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Sunny Kitchen Accessories

12 Oct

I like cooking. Honestly I do. Do I like being in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove all the time? Not so much. But as I was running through the normal routine of preparing a meal, I got to thinking about the little items in my kitchen that make the daunting task not so bad; like these Melamine mixing bowl: I got them for our wedding and I LOVE them. I love the colors (mine are a little different from the picture), the sizes, the versatility (only thing I don’t like is they are only dishwasher safe top rack… oh well). And they were a great price! Only $19.99 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. How can you beat that?

Here are some other amazing kitchen items that I have seen recently that I am in love with:

These are from the West Elm Modernist Collection.

These pretty mugs and bowls are porcelain, dishwasher and microwave safe.

This little gem is a pretty little serving dish I found at Pier 1.

Suzani Medallion Server Pier 1

It’s porcelain, dishwasher and  microwave save and a steal at $39.99.

While I’m not sure that these would be considered “sunny”, I saw them and loved them; chalk name cards!

Chalk Name Cards- World Market

These bad boys are perfect for that impromptu dinner party or BBQ. They are only 4 for $7.99! Super cute.

I really like this pretty pitcher that can be found at Crate and Barrel. Only $19.99! That’s a lot of Margaritas that can fit in there!

Raya 96oz Pitcher- Crate and Barrel

And although I can’t post anything from their website (b/c they really don’t have much of one) Home Goods is one of my FAVORITE places to shop. Their glass and kitchen departments are amazing and you can find some great deals. Check it out if you haven’t done so already.

What accessories do you love to use?


China Hutch or Kitchen Pantry?

11 Sep

Hi! I love my little house from the 60’s. The one thing I don’t love is the fact that the kitchen doesn’t have a pantry. Yup… that’s right… no pantry. For those of you living in an older home, such as myself, this comes as no surprise and I’m sure with no sympathy. So what to do. Well when we first moved in we bought this from Target for like $25 to fill the need:

Then when we got him:  and I started trying to cook more to save money, that went out the window. What to do? So I went to one of my favorite antique malls and was browsing and I found a 1970’s style china hutch. No frills; just solid wood with 3 glass doors, closed storage underneath… and wait the booth has a 30% off clearance! Hold on… could it really be ONLY $20!!?? Done and done. My new pantry.

So I had the piece but I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do with it; but I knew I wanted it white and that I didn’t want to be able to see through the glass doors since it was being used for food storage. I saw a couple really neat inspiration pieces online (none of which I can find now honestly).

And this is what I ended up with:

Here are a couple of things I learned while doing this project:

  1. Don’t do painting projects outdoors (in the garage) in the winter
  2. Don’t be lazy. Use oil based primer and paint and you’ll save yourself HOURS. Zinsser primer is amazing!
  3. Silver leafing is NOT as easy as it looks. It also works better when you have the visible side that you can “buff” and make smooth vs. having the visible side up against glass.
  4. Hobby Lobby has the best selection of knobs and pulls… just wait… they are on sale every other week pretty much.

So these are going to be the short steps since I don’t have pics of the process (since it took like 3 months b/c of the weather…oh well).

Step 1: Lightly sand entire piece and wipe down with a damp rag.

Step 2: Use an OIL based primer like Zinser Oil Base Primer. Try not to do it too thick b/c this is a pretty thick medium. You may need 1 or 2 depending on the stain previously used on the piece. (This is the reason I say to use Oil based on furniture pieces like this. I had painted 2 coats of latex primer and 2 coats of paint and you could still  see a yellowy stain coming through. Soo …. I had to strip it and then repaint. Huge pain.) Between each coat you’ll need to let it dry at least 24 hours and will have to use mineral spirits to clean your brushes and pans.

Step 3: Use an OIL based paint (I used high gloss because it was easy to wipe off if it got dirty) and paint 1-2 coats depending on the thickness that you would like.

Step 4: Apply silver leafing. I purchased my materials from Hobby Lobby, and while I could probably try to give you step by step instructions on how to do it, they have them on the label too. NOTE: this is not as easy as it looks or any show makes it seem. It’s a messy, slightly irritating process that can give mixed results. That being said; I love how it made this little china cabinet look. I will say tho, that it is easier to use silver leafing on a surface that the silver will be on the outside than on the inside (as I silver leafed the inside of the glass doors to help protect it).

Step 5: Replace knobs and enjoy! When the piece you are refinishing has odd curves, be aware of what kind of knobs or pulls you purchase to make sure that they actually fit. The ones I originally bought for the top of this cabinet wouldn’t fit, so I ended up (you guessed it) priming and painting the old ones and just replacing the bottom ones.

This has seriously doubled our storage in the kitchen and I love it!

Not too shabby if I say so myself. 🙂

Cool Blue Kitchen Re-do

3 Sep

The kitchen really is the center of a home. Because of this was the first room that we tackled when we moved into the house. Since the rest of the house was pretty beige, we could stand it a little longer. This tiny kitchen started with a very harsh color; deep, bloody red. And the cabinets were pretty dark as well. Yikes.


Check out those sweet bronze pulls. Nice! It took us a couple of weeks and many, many coats of paint,  but it’s finally how we like it. We knew the first thing that we had to do was lighten up the space. We grabbed the water based primer and the latex paint and got at it. We did 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to coat these bad boys. We realize now that oil based paint might have worked a bit better/easier, but we really didn’t know at the time.

While I was working so diligently on the cabinets the Mr. was working on painting over that red wall. NOTE: Red takes FOREVER to cover. It is also especially challenging when it’s over a staircase and your hubby has to strategically dangle himself over the 8′ drop. I wouldn’t recommend this. Luckily he’s tall so it wasn’t too bad .


 This is prior to the new appliances (obviously). We tried to prime and paint the old pulls b/c the holes were a weird distance apart (and we didn’t realize this until everything was painted so filling the holes wouldn’t have worked unless we wanted to paint again… no way.) So I managed to snag 20 new pulls from a garage sale up the block for $1 that were the EXACT size we needed in a silver!

And here it is now…..{sigh}… I love it.

Kitchen Today(Sorry the sun went away right as I was taking this picture.)To the left you'll see my pretty china hutch turned pantry. That will be written about later 🙂 Dining area in Kitchen.

The agave painting was a lust that I had seen at World Market for about $130… but I found this little guy at Home Goods on clearance for $50. Yess….. The table and chairs we bought from my sister-in-law. The chairs were off white, but I found this fabric for $7/yard at my local Hobby Lobby (love!) and went to town with my sister and my staple gun (and some wine). I only needed 2 yards. Probably about 40 minutes and presto here they are!
Re-upholstered dining chairs.
We like wine… a lot. So we started gathering some of our corks and I used a Tiramisu container (got from a garage sale) to make a simple and pretty centerpiece for our table. Casual but cute I think. I also use this bowl to hold ornaments or shells or whatever I feel like decorating with at the time.

Wine cork centerpiece

I got these bad boys from World Market (for about $20 a piece I believe) to soften the kitchen and add some texture.
Jute curtains -World Market

So there it is; our pretty little kitchen. Sure there are some things that I’d like to change in there still; like replacing the overhead lighting with a ceiling fan and installing can lighting, but overall I love the space. So don’t be afraid to use bold and dark colors. They can look amazing with the right kind of light and balance in any space.