Monday, January 30, 2012

New Finds for The Kitchen

Hey there!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  My hubby brought home some things the other day for me and this one particular thing, I just fell in love with.  And it's perfect for Valentine's Day.
How cute is this old coffee tin??  So cute!  I filled it with one of my favorites, tulips.  I just love that you can find fresh tulips in my local grocery store during late January and February.  So, I treat myself to some each week when I shop for groceries.  They are such a cheery addition to the house during the drab winter months.  

My other find is from Etsy.  I just love Etsy and always try to support handmade when I can.  There are some wonderful sellers there and I could spend hours looking in their shops.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love to cook.  It is one of my passions.  I have a couple of knives that I've had forever and they were always getting thrown into the drawer with my other kitchen gadgets, dulling the blades.  So my hubby had my knives professionally sharpened for me for a surprise.  

Well, now that they are perfectly sharp and slide through a tomato like butter, I didn't dare throw them back into that drawer, so I went looking for something to keep them in.  I've always loved those magnet wall knife holders and found the perfect one on Etsy.  And the best part is that it's made from sustainably harvested walnut, my favorite.  And did I mention, it's gorgeous!?
It goes perfectly with my walnut cutting board, also a gift from my hubby many years ago and such a cherished piece in my kitchen.
I'm in love.....
The walnut knife block can be purchased here.  There are also other selections using different woods if you prefer lighter colors.

So that's it, just a couple things I added to our kitchen that make me smile.

For those of you that don't follow us on Facebook, here is the latest photo update on our stair project.
 I still have to sand the top of each stair and figure out what my next step is going to be from there.  But I'm loving the carpet gone.  I'm curious, what would you do to the stairs??  Do share!!
Have a great Monday!

27 comments:

  1. I'm sure working on those stairs have been back breaking work but in the end it will be worth it.

    Love your magnet knife holder...I have the same problem throwing my "good" knives in with the other stuff, I might have to check out that etsy seller.

    Hope you have a great week!
    Judy

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  2. I could really use that knife strip. I'll check it out! I'm anxious to see what you do with your stairs. I want to take off my carpet, too, and have been contremplating the pre-made treads that just slip over top, but they're pretty expensive.

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  3. I would just stain them something darker. You should really check out Donna from Funky Junk Interior's stenciled stairs. They are amazing! Lots of ideas there.

    Good luck!

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  4. Andrea at Faded Plains just posted about her stair project, too. She has some great inspiration pics! I love them painted with a wide french-ticking stripe, can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Mary

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  5. Hi Diana,
    I'm so glad I recently found your blog...your photos, your home and your posts are all beautiful and I've had fun read back through them. I definately also love that coffee tin...I love when I have the perfect little piece that I keep forever.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your stairs, I have an old house with carpet on the stairs that I desperately want to rip up. I always have to have a plan to present to my husband first though! :)

    And I love the story about the bread boards...can't wait until you get more in your store. I am addicted to having lot of them around my kitchen!

    Have a great Monday!
    Sarah

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  6. Love that tin with the flowers! Gorgeous!

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  7. If my husband would agree, this is what I would do to our stairs...which would also look good on yours! ; ) http://loftandcottage.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-nailhead-stair-runner.html

    Love your blog! Can't wait to see how your new store turns out!

    -Lauren

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  8. Hi Diana! Love the "Loving Cup" tin, how perfect for Valentine's! The knife block is genius! Your stairs already have more interest with the carpet gone, there are so many fun things you cand do now! I could see you painting the step risers white and the stair tops stained dark walnut :) But I bet you and your hubby have something totally creative up your sleeves! I can't wait to see what you do!

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    1. Carla, that's actually what we are thinking about doing! Lol!

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  9. Good Morning!
    Gosh, I just love your home. Truly, you've done a beautiful job!
    The stairs...LOVE that the carpet is gone. Already looks better. I would stain only the treads (maybe matching your banister, and paint the rest of the step the color of your molding (does that make sense). Also, I'm not sure if it's in the plan, but have you considered making a small banister where the wall is at the bottom of the steps, meaning you'd have to knock out that half wall? That would look amazing. Again, having the banister stained the same as the stair treads, and the spindles the color of the molding.
    Either way, I know it'll look fantastic...it always does.
    Have a great week!
    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen,

      We are definitely taking down the wall and putting up a banister. I want it to look like a real staircase, lol! Have a great day!

