Monday, January 21, 2013

Don't Mess With the Cook

The kitchen is not my domain, so any time I want to do anything in the kitchen, I have to make Steve think it was his idea.

I wrote about moving things around here and here.

When I painted the shelves a couple of weeks ago, Steve immediately ordered a butcher block for the cabinet.

The butcher block arrived on Thursday and Friday night I got busy painting the cabinet white.

After waxing, I did some sanding and wanted to keep going,

but Steve said it looks fine and believe me, I

There were little yellow and white polka dot knobs on the cabinet when it was red, but I went with silver knobs to match the rest of the kitchen.

Steve likes it because it blends in and he thinks the room looks larger.

The shelves sport my favorite yellow and red bowls and canisters.

I bought the Mason jar shelf years ago at a home decor party I hosted.

It was during my Americana phase so the shelf was slate blue and it was relegated to the garage about 5 years ago.

With a fresh coat of ASCP Old White and some new jars it has a new life in the kitchen.

A salute to Valentine's Day is the conversation hearts and blue Dove hearts in the Mason jars.

I did hang up a little banner I made yesterday.

Steve saw it and put his foot down - not in HIS kitchen.

Since he made me a lovely paella while I wrote this post I saw the wisdom of removing the banner.

There is an old saying, "If mama ain't happy, ain't no one happy."

And if Steve "ain't happy", I don't eat.


  1. I am LAUGHING out loud! Ha! That's awesome! Your shelves and butcher block counter are stunning! I must say that the banner was super cool...but I do not want you to go hungry!!! Cheers to you!

  2. I think the banner was super cute but I'd remove it too for paella!! Looks delicious. Love your new counter top. That whole area is precious. Love the red and yellow!

  3. It looks wonderful. The bunting is sweet, but in the interests of not starving I suppose you'll have to find a new home for it

  4. it looks great! gotta keep the cook happy. lol ;)

  5. Looks fabulous! And, the paella does too :)

    I thought the banner was really cute,but having someone cook for me out weighs the cute,lol...

    I really like the shelf with the jars of candy. What a great idea.

    have a splendid day :)


  6. If I could sit down to a dinner like that, I would definitely keep hubby happy at all costs! :-) You still managed to make that kitchen wall very charming!!
    Mary Alice

  7. Yum to the cooking,Steve is awesome!...I love your blog and your Valentine decor...sweet cottage.
    I'm new following,saw you at Creative Cain Cabin.
    ~Jo @ LoblollyLane

  8. Maybe if you are reaallly nice to Steve, he will let you put the banner up for Valentine's Day! It matches the conversation hearts!

    This looks great! I love your sunporch!

  9. cute!! The kitchen is my domain and I have never made paella! Hats off to the man!

  10. I love your kitchen and would be thrilled to cook in there!!! We pained the cabinets in our windowless kitchen white (I have it on my sidebar) and I LOVE how much more spacious (visually, not literally!) and bright our kitchen is now!

    Thanks for visiting. I wish I was doing creative projects instead of tidying projects. Like Steve, I'm also a painter (although not of his caliber by ANY means!) and I am late on getting some paintings done!

    Have a great week!!

    Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

  11. Hey girl...sorry I agree with the cook...the banner was just a little too sweet for the kitchen...especially since he was making paella! I love your butcher block top and the red canisters! Have a great day Carol!!

  12. Your kitchen is so sweet - love this cute little area, especially the red striped and checked accents! - I think I could be happy here (But Steve would have to "move over"!!) Thanks for visiting Pandora's Box!

  13. The kitchen is my husband's domain too! Hmm, I want some of that paella!


  14. This is so cute!
    I love the mason jar shelf...very clever the way it hangs upside down for jar access, it also adds height to the arrangement.
    I like the white cupboard, new butcher block and 'faux hutch' look!!!

  15. LOVE your butcher block!And that banner too! What a beautiful place to cook!

  16. you got to do what you got to do if you want to eat! The butcher block is a beautiful addition!

  17. so stunning!
    Why don't we follow each other? ;)

    XOXO, Monika

  18. Your shelves are just darling and they are decorated to perfection. I never noticed till now that I wasnt following you blog. I am now:) Thanks for linking up to the party at the Cabin. Im off to check out your blog further.

  19. It turned out great! I love how you decorated with happy, colorful things above it.

  20. I love the view into your window from the garden. Pinned your heart banner. Thought it was super creative. Too girly? Stop by. My hearts are super girly and over the top. My hubby thought they looked cartoonish but suddenly accepted them:)

  21. ooh nice! The whole thing looks custom made for your kitchen. A perfect fit. Great idea to do a butcher block top. And golly, that paella!!!

  22. I love it all! Your kitchen is so cheerful with the red & white accent pieces.

  23. You did a good job in the kitchen! Well, not the cooking part obviously :) I used to live near the sea as well. Only 5 minutes by foot. Not anymore. So, seeing your pictures of the ocean are such a welcoming sight to me!

    Happy day to you,

  24. Cute Cute Cute!!! I love the touches of red with white. Makes everything so bright and cheery. I like Dawn just realized I am not following you so I am going to fix that problem right now. Love your style and blog so very much.

  25. Hee, Hee, made me laugh with your saying at the end of your post. Too cute. Your shelves and cabinet look great. Love the mason jars filled with goodies.


  26. I say always keep Steve happy so you can eat. :)

  27. Oh my gosh, how did you get a hubby that loves to cook? My hubby does like to cook breakfast and he does a mean BBQ and dutch oven, but every day cooking is up to me. Good thing I enjoy it. Keeping the cook happy is important for sure! Love the look of the new cabinet and your yellow and red bowl collection is SWEET! Thanks for sharing with SYC.