Monday, January 19, 2015

Kitchen update.

I've been trying to stay focused and only allow myself
to work on the kitchen project I've already started
before I get sidetracked by another.

Did I happen to mention that we've got 2 kitchens?  hehe

Don't worry, this kitchen was finished months ago.

The red shelves were made from a window cornice that I had Bill
cut out for me.  I didn't care for the way the cornice looked, but we were
able to repurpose the bottom scallops for open shelving in the play kitchen.

I found a set of vintage faucets and a bright red sink (Rubbermaid).

An ironstone pitcher to hold mini utensils is a must!

I wasn't able to find a Keurig, but this old tin coffee pot
makes a mean cup o' joe!

These stove knobs actually click on the different settings.

I had a serious love affair with Brach's Malted Milk Balls for years,
so when I spotted this fluorescent light at a local flea market,
 it had to come home with me.  I don't care for fluorescent lighting
anywhere else, but this one provides plenty of light for junior bakers.


(5 years ago.)


 I don't think I need to tell you how long it took me to finish this up.
Disclaimer:  I did not choose the baseboard trim color, but give me a break!
  We've only been in the house 10 years.  hehe

Now for the progress in the big girl kitchen...
I chose to use the wider tongue-and-groove planking.  Since we aren't
finish carpenters by any means, I figured it's less expensive to make
mistakes with a single plank rather than a whole sheet of beadboard paneling.

It's moving along at a snail's pace because I've been cutting each piece
with a hand saw!  The cuts are straight, but the bullnose tile is uneven (it's made to look that way), so we'll cover up the edge with 1/4 inch quarter round molding when we finish.

Bill cut out the openings for the outlets where I marked them,
and believe it or not, we got it right!  Woo hoo!  Now we just have to remember to pull
the outlets through the openings and add the plastic spacers
 before we glue and nail the boards down.  Tutorial at Thrifty Decor Chick.

A brief look back at where it all started....

This photo does not do the kitchen justice.  :o)
In 30 years, somebody will be viewing my planking and painted cabinets
the same way I looked at the Z-Brick, faux butcherblock countertops, wallpaper,
dated cabinetry, fluorescent lighting...............

I'm not even going to try to explain this.
That's the upper cabinet I removed on the right.
I'm keeping it for a while......just in case.

I especially like this view showing the dark doorway trim butted up
against painted trim in the kitchen and dining room.

A look ahead....

(Found on Pinterest.  Original source unknown.)

Um, yes please.

Thanks for stopping by!

Junior bakers use only the freshest ingredients.

*I'm joining the parties at:
Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs.Olson  Share Your Cup Thursday 
Knick of TimeVintage Inspiration Party 


  1. How exciting to be getting your kitchen backsplash redone. I want to redo mine too. It's looking good! Love the junior kitchen you built. Every detail has been considered.

  2. I am so proud of you!! This is the same planking that we used in the guest bedroom. Two big walls and lots of primer and paint.....and nearing completion. I did not know about the spacers for the sockets. That is in hubby's department...but will mention it to him.

    I LOVE your inspiration picture. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    And your little kitchen is just the cutest ever. Of course, fresh is best! LOL!


  3. That kitchen is adorable. I love, love the little coffee pot. Much better than a Keurig. Great job on the board and batten. Can you do a tutorial on how to move out the outlets? That is what stopped me in my tracks with my beadboard backsplash.

  4. Your pretend kitchen for little people is adorable! And it's fun to see your big girl kitchen coming along nicely. Your craftsmanship is beautiful, Vickie...impressive.
    Mary Alice

  5. Looking good Vickie. I know it will be so sweet and your will love the open shelves. Love the fun little kitchen. Way cool.

  6. So sweet! You amaze me how you always find the perfect finishing touches for your projects. That Brach's Candy Shop light is the icing on the cupcake! (Had to say cupcake instead of cake because it's for a little kitchen. :)

  7. oh to be a "little" at your house, so many fun and imaginative playthings! Your big girl kitchen is really coming along, now about that black tole tray, they can cover a multitude huh? xoxo

  8. Your "play" that in a dollhouse? So cute. I am totally amazed and impressed that you are doing that wood work by yourself. Holy cow, girlfriend...I don't even know how to use a saw! I am definitely not a DIYer. I can't sew either. But hey, I'm a great cook and baker. Maybe that counts for something. ;-) Anyway, great job on the kitchen will look so wonderful when it's done!

  9. Very cute that little kitchen set and I like your changes in the big girl kitchen.

  10. Vicki,
    your "little" kitchen is just my speed for cooking! It's amazing, love it!! The "big" kitchen is coming along beautifully! So glad you choose the wide planking, I think it's going to be fabulous! Can't wait to see it done! Keep up the focus!

  11. That is the best play kitchen I have seen anywhere. Hands down. :)

  12. Hahaha, when you mentioned Z brick, I laughed out loud. We (at least a couple sisters and I) did that in our home kitchen back in the early 70s, so when I see people doing it again today, I have to laugh. That and milk paint - the old antiquing we used to do. It's not that I don't like the painted furniture today, but it sure is running its trendy course.
    Love your play kitchen, and the real one too!

