I think everyone should have a whimsical pair of salt & paper shakers like this on their kitchen table. It’s like an accessory and totally appropriate in a kitchen. I bought my sister owls for her new kitchen.
I found this carved English pine table on Craigslist for $150. I didn’t negotiate. It’s been sitting in my house unpainted for months. Finally two weekends ago we had a break in the weather and I cracked open the paint cans out in the carport.
I painted the base BM 2145-70 Cotton Balls and the Table BM 2168-20 Pumpkin Cream along with the corner shelf (from Ikea long ago). After I bought the table I saw this picture again of a dining room Tobi Fairley designed and I was so happy that my table happened to be so similar and I loved the idea of wheels on the bottom. Alas, they made the table too high so off they came last night.
This was what my old pedestal table looked like (above). It was bright orange and I have had it for about 15 years. It was always the perfect size for every space I lived in. I’m currently trying to sell it (skirt, glass and all) on Craiglist for $100 – no takers yet).
And I have always had it skirted with a square black tablecloth on top of the skirted one and a piece of glass. And I was sick and tired of looking at it.
This is the stunning fixture before
And this is the one that hangs there now. I have also had this little chandelier for years.
The sunburst mirror I bought from Homesense and this is what it looked like before I painted it (below). Today I painted it Cotton Balls – can you see the current white I used before is too white? And frankly I used latex at the time so it wasn’t quite covered yet either.
This week I am getting my PEACH (ugh) kitchen cabinets painted. And the walls which are just a cream right now. To replace the verticals (which should only ever be seen in commercial buildings) I am thinking of using this off-white fabric from Maxwell with taupe colour polka dots (they look faded here but they are not).
The lino floor (I’m renting so it’s staying) is peach and taupe which is why I painted the table orange. Its still in the same family as the peach. Had I chosen an entirely unrelated colour to the floor it would not have looked as good because there are already 4-5 different shades of taupe/peach in the floor so to paint the table green or blue or something is like adding a 6th colour that doesn’t relate to the room.
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