Wednesday, February 2, 2011

horseshoe hill and a giveaway...

This morning I decided to show you the little makeover I have been working on in my kitchen.  Now it is not quite done yet as I still have a few spots to fill but who knows when I will find the right treasure and I could not wait anymore.  So come on in and take a peek...
The sun was shining brightly on Monday...snow today!

Now I did not have to paint or do the floor nor did I need a new table.  I just wanted to take away all the pink and roses from here and give it a french farmhouse touch.  This big old wooden bowl (do you call it a dough boy?) was my Mom's and it looks great on the beautiful runner I won from Maria...


I usually have the bowl filled with fruit or vegetables but I have not been to the market yet this week. 
I found this small old ladder a while ago and finally found the perfect spot...
Then I added one of the french market totes from Andrea...
Yes I have one with a blue stripe in my den!

This is how one wall used to look...
You might remember I moved the square mirror to the little hall outside my bath but the big mirror stayed...
I love this frame but the paper inside, not so much anymore...
So I changed out the paper, moved a few things around added one of my vintage beadboard signs and an old treasure that I found...
Hey, that rhymed!

I just love this old piece, does anyone know what it is...
You can see the new piece of scrapbook paper I put in the frame...
See inside the mirror?  My beautiful sign from Castle and Cottage...
As much as I love this sign I wanted a change.  So I got in touch with Paula and asked her if she could personalize a sign for me.  I told her I wanted it to be the same size with a white background.  I also wanted it to be "farmhouse style"...
After a few days of trying to come up with the perfect sign for my home I finally decided on this...
My family has been seasonal camping at Pinewood Lodge Campground for almost 15 years.  Our site has always been on Horseshoe Hill.  Jim and I were married in 1985.  Paula put it all together perfectly...

I kept my little birds and I just moved my chalkboard over a bit...
Which leaves me this space to fill in...

Yes I am still looking for one of those old fashioned looking phones that PB used to sell.
Now here is an area where I am on the fence...
I got my calendar from Vintage Rescue Squad!

I would love to take these two doors off the cabinets and have that great open shelf look...
Can't quite talk the mister into it...yet!

I was going to change out the curtains for some with a ticking stripe or burlap perhaps but these hung in my Mom's kitchen (she made them) and I just love the fabric...

While this makeover might not be a huge change...
I just love it!  Especially my new sign (thank you so much Paula!)...
And in honor of my One Year Blog Anniversary I am going to give away one of Paula's signs!!  She graciously agreed to personalize a sign just like this for the winner of my giveaway that begins today and ends at midnight February 9th with the winner announced on February 10th (my blog anniversary)!! 

I am going to keep it simple.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered to win!

Oh and I am going to mail you a few little surprises too!

I am joining Kathleen for White Wednesday (and boy is it really white here in Massachusetts) as well as Sarah for Good Life Wednesday.  Thank you ladies for hosting and thank you all for stopping by!

68 comments:

Patti said...

Kitchen looks lovely. As for removing the cupboard doors, remember that you have to love everything that will show. Is that large brown basket related to pulling cranberries out of a flooded blog? I know I have seen them in Mass before. We had a "snow day" today, yippeee, but certainly did not have the snow they expected. it's coming your way ;-)

FourSistersInACottage said...

I LOVE THE NEW LOOK and if I had to pick a favorite....well, I am crazy for your "NEST" sign and that bowl, WOWZERS!!!! I love your table, and the ladder in the corner. Oh, I can't pick just one.
Beautiful job and it's so neat, I would keep walking back into the room to look at it.
Please add my name to your giveaway. HOW FUN!!!
And thanks for sharing your beautiful new-re-do.
Hugs, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Victoria said...

As odd as this may sound, please don't enter me in your giveaway! I already won your CSN giveaway AND I already won one of Paula's signs from one of her giveaways!!!

