This post about my kitchen has been a long time coming! I have wanted a pink kitchen, probably since the Barbie days (which, admittedly, I stopped playing at age 12 but lied to all my friends that I had stopped playing a long time ago). Here is a little memory of my Barbie house! My favorite thing about Barbies was rearranging the home, and adding on (my mom helped me add a garage underneath, which isn’t on this picture, but man…it was cool). I laugh when I look at this picture, because there are clothes in the dryer, a pot on the stove, dishes in the dish drainer, etc. I was living the life! Hey…it’s a dollhouse! And that’s my blog! How cute! Anyway… on to today’s kitchen.You know, my house might morph into this if I am not careful…
And so, here is a before picture of my kitchen, taken at Katherine’s 25th birthday party. My kitchen was okay, just kind of blah. The things I liked were the blinds and curtains that my mom made out of dish towels! I painted the walls tan, which I later painted to cream. And nothing is horrible…but it just lacked a certain personality and I was bored with it…
So I came up with a plan…to get jiggy with it!
I decided to use the jigsaw to cut out the middles of all my cabinets, and hang curtains behind them, and paint them pink! It was a gamble, and a lot of people had doubts, but I wanted to do it, so that is what I did. You can see a “during” photo on my last post. So, I dove right in, drilled holes in the cabinets for the jigsaw, and went a-cutting! I jiggied all the insides out, sanded, primed, painted, rehung, added curtain rods, made curtains, had my aunts over to help me with the knobs (same weekend as stair dare), bought a bunch of cute stuff on several shopping trips with my aunts, and here is the finished product.
These fabulous photos were taken on Valentine’s Day by my best friend, Katherine! She is amazing, not only as a friend, but as a photographer. She does miracles with the camera! She is very talented and very giving. I know I said in an older post that everyone should have a friend like her, and I want to be a friend just like her!
And now, for a collage of some close-ups!
Well, if you care (and I assume you do because you have made it this far in the post), the Useful Conversions hanging up is from my mom, as well as the old orange cookbook. The clothespins in the towels above the sink are from my mom’s clothesline, and the rest of the things I have bought or have been given to me. The pink utensils in the buggy are from one of my students last year, and her mother works with me. (Thanks, Averi and Toni!)
And here are some more pics!On this collage, the straw canister was my mom’s, and she gave me the pitcher on my last birthday with her. I filled it with pink marshmallows! It was lucky I was doing this around Valentine’s Day and could find pink stuff! Also, my aunt gave me the LOVE magnet on the fridge for Valentine’s day, and the magnetic clock is from my cousin, Nikki. The knobs ended up being the most expensive part. You know, I was kind of proud of myself when it came to these knobs! I actually measured the maximum depth the knobs could be, and was prepared to go shopping. You see, my dishwasher door opens in front of cabinets, and the knobs couldn’t be too deep or the dishwasher would not open… I know, I was shocked too, that I thought of that!
And, for your amusement, a “behind the scenes” photo, testament to “What you can’t see won’t hurt you!”
There’s always lots of shabby in chic, especially when you are ditzy and single! Thank you to all who listened to me talk non-stop about my kitchen, and to those who helped me shop and dream of pink! Such is the shabby chic life of a ditzy single girl!