Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Wine glass lanterns

Needing a break from everything “project kitchen update”, I decided on doing a craft.

I met with three friends for dinner on Saturday and wanted to bring a small gift for each girl. I have previously made these paper lanterns but this time I modified them to include a scalloped edge.

wine glass lanterns at www.junkinjunky.blogspot.com

I kept them pretty simple using black and white card stock. The flowers are the same shape as the scallop. I cut the tags and wrote each girls name on. You can insert a battery operated tea light if you are not comfortable with a real tea light, but they are fine with real. They looked so pretty on the dinging table. I have the svg if you want it for yourself.

wine glass lanterns at www.junkinjunky.blogspot.com

Back to the kitchen now :)

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Kitchen progress–retrofit a cabinet for a microwave

I have made some progress, albeit nothing earth shattering :)

I have finished adding moulding to the doors and painting almost all of the upper cabinets except for the cupboard above the stove, where the microwave will be installed.

Retrofit a cabinet for microwave

The cupboard above the stove gave me so much grief.  I couldn't get it off the wall even after removing the screws. I figured it was glued to the wall.  I get scared to do things when I don’t know what I’m doing, afraid that I will cause irrecoverable damage. I’m such a chicken.

I borrowed a plunge saw from a friend and was going to try to cut the cupboard down in place. I started by removing the trim on the bottom. Well, low and behold, there were two more screws holding the cupboard in place hiding behind the trim, attached to the other cabinets. Doh!

I was able to get the entire cupboard down and went to town with my jig saw. In no time flat I had it cut down to size and back up on the wall.

Retrofit a cabinet for microwave

Retrofit a cabinet for microwave

The doors were cut down to size, moulding added and rehung to fit the smaller cabinet.

Next up is installing an electric box and outlet in the top of the cabinet. I will then paint the cabinet and get the microwave installed. Until then I will be painting the bottom cabinets this weekend.

I picked out some fabric to make roman blinds for the windows, one above the sink and a small bay window in the eating area.
I ordered it online from Tonic Living on Wednesday and on Friday it was at my door!


Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Kitchen progress – day 1 of painting

Not a whole lot of progress but I started, which is usually the hardest part for me.


If you recall, I was going to go with a smaller trim, but it just seemed a little too wimpy, so I changed it to a larger trim.



I found the trim at HD and it’s door casing. Still well within my budget.


The drawer unit is looking a lot better with a few coats of paint and some new handles



Still lots more to go, but it’s progress. On Monday I am going to Ikea to pick up an over the range microwave and make a final decision on which countertops to go with. As much as I like the butcher block counters, it doesn’t suit the overall look that I want for the kitchen; it will be one of their laminates but I can’t decide which one.

I apologize for the crappy night photos.  Have you noticed that Picasa now has Creative Kit to edit your photos?  Looks similar to Picnik but less features.