Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More kitchen ideas

Yesterday's post stirred up a lot of questions from many readers.  I guess this is the first time I've shown my whole kitchen at the same time. 

The backsplash tiles came with the house.  They are white with the occasional farm animal tile done in red on white.  The problem is, they animals are scary.  Really, I mean it.  Scary, scary, scary.  I had to cover them up.  For the first few years I used square tile stickers (from Dollar Tree) to cover them.  They were floral stickers but if you looked closely, you could still see the scary, scary farm animals staring back at you.  NOT GOOD!  So, in despiration, I grabbed my dark blue acrylic craft paint and painted over each scary tile.  I painted 3 coats on each tile and then went over the paint with a satin poly coat.  I've been cleaning the tiles with my Sparkle Cleaner and the paint still looks good.  And the best part?  No scary farm animals in sight!

Next, we bought the island right after we moved in 5 years ago at Lowe's.  They no longer sell the same style as we have, but I did notice that the same island is in the kitchen of Jon & Kate plus 8 (when they were together).  I am planning on covering the inside of the door panels with beadboard wallpaper and then painting the whole thing.  I haven't decided on a color yet.  I'm thinking black but I may choose a deep cherry red.  The island came with casters but my hubs replaced them with wooden legs from Lowes.  I'll also be refinishing the top to make it darker.  I love the storage this island has.  I store my kitchen aide mixer in the bottom cabinet. 

I have a brick floor.  It is finished with a poly gloss.  I polish it with a product from Holloway House called Quick Shine about every 6 months.   I have to vacuum the floor instead of sweeping with a broom as the crevices between the bricks trap dirt.  I like the look of the floor but it is very hard on your back and legs if you stand on it for a long time - like on Thanksgiving day or when having a canning or baking marathon. 

This is fun!  Got any more questions about my kitchen?


  1. I love it! It looks so warm and clean and organized!

  2. Your kitchen looks simply lovely - I like all the bird houses on top of your cabinets.
    Warm wishes, Tonya


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