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Sunday, June 20, 2021

June CupboardScape

Another month almost over already.
a6Summer is here.

                       Before I start this month's Cupboardscape,

I must confess that in fact I do have

an antique in green. This enamel cups rim is green.

So with our kitchen still a mess.

Bob at least re-painted my Cupboardscape wall.

I decided I wanted to celebrate my

grandfathers memories for Father's Day.

My grandfather's liked to take a nip of whiskey
every now and then.
In fact my maternal grandfather was put
in jail for 2 weeks for having a still
during prohibition.
Both lived in a log cabin for a period of time as well.
The tankards and mugs are just vessels for a nip.

Because this was such a simple display,
I decided to show you my entire cabinet.
I do notice that one of my cake crocks should
be moved over to the right. LOL

I have to dust every nook and cranny,
cabinets and rugs need to be cleaned.
Will take some time though.
Hopefully I will be able to add a few
patriotic displays somewhere....

Happy Father's Day to all the dads!
Mine passed almost 18 years now.
He was kind and patient, 
and if we did something he did not like...
all he had to do was give us the look.

I remember one time when I was 20.
I played softball and after the game was over,
us girls closed the bar.
Then we decided to go out to a restaurant
that was opened 24 hrs.
I came home around 5:30am.
My dad opened the door for me.
He was on his way to work.
I got the look.
The only thing I said to him was,
"it will never happen again."
He never said anything about it, 
even later that evening.
All I did was take a shower and go to work.
It was a rough day. 

Dad's Day Blessings To All!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Week 5

Today's the day.
Final week of reno.
Lots of pictures.

This was the tile I picked.
I wanted an old world French blue one.
I found this online, 
but Bob wanted me to go to where his cousin
purchases his tile for his discount.
Well we went to the tile shop and found nothing.
Bob says...order it online.
When I went back online to order it,
it was 25% off.
Plus shipping was free.
Notice the white spice cabinet.
This was the solution for that stink pipe.
The opening at the bottom was Bob's idea for
the toaster...I have another plan.

The other pic was the tile up with the spacers
placed for the grout.
We used the same grout as our bathroom
that we still had on hand.
More money saved.

Another nod to the old world look
with the rusty grout.
It turned out great I think.

A rather dark pic,
but this is the final reno completed
with wood top.

My new light over the sink.
Another schoolhouse one to match
the one which is over our table.

All lit up.

The one on the counter is the one above our table.

Bob took it down to repaint the ceiling.

Love my blue cabinets.
Bob even made the drawers.

Almost finished.

Part of the wood top on.

I cannot believe how well Bob cut out for the sink.
There was a template given with our sink...
but I did have a few doubts Bob would be able
to pull it off himself...but he did
Kudos to him!

Both sides on now.
Bob filled in the crack with wood putty,
and once sanded it disappeared. 

I cannot tell you how many little cans
of stain both Bob and I brought home.
We wanted to match our hickory floor.
We went everywhere.
too dark, too light, to red.
But finally we just had to pick one which was close,
but no cigars as they say.

                                              Almost there.

Our baby inspecting the new kitchen.
He was always at the store during the day
with me whilst Bob worked on the kitchen.

Tops now stained.
Notice the floor above and the counter.
I think we matched pretty dang close.
What do you think?

Looks a bit red here.
Not sure why.
Don't look at the stuff in the sink. LOL
Bob always put the dishes in the sink,
then when I got home, I had to wash them in the
laundry room sink.

                              Well thats the finished product.
Bob had to take back the faucet as it was leaking, so am without a sink still, but will get it fixed soon.

Now I get to clean and then decorate.

Woot Woot.

First the wood has to dry a few more days.

Cannot wait to show you how I decorate now.

Reno Over Blessings To All!


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Week 4

Howdy friends and Happy Weekend!

Thanks for following along on our kitchen redo. 

As we go into week four with the auction over now,
which was a success...but our garage is still full.
How the heck he packs a 2 1/2 car garage is beyond me.
At least now Bob was able to spend more time on the kitchen.