But I do want to comment on how lovely your kitchen looks! So white and clean and cozy:) Burlap curtains would looks great but I understand how special it is to have your moms curtains. Little changes can make a big difference! Great job Sandi:)

Sandi said...

Hi Sandi,
Your decor is beautiful and don't you love how our style evolves over the years? I still remember mauve and blue country look. WHAT WAS I thinking?? UGH! hee hee
I sure could use one of those signs. I need one that says Wayside Treasures for my booth so this would be perfect if I was lucky enough to win!!
Hugs~

Chrisitne said...

Oh Sandi love the new sign! and your ladder looks great!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Sandi,
The tour of your home is just yummy! I LOVE your kitchen. It's so you! I think that brown basket is an old farm sifter of some sort. Not sure though. I had one myself that sold at the shop many moons ago. Keep those posts coming...love to hear your thoughts and what you're up to.
Love and Hugs,
Karen

Polly said...

It looks great Sandi!! I especially like the simplicity of the bowl resting atop the red striped linen....which is french, I'm sure!?!

I adore the idea of removing the doors on your cabinet for open shelving. That idea screams farmhouse to me! You can fill it with all sorts of things that you use everyday but are also beautiful! Wish I could do that in my kitchen!!

Very nice my dear!

Polly

Susan said...

Happy TOO WHITE Wednesday, Sandi! I'm snowbound with the kids and your blog post gave me a lift. It's funny how just simple changes can really transform a space. I love all your new touches, especially the grain sack items. It's funny, I'm considering the open cabinet door idea as well, but my mister will probably shake his head. Too much clutter behind!
LOVE your new sign, and hope to win one, too!
- Susan

salmagundi said...

Loved your changes - sometimes the smallest changes are the best! Sally

Suzann said...

Oh Sandi,
I love your kitchen new look!!!
I like where you placed the ladder and I love the beadboard!!!
Thank you for sharing

Please enter me in the giveaway I would love to win the sign!!!
Thanks!
Suzann

Comeca Jones said...

Im stoppin by to enter!! Love the changes just a little softer.I love the sign. Mine would read est.Jones 08'

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh sandi..i love it all! Your small touches and simple transformations have really breathed new life into your kitchen. it SCREAMS French country! J'adore! (what color did you use on the walls??)Congratulations on your blogaversary. i would be thrilled to win it so please enter moi! As for your cabinet door decision..i took mine off and have NEVER regretted it! It does force you to really organize the shelves and keep them neat but i like being able to just reach up and grab a plate, bowl or mug. i posted about it a while back. let me see if i can send you a before/after pix. ok?

Passionate for White said...

I'd have trouble too swapping out curtains that my Mom made and I know from prior posts that you have a lot of pieces you keep for sentimental reasons...that's a great quality in you! Your kitchen is transforming very nicely...LOVE the color of your walls.

A Vintage Vine said...

WOW! Would love to win a sign...thanks for the for the giveaway! You did a great job on the makeover!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Love your kitchen. What color are the walls? I love that color. Your dough bowl is wonderful. I have 2, one belonged to my Great Grandmother passed down to me from my Grandmother. The other one I got from the estate of a lady who was a lifelong member of our Church. I love decorating them for different seasons! Your wall displays are lovely. I love the sifter. I think yours is an ash sifter that they would sift the ashes from a fireplace or wood stove. It has a larger mesh. Mine had a finer mesh and was called a grain or seed sifter. There is even a smaller mesh that was used for finer grains. ~~Sherry~~

NanaDiana said...

Sandi- Sometimes it is the small changes that make ALL the difference. I love your "new" kitchen. Now that I have said that I am just wondering which of my kids has the old phone from the farm. It was a real one that hung on the wall and you cranked it to call my aunt that lived down the hill. hmmmm...

I can see that you did a lot of leg-work though with your change over...and it shows. Everything looks beautiful! I am glad you kept your little birds though because they are one of my favorites...oh~and I love your Mom's old bread bowl too.

