Quick and Easy Change – Painting the Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island After

With a hole in the drywall, and company coming, I decided it was time to address the kitchen Island.

Hole in the Island

Hole in the Kitchen Island

Here’s what it looked like before:

Kitchen Island Before

Kitchen Island Before

And after!

Kitchen Island After

Kitchen Island After

We just wanted a little color- nothing too bright or crazy, and something that would not be beige. We settled on “Quietude” by Sherwin Williams.

Kitchen Island Before

Kitchen Island Before

From the other direction. Featuring our cluttered, messy counters.

Painted Kitchen Island After

Painted Kitchen Island After

I actually cleaned up a bit! Oh but what’s that in the background? We painted the pantry door to match!

Pantry Doors Before

Pantry Doors Before

And after-

Pantry Door Painted after

Pantry Door Painted after

I also like the contrast of the color against the dining room. We wanted something that could play with it, and not compete. I’m not totally sold on the color actually. But it was so quick and easy to do, that it’s not a big deal to change it in the future. The color came out a bit more blue than gray green, but it’s a nice color on its own. It reminds me of the color of Wedgewood.

 

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Turntable Cover

Turntable Cozy

This week I made a little something for my husband- a cozy for his turntable.

Turntable Cozy

Turntable Cozy

I didn’t take any pictures of the process- but it was fairly straight-forward. I took measurements of the turntable- sketched it out, and figured out what the pattern should be for each piece. I added an extra inch for seams, which ended up working out to fit it perfectly. I made an oops in cutting the fabric so I didn’t place the pattern exactly where I wanted it to be- I was cutting from three scraps of fabric I bought at UFab outlet for a dollar each.

Naked Turntable

Naked Turntable

Turntable Covered

Covered Turntable

The bottom of the turntable is just over an inch wider than the top, so the side pieces are trapezoidal. I also shortened the back piece to accommodate the cords coming out.

Detail stitching

Detail stitching

I think the whole thing took me about an hour, for cutting, piecing, and sewing. I also gave the hems a little zig-zag stitch for fun. I think it “goes” with the fabric.

Mr. Lucky was so appreciative, and I love making a nice little thing like this for him when I can.

 

 

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Making a Spot for Lavender

After - A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

One of the new plants I bought this fall is “Phenomenal” Lavender (‘Niko’).

Phenomenal Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender

It’s supposed to be a great hardy lavender that performs exceptionally well. It does require full sun though, and as that is at a premium in my garden, I decided I wanted to make a space for it.

Before - Lots of Liriope

Before – Lots of Liriope

This corner, by the bottom of the deck, gets plenty of sun and is full of liriope. I have LOTS of this growing around the yard, and I’ve been noticing this grass growing through it that no matter how much I pull it, it won’t stop. I also just wanted this spot to look a little different.

After - A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

After – A new space for Phenomenal Lavender

This lavender should grow to about two feet across, and from two to four feet tall. I know it will take a few years to get that size, so I wanted to make sure it had some room. You can see some of the liriope I pulled out (and put into pots) around it. I reset the stones to curve out more, and added small marble chips on top. I already had the marble chips on hand, and the small pebble stones that were already around this area got mixed up in the dirt.

Liriope in pots

Liriope in pots

I will find homes for all the liriope- which can easily be broken into smaller plants.

Lots of Liriope in pots

Lots of Liriope in pots

Whenever I passed by the liriope, and saw all the grass sticking out of it, it felt like an endless chore for a plant that I didn’t even feel was all that interesting. I love lavender, and instead of feeling “ugh” every time I passed this spot, I wanted to feel happy.

 

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A Mid-Summer Mantle

Hydrangea and Crape Myrtle Bouquet

After the houttuynia bouquets died, I kinda sorta left them (dead) up on the mantle for a while…but I finally got my act together and went outside in the garden and gathered up some fresh blooms last Sunday. I knew I wanted to use some of the “Annabelle” hydrangea blooms before they started to turn brown, and I also wanted to use some Red Shiso (since I have sooo much of it). Starting with those plants as the base, I went out in search of some other colors and forms to add the new bouquets.

Mid Summer Bouquets

Mid Summer Bouquets

I’m pretty happy with the final result, but I didn’t shape the arrangements quite how I wanted to. And the Black Eyed Susans are hard to see with the vases so high up. I can’t keep them lower because otherwise the cats will try to eat them.

Mid Summer Bouquet

Mid Summer Bouquet

So the plants I included in this arrangement are: Annabelle Hydrangea blossoms (lime green), Crape Myrtle blossoms (pink), Black Eyed Susan (yellow), Red Shiso (dark red/purple leaves), and a couple sprigs of Rainbow Leucothoe (light-mid green).

Hydrangea and Crape Myrtle Bouquet

Hydrangea and Crape Myrtle Bouquet

It was more difficult than I thought it would be trying to arrange the crape myrtle. I cut off a small branch, and had to deconstruct it further to have it fit in the vases. I really hope this arrangement lasts more than a couple of days.

Mid Summer Color on the Mantle

Mid Summer Color on the Mantle

It’s so nice to have some fresh color on the mantle! In my last house, there wasn’t really any where to display fresh flowers (without the cats getting to them) and I didn’t have much of a garden either so I rarely had flowers in the house. So it feels like such a happy luxury that I can just go outside and gather a gorgeous bouquet.

 

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