Saturday, January 15, 2011

The dishes are done, man.

My kitchen. . . I feel like it could be so much. . . more.

Hey. . . I am right here! I can hear you; don't talk about my cabinet color that way!

I do not in any way have permission from the hubs to paint my cabinets. His response?

No na-na-no-no-no. NO. And no.

So you're telling me it's a no, then?

See, the hubby and my dad have this thing about real wood:

it's to be stained. Not painted; stained. And once you do paint, there's just no going back. Am I right?

Anywho, I love open kitchen shelving. Looove. And I love white dishes. Which I've been collecting.

And besides my beloved white dishes, I have thee amazing shelves o' sh crap. Honestly, junk resides in all those cabinets.

I'm not lying to you.

Badly organized, looks like someone hucked crap in there and slammed the doors on it, junk.

So, I have this cabinet, all by itself.

It's a loner, Dotty. A rebel.

And so I thought to myself: "self, just try out an open cabinet. See if you like it. Just try."

And so I did. Took those doors right off.

Got to the kitchen, rearranged some things,

and now we can certainly party with the Haitians.
(name that movie)

And I liked it. But I felt like it could be. . . more. It needed that little sumthin' sumthin'. And you just know a project isn't complete without molding in this house. I know you were surprised by that. You wouldn't have been more surprised if you woke up with your head sewn to the carpet, than you are right now.

I'm sorry. I am really into movie quotes today.

So, first things first:

I felt like it needed some new backing. Something fresh. New. And something to hide that giant gap my cabinet has.

Ah. V-groove.

You know, to kind of match the spice shelves on the opposite wall.

Traded in those maple shelves for some white bull-nosed MDF ones:

And. . . molding. Will there be molding?

Will I eat the rest of that pizza in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow?? Um, yeah.

Some paint, and then assembling dishes in there for the maximum earthquake damage potential,

and I'm callin' her done.

And maybe my phony plastic croissants and cheese are a little much.
(Note to anonymous: I'm not asking for your opinion.)

I'm seeing a goblet rack to go underneath in this cabinet's future.

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I'm totally diggin it, fake croissants and all...but ya know, I think it would look even better if it were all painted white. So if decide to accidentally paint it white, like in your sleep or something, you can totally tell your husband it was my fault! :)

Danielle said...

Clueless! A little Don't tell Mom the babysitters Dead and I heart the plastic croissants. Beautiful as usual. :-)

slommler said...

It looks fabulous!! Fake food and all!
Can you spill the paint...accidentally...all over your cabinets?? Ha!
Love the molding!!

That One Girl said...

I LOVE it!!! I'm totally not organized enough to have open cabinets... I try to be... but... it just doesn't work. I've thought seriously hard about painting our cabinets in our kitchen, but, since we live in a modular (Houses here on the coast are SOOO expensive!! Sheesh!) we have FAKE wood cabinets. So, if we WERE to paint them, there really is no going back. :-/ I'm not sure what to do. I wish I had someone more "remodelaholic" around here so I could get their opinion. I mean, it's not like we want to stay in this house forever... it's just a starter home, so we don't want to throw down a ton of money either. *sigh*
Oh... and I love the random movie quotes... <3

Lori said...

Omagah! The crown is the finishing touch. And poor anonymous, when you write exactly what you think, he must be tempted to respond. Amazing when we need / want a project we find one. This one is great.

gina3 said...

Apparently we have the same cabinets, the same white appliances, the same husband and the same conversations.(I wish I had a baby girl in my kitchen). I could have written the first part of this post (but not as funny and I would not have come up with "Dottie"). The 2nd part? OMG. I LOVE it! That was not the moulding I would have guessed for that even though I should have and it looks amazing!!!!

Kristi said...

Wow! That looks great! Now I want to do that too!! So sorry those meanies won't let you paint that wood. It still looks great, though!

Love that shot with Little Miss over to the side.

Finding Home said...

Love! Would love to see a picture of the whole kitchen again to see how it all goes together. Really well done, but I especially like the cute little pink accessory in the before picture! Have a great day!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

Wow you and that crown molding..... I am with Finding Home. Let's see the whole kitchen now. Since I am not anonymous I have a couple of ideas to run past you. If you wanted more open cabinets that have the feel, but with doors then if your hubs would let you they can cut or you could cut the arch middle thing out of the cabinets and put in glass. And if you want to hide the shelf holes on the side of the open cabinet and make it all white....I saw a post long ago where this lady used contact paper to make all of her cabinets white inside and out. She was a renter and couldn't paint. It looked so good and I was amazed it was contact paper. I need you to be my neighbor. I could sew for you and you could cut wood for me!

Angela said...

My sister in law "stained" her cabinets black. Seriously. Took months. Myself, just slap on the paint. But she stained, then distressed. Maybe Dad and hubby would agree to staining them white. Of course there's that "months" thing. In the meantime, that looks great.

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

I was going to give you SO MANY props for having croissants ON HAND for display purposes.

But plastic ones are handy in case of a staging emergency.

Just don't let guests like me see them. I'd try to eat them anyway.

Jen said...

