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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ July 14, 2011


Before we arrived at the parsonage, an anonymous person or persons (may he/they live forever) spruced up the yard and tidied up the landscaping, including hanging these beautiful flowers. It was a thoughtful gesture that made me feel welcome. I love the colors!


O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! There are two bathrooms in this house, a blessing we have not had in all our (nearly) twenty-four years of marriage. But alas, one of the bathrooms has no storage except a medicine cabinet~not an under-sink cabinet, not a closet, nothing. So I had the idea to use this terrific, vintage, metal cabinet a friend gave me a number of years ago. In our old house, it was hidden away and used for food storage, but in this house it would sit out in the open, so it needed a facelift. So two cans of primer and six (!) cans of spray paint later, it looks like this (sorry, I can't get far enough away from it to get a really good picture):

The walls were already light blue, so I decided to continue the yellow and blue theme from the living room. There is still more to do in this room (I will show you when it's finished), but I'm happy with how this project turned out.

Another picture for your viewing pleasure:


A few years ago, Girl Out of the House went to England. Her flight left from Boston, so those of us who (sadly!) didn't get to go to England stayed a few days and saw some of the Boston sites. I bought this in a shop along the Freedom Trail. We are all ardent tea drinkers, so this tickled my funnybone. I've put it on my kitchen windowsill for now, but I'd like to find a more satisfactory and permanent home for it.


And now I'd like your advice. Here's a corner of the kitchen:

'Tis bland. 'Tisn't cheery. Yes, the chairs and table don't match and there are two outlets in the same wall. Something needs to be done. Steps need to be taken. Since it opens onto the living room and hallway, it too will be painted yellow, but I want to paint a chalkboard onto one or both of these walls. We need it for homeschooling and we gave away our former chalkboard before we moved, one of those little preschool easles with a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other. But I'm not sure how much of the wall(s) to turn into a chalkboard. I think we will definitely do the big wall from about three or four feet from the floor to about two feet from the ceiling, but should we do the other wall too? If so, should it wrap around the corner or be two separate areas? Do you have any other ideas? I'd love to hear them! :-)

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  1. My first inclination when I saw your kitchen photo was that it needs some type of chair rail and wainscot, even if the wainscot is nothing more than wall paper or a different color of paint. The wainscot would visually provide a nice "base" for a chalkboard to "rest" upon. I like the idea of two separate chalkboard areas myself.

    Your kitchen chairs remind me of my favorite architect, Christopher Alexander, who in one of his books says, "Never furnish any place with chairs that are identically the same. Choose a variety of different chairs..." :)

    Chris O.

  2. That's a good suggestion about the wainscot. I'll have to think about it. We don't own the house, so I'm not sure how many changes we can make, but I like that idea a lot.

    I like the quote about the chairs! lol Ours are just an assemblage of stray chairs we already had repurposed to serve as kitchen chairs in a pinch. The brown chair actually belongs with the dining table, I had thought about getting another chair that matched the "spirit" of the white and red chairs and painting it a different color just for fun. Now I have confirmation. Thanks! :-)

  3. I like the suggestion about the wainscot, too. It would break up the area so it doesn't look so bland. I think I'd only do blackboard on one side, if it were me. Then I'd put up our current artwork on the other side. Still school related but pretty.

    I love the cabinet in the bathroom. Your new house looks so nice.

  4. Just noticed you are reading "Sixpence in Her Shoe". I love that book. I've borrowed her book of essays from the local university library and am enjoying that as well. Enjoy!


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