Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Woo-hoo! My "new" kitchen!

dFor my own sanity, this post will be (parentheses-free). I read some past posts recently and nearly drove myself crazy with all of the (parentheses) I use. So just this once, I will force myself to refrain. Sometimes I just really annoy myself!


So, we've been in this house 2 1/2 years and are just now doing ANYTHING to it, but we're on a roll! Which I'm sure will end, oh, I don't know, sometime around the end of May, when Babycare 501 begins. So with Maddy's pink room and the living area painted, what more could I ask for? Let me remind you...
Sadly, that was in JULY and here we are in FEBRUARY...

Yep, same ol' painted, nasty-looking floor. Okay, it probably IS actually nasty, and not just nasty-looking. Plus, I was really tempted to put that in parentheses. But still, the paint. SOOOOO...since we couldn't decide on exactly what to do "permanently", blah, blah, blah...insert long-winded account of our boring and drawn-out indecisive decision-making process...here is the current final result...



Jared, at my request, took the kids to his parents' house for a long-overdue visit Saturday night through Sunday evening. They were able to celebrate Uncle Dick's 91st birthday with him on Sunday. Jack especially liked the part where he blew out Uncle Dick's candles, even though Jared had warned him not to. I know this because when they walked in the door Sunday afternoon, Jack said, "It's not my birday, I cannot bwo out Uncle Dick's candles. My birday is 'tober thirty. It's not 'tober thirty yet. Then I can bwo out my candles." Let me just say, I was more impressed that he remembered his birthdate than I was upset over him blowing out the 91-year-old's candles. I'm betting Uncle Dick did NOT care. Although everyone else planning to actually EAT the cake might have a different opinion.

And how, you might wonder, does that relate to the kitchen floor? While they were gone, I "tiled" the kitchen floor! Yes, I'm 23 weeks pregnant. So sue me, I needed a project. I'm nesting a little early. The floor is 18" vinyl stick-on tiles from L.owe's (like Sarah K!). I had brought home 10+ different tiles to try out and the lighter ones, which seemed more practical in not making our small kitchen look any smaller, just didn't look right with the orange shellacked knotty pine cabinets. As if anything looks good with orange shellacked knotty pine cabinets. But I took a gamble...Jared did not share my vision...that these darker tiles, with the orangey-greeny tones, would work. For under $100 and probably 8 hours of my time...because I'm really slow...I...I mean we...have a new kitchen floor! I really like it, and Jared actually does, too. He still doesn't love the aloe-colored walls...and honestly, neither do I, but I think it all looks better at least. Although it would be hard NOT to improve on the "painted" linoleum!

These are the curtains...I just typed kirtins...seriously...although in my defense I was simultaneously--I can spell that--carrying on a conversation with Noah about Fat Tuesday and why we do NOT have to take the red velvet cake that Memaw gave me for Valentine's Day--THANK YOU, MEMAW!--to Maddy's Brownie meeting because they are going to have a king cake there, and that Maddy promises she will tell him after the meeting if she gets the piece with the baby...so, I guess I just went on autopilot.

Ok, seriously back to the kitchen. These are the curtains that I "made". I intended to actually sew them on Monday, but realized AFTER retrieving my sewing machine from the attic, that I had NO thread. I guess I took my sewing box to my parents' house and left it there. Oops! It didn't help that Jack was napping and I only had 5 hours until 11 friends came to my house for Bunko night! Oh yeah, and I needed to finish cooking, finish cleaning, un-grocery-sack the windows, etc. So, I decided to do the next-best, quickest thing...staple! You can tell in-person, but not too shabby in the picture. Except that I didn't bother to measure. I had already cut the fabric, but I just eye-balled the hems, "seam"-allowances, etc. I hope to go back soon and actually sew them, but I'm not making any promises. If you look at the "before" picture of the kitchen, you'll see the curtain was 3 cloth napkins from Ta.rget that I stapled to the inside of the existing wood cornice-thingy. I don't have a great track-record with these things. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, I say.

The rest of these pictures, and really most of this post, are mostly for mom, who is probably the only one interested at this point. This is a little plaque...isn't that the stuff on your teeth? is it spelled the same?...I found at R.oss for $10 that convinced me that I COULD pull off the aloe and red color scheme with black iron accents. I already had the aloe walls, and black hinges/cabinet pulls, so I was pretty much stuck with that. Anyway, I like it and I really like it in this empty space under the cabinet. It used to be over the refrigerator. It looks mighty-nice with the curtains, I think. And my red-velvet valentine cake coordinates, too! And I feel like I should confess that, since I had 11 people over for Bunko/dinner last night, I have NOT finished all the dishes, so I had to move piles of dirty dishes from one end of the counter to the other to achieve full-coverage of the kitchen :) Just so you didn't think I have it all together. I know, don't laugh, no one really thought that anyway!!Now, if we can just do something about those countertops! I think I need a V-8 smack with a verse about being content. Thunk! And I made it with no parentheses! The next baby-step will be weaning myself from ... and --. Don't hold your breath.

And if you made it to the end of yet another long-winded post, please know that I appreciate any and all comments, even from the more mature ladies ;-) That's you, M.E.!

9 comments:

Jeanne said...

Well, I have to say that the floor looks great...not that I didn't love the constant reminder of Jack's "Curious George" phase.
Hum...stapling the curtains instead of sewing...hey, whatever works. I did notice your sewing box at my house. Anyway, I'm glad to see that you're making the kitchen look "happier"! Good job!

Jeanne said...

Hey! That's the fabric I saw at your house, isn't it? I like it in the kitchen...the colors look good in there!

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Melanie said...

Yes, it is the fabric. Remember, I bought it for the kitchen...it has some of the wall-color in it, but you can't tell from the pictures. We did discuss that it would work in the dining room, too (but I only bought enough for the kitchen), so maybe that's what you were expecting :)

Teresa Kimbel said...

Melanie, I read your blog way before I had my own or even really knew what a blog was. I am and was so impressed with what you wrote, how you wrote and the heart that made you write it. You are such an example to me of what a great mom looks like. I would never be so patient with Jack...he might not even live for me to be patient with. I would have never tackled the kitchen the way you did. It looks absolutely wonderful and I am amazed that you tiled the floor by yourself being pregnant. I love reading your blogs. Please continue writing and being the great mom that you are.

Dana said...

It looks good! Good job on the floor!

Michael and Hannah said...

You're SUPERWOMAN!!! I can't believe you're taking on big chores while you're preggo... not to mention taking care of 3 other kids! The floors look great. Loved the story about Jack and birthday candles. You've got me all self-conscious about parenthesis now, though... I'm addicted to the dot dot dot... don't even remember what they're called... but there's very little chance that I'll be able to wean myself from them... at least anytime soon.

Deaton, party of 5 said...

YOU GO GIRL! I hope you kept a piece of the painted floor though--what a fun/not so fun memory =). I feel like I got the most accomplished in my house when I was pregnant. Any chance I could get you to lay some hardwood in our house?????

Amy said...

I loved this post, mostly because I'm addicted to parentheses and I'm worried it's getting annoying. And we've been in our house five years and have just painted some rooms I've wanted to do since we moved in. And the only reason they're done is my mom and dad helped! Pathetic huh? Your floor looks great.