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Kitchen = Love

So I lied about having unpacked our last four boxes this past weekend. I didn’t lie about unpacking four boxes, I really did that, but the other day I found a fifth box hiding away in the kitchen cabinets. There were five boxes, not four. And actually, there might be a few more hiding around here somewhere, I have no idea. Mike says if we find boxes we didn’t even know were missing we shouldn’t bother to keep the stuff in them, but I say he should not speak poorly of our beloved … items. Whatever they are. Anyway. That’s not what this post is about. This post is a kitchen update!

Remember when I said I wanted to start a collection of vintage everyday dishware for the shelf over my kitchen window? Ask and ye shall receive!


Oh, can you not see all the way up there? Here. Let me show you a close-up:


I know! I know! Isn’t it cute?? I love it so much that when I see it I squeal like a girl. I have my mother to thank for practically everything up there. Each item is either vintage or antique, and almost all of it has sentimental value. If you click over to my flickr page and mouse over the photos, you’ll see I put notes over everything for anyone who might be into that sort of thing. Mike’s priority task for this week is to put a lip on that shelf so when we get a good ol’ California shaker we won’t lose all of those pretty things to the inevitable nasty fall.


I love our kitchen. I really do. These photos don’t do it justice at all. For one thing, it looks way more cluttered in the photo than it does in real life. The photo sort of looks like a mess, but in person it just looks cozy and wonderful. And all of the items sitting out are things we use on an every day basis, so it’s nice that they are so easily accesible. See?

cute not cluttered

Not cluttered! Cute!

Here’s a photo of what the kitchen looked like the last time I posted. The changes since then have been small ones, but we think they’ve made a big difference:


There is so much that we would love to do to this kitchen if we owned this place. For one thing, we’d replace all the cabinets. I don’t know what we’d put in, but it wouldn’t be that. Then we’d paint the walls and of course we’d put in new counters. But I think the first thing we’d do, before we did anything to the ktichen or any other room, is rip out the carpeting and put in hardwood floors.

Have I mentioned lately how much I hate our carpeting? (It’s awful.) But I love our kitchen!

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  • I’m so impressed! It looks great – and I agree, cute–notcluttered 🙂

    Now I feel full of shame at the 6 or so boxes we STILL have to unpack (we moved in in August! August, I say!), but I am hopeful that this weekend will leave us box-free.

    I love your vintage kitchenware collection; did you secure it with that sticky earthquake putty stuff? That stuff is awesome, and I think would hold things in place better than a lip (a strong quake would just make them bounce over the lip, I’d think), though a lip would certainly not hurt. I have putty stuff on all the breakables in our hutch that I wouldn’t want to lose (mostly vintage or sentimental stuff); I don’t care if my IKEA wine glasses break, but I don’t want to lose my grandmother’s delftware gravy boat!

    That said, I have not installed earthquake straps on any of our tall shelves (though I have purchased a couple that are now sitting on the shelf). A) there’s nothing breakable on them except maybe a picture frame or two and B) they are not placed on walls with studs, so the earthquake strap wouldn’t do much good anyway. C) I know that I should secure them anyway because if we had to evacuate, it would be easier if we didn’t have to climb over fallen bookcases.

  • Yay! Thank you!

    Oh geez, don’t feel bad about your boxes. I just found another one in the hall closet this afternoon. And I don’t want to admit it, but there are at least four hidden in the closet of our media room. And several still in the closet of my parent’s guest bedroom, where we lived for four months. All in good time, love. All in good time.

    I did secure it with the earthquake stuff, just today. Because Mike started to install a lip and I was watching him and envisioning my depression glass milk and sugar set flipping right over the lip, right after the coffee urn my Aunt Patsy made. So we skipped the shelf lip and just used a proportionate amount of museum wax. I didn’t use it on the copper or the tins because those things won’t break. But will they dent? I don’t know!

    We need to install earthquake straps on the bookcases in our living room, and on our television, for sure. I hate that we have to think about this stuff. Do you have an earthquake preparedness kit? We’ve begun stocking up on bottled water, but we also need to put together a bunch of canned foods and extra pet food. Mike wants to buy a water filter so if we have to, we can filter water and I think we should have a really good first aid kit. Although thinking about it just makes me feel like I’m going to have a panic attack. 🙁

  • Tara

    It’s Beautiful!