I’ve had several requests to show my red wallpapered kitchen, and because Gloria @ Happy to Be asked so very sweetly~ honey, this red is for you…
I chose this red, scrolled paper because I felt it had a bit of the French country feel to it. I have always loved wallpaper and would much rather hang it than paint. I have a very difficult time trying to keep paint splatters off the woodwork, the ceiling line, and myself. I obviously don’t have a steady hand. And I cannot abide seeing lines of paint on the walls, so I sometimes end up painting a wall two or three times just to eliminate them. I think professional painters call them “holidays.” So, instead, I wallpaper.
As you enter the kitchen from the great room, my half-round checkered table is on the right. A stained black shelf with a bead board back hangs above it and it’s decorated with keys and door knobs. This shelf used to be in the downstairs bathroom, but I re-appropriated it. The wall in the bathroom is still bare, but I’m waiting for the perfect thing to go call my name and tell me it belongs there. I think some of you may know how that goes, don’t you?
I just love this half-round table. I never could figure out why no one had bought it from Mr. Sullivan’s store. Guess it was just meant to be mine…
The island has a Jennaire cooktop that is original to the house. When we remodel I’d like to replace it with one of those Electralux cooktops that spokesperson Kelly Ripa does commercials for. It’s the one where the top stays cool to the touch because only the cookware gets hot. I think mine is a bear to keep clean. I have to wait for it to cool down to wipe it and if food gets burned on, I have to use a blade scraper to clean it. Then, I use a glass cleaner on the entire thing so it’s shiny. Give me a gas stove any day! The only advantage to the Jennaire is that I don’t have to have a vent hood.
This is the view looking from the opposite side of the island towards the only long run of cabinetry that I have. I never had a window over my sink before moving into this house. I love to look out and see the trees and wildlife as I perform that drudgery chore of doing dishes. Actually, I don’t mind washing, it’s the drying and putting them away that is the chore. I try to hand that job off to Mr. Sullivan whenever I can. He IS pretty good about helping, I must say. I like to keep my dish towels and napkins in the tiered basket- that way they’re always handy.
I only have one long run of cabinetry. It runs from this corner to the refrigerator on the left. The cabinets were glazed as a temporary fix until we can update the kitchen. The idea was to make them look old and grungy with wear. If you were looking closely, you will have seen that I moved my birdhouse and the canisters. I wonder how many of you caught that….
The picture above shows the original color of the wood. This finish made for a dark, dreary kitchen, don’t you think? I’m so glad we lightened it up with the glazing process.
My wine-inspired French style clock.
I love the different patterns on my canisters. Why only three, you ask? Flour, sugar, and chocolates… Need I say more?
There are two shelves on either side of the window above the sink. I use them to display pretties.
I’ve started to acquire tea pots of all different shapes, but mostly in white and off-white. The sugar bowl above is one I found a few weeks ago in a yard sale. There are cut glass covered bowls on each of the shelves.
The green sugar bowl above has a matching tea pot that I keep in one of the guest rooms.
My black painted hutch contrasts so well against all of the red. I recently re-covered the chair seats to tie the two pieces of furniture together. They were originally white, which made for a lot of cleanups.
I like simple white dishes because they go with everything. I’ve placed one set of them on the hutch. To add another touch of color, I’ve placed four luncheon sized plates on the top shelf. You can see that I’m continuing the wine theme on this side of the room, too.
Even the top of the refrigerator is not immune to being dressed. Two pieces of silver, a basket, and some wine bottles top this surface.
Having a small number of cabinets within the kitchen could make for a very bad storage problem. Fortunately, I have two large pantries in which to store my food and the overflow of dishes and cookware.
I keep my canned and dry goods in this pantry. And yes, that is my purse hanging from the chair….
Do you think it might just be a little full?
I think this is due for a little re-arranging…
Extra sets of dishes and cookware occupy this pantry.
How did I accumulate all this stuff?
We estimated that the storage room in both pantries is equivalent to having 11 extra cabinets! That would have taken up a lot more wall space that we just don’t have.
This hallway connects the garage to the kitchen, the laundry room, and a bathroom.
This console stores excess bar glasses.
An old blackboard from an Indiana schoolhouse helps me remember what’s going on in our lives.
Some of you may have noticed that the rooster decor is now gone. I get tired of it, take it down, but when the whim strikes, I put it out again. Only the clock remains, because I’ve got to know what time it is!
So there’s my kitchen in all its red entirety, Gloria. It’s not gourmet, but it’s comfortable and functional. It’s cheery and bright, and most of all~ I like it.