Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Everything but the kitchen sink.

I finished painting our new tongue & groove wall and open shelving quite a while ago,
but I haven't had the chance to take any photos until now. 

I painted the wood with the same BM Timid White I used on our cabinets, but chose
a flat finish for the wood.  Over the years, I've found that flat finish paint holds up
just as well as semi-gloss and a low luster look is my personal preference.

 As you can see, red and green are not reserved just for Christmas at 911.
At least the fan says summer, right?  Although I said I wasn't thrilled with my
neutral kitchen, I can see the advantage of changing accent colors with the seasons. 
My orange walls may be gone, but I'll be digging through my hoarding bins
for earth toned junk when the leaves turn color........which is
less than a month away!  Where has the summer gone?

The polka dot bowls? 



The old treadle sewing machine I owned back in the 80's is long gone,
but I saved the pretty drawers with the thought that someday I'd find a use for them.
I cut the sides off one and nailed an old board on top to make a display shelf.

It's a perfect fit between the stove and microwave.

Reflection of blue skies and green trees.
I wish I could keep this view all year long!

I unearthed this pretty tureen for only $4 when I dropped off
a bag of clothes at the thrift shop.  It's sitting on the shelf over our bay window
which has curtain mock-ups tacked to the trim at the moment.

For DeeDee's little helpers.......
 A stylish red toy vacuum for $3.99 that works!  Well, it
lights up and makes noise, but doesn't actually clean the floors.

I splurged on a jar of MMS's furniture wax to use on our kitchen table base and chairs.
  Unlike the smelly wax I normally use, this one claims to be odorless.

I painted our chairs black almost 10 years ago and the paint was still  tacky,
so I'm hoping 4 coats of creamy white chalk paint and a coat of MMS wax
will solve the problem.

  I'm not sure how the wax will hold up when washing
food off the chairs, but in a week or so they'll be put to the test.
Boy, will they ever be put to the test!  hehe
Just be careful when you sit.  The newly stained and varnished
seats aren't attached to the chairs yet.

Looking into the back entry.....

One of the bathroom window sashes that we replaced last year
makes a summery backdrop for my favorite toy car.


In the yard......

We'll have a bumper crop of apples from our 2 trees this year.
Time to sharpen my paring knives!

These apples ripen earlier than most.

Hollyhocks have a habit of growing wherever they please in my flower beds,
and between the coneflowers and hollyhocks, we've got plenty of bees bumbling around.
We've had a few cool days that were perfect for digging up plants
 and moving them around.  I hope they survive!

 I may get around to stitching up my kitchen curtains when I'm
on vacation next week!!! woo hoo!
Or I may do nothing at all.   :o)

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  1. Hi Vickie! Love your painting in your kitchen. Love those shelves and how you've dressed them! Your green table and white chairs are darling. You have a green thumb too - look at all of those apples and your flowers are so pretty! Hope you're doing well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. the green legs of the table had me swooning!

  3. I absolutely love those colors together. I'm using them these days too. You sure have the cottage touch down to an art.

  4. So many lovely things to comment on in this post vickie!! I love the polka dot bowls, the repurposed shelves and the toy vacuum!! How cute is that? Now if only it would clean ;).

    Oh and I see apple pie in your future...

  5. Vickie, you have the best taste - I absolutely LOVE (and I know that word is used a lot, but really) every.single.detail! From the potholder to the Walmart bowls to the bell and green cups on the SHELF to the reflection....I could go on, you get my point. Great, great job. I expect to see this one featured throughout blogland. And those apples will look good displayed in the kitchen too. Your posts are always full of creativity!

  6. What a pretty post, Vickie! I love your pretty is SO charming and the colors are wonderful. That's exactly why I love neutrals, can change your accent colors whenever you want! Some of my apples are ripening now, too...hopefully they don't fall off the tree before I pick them!

  7. LOVE the green table and white chairs! :) So pretty....and yes....they will be put to the test. hehehehe. SEE YOU SOON! Boy am I ready for a vacation!

  8. Love the open shelves in the kitchen and you styled them beautifully. Enjoy your vacation.

  9. LOVE your kitchen - it looks fantastic! "Someday" I will get open shelving on my kitchen walls instead of upper cabinets! You are so lucky you have apple trees, especially ones that are producing so many beautiful apples.

