Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An extra day to get things done! Happy Leap Year!

As I have told you before, the inspiration for my kitchen is a trip in 2005 to Prague with my sister.  Most of my pictures are on my computer that isn't working so I wanted to share some pictures I found (mostly on Pinterest or just searching).

John Lennon Peace Wall
(John had never been to Prague)  Chair Inspiration
Another shot of Lennon's Wall.
Musicans and Artists along the St. Charles Bridge

An arial view of the Charles Bridge

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finally making progress in the KTCHEN.

Yesterday I thought I was making progress but when I stood back admiring my accomplishments, I saw that I had not touched the bottom cabinets!  How could I have missed them?  They were there the whole time!  Needless to say I had a very restless night.  I was up and down till the wee hours of the morning.  I debated going back out to the kitchen and putting one coat of paint on them but instead made a list of what needed to be done, in the order I should do them.  I did accomplish allot today and managed to cross things off the list. 
  • cabinet are painted
  • wine cork wreaths are hung over the doors above the sink
  • replaced the cabinet knobs with wine corks
I am so happy with it.  The yellow is so sun-shiny bright that I decided to stencil "You Are My Sunshine" above the kitchen sink.  Then I thought, since above the front window is "bakery" in Czech, why not do above the sink in Czech too!  Google has a great translator that even does sentences and I was able to find "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" too.  I think I am going to stencil that on the cabinet above the refrigerator and accessorize with saved wine bottles and a large wine glass of corks.

I'm not sure if I'll leave the cross there but here is where I thought of accessorizing with wine bottles and corks; and It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

And the 2 cabinets above the sink.

I had seen corks used as knobs on Pinterest.  I thought I had an original idea.  But they were put in through the cork screw hole.  I did my flat so the designs could be seen; that the reason for collecting many of them.  These are just bunches of grapes on the drawers.

Tomorrow I just have to paint around the ceiling fan, touch up were the tape covered and missed paint... then I can finally move things around and put the kitchen back together again.  Yeah!!

Good night all!  <3

Friday, February 24, 2012


I thought I had come a long way with just a couple of spots that needed another coat of paint... I completely did NOT touch the bottom cabinets!  LOL  I really must be in a fog.  Anyway, I've been collecting corks forever and made two wreaths to hang over cabinet doors.  I put a sticky hook up-side down on the back of the door .   My kitchen is so sun-shiny bright that I am going to stencil "You are my Sunshine" in Czech above the sink.  Hope I get some where, if not done, tomorrow.

Good Night All!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Let's get started...

Happy President's Day!  Happy Monday!
So, let's get started... it's a new year for me, a new day... I'm tired of looking at a partially re-done kitchen and excited, too, of how it's coming along.  I can't tell you how tired of white walls I am.  I know beachy and shabby chic is white but I want color, color, color!  Here's the only BEFORE picture I could find:

And the occasional visitor:
Although I have lived here for a while, it has only become MINE recently... and it was just very recently that I actually realized it is MINE!!!  So now it makes sense to do what I want, do what I can, enjoy what I do and have, and move forward again.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Everything has a story...Happy Birthday to me!

Today is my birthday and having been on a journey of some 56 years, I am finally at the destination where I am supposed to be.  I am happy and thankful.  Oh trust me, the journey is not over and has had lots of detours but I thought today would be a good launching point to move on to my next commitment to me.  Today is the official launch of my blog and companion Facebook page.

I am re-doing my home and my blog will take you along with me.  Everything has a story and each room has a story behind it as well as colors, themes, accessories, etc.  So as I go along, I will share the stories with you.

I live on the Space Coast  of Florida.  Just for the record, there is nothing like seeing a Shuttle launch from your yard.  Now rockets will have to do, but it is something that just never gets old.

So let me start with the PRESENT (no pun intended) and I will fill in the blanks as I go along.  I am currently working on the kitchen (still) because I totally got side tracked over the holidays, although I've been working on other things not so big, inside and out... working on hand painting a kitchen chair now and here we the kitchen.

The kitchen story is my "Once upon a time..." In 2005, I took my first trip out of the country.  I went to Prague, Czech Republic, with my sister for the weekend.  She has traveled the world quite extensively and is a wonderful travel guide.  It was a great experience together and Prague is simply magical and very much like a fairy tale.

While we were there, I bought a painting and that has been my theme ever since. The thing about it is you can't just plug in Prague Decor and come up with ideas or product.  Because the painting is a street bistro on cobblestone streets, I found that the French Bistro Cafe theme worked.

Prague Painting - Kitchen Inspiration

So this is the To-do List:
  • Paint ceiling and walls yellow
  • Paint cabinet doors brighter yellow
  • Replace cabinet knobs with wine cork
  • Add 2 shelves under cabinets, even with stove fan, with decorative (Gothic) brackets
  • Paint Baker's rack
  • Paint Gothic shelves
  • Make cork wreaths
  • Look for coordinating crock for utensils
  • Clear out all other things
  • Make or buy a top for stove (measure to cover all 4 burners)
  • Paint chair
  • Use area rug in living room or outside
  • Fix floor
  • Decide on what to do with floor
  • Fix or replace stove/oven
  • Paint refrigorator Black Board paint (look for French Stencils)
I sketched out how I basically wanted the chair painted.  Lettering on the back Praha (Prague) and Czech it out and the umbrella is because it became a joke that I followed my sister's umbrella in the rain and could spot her in a crowd.  On the seat I want to do something that translates into the (John) Lennon Peace Wall.  Other than that I just wanted it yellow to match the kitchen and other bright colors seen in the painting and all over Prague.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!


Look back next week as I embark on a new phase of my is not the end!