  13. LOVE your little kitchen! Oh my! Fancy finding that little sign? It was meant to be. You've done a great job.
    And the real kitchen is coming along too. I love to tongue and groove everything. I can't wait to see it all come together. xx

  14. This was a FUN read and it also left me with a sudden craving for malted milk balls, lol!

  15. I remember a friend put Z brick in her house...and I was so jealous back then ! Your junior bakers have one terrific work space and the big girl kitchen is coming along beautifully. How fun! Jane

  16. Wow! You are doing all the work yourselves - impressive and beautiful.

    Love the play kitchen.

  17. I want to have the little kitchen in my home too! Can't believe your doing all the work in your adult kitchen too. I love the planking you are doing also love your inspiration picture. It's funny future owners of our homes will look back and think "what were they thinking" when they see our decorating style!

  18. Hi Vickie, Love your little kitchen~ so cute!! Your big kitchen is going to be amazing. You will love the open shelves. I know it is a lot of work, but will be so worth it in the end.
    Have fun!

  19. Oh my gosh, that little kitchen is absolutely darling! I love all of the fun touches you have given it Vickie. I think you are going to love your wide beadboard. And open shelving is so fun! I wish my basement kitchen was my upstairs main kitchen. He-he!

  20. Forgot to mention how much I love that sign! I would have snatched it up in a big hurry.

  21. Love the Brachs sign and their chocolate stars. I had a black pie bird, gave it to my sister who bakes pies. Such a cute kitchen. Looking forward to your open shelving and backsplash. My mom had brick and daisy wallpaper in her kitchen during the 60s. Kathleen in Az

  22. Also LOVE the Brach candy sign! Sweet little kitchen set makeover! Looking forward to seeing more of your "big"kitchen makeover.

  23. LOVE! The little kitchen is so charming...your grandchildren will have fond memories of playing there...and the Brach's light is wonderful!! Your big girl kitchen is going to look SO good...what a great project!

  24. Hi Vickie,
    I just LOVE your red and white "Candy Shop" kitchen and all the vintage and creative goodness in it. What an amazing job! Now I can't wait to see what you do with the "big girl" the inspiration photo! Hope you're staying warm,

  25. I was so excited to see your kitchen! But the play kitchen is a close second best. Your kitchen has already gone a long way, I didn't remember those before pictures, so thanks for posting them again. The previous owners of my Cottage and yours might have been cousin... Same dark trim there and weird painted baseboard!

  26. oh, vickie, your play kitchen is just fabulous! so cute! your husband did a great job on the boxes--those are tricky to do:) can't wait to see the finished kitchen!

  27. Love your little play kitchen, I would have loved that so much when I was young. The details are great, the little chopping board, packets, utensils jug and the little pie bird for steam, so adorable.
    As to the main kitchen, it's looking great so far. I love panelling and would also like my kitchen to look like your inspiration picture.
    My kitchen is next on my list.

  28. Your little kitchen is adorable, so charming! Good luck with the rest of your big girl kitchen updates!

  29. Oh, I love your little play kitchen! I hope it gets some use- I've had three different play kitchens here at our house over the years, and three kids who never really cared for any of them, unfortunately!! Can't wait to see your big kitchen transformation- I know it will be wonderful!

  30. I want to play in your little kitchen! And I love the wide planks you are putting up in your big girl kitchen! I am repainting my kitchen...or was, before the holidays. I figure I will start again in early Spring. Can't wait to see your finished kitchen!

  31. I Love! that Brach's candy store sign. What a find. Your junior kitchen is adorable, and I'm sure your remodel will be fabulous too.

  32. Totally awesome and if I can figure out how to pin from the iPad its going on my kids board.

  33. Ok, the play kitchen is super it, but I am so impressed with your use of the saw!! I cannot wait to see how the kitchen turns out. I am a junkie and adore before and afters. Good luck!

  34. Love the little cute!! We did a total kitchen remodel ourselves a few years is a lot of work, but so worth it when it is all done. Can't wait to see your kitchen when it is done.

  35. HI Vickie! OH, that little kitchen is just adorable! Of course I love all of the red touches. I'm excited for you too with the doings of your big kitchen too. Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  36. Wow cannot wait to see the finished kitchen...and I am sure you feel that way too ;-)
    What a sweet junior kitchen! Love that light!

  37. How exciting Vickie! Kitchen remodels are always so much work but they are totally worth it at the end. Can't wait to see it all done. Love the mini kitchen makeover too!!

    Hugs and Kisses,

  38. That play kitchen reminds me of one I had as a child. So cute! I'm impressed you're doing the kitchen yourself. I'm pretty much scared of screwdrivers, much less saws. :/

  39. Your kitchen reno is coming along so well!! It is going to be Soooooo SWEET when finished! I can see your vision~~~and I do love the wide plank board on the wall! That red and green kitchen kitsch is adorable....especially that Brach Candy sign. Keep on keeping us posted ~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

  40. Vicki, At first I thought I was looking at an adorable doll house kitchen, but when I read it was a kitchen for (some very lucky) junior bakers...I just flipped! It's downright precious, and I'm sure they'll spend many fun hours baking up all sorts of wonderful imaginary treats in there. You are just so full of fantastic ideas! Can't wait to see your big girl kitchen all finished up! xo Paulette

  41. Vicki I'm so impressed that you guys are doing the tongue and groove paneling yourselves. It's looking fabulous and I can't wait to see it done. And I know what you mean about 'snail's pace' that's about how fast things get done around here. Your play kitchen is amazing, I would have looooved that kitchen when I was a little. Heck, I love it right now.


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