My dad's the same way about natural wood. He about had a heart attack when he saw what I did to my buffet!! He was pretty much speechless and told me not to paint the dresser in my room because it's an antique. Yes, it's an old dresser, but it's not worth anything unless I have the whole bedroom set. And even at that, it wouldn't be worth a whole lot, so I fugured, "WHY NOT??" and decided that I'm totally going to...and it's going to be RED, so he'll hate it even more. He's still into the peach and mint green colors...ICKY!!!!

I'm gearing up, but not until after I do my room, to do my kitchen cupboards that are the same color as yours!! I was talking to the nice lady at Lowes and she told me about a product that you can use to change the color of the stain (from light to anything darker) without having to sand it all first!! You just have to make sure your surfaces are clean as a whistle. I'm ANXIOUS to give it a test run on something to see how I like it. =)

I LOVE the display cupboard, by the way. YOU ROCK, as usual.

WhettenWild said...

OOOOOO. I like! Nice job. That looks really pretty! Can you put real croissants up there when I come visit?? ha ha!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

I am thinking that you paint them while he is gone!! I have the same dilemma. I think I might just go ahead & paint the cherry wood. Why not?? Love how this turned out Mandi, *extreme envy***** hugs, Cathy

MMB Creations said...

This is great! We are leasing so I can't paint the cabinets. But I could do that. Oh my, too many ideas and not enough time!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Okay love this.

My husband's dad is the same way. I've learned when he says stuff, just to nod politely and do whatever I was going to do in the first place.

Also, the color of your table and chairs is totally inspiring to me. I'm going to be building a floor to ceiling cupboard for our other bathroom, and that is completely and utterly the stain color I want it.

Teri said...

I am LOVING the open cabinet, especially with the v-board/beadboard/ultra-yummy-white-slats in the background! Your dishes are lovely, too. I'm more of the hide-it-so-you-don't-have-to-show-how-disorganized-you-are-sort, so this is mucho impressive.

We haven't announced it yet, but we are in the process of buying our first house, so I need to start taking notes...I want to be a DIY girl like you! First on my list is to get a drill. I figure I can't do much without one. Thanks for being there for me to take notes from! (Oooooh, bad grammar. Bad Teri. Bad.)

Miranda said...

Gorgeous! I love it. Great job, as usual. :o)

Emily said...

that is awesome! You are so creative to think of this stuff. I love the white dishes.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Take that men! You showed them! I love it and congrats on Craftin with the stars, can't wait to see what you create!

Ann Marie | white house, black shutters said...

Half tempted to post this anonymously, hahaha ;)

Loooove it, everything about it. But wish you weren't such a tease and gave us a whole room after shot!

I totally have one of those wine glass racks for under the counter. Bought it new from a garage sale for nothing, its from pier one. Won't fit anywhere in my kitchen. Say the word and its yours!

Congrats on cwts!!!! I was just as excited for you getting in than I would be if I got in, haha. Looking forward to seeing you rock their world!

Leserlee said...

"Party with the Haitians" is from Clueless. I was just thinking about the movie the other day. Anywho, I came via I am Momma. Have fun crafting with her! From the two blog posts I've read of yours, it looks like you are pretty awesome. That kitchen cabinet turned out really well. And, if you think you have junk in your cabinets, you should see mine. A mess, a huge, big ol' mess.

Celeste Lux said...

Your kitchen is lovely, your open cabinet idea is excellent, and I too live with someone who doesn't want ANY wood painted (even the sashes on the windows!) I'm so TIRED of how limiting this is! Anyway, glad to have found you....keep inspiring, some of us need it :p And, oh yeah, quote was from Clueless, but you snuck a PeeWee's Big Adventure in there too--"I'm a loner Dottie, a Rebel" classic.

Lauren said...

Just found your blog through "I am Momma Hear Me Roar". My dad, and now fiance, have the same opinion as your husband about painting real wood. Good to know I am not the only one who has to deal with that issue.


stephtrow said...

I just found your blog and am SO excited that you quote movies like me! I saw a quote from Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Christmas Vacation! All on my favorite list! Do you quote Billy Madison?

Autum said...

Me again. I'm not a stalker, I promise. Just had to comment again. I also have a loner cabinet that lost her doors. I painted the back gray and added some vinyl in what my husband calls chain link fence pattern.
I love the molding you used.

Anonymous said...

Funny this thing men have with painting wood. Hubby always cringes when I see a picture of an older house with beautiful dark wood trim and stairs and say "wouldn't that look great painted white!" I like it, great job.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love your open cupboard!! I hear you on the men and painting wood thing!! Aye... I think your open cabinet is quite charming and love how you have your white dishes displayed. Well done!! I took a door off each end of our cupboards and made them open shelving too- love that look!! Now following along- stop by and say hello sometime! I also host a decorating inspiration party on the weekends if you would ever like to join in! :)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Wow! way to find a loop-hole in the NO-Painting-Wood-Rule! (who made that rule anyway,right?)
I love the white on the inside and that very vintage looking molding!
Not to mention; great idea on switching out the mdf shelves... (another NO-Painting the Wood-Rule Option)
You clever little Loop-hole Guinness!
---giving a 2 Thumbs up,ANONYMOUS
(not really,there's my link right there see it?)