Sunday, October 18, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday

It is another metamorphosis Monday at Susan's. {Oh and if you have looked at Susan's post for this then you will die laughing at the contrast of the kitchen there with my kitchen. I really had to chuckle--the difference between a High kitchen and a low low lowly one!! HA! }

I don't have a dramatic change to show, but nonetheless I like it or I wouldn't be showing it. (Is that a true statement--not sure ;-) ). I wanted to warm the kitchen up a bit. My kitchen and one of the attached rooms has this dark black flooring. So to warm it up for winter I added this old beat up rug. It did warm the space.

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Below: I also added some apples to the container on the counter. Now there were green ones mixed in, but I confess that I have eaten those!! Don't mind the rest of the mess---I didn't take the time to clean up! (oh and an interesting note about the apple cookie jar---It belonged to the previous owner and I didn't realize it until the antique store owner who I was purchasing it from told me!! Weird or what!!! the previous owner had died and I believe she still frequently pays us visits (justkidding)}
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Below: here is a view from a slightly different angle. I love my red and white enamel table because you can put hot things directly on this. We also use it for the lap top and can sit here and write or look up recipes and do blogging stuff etc while we are cooking. It also makes a nice little breakfast area etc---I am amazed at how many things we use this table for!!! Underneath is storage for 3 crockpots, an onion bin, a food processor and blender, large cutting boards etc-- AGAIN--don't mind the mess--I didn't clean it up!
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Below is a slightly different view--I wanted you to see the spindles at the top (the previous owner had a thing about spindles!!!)

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Now some complain about a small kitchen or a non-updated kitchen, but I have to say with complete honesty that I love this small kitchen!! It works! I can be anywhere in it in 2 steps and it makes prep and cooking and clean up a whiz! Plus It fits in with the 50's (it was updated in the 50's --the only thing is in the 2000's we had to replace the oven and the stovetop, the faucet since we couldn't find parts!!). But this was the 50's kitchen and frankly I like it because I grew up in a kitchen in the 50's. So no expensive renovations here. I don't even have a dishwasher and you know what....I love it! I find it so soothing to do them by hand. Guess I am a 50's gal ;-)


43 comments:

  1. Hi Kim
    Your kitchen is charming. The hardware onthe cabinets is the same that we had in our kitchen growing up and what was in our present kitchen when we bought it. I love the enamel table, especially since it is red and white
    Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  2. It is funny how even the new kitchens are trying to look just like this with the retro designs.

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  3. Hi Kim! I love your charming little kitchen and it does look so comforting and homey! I too grew up in a 1950s kitchen and we had a table very similar to yours and I had my own little metal stool to sit on! I like the rug you've chosen for your floor. And to tell you the truth, I kinda like seeing a real kitchen where actual people make messes. I always have a little mess going on! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Hi there!
    I like the splashes of red you have accented your kitchen with. Also the grille work is so very cute and adds charm.
    Blessings to you,
    d

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  5. Oh, I love your kitchen too. It is wonderful and I really like the red. It is so wonderful and cheery. Your enamel table is super. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I love your kitchen, and the size of it. I'm not one for big kitchens. I love the red and white table. I've been looking at some similar to that, though I really have no room. I just like the way they look, and the fact that you can do so much with them. I could even put one outside if I wanted. Your kitchen is very cute and cozy!
    Brenda

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  7. I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN! Mine is horrible - It's a gally kitchen with only one drawer (we added a hutch with drawers), cheap 1970's cabinets and harvest gold appliances and sink.
    Your kitchen has the look and feel I want when I can afford to redo it. Plus, I just love your table! It brings me back to having cookies and milk at my grandma's house.

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  8. I think your cottage is pefect! Your kitchen is just as cute as can be, and I love your enamel table. Don't you love a kitchen that makes you smile? I sure do! I like the rug in there, and it does make it feel warm. I used to have an oriental in mine in another house, and I throughly enjoyed it.

    Happy Met Monday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  9. Charm abounds in your kitchen! I see exactly why you love it!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  10. Nothing wrong with small ...I have a big kitchen but, the rest of the home is small - you are right, so easy to clean !
    Kammy

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  11. I think your kitchen is warm and cozy - love the red rug on the floor! Linda

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  12. Looks great! Think your's is small - you should see mine.

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  13. Well, I love it! Very charming, cozy and cute. Kitchens must be the topic of Met Monday, because my post is also about my kitchen. You'll have to come visit. If my old kitchen had had this much charm I wouldn't have had to remodel it.

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  14. You have a very warm and inviting kitchen, I love it. It's great that you have the history of your house.
    Sandy

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  15. I love the splash of red!! It makes it very inviting!!!

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  16. Super cute and cozy kitchen!!

