storage area.  We were able to convert a corner that was about 5 feet by 5 feet into a higher functioning and usable space.

Here is the before picture:

We added a pantry cabinet on the left hand side and two additional cabinets that butt right up against the newly discovered chimney.  We added butcher block countertop and bead board to the back of the walls.  Next we added some heavy duty shelving brackets and some shelves which were just some pine boards that we painted white.  

Lastly, I added some of my canisters and my start of canning.  Little by little I hope to fill up those shelves with homemade canned goods!  I'm really pleased with how this has turned out!  There is a ton of storage on the those shelves - I could hardly believe it! 

The microwave will be eliminated once the 2nd phase (the stove wall) of the remodel is complete.  So there is plenty of room to add my food processor and stand mixer and I will still have some food prep area!

Here's the final corner (missing the new flooring which will be done last):

Stay tuned for phase 2 of the kitchen remodel...the stove wall.  We have already removed the cabinetry and re-purposed those cabinets in our laundry room...and the next update will include the new stove with overhead microwave vent hood.  Here's a sneak peak of the "before" picture of phase 2...