Sunday, May 15, 2011

~Freshing up the Kitchen~

Happy Monday to you all!. A few weeks back I won a giveaway from Catherine over at
"Pigment of your Imagination" Catherine is a folk artiest who paints the most amazing cupcakes, they are so enchanting and magical. I think they bring such whimsy and fun into the kitchen. I was able to choose a print of my choice and choose "Snickerdoodle Cupcake" it just happens that I love snickerdoodle cookies and so this was just the perfect cupcake to choose for my kitchen.
I framed it with white matting and a navy blue cottage wood frame, I love it so much!
Catherine also painted the cupcakes you see below the Snickerdoodle Cupcake print.

 Here's a closer look you can click on the photo to enlarge it if you like. I love how the cupcake is displayed on a decorative white cake plate and covered with a  glass cloche. The colors are so pretty. I hope you can see just how pretty they really are. My photo's aren't always the best, but I do try.

 So after hanging the cupcake's I was looking around the kitchen and said to myself, I think this hutch top is just not working! you know what I mean..when something just starts to bug you..So like any girl would do, I called out to my husband "Gary" and said we have to change this hutch, you should have seen his face "priceless". And so we did....LOL
I had forgotten all about these shelves that we had stored in our garage and re-found them while getting ready for a garage sale we had this weekend. Gary and I took the top off the hutch and he hung the two shelves up for me. I really like it and I think its a much cleaner look and less cluttered.

It's working for me now LOL, until I get ready to paint the shelves and the buffet white  : ) I have been wanting to try the new chalk paint, have you tried it yet?.


I recently purchased this hand made Cafe' sign from a dear friend of mine and Gary hung it up for me over the back door. I love this Cafe' sign and look its red!!!.  So there it is my  less cluttered if I can just stop myself from adding anything more...LOL. I'm such a clutter bug.
Have a sweet week and my your hearts be light and your spirit bright.


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Elizabeth and Gary,

You both did a super job. It looks very nice; magazine material even! BUT it is not quite fair to compare one photo in daylight and one in 'soft' romantic evening light. Regardless the improvement on its own, the light does work wonders too. The yellowish hue just bounces off the walls; a very relaxed setting. Enjoy it and contain yourself for not building up again...

Lots of love,


Liebelei said...

Liebe Elisabeth,

wunderschöne Bilder und ein sehr schönes zu Hause, welches Du hast.

LG Lea

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Cathies cupcake painting is so adorable! I love the shevles. Your kitchen looks like a place I could sit for hours in!

Kimberly said...

Looks lovely! Very inviting ... a place for good friends, good coffee & good conversation :)

Vee said...

When you're right you're right. The shelves look so nice! I love Catherine's work and the Snickerdoodle cupcake looks right at home there. How nice that it tells a little story about you!

Dawn said...

I love those cupcake paintings! Sometimes I feel like I have trouble making things mesh because I like too many different styles. Those paintings are a perfect blend of rustic and chic. The changes you made with the shelves look really nice.

AnneMarie said...

Your kitchen looks so fresh and springlike. Would love to sit and have a nice cuppa (and maybe a cupcake!) with you! Have a grand week! xx

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Elizabeth - and Gary - your kitchen is beautiful! Each and every touch is just perfect!!! LOVE the shelving - you are right - it looks wonderful and opens up the room.

Have a beautiful week! Hope the garage sale was a HUGE success!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

always fun to change things around! It is looking great!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love Cathie's work! I recently purchased one of her personalized prints. Your kitchen looks very inviting! I like the changes.

~ Tracy

Rita said...

I love what you did with your kitchen! It so opened it up and made it airy! It looks wonderful. You did a great job! Give your husband a big pat on the back for that well done job, then give yourself one. The cupcake painting is absolutely lovely! Congrats on your win! I know you were excited about that!

Melinda said...

Looks great! Love the cupcake prints!
We women just have to change things around every once in awhile!


Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Lucky you! That cupcake looks too delicious. I like your new buffet look. What serendipity to find just the perfect shelves hiding in your garage.

Lallee said...

That is a 'sweet' print you won--looks nice in your kitchen. I like your corner redo too. It has a nice balance. Gary, you're a good sport ;-)

I've wanted to try the paint chalk for a long time. I can't find it in a store and the price is a little high to order through Amazon last time I looked. Let us know if you try it!

Catherine Holman said...

Thanks for sharing my cupcake print on your blog! I love the shelves you put up.

nannykim said...

I love the new look--I think it looks much better! As far as your comment on my blog, I had to chuckle--with you all it sounds like an excuse to buy another place, ha! Actually I REALLY love living a simpler life---it feels like I am on vacation in some ways and I have more time to live in the moment and enjoy the beauty around me!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your kitchen and dining area looks so welcoming. Once that little "change bug" starts to work on your head, there is no stopping it, is there? :-) Good job with the shelves. Can't wait to hear how the chalk paint works on your hutch.

Linda said...

This is my first visit over to your site and I love the new look in your kitchen...the shelves make it so light and airy. The cupcake print is adorable!

Karie said...

Looks great. I'm always changing things around. You did a beautiful job. Very inviting. Wish I could come and visit for awhile. . . Hugs, Karie

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Congrats on the Super Cute cupcake print!
I also love the difference those shelves made over the hutch. So much more airy and open.
Giveaway at my place this week,

Ana said...

Oh Elizabeth,
Isn't it awesome to be able to change things up in our homes?...Does make everything feel new and fresh, doesn't it?...Your kitchen looks beautiul and love, love, love the cupcake prints. Congrats. Have a wonderful day my dear and sweet friend.


Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady. I see you have freshing up your kitchen ~~ I love the yellowish hue it makes the room pop. You both did a Beautiful job!!!! Now you both can come over and do my Kitchen ~~~ I know ~~ No way.. I do miss your lovely comments on my Tablescape. I hope you both have a Great Week. Take some time off now go out for dinner and have a good time.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Thank you for posting the side link, Elizabeth! : )

Cindy said...

Your kitchen is lovely, the cupcake pictures are so sweet! I love them. As I was looking at the first photos I was thinking, that hutch is just so dark and big for that space and then the next photo showed it gone and the shelves there! I say PERFECT! Or until you paint the buffet and hutch, it will look great there then, I am thinking! I have heard good things about the chalk paint.
Are you still loving the curtains that I helped you with? I hope so! They look lovely.
Love and hugs, Cindy

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Oh Elizabeth, I love what you did. Changing to shelves really opens it up in that corner! You decorate so pretty! And I had to laugh when you talked about the look on Gary's face when you asked him to take the top off the hutch! Sounds so familiar! I get that look from Roger now and then too!

Beverly said...

Love the cupcake print. Good choice. Changing out the hutch top for shelves is really nice. It seems to lighten up the feeling of the room. Don't you love it when something "found" works out perfectly.