I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting as often as usual. It’s all because I innocently decided to get rid of our corner china cupboard. Let me explain.
I’d been thinking about how infrequently we use our ‘good’ dishes – I mean, really, when did we last use them?, at least a year ago, maybe two. I’d also been thinking about how we could definitely put that space to better use.
I decided to keep a few of the dishes; they’re pretty after all. A small oval platter now holds Emily’s food and water. Nothing’s too good for our little princess. HAha.
And I donated the rest to the little thrift in town. Whatever money they get for them will go into an emergency fuel fund, a good enough cause.
Then we sold the corner cupboard from the end of our driveway. Once it was gone I had to paint the corner where it had sat for years. I’d painted the dining room, all except for behind this cupboard and the desk, as part of the craft room/entry way project last year.
Ta-dah! One freshly painted dining room corner. – That’s Emily’s carpet-covered cat tree peeking in from the right.
I hurriedly stuck up that assortment of stuff as a way to distract from the Big Plain Round Basket that’s concealing the metal cap over a hole left from a long removed stove chimney. Hopefully it won’t need to hang there long. DH is going to put wooden trim around the back edge of this Noah’s ark print.
The trim will raise the back of the picture off the wall so it will fit over the stovepipe thingie, which sticks out of the wall about half an inch. Clever, eh?
O.K., I hear you saying, “But wait just a minute – painting that little corner couldn’t have taken that long.” And you’re right, it didn’t. What took so much time was painting the kitchen: walls, cupboards, thresholds and window frames. The freshly painted corner in the dining room made the kitchen right next door look pretty bad in comparison!
I presented the idea of painting the kitchen to DH and he quickly answered ‘Not a problem.’, probably because he figured the most he’d have to do was bring the cans of paint up from the basement and the stepladder in from the garage. After all I had painted the craft room and the dining room all by myself. But what he didn’t know was that. . . since he had the week off. . . I was really, really hoping he’d help me paint the kitchen cupboards! Yes, we have Painted Cupboards. Some are old and metal, original to our 1920’s house, while others are newer wooden ones that were built to match the style of the originals.
Amazingly, my sweet DH was still game! He removed all the handles and hinges, stripped their old paint, and lightly sanded the doors and drawer fronts in preparation for painting.
And paint them I did!, two coats, which made our funky old cupboards – we took the doors off the upper cabinets years ago – look pretty darn good, if I say so myself. lol. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a Job Well Done. – a loud contented sigh.
Someday DH is going to build open shelves that will extend over to the left, ending at the end of the counter. Then that electric outlet, which we added, will be hidden behind the microwave like we planned, instead of sitting out in the middle of nowhere as it is now. lol.
These are the windows I look out as I do dishes.
I usually get to watch the entertaining antics of visitors to our assortment of bird feeders,
but they were absent at this moment, probably because we forgot to refill the feeders while we were ‘on vacation’.
I think we deserve to take another week ‘off’ soon, don’t you? – Even though I still haven’t painted that little wall behind the desk. lol.