Sign me up for the Sign (has a nice ring to it huh?>) Diana

Trisha said...

I love your kitchen! It's nice how just a few changes really changed the look and feel of it. Your sign is wonderful!

~Trisha

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Morning, Sandi!

I've never seen your kitchen so it's new to me :) Love the color, sign and beadboard. The idea of open shelving sounds perfect! Burlap curtains would look really good with your color palette.I understand about the sentiment of your moms curtains though. The Farmhouse kitchen is the look I'd like to achieve, also. We have cherry cabinets so hopefully, we can paint this Spring. I like the direction you're going! Looks great!

Congrats on your 1 year! Woohoo! Signs...Count me in!

Take care! ~Michelle :)

Donna said...

Great blog, Sandi! And I love your booth at the store, too. I am in love with your dough bowl and table runner. I'm always on the lookout for stuff like that. Love the changes. Keep on bloggin'... :)

burlap+blue said...

Thanks so much for such a fabulous giveaway!! I love your kitchen's new look...the sign is the perfect touch!! thanks for stopping by burlap+blue! xoxo

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm lovin' the new look! The new sign is out of this world beautiful and looks perfect in your kitchen...don't know what the round thing is...sorry...I do like how you used it. The giveaway sounds great and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Blessings,
Linda

Cindy said...

I love the blues in your dining room combined with the white and the brown on the table. and The sign just makes the whole thing... I think it's so cute to name a house... and would love to win a house plaque as charming as yours, so sing me up!

Cindy

Vintage Gal said...

The new look is wonderful~ Love that nest sign. The ladder in the corner is adorable. Please add my name to your giveaway. Have a great day~! ;-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sandi, I am tired just from reading through your past several posts. You have been busy! Love all the changes. And that bird tray hanging on the wall is just gorgeous! Great colors and sweet birdie images. It is very windy here right now -- I wonder if a sand storm is rolling in ??? We had a bit of drizzle this morning. So many of ya'll are digging out of snow over there. Stay warm and cozy. Hope you are all better now! Best wishes, Tammy (PS don't sign me up for the giveaway either. Happy blogiversary -- but getting mail on this side of the world is never guaranteed). :/

Sandy said...

Your kitchen is dreamy! Thanks for the giveaway, too.

Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Stella said...

Love the new look. That is such a cute dish with the birds on it. I took my cabinet doors off to display my Fiesta and I love it. So easy to put the dishes away as well. And I would love to win one of Paula's signs.

red.neck chic said...

Okay - the Sons of Anarchy and I agree...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your makeover!!! And - I caught that you're a poet... LOL

Your new sign is gorgeousness! But - I have to tell you... the little birds are DEEEEEvine!!!

All of it's lovely! I'll watch for a phone for you...

;-D robelyn

chrissy said...

hi...i love your place! i followed you here from a comment you left on FADED PRAIRIE. and so happy that i did. i am LOVING your redecorating ideas. love the NEST sign...did you say you make them. and of course paula.s sign. i was turned on to so many wonderful places today.
thank you so much for sharing.
hmmmm? what would my sign say?

c

Terry said...

Lovely things and lovely ideas. Always remember that the eye needs a place to rest between looking at pretties, so don't fill every space on your wall, otherwise it will look cluttered. I especially like your new personalized sign.

mariondee-designs said...

I love what you've done in your dining room and kitchen. It certainly says farmhouse to me! I think the idea of taking the doors off and changing the curtains is a good one and would really add to the look! I would love to win your giveaway and would be more than happy to pay for postage. I have been tempted so many times to get rid of my pink and roses but just can't do it yet.. lol!! take care, Maryann

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Sandi, the kitchen looks so pretty. Your post proves that sometimes small changes can make a huge difference. When you find out what the mesh thingie is hanging on your wall, please let us know. I am curious, too! I love the little bird plate, and the change in your sign is so special to you and your family. I love it when people have things in their home that is unique and meaningful to them. I think it would be so much fun to have a personalized sign like yours. If I am the lucky winner, I would probably want a sign that says "atelier" for my (& my daughter's) art studio we are creating in our former living room.

