We have these grand plans of renovating the kitchen, building an addition to make it twice the size, and doing it all in Rachel Ray’s eggplant, orange, and lime green color combo (and by “we” I mean my wife). Here’s Rachel Ray’s collection, if you can’t picture it: http://www.rachaelraystore.com/Department/List/Bakeware/102-4294958180 I do kind of love the color combo.
That’s probably not going to happen any time soon (unless Rachel finds my blog and offers to pay for it all in a huge sponsorship/promotion extravaganza). In the meantime, I’m trying to make things that help the wifey keep the tiny space we do have more organized and appealing for her to work in (thus motivating her to make more yummy stuff for me and the boy).
I picked up this little wooden Crayola crate at a thrift store in North Carolina when were on vacation last Spring and knew I wanted to save it for something perfect. When she took an old spice rack off the wall (after realizing that the spices in there had likely been purchased when the first Clinton was in office) the spot it left was the perfect size for this box.
I started off by putting a shelf it in from some old dresser drawer wood I cut down. It’s just wood-glued in with two more pieces of wood as supports but feels pretty sturdy. I painted the inside a vibrant purple, a little brighter than the purple from Rachel Ray’s collection, but it was similar to another accessory my wife made for the kitchen a week before (see below). I screwed in cup hooks before painting the outside because I didn’t have the right color paint for the outside yet and I was being impatient. That was a silly thing to do, because then I ended up having to carefully paint and varnish around the hooks for every subsequent coat.
I only painted the top, bottom, and fronts with the green, because I really wanted to keep the sides with the Crayola logo on them visible. It’s also a nice combo of her contemporary and my vintage aesthetics. (Those sides are my favorite part.)
It was still looking rather ordinary (as ordinary as a purple and lime green Crayola crate spice shelf can look), so I tore some pages from a second-hand Bacardi cookbook we picked up at a tag sale and decoupaged them in the backs of the shelves. It’s kind of a nod to our honeymoon, which was in Puerto Rico and during which we toured the Bacardi factory. I think they added the perfect touch.
I also sanded the edges down a tiny little bit to distress it before slathering the whole thing with varnish (I won’t say it’s because my wife tends to be a little messy when she cooks so I wanted it to clean up easily because she took a wee bit of offense when I said that in my last kitchen post). 🙂
I’m also going to submit this to Make My Monday’s challenge this week: Anything But a Card. http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/midweek-motivation-anything-but-card.html There are so many card and scrapbook challenges out there, it was nice to see this one deviate from that for this week. (Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE me my card challenges!)
The other new addition to our slowly-becoming-colorful kitchen is a clothes pin recipe holder that the wife made at a super-fun workshop at my favorite local upcycle crafting haunt, Knack: (http://www.knack.org/).
She and the boy worked on this one together.
He helped us both paint (I was working on another one) and then he somehow found the most amazingly perfect glass fruit beads to decorate the clothespins. A woman who had a huge bead collection was no longer able to use them because of arthritis, I think, and found it too hard to have them around the house so she donated them to Knack. The collection was magnificent and this was such a great way to spread her love of beading far and wide, I think.
These beads are so sweet- tiny little glass fruits- but my photos don’t do them justice. Macey found the perfect glue to stick the glass to the wood (Amazing Goop) and so far the little suckers have held right on. She also told me about this awesome web site, http://www.thistothat.com/, where you can select two different materials and it will tell you what glue to use. It’s brilliant!!
I made one of these clothespin boards for my craft space, but I think I’ll save that post for another day. School started today and the boy’s school this year starts a full hour earlier. I was not happy waking up at 6am (and will probably not be happy doing it again tomorrow).