Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mom's kitchen renovation ...

Okay, so this picture is obviously NOT a kitchen renovation picture. You must indulge me a little, as it wasn't all work and no play, we did have a day of play time with our kids and grandchildren. Isn't she precious? She just loves this kitty! She's just shy of 9 months old.
Grandpa and the other girls had fun planting a tree in the front yard as a surprise for Mom and Dad when they came home from an all afternoon conference they attended. They were so excited. We had already planned to buy a tree for the kids and the girls insisted that we must have flowers and mulch as well!! My creative tendencies must be passing through! Ha.

Okay, girls what do you think of the new kitchen. Isn't it great? Oh, I'm sorry, these MUST be the BEFORE PICTURES!

The whole kitchen measures about 10x10, so it is pretty tight. I grew up in this kitchen and it holds so many good memories for me. My dad did everything himself, cabinets, countertops, flooring. He had to always look for ways to save money. I love that about him. He was industrious and learned how to do it yourself, before DIY was a buzzword.

My Mom has been widowed now for almost 30 years and has managed to continue living by herself and making do. She has worked hard to raise 4 kids on a modest income, gardening and canning and sewing our clothes. We never felt like we needed anything and had a rich life. She is now 85 and as you can imagine, has accumulated a lot of stuff. We are slowing trying to go through some of the things and weed out a bit.

We replaced the old worn mirror with a cute one I found at Hobby Lobby and it is the perfect size. Beadboard was installed on the backsplash and painted in Frozen Pond Behr's paint and primer in one. She loves her bird figurines so we kept those close and added a few pieces of colored glassware.

The microwave has always been on the countertop, so we made a shelf for it over the stove. I think we got it too high, so next trip, we will move it down a couple of inches. I plan to paint the cord white so it doesn't show so much and anchor it to the side of the wall bracket.

This area will eventually have a banquette built in on both walls, we just ran out of time and the next step will be laying down the new oak laminate floor. Then the banquette will be last. It will be finished out in the beadboard also. But for right now, this will work just fine. We convinced her to take the leaf out of the table as the space is just too small. I think when the benches are built she will be able to get more people around this 48" table than she thinks.

We convinced her to turn the Fridge and we put in a new 36" base cabinet beside it. The cabs my Dad had built on this side were only about 12" inches deep. This side of the room looks very different, but it has really opened up the room. I am making a new window valance for it with the fabric I showed you in the previous post. I realize the accessories look spare, but believe me for now this is a GOOD thing.

Back on the other side of the room, The new countertops and sink have made such a difference and the painted cabinets make the room soooo much brighter!! My brother and sister have helped with all this financially and physically for which we are thankful. It has been a pretty major project to do on a limited budget and small increments of time, but I am praying it has been worthwhile. Sometimes it is really hard to know how to help an aging parent. I have many frustrations in this area, but I try to just keep giving it all to God to work it out and to work through all of us. I'm sure many of you can relate. When we get EVERYTHING done, I will post pictures again. Thank you for so manys sweet comments about this endeavor. I wish you all blessings and a beautiful Sunday. Linda

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fun Stuff for Mom's kitchen

Hello my friends! Today I thought I would show you some of the "Fun Stuff" for my mom's renovated kitchen. I've been combing the thrift stores for little items that would bring a bright touch to her little kitchen and I'm excited to see it all come together. We are leaving tomorrow to go for several days of work. We have a new laminate floor to put down over the old asphalt tiles. Plan to install beadboard paneling about 3/4ths up the wall. We will turn the fridge and add a new cabinet beside it. Paint the walls, (not sure if this part will happen this trip, but I'm hoping that we can. There is wallpaper to remove. Then lastly we hope to built in a banquette for seating. I think we'll be using a different table that will fit the size better. I'm sooooo anxious to show that finished result!! but I have to be patient, so here is some of the fun stuff I have collected to pretty it up.
I found the bread box at the thrift store and painted it a fun limey green. The 2 white cannisters came from the Goodwill and I got them for $3.00. The 4 perfectly matching blue coffee mugs will go great with the new wall color-- a dusty greenish blue. The striped fabric will cover the cushions for the bench seat. I found the yellow goblet and the soap dispenser at the goodwill also. each was .75. The striped placemats are from Pier I and I had to pay full price for them, but they were still a good price at $2.00 each. I found the "There's no place like home" sign at Hob Lobby on half-price and also the 3 little pictures which have all the colors we are using.

Striped fabric perfect colors was from Joanns at 60% off.

This floral will be used to make a window topper of some sort. Not sure yet just what style it will be. The color scheme is cream, the greenish blue color "Frozen Pond" Behr primer and paint in one , Yeah!! and the depression glass light green with touches of yellow. I think it will be so cheerful for her. She has needed this update a very long time. I just hope she likes it! So that's what I've been up to painting cabinets and such and redoing my thrift store finds. Oh also I am working hard at becoming a Medical Transcriptionist. It's been hard, but I think I'm making progress. I am taking an online course and when finished I hope to be able to work from home--my favorite place to be. Hope you all have a good weekend. I'll have more pictures when we get back. Thank you all for your kind comments. They mean so much to me. I enjoy all your blogs so much and hope to have more time to visit you all soon. I think I am figuring out more about blogging little by little. I send you blessings for home and family. Linda

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September song

Hi friends, It's been a few days since I've posted. Lots going on and the days just seem to flitter by, don't they? I really find it hard to believe that September is already here!. The leaves are just starting to yellow out a bit and some are falling already, but basically everything still looks beautiful, since we have had such an unusually cool and wet summer. I love the view from our front door. Never get tired of just sitting on the porch and admiring all that the Lord has made.
I have come down with a nasty case of Poison Ivy, ugghhhhhhhh!! It seems to be spreading, so I will most likely have to get something from the doctor next week. I've been working on a few projects I hope to show you soon. Last evening we got to get a first look at our new niece or maybe it's great niece, I'm not sure, but I am little Olivia's great aunt and proud to be so. She is so tiny even though she was well over 8 lbs. Isn't she cute?

She couln't stay awake very long....... back to baby dreams. So sweet. Hope you are all having a good weekend. I send you blessings, Linda