I’ve escaped this

for fun in the kitchen,

helping write last minute letters to Santa

and kissing babies!

It was a great trade! 


It took a full 12 hours, but we bought, loaded, and unloaded the cabinets.  The house now looks like an Ikea warehouse.

Let the building begin!


I have the kitchen on my brain, and I just can’t shake it.  For a few years now, I’ve been dreaming of this range:

I visit it online often.  So, imagine my dismay when I realized today that the ivory version now comes with chrome accents instead of brass. It threw my whole plan for a loop.  To make matters worse, the lovely clock is now an ugly digital version.  Really, what WERE they thinking?

Apparently, the hammered black version still comes with brass accents, but it’s not my first true love.  Nevertheless, I built a little dream board around it tonight.  Someday soon, I hope to have a real kitchen to go with my collection of pictures.

What an exciting weekend it was at our little cottage! 

On Saturday, we met with a contractor in order to obtain estimates for the many to-do’s on our list. For once, it looks as if our dollars will stretch farther than we had anticipated.  What a lovely feeling that is!  As a result, we’re now considering a kitchen remodel. 

I’ve been playing around with Ikea’s wonderful kitchen design program.  We are considering using their cabinets as a starting place for the kitchen and having a few custom sizes made to match, in order to best utilize our space. 

 Here is an overview of one of the plans I’m considering.

Also on the project list?

  • Finishing work in the main bathroom
  • Remodling the petite master bath (I have my eyes set on honed marble.)
  • New walls, floors, and a raised ceiling in the library (bookshelves, too!)
  • Adding a set of interior french doors between the master bedroom and the library
  • Closing off an existing doorway between the master bedroom and kitchen
  • Refinishing all of the hardwood floors

Here are a few inspiration pictures.

AJC- Heinz Properties

Doors between the master bedroom and library


Kitchen Sink Cabinetry. I’d also like to mimic this detail on the shelving in the library. I hope to find some old windows to incorportate into the bookcases, as well.

Ikea Fans (brickmanhouse)

Ikea Cabinetry



Full wall of tile around the kitchen window


Hutch-styled cabinetry in the kitchen

This weekend, I found a great table on Craigslist.  It’s actually a coffee table, but the size is just right for a kitchen island.  I’ll be taking it off of the low base and putting it on a new one, turning it into an island.  What a steal this will be!

Craigslist Find: This $85 coffee table is about to become my new kitchen island.

The Hyper Homemaker posted this to-do list for today’s portion of the Ultimate Cleaning Challenge.  Luck was on my side, though, because it turned out that I started reorganizing all of my kitchen cabinets last night.  Here is what I’ve already finished due to my Friday-night cleaning.  Having a jump start will leave me time to do some extra projects I have planned (below). 

Day 1 – Conquering the Kitchen

Make sure daily is done:
– Clear off all counter tops
– Load dishwasher
Handwash any dishes needed
Wipe down sink
– Wipe down stovetop
– Wipe down all the counters
– Swiffer the floor

Take everything out of the pantry.
– Wipe down shelves.
– Toss old items and donate unused good items.
– Repackage all messy items into nice containers. (STARTED)
– Place all items back into the pantry in an organized fashion. (STARTED)

– Take everything out of the fridge and freezer (placing items in a cooler with all the remaining ice.
– Scrub down the inside and outside of the fridge, shelves, doors, ice maker and freezer.
– Replace water filter if you have one.
– Clean fridge condenser coil.
– Toss old or useless food.
– Place everything back into fridge in an organized fashion.

– Take ALLL your items out of all your cabinets and drawers. Yes… ALL! (HALF DONE)
– Wipe down the inside of all cabinets and drawers.
– Wipe down the inside of all containers such as utensil holders.
– Store items not used in over 6 months, or summer seasonal items. (Started)
Thinking logically (ie – potholders next to stove, towels next to sink), try to put everything back in a more useful and purposeful place, and in an organized fashion.
– Scrub down the cupboard exteriors, from to of the kitchen to bottom.


Since BeachBoy and my father-in-law are out of the town this weekend, I have the house to myself.  So, I should have the time and space to be productive.  Adding to the list above, here is my dream list for Saturday:

  • Purchase/Hang new shelf in laundry closet/pantry.
  • Purchase containers for baking products, fill, and mark.
  • Reorganize laundry closet/pantry
  • Purchase/fill/label containers for seasonal/party items
  • Drive unused items to Goodwill
  • Finish sewing kitchen curtains/rehang
  • Dust items on exposed shelf

The boys made quite a mess in the kitchen before leaving, so I have my work cut out for me!