Remember that half the joy of achievement is in the anticipation.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Time for "Show & Tell"...

with Kelli @ There is No Place Like Home. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is sharing their special treasures, their going's on, and what not.
This is my first "Show & Tell' since getting back on line after a long hiatus due to computer issues.

These are the side shelves in my kitchen. They were added to give me more storage and display space. As you can see they became more of a catch all for "this and that", dirt, and clutter. Gasp! Shame, shame, shame on me for letting junk pile up in my vintage, red pyrex bowl! Tsk, Tsk!
I felt it was time for some change in this area of my kitchen and fast!
before...
Now this area is cleaned up, and showing some personality. The toleware tray is something that was in my dining room but I felt it needed a new home. Since I've been incorporating some black accents (along with the reds/greens), I thought it would look just fine here. What do you think? On the top shelf I'd like to find a plate with more red but after shopping the house, this was all I could find for now. On the center shelf I simply covered the tops of some old Mason jars I had, with some of my favorite toile (Waverly Country Life) print and some cute black/ecru gingham ribbon. Such a simple adornment but it makes a nice "pop". The bottom shelf houses some of my most used cook books and a yummy smelling vanilla candle. So? What do you think? Anything else I should add or do?

After...
Yes, that's my dining room/eating area. I have a rather cozy home and our dining area is used daily.

Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi!". I hope you have a Fabulous Day!

26 comments:

Carrie said...

Wow, that shelf unit is very nice...I could use some extra storage like that in my kitchen too!

Gee said...

Welcome back. You have a pretty kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Rechelle, so is this what you have been doing when you were having computer problems? Fixing up your home? It looks lovely as always...
~Ann

♥Itajeff♥ @Something To Share said...

Hi Rechelle...
wonderful! I love it!
Happy Friday
♥Ita

Hootin' Anni said...

Isn't it always refreshing to have a finished project that turns out as well as your rearranging the shelves?!! I love the corner shelf unit too, by the way! [and I love the sunny room beyond, too!]

My show n tell is posted...it's ONE GREAT HOUSEHOLD tip today. Something I did this past week, that I want to 'shout to the world' how great a tip it is!!! Come by and see/read the step by step.

Have a great weekend.

Nanna said...

kitchen's looks great, I've had a bathroom project for over a month lol just finished painting , now to decorate
Helen

Linda said...

Rechelle, your shelves looks so pretty, I like the way you dressed up the jars...love the tole tray it's beautiful and looks great above the door. How did you hang it there???

Last nights dinner..lamb chops, fresh green beans with bacon and pasta...hugs, Linda

Dawn said...

I think it looks great now! Love it! Your dining room looks so cute back there!!! Can you show us some pictures of that?

newlyweds said...

Simple changes but make such a beautiful difference, great job!

Leann said...

Great inexpensive changes and I love the tole tray! I collect black ones.

Thanks for stopping by The Old Parsonage, do come back for a visit sometime soon.

Leann

TJ said...

The difference was subtle, but looks great!

We do the same at our home. The bar/kitchen counter has a small dish in the center that is supposed to house fresh fruit and veggies for immediate use. Right now it houses half a package of open saltines, some pennies, and a bag of chip crumbs that either need to go on a casserole or into the trash.

Good job getting that taken care of.

teachermomof2 said...

Nice job! The smallest changes always make a big difference!

Blessings,
Lisa

Jean said...

Super job! I think the shelves are perfect now. Jean

Love Bears All Things said...

I like the fabric on the jars. Can you tell me where to find it?
My Mother had shelves like this in her kitchen at the end of her cabinets and they were a catch all for all sorts of things. Try as she did she could never prevent it. I think you did a fine job.
Mama bear

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Girlfriend!!
Looks great!! I need to redo my living room and the top of the fireplace mantle soon!!!
Little things make a HUGE difference.
Happy Weekend!
Warmly,
Deb :)

Bellamere Cottage said...

Love the tole tray over the doorway...but then, I'd love a tole tray ANYWHERE!!!!!! Aren't they just the best? Everything looks cozy and wonderful.

Blessings,
Spencer

Kristina said...

Well, this is my first visit to your blog and I must say I love your quick update in this spot of your kitchen! The tray totally adds such character to that spot and also blends with the room beyond kind of inviting you to come see what's special and warm and welcoming in that room. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring me!

Dawn said...

I love the plate above the doorway. Sometimes such simple changes can make such a big impact.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I LOVE that print. I had my drapes and valances made out of County Fair by Waverly and I love it.
I like the combined prints and wish I had that...just so cute.
You really cozied it up..and I love that black try over the door.
The cookbooks in the nook. Everything looks great!

Elaine said...

Love the way you use your reds and yellows....it's a favorite combination of mine....so warm and cozy. Nice job. :)
Elaine

Marie said...

The shelves look nice.

Marcia said...

Thanks so much for visiting me. I love your blog! And the color of your kitchen and curtains. You have a gorgeous home!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

That's a really nice transformation.

sez said...

i do like your cosy eating area there :)

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That looks really pretty! I love the tole tray above the door! I like the peek into your dining area! It looks so cottagey!

Manuela

JEWELGIRL said...

I love all the additions and it
just welcomes you into the next room!