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Friday, October 3, 2014

More Kitchen Tweaking

I have been on a "Kitchen Tweaking" mission the last week or so:)
I found these three containers at the Goodwill.
One was FTD, one was Martha Stewart, and the other was not marked . . .
I think that they have a vintage look about them and I love the colors.

I also made curtains for the door
and painted the lower cabinets the same color as the island.



I first painted the lower cabinets the same pale aqua as the walls,
but I think that I like the darker turquoise better.
I had paint left over from painting the island,
so it was a no-cost change:)
I purchased a range hood and a new kitchen faucet before we even got moved in,
but they are jobs that we can do this winter.

I also want to put bead-board up for the back-splash,
a new counter top and a larger sink.
These jobs can wait until January or February and the holidays are over.

By then we will be wanting to take on another project.
Something to ward off the cabin fever that always sets in during that time of the year:)

Still enjoying my Zinnias:)

  
 Okay, the other evening we were watching TV when I jumped up and ran outside.

 
 Steve's yelling, "what's wrong . . .where are you going".
 



When you see something this magnificent out your window . . .

you have just got to run and grab your camera, right?



Thank you so much for stopping by . . .
please leave a comment, I love reading them.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

52 comments:

  1. At first I thought you said kitchen twerking! Which would be appropriate because that is such a beautiful kitchen definitely worth dancing in. I love the colors. So cheerful! And that sunset! You're living in a beautiful world.

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    1. I can take credit for the color changes in the kitchen, but only our Lord can paint the whole sky so brilliantly beautiful:)

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  2. I really like the blue with the red accents. What a beautiful sky.

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    1. Hi Debby, happy Saturday to you . . .and thanks so much for stopping by. I've been trying to keep my colors true to a 30's or 40's kitchen and go with the vintage flow of this little cottage. Now, that sky . . . what a beautiful masterpiece :)

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  3. Your kitchen to me is retro and I just love it. The sunset is beautiful!

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    1. Good Morning Nancy, it is always wonderful to see you . . .I love my little retro kitchen and I'm having so much fun playing with paint and fabric.
      Our Lord sure knows how to brighten up the sky, doesn't He . . . awesomely beautiful! You can see why I had to jump up from the TV.

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  4. Evening Connie, I believe that is the prettiest sunset I have ever seen.....such an array of colors, it's breathtaking!!! I would have jumped up too and got the camera....what a moment! Your kitchen is sooo cute! I love your color choices of aqua and reds...they are so pretty together! Your bead board will look great when you are able to get it up!! This is true vintage cottage!! The kitchen is so happy and upbeat....it truly reflects who you are~~~love it! I know what you mean by the "winter" projects....Ken and I will have them too! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Good Morning Roxie, we have a lot of little projects in the house that we can tweak this winter, it's the ones relating to safety and energy loss that we had to tackle first . . . that and just making it livable (like the bathroom) that was a mess. Hard work or not, we know that we are in the place that we are supposed to be and we are loving it. I do hope that you and your hubby are feeling the same way about your cottage. Every day we think about how blessed we are to be living our small country dream. God is so Good! Oh, and doesn't He paint a fabulous sky:)

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  5. such a beautiful fresh kitchen, love the colors, you captured some amazing photos,

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    1. Hi Laurie, thank you so much:) Oh, I visited your blog and I like all the changes that you are doing. It's always fun to stir the pot and rearrange.

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  6. Love the color of your kitchen cabinets. Wow...what a beautiful sunset!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, I was so surprised when I saw that sky and I knew that it would only last a short while . . . Steve didn't know what was going on when I jumped up and ran out. He probably thought that I had left something on the stove, since I ran through the kitchen and out the backdoor, LOL. God paints a magnificent sky:) Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment . . . I love reading them and getting to know you better. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Yes Connie, I would have gone outside too to catch that wonderful sunset.
    Love what you're doing with your kitchen.So clean and smart looking.

