Saturday, May 1, 2010

One Room at a Time

We are still trying to get settled in the new house. Now that my son Chris, is completely done with his surgery, I can focus on putting everything away and decorating. I decided that I am going to tackle one room at a time. That way......hopefully....I can stay focused and on track. (fingers crossed). So, the kitchen was the first room. I first re-vamped my hutch, then on to a painting project.

I purchased this vintage dresser a while ago and hadn't decided what I was going to do with it. A couple of weeks ago I realized that I could use extra storage and more work space in my kitchen. Idea!!! I can use this dresser as a kitchen island and storage for extra linens/dishes/utensils/etc.

But she needed a little update. I have been wanting to add a little color into my decor and found this great shade of green. It was actually a piece of paper I found that had the exact color I was imagining and Home Depot color matched it for me. It's actually a little deeper than the color of a Granny Smith apple. A new coat of paint, some white porcelain knobs and I couldn't be happier with her new look.

Here she is center stage. And yes, I have a leopard print rug in my kitchen. It's the wild side of me coming out.....RAWR. The photo doesn't do her justice, but she looks great! and she is the perfect POP of color.

I've had this sign for a while and could never find the perfect spot for it.....Now I have :)

I've added a few more treasures to my hutch......more cookbooks I just picked up, an ivy plant, and some flower frogs. I'm really liking the look of my hutch now.

I had to show you this piece I just picked up from a thrift store for 25 cents. I have no clue what it was off of or it's purpose........but it has two elements I love......metal and a heart. (The smallest things can make me so happy). I love my mini frogs too :)

And here is my latest vintage treasure........I'm probably going to paint her......not sure what color. She was a steal at $5 and she is in excellent condition and very sturdy.

Until Later,


  1. Love the color you chose to paint the dresser. 100% better. What kind of paint did you use? Brush or roller? Years ago I painted a buffet blue!!! people thought I was, just 25 years ahead of fashion.HA

  2. Hi Marilyn -
    The paint is by Behr from Home Depot, I had them color match it for me from a piece of paper in the same color. For this piece I used a brush, I actually prefer a brush over a roller.

  3. That turned out just perfect! I love the cheery green. In fact Ive been on a green kick lately, maybe because its spring.

  4. I love your painted vintage cabinet/drawers! That is a great color and looks fabulous in your kitchen!~Patti

  5. Wow...isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? Great color and transformation.
    Country Blessings,

  6. I love the green that you painted that chest. That will make great extra storage. That stool ladder thing for five dollars was a really good deal. It looks good like it is. Your hutch is perfect. I have been seeing a lot of those vintage frogs, but just not sure what to do with them so I pass them up.

  7. Love how this piece turned out and how your kitchen came together - great vision.

  8. I love how that chest of drawers turned out! It's one of my favorite colors, and I like the leopard rug under it. It adds so much personality to the room. RAWR!

  9. Love the redo! Pretty kitchen.
    Have a great week.

  10. Gorgeous work. The green is bold and perfect for spring.

    Yoli :)

  11. i just stumbled upon your blog and sure i want to see more, lovely and i enjoyed my visit..verbena cottage

  12. Hi Toni!!!
    Love how the dresser turned out! Great color and the red and white stool is sweet. Your hutch look wonderful. Can't wait to see the rest of your home.
    Thanks again!!!
    Deb :)

  13. Your kitchen is coming together nicely. I would never have thought you just moved in. The dresser is a perfect addition to the space. I love the little chair/stool, and I wouldn’t paint it. But then, I have a thing for red & white.

  14. I LOVE your idea of one room at a time. That's the way to do it! You are making great strides.. your hone is beautiful. Love the before and after pictures. Pretty shade of green!

  15. just came upon your sweet blog today and enjoyed this post. We just moved 7 weeks ago, and were remodeling the home during that time. Your dresser is such a charming touch to your the color! I also noticed that your kitchen layout if nearly identical to mine. thanks for the inspiration! :)



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