Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mini Before and Afters

These little pretties are for Cielo at The House in the Roses. I'll be showing off my Cottage there!

Today I'm sharing 2 little vignette changes that I made in the kitchen last weekend. I'll be sharing them with you, and at
Marty's Table Top Tuesday party at A Stroll Thru Life.

I am slowly getting rid of all the red in the kitchen. This is my little Sara Lee bakery tray. I was torn about painting it, but I gave in and did it anyway.
I'm glad I did! I think that it has a more elegant, cottage feel.

This is another "little" change that felt big to me. This was my former utensil holder... I had to reach back in the archives to find a picture for you. This pic. is from fall... I don't normally keep pumpkins around all year. Anyway! I never really was in love with this look. Plus, it wasn't deep enough to actually contain the tools. It just alwasy looked messy to me.


So, I have been on the look out for a while for something that would fit the bill and I had seen this idea in County Living's little book of 500 Kitchen Ideas. But I didn't really go "in search of"... I was just looking for something that would work.

Love that little book!

I was in Brass Armadillo (the local antique mall) last Saturday and I spied this Champagne bucket sitting up on a shelf. It isn't old and it's only silver plate... BUT! It was only $15.00! I thought is was a deal and perfect for this little corner. I knew right away that it would work. Don't you love it when a vision comes to you?

I also found this Flow Blue sugar bowl. I got this for a steal as the lid was missing... That was just fine by me. I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

Sweet! Yes?

Finally ... here is another shot from a different angle. Hubs likes it because he thinks that the counter looks like it has less clutter.

So there you have it. I love my little changes!

Just a little reminder... It is already the First Friday of the month!

I will have the Linky tool up Thursday night for Fresh-Cut Friday! I hope you join in!

Have a great week!


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is so beautiful! I always love those soft colour combo! Great shots too!
Hope to see you on my blog:)
Have a great week!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

The kitchen vignette is just beautiful! I really love the flow blue sugar bowl with the utensils - very pretty.

Marydon said...

Liz, your kitchen is just gorgeous & so are your vignettes. I love Flow Blue.
Have a wonderful week ~

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...


You have been a busy chickadee at your gorgeous home! LOVE the denim slipcover and your grandmother's lace tablecloth. See, I am catching up, can you tell?

Your kitchen looks gorgeous and full of such intimate details.


GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

It's the little changes that can make a big change! Like the new vignette. Cool idea with the bucket! I have one somewhere!

E. Charlotte said...

It's amazing what little changes can do! I love your little changes. That champagne bucket is brilliant! Love it!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Sweet changes...I think I will miss the red though! And...hmmm, when did you get that butter dish??? I noticed that right away!!

Emreen said...

Love blue and white crockery...
The sugar bowl looks beautiful..
And that pumpkin looks cute...!!

Carolyn said...

I love your little vignette-especially the blue and white sugar bowl!


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your kitchen is so pretty. Thanks for posting about the book. I am looking for some good kitchen inspiration, so I will look for it at the library!

Laurel said...

So fun to switch things up isn't it? Looks lovely...glad the hubby is happy too :) Thanks for your sweet comment on my kitchen too! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Shirley said...

Hi Liz,
Beautiful changes. It's so amazing when we take a look at something so simple as a tray and make a change that just delights us to no end. I love it! Enjoy the day,

Karen said...

What a fabulous idea! Love the champagne bucket!! And really like the crystal silverware holder too.
It all looks great!
Ya gotta love Brass Armadillo!
HAGD! Karen

Melissa said...

I think your paint job was very, very effective.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Perfect changes. So sweet! It looks very nice. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Wonderful! I love your vignette. The blue is so pretty!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Little changes sometimes make the BIGGEST difference, don't they? I can certainly see how yours would lift your spirits. They look really nice. You've inspired me to tackle those "little" changes I've been putting off as unworthy of my time -- because I think they'll be soooo worth it ... especially when they mean less clutter and more smile!

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Robynne's Nest said...

Hi there, thanks for stopping by my your bits and pieces...and just love a bit of silverware in the kitchen! Robx

Gail said...

Thanks for sharing a "mini" makeover, so often we tend to think "its all or nothing". I agree with your H, new look is crisp and elegant.

JudyBug said...

I just love when all the pieces start falling into place. Love Love the bargains...great new look!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What great ideas Liz! I love that shiny silver sticking out of the pretty cut glass and the flow blue. The elegant champagne bucket filled with the utensils is such a perfect look! Your painted tray turned out great. Lots of good ideas in this post. Thanks! Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend. laurie

Lizabeth said...

I love your utensil holder! Great idea! Thinking outside of the box!! Your flow blue container is so sweet! Great ideas!