After finishing my Downton banner, I wasn't ready to get involved with another big project, so I took a creative break to do some housework.
Since I had a ladder out for the banner, I decided to climb up it in the kitchen and de-web, de-grease, and overall clean up everything on the shelves and on top of the cabinets.
I always put off doing it, but really, it isn't that bad once I get going. There is something nice about the fresh feeling the room has once the sparkle is returned to the china. I pop most of the pieces into the dishwasher, and go after the walls, cabinet doors, and top of the shelves with a Magic Eraser and a bowl of hot water with vinegar in it.
This time, I even treated the lamps to new shades. Actually, I had no choice, the other ones had seen better days.
While on my perch above the kitchen, I noticed that the chandy was getting fuzzy. That is never a good look, is it? Funny how it sneaks up on you. Those crystals end up dull in no time, but man, they sure are pretty after a wiping down!
The china cabinet got a slight spiffing up, it didn't take much though, glass doors are a blessing.
Believe it or not, crowded as this looks, I edited and futzed the pretties around a bit. There are less things in here now. And on the shelves too. The fresh feeling was even stronger after I'd gotten rid of about a third of the pieces on the shelf.
See, now there is space between the ewers, pitchers, and creamers. That has never happened before.
I kind of like it!
Not so much, that I want to get rid of all of it and not have to go through this again, though. But it is nice to have a little less up there.