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    1. Hi Judy, thanks so much for visiting . . . that sky was a masterpiece wasn't it? Only God can create that and I didn't want to miss it:)
      I love that you love my kitchen . . . I am having so much fun playing with paint and fabric in there. It's a happy place to cook and do dishes:)

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  8. Connie-Your kitchen is just cute as anything. It is so warm and cheerful feeling. Loving the curtains you made and the way they dress the window. Yes-you are right- you can do some of those projects this winter after the Holidays. I love the color you painted the island and cabinetry. Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, I'm loving my little cheerful kitchen, it is a fun place to cook and I have a great view out the window. Winter is coming and I always have a hard time staying inside; I'm a spring, summer and fall kind of girl . . . having projects will help. Plus, I'm looking forward to having time to sew and quilt again:)
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for always taking the time to comment and email . . . you are a sweetheart :)

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  9. I love the colour, in fact so much so that we have painted the outside of the barge that colour!!! And all your finishing touches just make the kitchen perfect. The sunset is beautiful xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, it is great to have you visit. I'll bet that you have some fabulous sunsets and rises from your barge . . . all the colors reflecting on the water must be amazing. Well, they say that great minds think alike . . . so that must be the answer to us picking the same color,LOL.

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  10. Your kitchen looks great. Those containers you found look like they belong together.
    Beautiful sunset. I would have ran out to get pictures too

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    1. Hi Ann, I know, I felt the same way about those containers . . . they had a vintage look when put together like that and the colors were perfect for my kitchen. Sometimes you go to the Goodwill and all you see is junk, then you go again and you find treasures. As for the sunset, I was very happy that my camera batteries were not dead. So many times I forget and leave it plugged into the computer after downloading and then my battery is in need of a recharge:)
      I wouldn't have wanted to miss that beautiful sky:)

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  11. Great pictures of your kitchen and evening sky!!!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

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    1. Good Morning Cathy-Lynn, thanks so much for stopping by . . . our Lord does paint a beautiful sky. I'm glad that my camera was ready and handy:)

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  12. That beautiful view definitely beats watching TV : ) and what a cute kitchen, I agree, I think the darker turquoise looks great. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading comments and happy that you liked the darker color on the cabinets . . . I'm having a ball tweaking the kitchen with paint and fabric.

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  13. It looks wonderful Connie. Love the splashes of color and hearing your realistic plans for the future. I think that is more in line with how most of redo rooms, one bit at a time.

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    1. Hi Patty, time and money have so much to do with waiting. We really had so many projects that were and are more important that the pretty and polished ones. Last week we ordered new windows . . . because the house is old the sizes required special orders, so we hope to have them in before cold weather hits us hard. They will be here in about three more weeks . . . winters coming . . . burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:) Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I feel like I'm getting to know you better with each share post. Have a wonderful weekend . . . we have some fun plans if it does rain us out:)

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  14. What a gorgeous sunset! Definitely worth running out of the door to capture. I love the work you've done so far in your kitchen. I've been away from blog reading for a bit, so I know I've missed some wonderful updates. I do love the darker turquoise on your bottom cabinets as well. In my kitchen I have two colors of cabinets. The peninsula island bottom and my lower cabinets are also the same color. Keep up the hard work. :-)

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    1. Hello Libby, it is such a pleasure seeing your smiling face in my comments. That sunset was breathtaking . . . much nicer than anything on the TV,LOL.
      Our Lord is an awesome artist! Since we bought this old house back in the spring, we have been doing project after project . . . but I'm not complaining, in fact I am enjoying every minute and so happen that we moved from the suburbs. Our little acre feels like a true farm, after being 10 feet from our neighbors on one side and connected (duplex) on the other:) Thanks again for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment . . .you're a sweetheart.

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  15. Holy cow that sunset is amazing!! Thanks for sharing it made my morning.

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    1. Hi Patrica, Sure beats the TV, right?

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  16. Cute kitchen, Connie! I love all the happy colors. Love the darker turquoise lower cabinets. You sure are a go-getter!

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    1. Hi Melanie, you should talk . . . you are always doing something, or on the go out exploring your area. I love seeing your projects and visiting all the unique cafes and bookstores with you:) Your blog is always fresh and cozy, and makes me feel so welcome. I'm sure if you lived close we could go junking together:)

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  17. Hi Connie!
    Your kitchen is just adorable. I love how those three square canisters all look like they just go together and the mimic your round canisters in the corner too. That turquoise paint just sings cheerful!
    I don't blame you jumping up to take pictures of that sky! It sure looks pretty!

