I've got another project I can check off! Well, I do still need some magnetic latches for the doors, but I'm not running to the store just for those! We are slowly fixing our kitchen up - in reverse order, I suppose! I'm not going to do drywall in here, because I'm going to plaster over the paneling that is there. I did this in our bathroom a few years ago and I love it. You can see our beautiful subfloor under the cupboard, part of doing things in reverse. I've monkeyed around for several years now, trying to find a cheap, yet efficient storage solution for this space. You can see in the bottom right of the picture, the corner of our current sink/cupboard area. It used to wrap around to the door to the left of the hutch - with no back door in the kitchen. It amazes me when houses have no back door, how shut off the back yard feels! David thought I was a little nuts when I asked him to rip them out when we wouldn't be able to replace them for a while, but I wanted some time to live with it, and figure out what I did want there.
We started out with some shelving like these ikea shelves, though side by side, not so tall. I had some more cubby type shelves on top, but it wasn't terribly practical. Unfortunately I have no pictures of it to show. Recently I decided to just start building up what I had, using the bottom shelves and as much scrap as I could.
The only new pieces for this were five 1x8's at about $9 a board = around $45. We had everything else on hand from other projects. The 1x8's that make the upper sides and top were ripped of our house, while prepping to rebuild our porch! I framed the existing shelves with scraps of pine, cedar fencing, mystery wood that was in our scrap bin, then added a new, more solid top, and made doors to fit. The doors were made from the leftover bits that are left when making larger cuts on other projects. The hinges were recently removed from a rabbit hutch that my husband dismantled once we were done (for the time being) with rabbits. The knobs were from a vanity that I'll show in a later project, that used to be in middle daughter's room. Lesson: don't throw things away! Being a *bit* of a hoarder can be a good thing! Since there is paneling on the wall, I took advantage, and it is now the backing, looking like boards now that it is painted.
I've had these napkins for a long time now, knowing I would never use them as napkins, but not sure what to do with them, until I saw Kristin's vintage napkin bunting. I added some vintage yellow rick rack to the blank half.
|These are hand stitched so beautifully - they are almost as beautiful on the back side!|
My kitchen canisters from Ross are getting a makeover, too. I found a site, The Decal Cottage, that has some wonderful decals! I'm having a difficult time deciding which ones I want.
|I found this adorable toy mixer at Goodwill!|
David got these spice jars for me when he had to go out of town for work once. Too bad he doesn't get to go out of town more often, heehee! Okay, I prefer him home. I've seen red versions of these - Soulemama found some while she was out thrifting, and I've seen them on The Mentalist, twice! We laughed pretty hard at that, because likely very few people noticed the same set in two different episodes. There was a third set that I saw somewhere, but of course can't remember now. Although I love the red, they have sticker labels, which I would unfortunately end up scrubbing them off (unintentionally). I am so happy to have the kind of cupboard I really wanted in here. I love shallow storage that allows me to see what I have and not lose so much! I really love seeing other bloggers that build like I do, and getting to share all of our projects with each other!
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