Saturday, September 22, 2012

:: A Corner of My Kitchen::

A  Favorite Thing 

Our kitchen is a constant work in progress. For most of the time we've lived here---We hadn't done much to it. Only added in some furniture (there is a hutch to the right of the stove, The Honey built with the boys when they were younger) I've loved how useful it is. We've  I've also painted in the kitchen. The thing is... I'm the one that does most of the work in this room... and finding storage solutions and work areas has been pretty much up to me.

When we bought the house the kitchen had; One long line of upper and lower cabinets , with a sink right in the middle and that was it.  NO stove, NO refrigerator...not even ceiling fans. There were two lone lights... I won't even call them fixtures
 Spruce up your home by changing that old ceramic light socket.
Very utilitarian... So gradually we've been working on it. More so in recent years than before. It's starting to come together  and  take shape. I'm really starting to like my kitchen more and more with each little project. We work on it when we can-- making changes here and there. On a very strict budget. 

One of the favorite things in my kitchen is the stove. I've written a post about 1956 Chambers Range here

This is what my kitchen looked like before  2010.  So glad, I finally found some more of the yellow and red fabric and made another curtain to match the hutch and the one over the window. :) 

You can read about that transformation here, here and how we built the mantle for $26 here 

Here it is today. The mantle was based on a copy of a kitchen on a magazine cover. 

It makes such a statement over the stove now. A focal point for the stove and all. When we built it; I had found a gallon of black Valspar paint on the Ooops! shelf at Lowe's. That was the deciding factor for me, when it came to painting the lower cabinets. I decided it would help everything tie in together. I still need to paint the uppers a fresh coat of white.  I like the look of it together. I'm very happy with it. 

I'll tell you a little secret. The table to the left of the stainless steel. The Honey was in the sheet metal trade all his life until he retired. It was left over from his days in the industry. If a piece had a "ding" or "dent" was no good. You couldn't send it to the customer like that.   
So I had this little table. One day I decided to use it. 
The cabinet on the end was just used for storage... and I needed a work surface near the stove. I took the door off the cabinetry and covered the cabinet where the drawer and door had been with a bead-board paneling scrap. I put it (table) in here after  building a small box or platform for it to be level with the counter and the stove. Then I shoved and pulled and pushed that heavy stove over toward the table a whole 8 inches.  Yes folks... 8 inches is all it took to make a difference in the foot path of my kitchen.  My work triangle is complete and works so smoothly now! 

I also have this little vintage set of aluminum canisters. They are pretty old and have an art deco vibe to them. I used to keep junk in them; never coffee, tea or flour. Until I started re-arranging the stove and hutch ...and one day I just decided, 'Hey, I think I'm going to use these for their intended purpose."  Otherwise...they were just clutter.  I put them in this wine crate, my mom picked up years ago off the curbside. 

I guess you can say this little corner of my kitchen is my favorite thing; so that's why I'm sharing it this week. It really is... I have such memories with my $100 stove and my 'Mantel Project' one of our first projects after The Honey retired, and my canisters and crate... All together,  it makes me smile! 

Don't forget to hop on over to Claudia's Favorite Thing party

Thanks for stopping by here! 

Oh give thanks to the LORD for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting. ~Psalm 107: 1


susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I like the mantel over your stove. It gives the area so much personality. Your aluminum cannisters are just the perfect touch. Lovin' that art deco graphic style they have. Can't you just imagine them in a little 1934 cottage kitchen with the apron wearing homemaker getting ready to bake biscuits.

Claudia said...

Can I tell you how jealous I am of your stove??? I love vintage stoves and that Chambers model is one of my all time favorites. Lucky you! Love the mantel over your stove - that is such a neat addition to your wonderful space. I think my mom had some canisters like yours at one time.

Your hard work has paid off, my friend. Your kitchen is simply wonderful.

Thanks so much for joining in this week!


Angel said...

I've seen your kitchen grow and flourish through the years. It's cozier now than ever!

Balisha said...

Thanks for sharing your favorite parts of your kitchen. The cannisters are very familiar to me. Some of my relatives had those in the past.Clever to use the wine crate to hold them.

Karen said...

Your kitchen is cozy and definitely feels like the 'heart of the home.' My mom had a set of canisters like yours:) So nice to see something so familiar.

Homesteading wife said...

I love all the vintage accents, but my favorite is the tin.

Patty said...

I love all the home improvement projects you have done in your kitchen. Love the containers and that you are making them functional and more enjoyable for you.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Love your warm country kitchen. I am all about basic.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Got to have things that just make us smile, don't we? Makes life good.

bj said...

What a sweet and warm country kitchen. You did good on this...I love it.

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Love your canisters and the table you found to work just right. :)

Prior said...

I've loved watching your kitchen evolve...and you already know I love your stove!

designchic said...

What a warm and cozy kitchen and I love the canisters!! Happy weekend ~

Babajeza said...

Your kitchen is very cosy!

Susan Freeman said...

Your kitchen is very cozy and I love the use of curtains. Your stove is such a treasure. I love it!!!

Susan and Bentley

The Magnolia House said...

Looking good!!

Anonymous said...

I love your little kitchen. Such character! And that stove is to die for!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love your stove, but don't know if I would be able to work it! So cozy.

Haworth said...

What a wonderful corner, Pat! That stove is terrific, and I really love that fabric you chose for the curtains in front of the cupboards. All the little touches you've added make it so pretty and homey. Wonderful job! I love works in progress in the house, and seeing how things change and improve over time.

Jeri said...

Thank you so much fro sharing your adorable home!! I'm still lost in your blog I am so in love with your stove!!!