More cabinets being built.

This one with the plate on it was supposed
to have my antique window as the door.

I have saved this window forever it seems.
I wanted an upper cabinet to remind me
of my gramma H's china cabinet with 
this glass window pane.
However it will not work here as my cabinet door.
So this cabinet will be an open one now.

The taller cabinet next to the refrigerator
will hold our cat and dog food.

This one will have 4 drawers,
which Bob made as well.

Here is the wood he used for the countertops.
Clamped together to glue in place.
This takes a day.
If all goes right that is.
For some reason this piece did not adhere
to Bob's liking, so he re-did it again.

Then he sanded it smooth.
Unfortunately wood is no longer this wide anymore,
so he has to do it this way.
I was not a fan of butcher blocked pieces,
so this way it is only two pieces instead 
of many tiny ones.

Starting to take shape.

This little cabinet being higher was my son's idea.
Our microwave will fit perfectly on it,
and because it is skinnier than the others 
on the main wall, I will be able to reach into the corner.
Plus the pets have a place for their food now.
Win win for all!

You can see the two shades of white here.
The creamy white of the cabinets,
and the white for the walls.

The tile came in and I am really getting excited now.
Like a kid in a candy store. LOL

Hopefully week five will be the finished project.
Then I get to decorate.

Hoping everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

Week 4 Blessings To All!



Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Patriotic Pillows

 Happy Tuesday everyone!

Well one day of back to work in the books for me.

Spent the day chatting with co-workers via phone
and internet, reviewing all of my emails,
and attended zoom meetings.
Not much work actually done. LOL

Part of my Patriotic creations this year
 are these lil pillows.

I copied the letters from one of my antique samplers.

This cross stitch 
Yankee Doodle Dandy pillow
was a OOAK and already has been sold.

Created some Yo Yo flag pillows.
Some are sold as well.

Once again I also made these flag pillows
using my stash of vintage and antique buttons.
Some sold too.
Red plaid wool and patriotic fabric completes them.

Another OOAK pillow
which again I copied these letters from my
antique sampler.
This one still available.

For the back of this one I stitched USA.

The bumpy fabric is tan chenille which
I am currently using in the store
as a backdrop for my Patriotic display.

Well off to work...
going to my desk here at home
to turn on my computer.
Will be working from home until September
am told right now...maybe longer.

Patriotic Pillow Blessings To All!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Week Three

The weeks are flying by now. 

Cannot believe it is Friday already.

The new bottom cabinet with its wood top.
Bob made it all by himself.
It is quite the process which takes a few days in itself.
The cabinet itself is made of Pine.
The doors are Aspen.
White Ash for the top.

Week three brought us into removing the main wall.
No stove or sink now.
Ace looking for his food bowl....
which is now underneath Bob's work table.

Week three also brought more problems.
Water issues from before.
Ruined the floor.

Bob had to repair using plywood after

taking out the mushy floor.

We did not have an more flooring, but this will not be seen thankfully as the cabinets will be over it.

Ready for insulation now.

This stink pipe has been a thorn in our sides for years.
I tried covering it up with a towel rack before.
I hate it, but Bob says it has to stay.
The previous owner placed the bathroom
towards the front of the home,
so of course you do not want to see the stink pipe
sticking out of the roof in the front,
he ran the entire pipe to the back of the house
into the kitchen and then up through the roof
in the back.
Bad layout on his part.

Drywall up and mudded.
Bob will end up making some kind of cabinet
to hide this pipe.
I suggested possibly one for my spices.

Farm sink with cabinet now built.

Dishwasher in too.
Plumber came out to hook up
the dishwasher and water line
 since there never was one in this house.
Bob did not know how to do that...
so best to call in the professional.
Zack works for cousin Jimmy on his projects,
so we know he is reliable and good.

Take out and grilling are our nightly meals now.

Tundra has been in a routine of going 
to the store with me daily...
come Monday back to work at home.
Hope he adjusts.
We often have gone to Tim Hortons
where he gets his very own mini plain Timmie.

Week 3 Blessings To All!