I love my mid-century house by the beach, but I've always regretted the fact that the previous owners ripped out the original kitchen and put in one of those characterless and cheap
oak-trimmed laminate kitchens that for some inexplicable reason were so popular in the 1980s. When I finally bit the bullet and decided to re-do the kitchen, I wanted to create something that was appropriate to the house and found my inspiration in a 1959 ad for a Hotpoint kitchen. It was both practical (tiled walls) and handsome, with a great punch of color from a tiled accent wall containing the turquoise (!) wall oven. While I ultimately decided a wall oven wouldn't work for me, and I went for the durability of stainless (the salt in the air is tough on things here at the beach), I think I've ended up the with a kitchen that honors the inspiration, and my home's history.
I had been planning to do something cool with a deck of vintage playing cards when I found the right ones with really nice artwork. I got a hold of these French playing cards that were
perfect. After a lot of lining up and driving in small nail tacks, the cards were in place. I used some metal came from my stained glass supplies to frame things up. I used some vintage cloth ribbon measuring tape to continue the number theme. I used some metallic silver paint and some distressing to finalize things. The hinges on top are from an antique sewing machine. I finished everything in a few coats of polyurethane.
I just wanted to share pictures of my freshly painted kitchen. I asked Hometalkers last fall for help in painting my kitchen. I originally asked for advice on picking a stencil so I could
paint my backsplash. I received a lot of help and advice but ultimately decided that I didn't want to stencil the backsplash, I wanted to paint the cabinets. I started painting the cabinets but didn't finish until now due to some health problems. I'm finally finished now and ready to move on to other projects. I wanted to thank everyone for all your help and well wishes. Love the Hometalk community!
This is a quick and easy way to keep your shower clean in just two minutes a day.Just get a dish washing wand and fill the dispenser half with vinegar and half with liquid dish soap. Keep
it in the shower. That way everything is ready to go. When you get in, wet the sponge, and scrub away. Next, well, take a shower. That's it. I do a little section of the shower each day and work my way around the whole area about twice a week.
If the mixture gets thick, just add a little water. Also, I would caution that it is important to rinse well, and keep out of eyes as you would any cleanser.
Stone leftover from another project and three galvanized trash can lids become a bird bath grouping! Another of my "use what you have" ventures. More pictures and directions on http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com