I've seriously been hoping to spiff up the kitchen before Birdsong.... I've wanted to go pure white.
Walls and cabinets both.
Now the cabinets are ivory and glazed with a creamy coffee color, and the walls are tan. Not only do I want a new look, I kind of need one, to take care of some repairs.
Do you see the problem here?
This knob snapped in half (I will have to epoxy it, or find another before someone cuts a hand off), and the trim on the door fell off too.
I'm afraid that I'll have to repaint to repair this mess. I'll have to take the trim off both matching cabinets, sand down the area where it was glued on, and repaint. I can't just patch this. I'll have to find some other trim or do without. There was a minimum of a $200 order where I got this trim the first time. I certainly don't need to buy that much again, since I am no longer in the furniture redoing biz like I was at the time. It was good to have plenty to spruce up the new cabinets and a ton left over to use on odd bits of furniture I was refurbishing back then.
When there is no time for a big redecorating project (no matter how badly it is needed) sometimes a tiny change helps. Like some new plates. Beth asked me to help her with a mini redo at her antique booth, and I always say yes, because I get first pick of what she brought in to sell she is a good friend and I enjoy doing it with her.
She had these great, old dishes for only $3 each, plus gave me a discount.
White dishes are my fave, and these will go well with my other good dishes, now I have plenty for a big party. (I like a mix-match look for parties)
I got these every day dishes from her too. I'd been admiring the polka dot trim, on white plates, that I'd been seeing everywhere. I had just about decided to purchase a set from the dollar store, because they looked every bit as nice as the ones from Walmart or World Market, and were a fraction of the cost, even thought W.Mkt is not an expensive store, it is hard to beat $1 each. And I won't even try to compare that to the price at Pottery Barn for the look!
Til Beth emailed me that she'd found a boxful of these vintagey ones at an estate sale at $8 for 6 full place settings. I was thrilled to get them.
I do have a thing for dishes...
And since we entertain regularly, I get a chance to use them all. There isn't a full set of any one thing, but like I said, mix-match is my favorite anyway.
Everything in this cabinet gets used at some time or another. That green tea pot? It reminds me of a fairy piece and is ideal for fairy tea parties.