Congrats early on your blogiversary (sp?) :D

~Ricki Jill

Kim said...

I love your kitchen....looks great!! The sign is wonderful....maybe I will win one! Thanks!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How exciting! I love her signs..and your decor looks great! I love the new look! ♥

Heaven's Walk - said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary, Sandi! Didn't that year just fly by?? I adore the direction your style is heading. :) Even small, simple changes can totally transform a room. I've been doing the exact same thing over the past year. I think as we visit our blog friends, exchange ideas, and discover new ways of repurposing things from the past, our tastes change and makes the ride so much fun! :)

I took 2 doors off of a cabinet that sets over our kitchen desk area and painted the insides white (while hubby was gone over a weekend!). Since he isn't too game on me painting all of the cabinets in my kitchen (which I would love to do), just taking those doors off really opened up the room and I was able to display my vintage white mixing bowls and pitchers! (You can always easily put the doors back on in the future.) :)

I would LUV to win a sign from Paula for my newly inspired French country farmhouse. Please throw my name in the bucket! ♥

xoxo laurie

Lynn said...

Your kitchen looks so warm and inviting. I love the changes you made. I'd take the doors off the cabinets too. It would be a great display spot. Your sign is wonderful. I'd love to win one! Oh, and Happy Anniversary! I'm your newest follower and I look forward to reading more about your creative life. Congratulations to you!
~ Lynn at www.cottageandcreek.com

Rose said...

love what you did to your kitchen. looks very inviting. i've always wantedthe big wooden bowl you have. i remember watching a special older lady make homade biscuits using a similiar bowl. take care rose

Recycled Rita said...

I love your kitchen re-do! I love that little birdie plate/platter, did you paint it? I would love to win one of these signs!
karen....

stefanie said...

oh, I love it!!! I think we are on the same page, I am trying to change things aliitle, not so much frou frou, more simple, I love what you have done!!!! I am redoing my family room, super close to your walls and was wondering how I was going to hang picture above the wainscoting, thanks for the inspiration, I know have great ideas, thanks!!!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This looks fabulous!!
I love everything from the ladder to the nest sign to the table :)
Gorgeous!
Oh and yes...I jump from project to project....I get bored. But I"m sticking to the mud room :)
XOXO
Kristin

Lori said...

Your kitchen is beautiful. Love your paint colors and all the treasures on the walls and table. Maybe you could layer another fabric over or under your curtains or use them as trim on seat cushions.

Sherrie said...

Your room is so homey! Love all the farmhouse pieces, the give such charm to the room!
Please add my name to your giveaway, that sign is beautiful!

Pattie said...

I love your table, it's almost exactly like mine that I got off of Craigs List for $15! It was all white so I painted the top black and left the legs white, just glazed over them. I love the change in your kitchen. And those signs are perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!Good luck to everyone!
8>)

Dolly said...

Hi Sandi,
Your kitchen is beautiful!
Love how you used vintage treasures to display!
YES YES YES I say take off the cupboard doors! Or put glass in them!
Ans show off more pretty treasures!
:-)

I love Paulas' signs...and would love to win one!

Thank you,
Smiles,
Dolly

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love your room. The color on the wall, the signs, everything. Just right. Those cabinets are in just the right place for open shelving - beautiful.

Cheers,
Lisa x

Kelly said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. You've given me a lot of great ideas!

awal.ny said...

I think the changes look great. The chance to win a sign is an amazing giveaway and I am in. You have some great pieces in your kitchen and it is evolving beautifully.

aimee said...

i love the color of your kitchen. what name and brand is it? i really like the bird platter, and how you have decorated your home. i would love to be entered into your fab giveaway!
blessings,
aimee

Lisa said...

