Sunday, January 17, 2010

Linda's Kitchen - the penultimate update

Once upon a time (okay, about six months ago), I had a kitchen that looked like this:

And over several months - mainly on Sunday afternoons - my great pal Rob O'Connell and I have transformed this drab and dated little kitchen with the help of a lot of paint and hard work.  As part of my ongoing partnership with New England Home magazine, I was lucky enough to receive all new Whirlpool stainless appliances courtesy of Ferguson in Franklin, MA. 

Outside of the appliances, my budget was very small. Originally, I wanted to spend no more than $300.  Well, I've spent a little more but not much. I still need to add up all the receipts so maybe I'll be surprised. We'll see.

Meanwhile, I wanted the share the last major items that I just installed today.  I discussed last week how we installed the new counter along the long wall entering into the kitchen and I've been debating a long time what kind of counter skirt I wanted - tailored and smart looking or a gathered girlie looking thing. I'd decided to use burlap which is environmentally friendly, trendy (not something I'm normally big on) and at $1.99 per yard, also trés budget friendly.

As you can see below, I went with a simple gathered skirt attached along the edge of the counter with Velcro. I ended up using shirring tape to gather the skirt, as the burlap was so heavy, bulky and long that my normal method of doing gathers just would not do. I had some problem with attaching the skirt as I wanted to use Velcro so it would be removable. However, the skirt would not stay stuck to the sticky side of the Velcro so I tried sewing it. Which resulted in 3 of the 5 broken sewing machine needles I experienced today. In the end, I had to resort to semi-discreet stapling. Oh well, live and learn.

And today I made a new roman shade made from the burlap. I used my original toile shade as the template to follow and even reused the cording and wooden rods in the top and bottom.  I've never made a roman shade before (I usually stay away from mechanical things and stick with pillows that just sit there looking pretty and aren't expected to do much of anything).  For my first foray, I don't think it's too bad. I'm hoping the folds will settle in.  I am happy to have something up in the window again, it feels finished.

And so, I've pretty much come to the end of my kitchen makeover. I have a couple of decorative items to attend to and then I'm thrilled that photographer Michael J. Lee will be photographing it. So, stay tuned for the "big reveal" in a few weeks.

And meanwhile, speaking of Michael, I'm very excited to share that The Boston Sunday Globe magazine ran a feature on my Boston townhouse living room project that Michael shot for me this summer. It's truly because of his amazing photography that this project was able to be published so quickly. So check out "Strategic Splurges". 

 Subscribe to ::Surroundings::


Southern Chateau said...

You did a great job on that shade! Everything looks wonderful. I know you are glad to be almost finished!

Cote de Texas said...

The skirt makes it!!!!!!!!!! It looks beyond fabulous. I can't believe how cute it is!!!!!!!!! Omg'!!!!!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Hi Linda - Congratulations on being featured in The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine! Very exciting!

Cote de Texas said...

The colors are really great. The black and white, the green
ceiling, and then the burlap. Really looks like a designer planned it! Hahah. Seriously though , it truly looks professional.

Karena said...

The skirt and the roman shade are perfect, can't wait for the reveal! Karena

Greet said...

You did that fantastic! I loooovvveee the burlap skirt!!!!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...


So awesome! I love everything but that skirt is amazing & the pride I would have if I could sew like that. Love it. Congrats on your publication in the Boston Globe.

Cindy said...

Your kitchen is really looking great, I love that Roman shade, you did a good job on it. I want to make one of those one day. I love the skirted side board, you have made such good use of the space. And, one last thing, I listened to The Skirted Roundtable today with Beth Rubino and SO EnJoYeD it! She is decorates such amazing spaces. Cindy S.

Mary said...

Oh, this looks AMAZING! I love the dark cabinets, the green ceiling and the burlap skirt -- so beautiful! And I'm seriously drooling over your copper collection. I've just started collecting that at thrift stores and flea markets, and I have to find a way to display it... thanks for the inspiration!

Tricia - Avolli said...

Linda, it all looks so good. You should be very proud....and relieved that it's over :-)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Congrats on the kitchen and the publication!!!

Cozy Little House said...

It's so pretty! Love the hanging pots, the curtain and the black and white floor.

Renae said...

You did such a fabulous job and you should be so proud of yourself. You did a great job on that roman shade too!

Melissa said...

What a transformation! Do you know about E6000-- it's a super craft epoxy that will send you into outer space with fumes but would probably hold that skirt up without staples!

Topsy Turvy said...

Amazing what a little bit of money can do, when combined with a lot of talent - great job!

Anonymous said...

It looks fab...really cute , you must be one happy gal today with your state voting in Brown ??

Congrats on the article too

Post a Comment