Saturday, December 02, 2006

Hanging the Baskets, Kitchen at Other End and Things

I still haven`t decided whether or not to paint the baskets. If I do, it will probably be by just sponging on white paint. I needed to figure out a way to make them easy to get down and dust so I made some hooks.....

Then hung them by fishing line from the ceiling....

It was something I`d been putting off and with the boys help, I`m glad it`s done, at least the initial part. The light I know is really odd looking and we need the big bulbs for brightness. A new light perhaps someday or two situated at different parts of the ceiling with proper sized bulbs. I`d still keep the flying pig because I like him :) No idea why the camera picked up my patch job and made a strange white blotch in the picture, it`s not there to the naked eye luckily!

This is the other end of the kitchen. I put the water colour above the sink. The frame isn`t quite the right size but it`s good enough for now and kind of makes it look like a pillow case end piece. Dog pictures I had already are above the stove and the fat pink and white cat which matches the cookie jar holds washing sponge ets....

Those cute little toile plates were too small for any plate holders so I improvised using twist ties in place of the springs to make them smaller before adding them to the big wall by the table.....

Last night I made a removable half cover for the computer chair in some left over fabric from the curtains to use sometimes because the arms on the chair I apolstered get dirty too fast. Then I opened up the kitchen table one end, looks better against the long wall.
This silver is very tarnished...

But for $25 total I thought it was worth a try to see if I can get it clean. There were only four matching teaspoons and no tablespoons so the pattern is different in them as well as the big serving utensils, but no big deal, I`m not the Queen :O)

Filled a roasting pan full of powdered milk, water and vinegar to soak the silver in overnight.

It`s supposed to take the tarnish off, so we`ll see how that worked when I take it out. May have to use the Silvo if not, but this sounded better and less messy.
Now if I could just make up my mind about the baskets.....
Here`s what we woke up to this morning. First real snow since that strange October night. The plastic bags are still staying nicely in place to kill that grass area for the pottager garden and extended patio around the edges next spring. The "sort of" walled garden patio is not quite big enough for all the potted plant ideas I have so I thought of bricking around the outside of the veggie garden ( with a few companion flowers thrown in) to make room. I`m going to plant in bricked square sections instead of rows and grows beans upwards hung on grapevine trellis or something. Then plant some climbing flowers on the fence to take away the rustic look there a bit. Wish I could find a picture of something like all this to see how it would look. Has anyone seen anything like this on the web or tried any of it? Funny things to be writing about with the above picture me thinks. I love Christmas and will get the old tree up this weekend hopefully!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen has turned out really well. It has a cosy country look to it xo
I LIKE your unmatched silver, very shabby chic...and a good price.Let me know if that cleaning recipe works Tea...

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen looks lovely. Very home-y feeling, comfortable and sweet. I hope that "recipe" works on the silver. What a bargain that was!

Anonymous said...

oh'..how lovely...what a treat it must be for your meatspace friends to come and actually see what you've created..It's truly truly magical....

carolyn said...

Your kitchen is lovely and what a bargain with the cutlery only this weekend I saw a silver plate canteen of cutlery in a similar design to yours at the reduced price of £300, so well done.

Daisy Cottage said...

I abolutely LOVE your kitchen!
Wonderful blog you have here!
I'll be back!
xo,
Kim