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  17. I love your kitchen!! So ironic, my post today (Tatteredd Hydrangeas) is also about adding a rug to my kitchen to warm it up!! I love yours, it looks great!!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  18. I love your little kitchen, it reminds me of one I had many years ago as a young bride. It is kind of nice to take a couple steps in any direction and be able to grab what you want instead of walking a mile!

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  19. Kim- I love rugs in the kitchen--even though I am messy :) I think your kitchen is great-- it looks cozy and like a place I would want to sit in and have a cup of tea :)

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  20. I love the kitchen, it looks cozy and comfortable and I would love to have a cup of coffee and visit in there...

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  21. Your kitchen is just so sweet! I had a small kitchen in our previous home and, like you, loved it! I love the cheery yellow and red colors you used.

    blessings
    mary

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  22. Your kitchen is adorable! Love those pops of red!

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  23. I have been searching for rugs for our hardwood floors for winter. I am very picky though, and I either don't like what I can afford, or like what I can't afford! You know how it is. Love that all-purpose table! :-)

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  24. Your kitchen is charming, I love the table and all the pops of red! Frankly, I loved the one Susan showed us but this one is more charming and closer to what most of us have! Cindy

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  25. I love your kitchen. I was thinking this weekend how wonderful it was to grow up in the 50s-60s since I kind of span both early on. I really love the metal table. And, the additon of the rug does warm up the room!

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  26. I don't think your kitchen is low at all, it's very cozy and charming and makes guests want to stay a while.

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  27. Oh! Your kitchen is adorable and full of personality...what a warm room! I love your colors and I really like your paneled walls too.

    Happy Met Monday!
    http://www.mooreminutes.com/2009/10/walls-wrapped-in-charm.html

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  28. Hi Kim,
    I think your kitchen is "cottage" and is perfect! I love it!
    Don't change a thing.
    Enjoy your day,
    Elizabeth

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  29. Looks like a great kitchen!

    I have a linky party and a plea for help @ my place: http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-bedroom-conundrum.html Want to check it out? (I apologize if you already linked, 1/2 asleep. LOL)

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  30. Your kitchen is just full of charm. The addition of the rug is perfect for fall and winter. :)

    Roeshel

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  31. I think newly updated kitchens are highly overrated. They could never have the charm and character yours has. I love it. How homey!

    Oh, btw, loved the Marti Stewart comment! :)

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  32. I like it a lot more then mine- I'm sold with the black hardware- But can you believe I only have ONE wall of cabinet? (with sink and stove in it!) So you kitchen is big in comparison!

    The rug is really cool and I like the counter-island thing, too!

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  33. as for the diapers-
    They were really old - hand down from my midwife (she had 2 kids) And they were tearing apart..
    I asked a friend's mom to make some (cause I beleived I couldn't sew at that time) while I was pregnant.... got 1 when baby was 7months old and still waiting for the rest...
    So my cloth-diaper plan melted! :(
    And we couldn't afford buying a kit of 400$
    So, as we're planning for a second, I'm putting some money aside and we'll buy some in due time :)

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  34. You've done a great job warming up a small space! I love that table, it's great when things can serve many purposes!

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  35. Hi Kim,
    Thank-you for all the nice comments! I found the bedding at an E-Bay store called village-interiors. It should be easy to find it you just put it in their search store place. I love looking for bargains and growing up as the oldest of 8 kids I learned it from a master, my mom. I look on Craigs list a lot and go to auctions and garage sales and mostly I just wait until I find it at a good price. Thanks again, Cindy

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  36. Hi Kim! I love your kitchen! I'm glad to see a real one...more like mine! I LOVE your rug! It adds such a nice touch of color and warmth! And that's too funny that you wound up buying the previous owner's cookie jar! Happy week!...Debbie

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  37. There sure are alot of blog parties every week, pretty much one a day!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for the sweet comment! I signed up to follow you, and would love it if you did the same!

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  38. I love your warm, as you say, beat up rugs. My house is full of them too. The homeyness they provide is so yummy. Small kitchens are so easy to get around in and efficient, yours is adorable in every way.

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  39. Hi
    I got the rustic barnwood frame at Hobby Lobby. I figured it would go perfect in my daughter's boyfriend's lake cabin.

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  40. I love your kitchen! The rug looks great in there. Thanks for the tour. I'm glad you like the bats and did them so quickly. I bet they look great.

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  41. Darling! I love that table too. I would love to put a rug in my kitchen but it would be gross in 3 days with my dog and kids in there all the time. Maybe someday!
    peace.

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  42. Your kitchen is sooooo cozy!

    Thank you for leaving the kind words on my smocked bishop - I can't wait to put it on baby! :)

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Howdy :-)