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Friday, September 4, 2009

My Kitchen Desk Fall Clean Up ~ AND, 2 Projects

Hi, This post is also part of my Before&After that the Thrifty Decor Chick is hosting..be sure to check her other attendees!
Hey my Blogging friends guess what I have been up to?

My sweet hubs had to make another trip back up to the U.P. of Michigan to help his family work on sprucing and scraping and priming and painting their turn of the century family home. They are readying it for the possibility of selling.

Anyway, I digress. So, taking advantage of my time being freed up..I decided to bring out my FALL decorations. But..as things would have it...I went off on a rabbit trail and landed in my kitchen. Do you ever get the urge to REALLLLLLLY open those cupboards and say...HOW did this get so messy? Well, I know I should NOT have done that but I did. So right now, yep, right now, everything is in disarray and with good intentions I am plugging on..cause hubby's coming home tonight.

In this midst of all of this, Yesterday I was brain storming. Due to hubs still trying to find work in his field, there is just no money to do those things I have been dreaming of in my kitchen...like granite countertops, a possible back splash and possibly painting or restainingg my cabinets. Okay...back to my story. I was looking at my very own Kitchen desk space, that I REALLY do use a LOT. I just wasn't feeling it or liking what I was seeing. Off I went to rummage in my storage room that I keep for my painting treasures and came out with some fabulous finds. I love shopping in my very own home...doesn't cost a thang!!!

Lo and behold I found this. It was some type of chalk board all done up in white but I just didn't like the panel insert. Up to my Studio I took this piece.



I took the whole thing apart. I found some left over batting for the panel. Using my favorite tool in the world, my glue gun, I secured the batting to this panel. I cut a piece of my remnant WAVERLY Cabbage Rose Toile I had and glued that around the panel.

Oh..if I don't say so myself a much BETTER improvement!
I then painted the entire piece a Barn Red. I just LOVE red and this just made a huge impact on this piece. What do you think?
What I can KICK myself over is..I found a CORK Board and added batting and then hot glued my WAVERLY Cabbage Rose All Over. It turned out so well I could not wait to hang it...BUT YOU GUESSED IT...I plumb forgot to get before/after pictures. Can ya use your wonderful imagination, pullleease? shew, thanks. The jury is still out, I am toying with adding some deep red/burgandy gimp? Love to hear what you think.
Here's the Cork Board close up.
Do you see that Blue and White plate? I cleverly used it to try and hide an ugly white cord.
Oh that turquoise chair is another on my TO DO List. I am planning on painting it black...just need to get it outside to do so. I am determine to wait tho on that and finish my kitchen and family room....
Here's a close up shot of this are and cleaned up a pretty!
Thanks for stopping by. If you have some ideas let me know, I LOVE hearing from you!
Blessings...Lorena

10 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hello Friend :)
Paint that chair..it will look awesome in black!!!
I love your cabinets as they are...so I'm not much help with them.
It is great fun to find things in our own stash!!
HAPPY BIRHTDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LORENAAAA
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY
TO
YOUUUUU
lOVE,
Deb

I now that I'm a day early...just in case I'm not on the computer tomorrow...
May you have a wonderful Day!

Lee Laurie said...

I love your desk area! Such a pretty place to sit and look at cookbooks, blog, or even pay those dreaded bills. LOL

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

HI Lorena~ Love the kitchen chalkboard & corkboard re-dos!! Beautiful fabric & love the red paint ~ yes! add the gimp, too! I'm with you ~ I soooo want to make over my kitchen backsplash, counters, & cabinets. Let's get out hubbys to print us some funny money!!LOL

I'm a day EARLY with this, and a small package will soon be on its way to you, but since it will be a little late I wanted to say this now....HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a VERY SPECIAL FRIEND!!!

Much Love,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Sandra said...

Looking good! I like the board. Can't wait to see what color you choose for the chair. :)
Blessings,
Sandra

Jennifer said...

Lorena I love what you did with the ol chalk board it looks so good in you kitchen desk area.That chair will look great black too.That fabric is wonderful too.Have a very Happy Birthday.Big hugs,Jen

Holly said...

Great job, Lorena! I say paint the chair that same cool red!

I see you have a Birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Lorena!! Hope it's a GRRRRRReat day for ya! ♥

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Happy Birthday sweet friend!!! I hope you have your best year ever!!! You deserve it!

LOVE your desk area!! It looks beautiful :) I love having a built in desk in my dining room :)
Hugs,
Amy

Katie said...

Happy Birthday sweetheart! Love the chalk board re-do, that's my fav!

vickie said...

Happy Birthday Miss Lorena! Great finds in your previous blog. Love your new kitchen work/space area, great job.

Connie said...

Honey, you are clever!! I love both of the message boards and the plate to cover the cord. I'm also envious of your kitchen desk area! Darling....
xoxo,
Connie