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    1. Hi Patricia, Sometimes you just find the perfect item at Goodwill . . . then sometimes its all junk, but I love the hunt:) Our Lord surely paints a masterpiece, right . . . that sky was much better than watching TV :)

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  18. Hi Connie,

    I really like how your kitchen is coming along. The canisters are so bright and retro in their colors. I love, love, love the darker turquoise - good choice. There's no such thing as a country kitchen without gingham curtains!!! It's been so fun to watch you make your new house your home!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, I have been a huge fan of gingham and polka dot for years and this little home just screams decorate me in country charm. It would be a shame to gut something this old and make it modern. Each day we feel more blessed with this little acre of ours. Thanks so much for popping in to visit. You have become such a sweet blogging friend and sister . . . I always look forward to reading your posts and to hearing your comments on mine. God bless.

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  19. OH Kay, I just love your kitchen!

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  20. Hi, nice to meet you! Love your charming kitchen! I would do the same thing if I saw that out the window! Hubby just says.. "Blog fodder?".
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Good Morning Teresa, it is wonderful to see your smiling face in my comments this morning. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day today and I plan on getting my housework done early and spending some time out in my art barn. I have some fabric that I want to get cut to start a quilt. I haven't had time for quilting since last winter. It is a pleasure having you as a follower; I am looking forward to a great blogging friendship. Have a lovely day:)

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  21. Good morning Connie
    Gosh, we haven't crossed paths for a while but be assured I think of you every morning when hubby's and my coffee are on the beverage mats I won from you. Thanks for dropping by my blog for a visit.
    I like the contrast of the darker turquoise of the island and bottom cupboards, a bold colour but it sure works in your kitchen. I've been spray painting accessories with this colour and love it!
    The sunset is stunning and I'm glad you saw it and had your camera at hand.

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    1. Hi Judith, thanks for stopping by, it is good to catch up with you and to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:) So many times when I download photos from my camera onto the computer, I forget to turn it off. Then when I go to grab it, the battery is dead. I was very pleased that this time it was ready and I was able to capture this beautiful sunset. Our Dear Lord is a master artist and paints an amazing sky:) Thanks again for popping over, it is always a pleasure.

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  22. Perfect!
    You've made the kitchen so cheerful, and cozy and most of all... welcoming!!
    Love the color on the cabinets, and the kitchen curtains are darling!!

    Beautiful sunset!! It's so pretty it doesn't even look real. Good thing you snapped some pictures of it, to prove that it was real :)

    K.

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    1. Hi Kerin, so nice to see you and thanks for the sweet compliments on my kitchen:)
      That sunset was so much better than anything on the TV and I knew that I wanted a photo.
      Skies like that are few and far between.

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  23. Hi Connie, after reading Sara's post today (from Come Away With Me) I thought I would pop over and say hello. You have a lovely blog and I have so enjoyed my visit. Have a great day :)

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    1. Good Morning Denise, it is lovely to meet you and thank you for your sweet words and for visiting . . . I love company:)

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  24. What a cheerful kitchen! I love it. You are lucky have such a great view of the sunsets. We have too many trees in the way. But, I know that "grab your camera!" feeling.

    Hugs,
    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, nice to see you. . . that was one of those moments when having the batteries dead on my camera would have been a big disappointment :)

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  25. Loving how you have transformed your kitchen Connie, it looks such a bright, cheerful and welcoming place to be. The touches of red with the turquoise are a great colour combination!
    Wonderfully colourful sunset, no wonder you couldn't wait to capture it, such great photos!
    Gill xx

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    1. Hi Gill, I have been working on a couple more things for the kitchen . . . I just love the vintage combo of red and turquoise, but I think that i've seen you use those colors, too. Everything you make is special . . . you are a huge inspiration to me. Love your blog!

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  26. Oh Connie I missed this one and I am so enjoying watching all of your cottage tweaks, you have such a great eye for detail. I love the aqua cabinets and touches of red, it is so homey and comfortable I can see everyone hanging out around the island. Yep, that was a gorgeous sky

    Carol

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    1. Carol, I am having so much fun adding vintage touches to my kitchen. It looks like Betty Crocker lives here, right?

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