Saturday, May 3, 2008

Kitchen mess and progress

If you have been checking in you will have seen I ripped out the cupboard above the fridge as I need to make a proper sized opening for my new fridge that I expect in the nest couple of weeks, I will use two hollow core slab doors for the gables and create a surround for the fridge to appear built in , this caused me to take a second look above my ugly micro wave, which my husband has hated since the day I bought it , I though it was fine, and it has turned out to work very well, and was a bargain too. I used a scrap piece of furniture that was in a pile of such things in our basement , and fit it in , it will look good all painted ??? don't you think.

I wanted to show you how well the swinging kitchen door turned out , its a fun feature to the house, I added a lock to keep the dogs in for those times I need to do so for my sanity , I searched high and low for push plates, go to a lumber store and ask if they have those , WHAT??? no one needs push plates I suppose, but I found some clearly very old dusty shiny brass push plates in a local lumber store , the clerk said, " I didn't even know we had these??" no kidding , I am sure they were soon to be pitched. I painted them flat black and the are just what the door needed. Loving the door, one of our dogs has figured out how to use the door the other not so bright dog can't seem to grasp doors, the smart one can open our bedroom door , they are lever handles , I didn't believe it until I saw it , now that's a smart dog.
Where could you use a swinging door? the laundry room, pantry if you are so lucky , or the kitchen like me ?
This house will feel like an old house if I can have a say in it , its well on its way.
It is a rainy day here in Ontario today , I am working on rebuilding the trim around my sink window, a project I have put off way too long, replacing the blinds with bamboo blinds that I love, and mentally preparing for the fridge surround build. This kitchen is a mess.


Anonymous said...

The scrap of wood will look great painted above the micro. You are so creative! How do you do it?
Would you consider painting behind the micro the same color as the letters on top of your current fridge?

Wanderluster said...

Love the door! It looks great with the black hinges and push plate.

Mrs. Limestone said...

The trim piece will look fab there. Another little touch to make it your own. Great job.

The swinging door is great fun.

Anonymous said...

I love the swing door.

I was wondering if you had figured out where you were going to buy bamboo blinds from as that is what I need in the family room. I like the price of the ones in Home Depot (almost $17 for the size I need) but I'm not sure about the quality.

I love checking in to see what projects you are working on.


Heidi said...

LOVE the swing door!! Today I spray painted the brass "frame" around our propane fireplace insert with matte black paint, what an improvement. I'm actually starting to do things around here again, I've caught the "makeover" bug. I hope it lasts!

Next thing I'm tackling: our butt ugly fireplace!

Your microwave area will look great when you're done. Can't wait to see all the changes when we show up on your doorstep in a month!

Chris said...

You never cease to amaze me. I thought the door looked great before, and it looks even better with the accents! Now I can't wait to see what you do above the fridge. Good luck and keep working! It brings us readers lots of enjoyment without all the work. ;) Chris

chriskauf said...

I got the blinds at Zellers in Canada , if you are from here you will know, if not you are probably wondering what that is , its just like target but less good:)

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

Chris...I love the swinging door idea. You should add that to "the best of Just Beachy" list (if you have one. What an original idea!! LOVE IT!

tmjrn327 said...

Your swinging door looks greeat! I just started thinking about making my kitchen door swing on my 1919 Bungalow.... What type of hinges are you using for yours?
Also, my cat has figured out how to open doors too- amazing!