I love it, I scooted on over here from Paula's, and got caught up in your blog...I think, not sure, but the "mesh thing" looks like a garden sifter. Used to sift rocks out of the soil. There are some that have smaller scree, as in fly screen, to sift seeds. I love the new look, and Paula's sign looks so good, in white. I could go on and on, and then you'd click me off!
Congratulations on your first year of blogging, and heres to many more!

Lisa

Kathy said...

Your kitchen looks lovely! I love the sign so much! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Nice little makeover! I would dearly love to win one of those signs. Please count me in.

Judy

trash talk said...

It's amazing how just a few simple, well thought out changes can impact a room. It looks wonderful and the signage is perfect. Love the color of your walls...perfect backdrop.
I am now on the hunt for you a telephone. I'll hit you on the hip when I find it...and I will!
Deb

Traci said...

I love the changes you have made in your kitchen, the wall color and the beadboard just says French Farmhouse! And I love the new sign! Thanks so much for the chance to win one. I know exactly where mine would go!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

That just PROVES IT! You CAN CHANGE the entire look of a room by simple changes and YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB!
The way you rearranged the items on the wall, to the simple dough bowl on the table makes such a statement.
I am all for removing the doors on the cabinets. I think that is the perfect spot to do it and GUESS WHAT? If you don't like it...you can just hang um right back up! Tell hubs that it should kinda painless really! :0)
Love the idea for your giveaway. PLease toss me in!
Have a great day,
Beth

Jane said...

Small changes with big impact!! The kitchen looks wonderful and really has that wonderful farmhouse look.
The sign is gorgeous and I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
Have a great weekend.
Jane

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Suzie Button said...

I love your kitchen and especially also the wall color you have and your beadboard! So calming and beautiful! I love too how you put together your sign and the plates and the adorable bird dish! Thanks for a sweet giveaway! Suzie purrpage3 at verizon dot net

The Gilded Cherub said...

Hello,
Its nice to meet you, I am pretty new to blogging and just came across your blog tonight. I think your re-do is just beautiful...love the colors as well. I will be back often to visit.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Lorene
The Gilded Cherub

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I found your blog on Olivia's blog list and will be a new follower.
Happy Blog Birthday!
It will be 3 years for me in June!
I would love to have a personal sign and thank you for having a giveaway.
deb

Cindy said...

Your little kitchen eating area is really pretty. I love all of the frames and the sign is really nice, I want one!!! So add my name pretty please.
The color on your walls is gorgeous, it looks wonderful with everything else that you have there.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I haven't been over here to visit you for some time now, I'm glad to be back.
Hugs, Cindy

Tolduso said...

Hi...I love the changes you made in your kitchen...I to love to move things around in my house...as well as borrow from other family members...and as always my paint is number 1...lol...

Amy Kinser said...

I think your kitchen is wonderful. So many cool things that add just the right personality. I LOVE signs of all kinds and I love old ladders.

Betsy said...

I would just love to have one of those beautiful custom signs and will be keeping my fingers crossed. Your kitchen looks fabulous. I just love all your accessories, especially that dish with the little birds.
Thanks Sandi.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

It is a lovely makeover...I just love your sign...what a wonderful ladder that you have also!!!
Great job!!!
Have a wonderful week!!!

Donna said...

Your kitchen and eating area are just beautiful! I've always loved beadboard, and dream of having a kitchen full of it some day! I also love your paint color, and that sign is perfect! Oh, love your chalkboard, too:) Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway! Merci!

All That Jazz said...

Not sure how I missed this but I would love to be entered!! I LOVE your sign!!!!!
Hope you had a happy weekend!
~michelle~

dogsmom said...

What a lovely space for family to gather.

Jade Creative said...

Came from Caste and Cottage Sign. I love the sign that Paula made you. Her signs are fabulous.
The cottage accessories in your kitchen look great.
Have a sunny day!
Darlene

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

The personal touches of the sign and your mom's curtains make a beautiful redo even better!

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