  10. Oh my, I hardly know where to begin because I'm loving everything in this post!! The way you add fun colors to your white shelves is absolutely charming!! I'm loving your newly painted table and chairs. And that shelf you repurposed from an old sewing machine is just fabulous.
    Hope you enjoy your vacation!!!
    Mary Alice

  11. Vickie, I'm in love with those shelves from your sewing machine. Adore your painted table.


  12. Vickie, I just love everything! All the changes are just beautiful! I love the neutral....with all the pops of color! Even your yard looks lovely!! I agree with you...I don't like shiny paint on the walls...and use flat as well! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Vickie, I love red with the vintage jadite color! And I love anything with dots! If I didn't have so many dotty dishes I'd be buying those bowls. I always use eggshell for paint anymore. Has no sheen, but supposedly washes up just a tad better than flat. Love how you used the sewing machine piece for a shelf. Your home is always darling! Your flowers are gorgeous as well. Hollyhocks show up where ever in my yard as well. I am just going to cut mine back tomorrow.

  14. You've been busy! I like the painted beadboard in your kitchen. I think your kitchen table painted in mint green is a perfect addition to the other mint colors you have in there and the pops of red look great with it. Your kitchen has a retro vintage vibe to it which is so cottagey! Perfect for your home. I'm jealous of your apple tree too. You will need to get some good apple recipes to use them up!

  15. So cute. I love the shelf made from the sewing machine.

  16. Hi Vickie, Sorry, I've been MIA for a while! Your kitchen is beautiful....I love the touches of mint green and red. Those colors are perfect together! I especially love your mint green table...what a perfect accent for your room. It is magazine lovely! Your apple trees and hydrangeas are beautiful....such a harvest! I think of the little apple tree my Ken planted just 2 years before we sold the farmhouse.....I thought, he won't enjoy it's's too young and we will be gone. Last year, I received a call from an old neighbor near our farmhouse and she left me a message...Roxie, you MUST get over here and see me...I have the MOST UNREAL baskets of apples off that little tree you planted! Couldn't believe it myself.....Gods little way of blessing us after all~~~Roxie

  17. Cute, cute, cute... I find myself saying that every time you post pictures of your home, Vickie. It's so cheerful and I love it :)

    Love the flowers photos too!


  18. I am moving into your kitchen. It is incredibly cute, and maybe my principal won't find me there.

  19. Love your kitchen! Your flowers look gorgeous! Love that shelf.


  20. love it all, Vickie, but how smart you were to salvage out your old sewing machine. it makes the PERFECT shelf!!

  21. A bit of retro farmhouse kitchen and I love the kitchen table and chairs, very pretty and cheerful. Apples and Hollyhocks, lovely. Enjoy the rest of your summer, Kathleen in Az

  22. Really is all so pretty...great idea on the old sewing machine! Now since I have three of them in my sewing room I have idea to do with at least one of them. Love the table and chairs, and who doesn't love hollyhock!

  23. Vickie I love your kitchen! The little touches and pops of color are so charming. Really enjoyed your post. Can't wait to see how the furniture turns out. I really need to try chalk paint and the wax. There is a vanity in my garage with this paint in mind!

  24. I really love how fresh your kitchen looks! I use red and green in my kitchen year round too ;) Blessings, Cecilia

  25. Vickie,
    you've done yourself proud, the perfect cottage kitchen! So glad someone besides me loves jadeite green and red ! Everything is adorable, love it all! The sewing machine shelf is so clever and looks just right in it's little spot. I know you're looking forward to your vacation, have a great time!

  26. What??? Shouldn't my apple trees be full like yours? I better have another look, I thought mine looked small. Does that mean I have apple envy?

  27. Vickie, your kitchen looks so fresh and pretty! LOVE how you repurposed the sewing machine drawer :)

  28. I love how you used that beautiful drawer as a shelf, very creative and unique.

  29. Those are my favorite colors to decorate with, red and green! Love all your decorative touches in the kitchen and the chairs look fantastic in white. Great job.


  30. Hi Vickie, just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC tomorrow.

  31. The table, the table, the table. Love the color and those fluted legs.

  32. Love the pops of red, and that sweet shelf above your stove. Those green table legs are making my heart pitter patter <3


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