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  10. Happy Monday. Love all the kitchen touches...especially the tulips. With the stairs, I would stain the tops on walnut and distress the rest in white...because they are going to get distressed anyway with foot traffic! Have the bestest Monday. I'm off to make my hubby' s creamy mexi chicken in the crockpot! Love you!

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  11. In our last house we had a stairway very similar to yours. We removed the half stairway wall, reinforced the area of the full height wall (on the right in the image), put sheetrock on it as a end. Then we installed a bannister, spindles and a really sturdy newell post. I loved it! We also stained the stair treads and painted the vertical part. I also like the idea of doing some kind of decorative stenciling. Maybe like numbering or the french stripe like another poster mentioned. I would also mention that adding a runner down the middle would help to muffle the sound of the footsteps running the stairs.

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  12. Oh I love that. One more reason for me to covet your kitchen. :o)

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  13. Hi Diana. I love it all. For me, I would paint the risers white and do the stair tops a beautiful dark wood. That would go great with the house you have. BTW, I featured you on my blog last week. See here if you want to check it out! http://stephaniehallburns.blogspot.com/2012/01/copycat-dining-room-table.html

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  14. I would paint the stairs a white with a hint of gray and then stencil on a runner using a bright color or colors.

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  15. Love that coffee tin and the tulips...and your anthro bowl...and your bread boards, love it all!

    There are a few pics on pinterest that I have seen that I think you would like for your stairs, one is a grain sack runner down the middle of them and the other was just a distressed painted stripe onto the wood! Both great looks and totally you!

    I painted a dresser for my daughter and felt so bold :) Maybe someday I will get bold enough to make your island!! Really want to!

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Lyssa! I'm going to check out those pics! Don't you just love Anthro bowls? :)

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  16. definitely stain the treads a dark walnut and paint the risers white.

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  17. I saw, on Pinterest, that someone made barnwood stairs. They're fabulous!
    I tried to list the exact link for you but couldn't find it. The best I could do is the picture is from the style files, or you could look at my pin board. It's listed under Missy Ray the "for the home" board. Sorry I'm not much more help.

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    1. Thanks Missy, yes, you were a big help! Gonna check it out now! :)

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  18. Love that we can get a nice bunch of flowers at the grocery store for a great price. they look right at home in your ole coffee can. The knives look great on the new magnetic piece and they fit right into your kitchen decor.

    The stairs, hmmm, i have always loved stained treads with white risers. I also like white risers and treads with a runner of carpet that goes down the middle. Ever seen that? yeah i know, you just got rid of carpet, right?

    There are so many cool ideas that i have seen on stairs. I have seen phrases or scripture on the risers. Numbers on the risers. I have also seen where people have used old yardsticks on the risers. The possibilites are endless. I know you and your hubby will pick something that is right for you home and the stairs in the end will look lovely.

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  19. I love your new tulip vase! Really love it!! Your tulips look just great!!

    And those stairs?!! Could you paint them to look like old ticking? With white and very thin blue stripes? So many possibly -can't wait to see what you do!

    Sarahx

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  20. Diana,

    I would stain them. We stained our stairs and you don't see all the knicks and scuff marks that you do on painted ones. That's just my opinion though. I could send you a pic of ours so you can see how they look if you want.
    Thanks, Debbie

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  21. Diana - I like the idea about buying covers for the treads......I am looking at a set of stairs with awful carpeting and trying to figure out what to do.......Contractors are coming to take out all of the fire hazard pine paneling that someone put in upstairs 50 years ago - (the house is a cape cod)........and put in dormers........Also re the stairs - you can buy sheets of "formica" - I would put them on the risers........easy to clean and hard to hurt......

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  22. I did the same thing to my stairs last fall! I replaced the treads with "real" wood (ours were particle board). If you replace treads--I suggest putting some sound-proofing underlayment (whatever it's called) down, as my "new" wood stairs are much *creakier*! But I don't miss the yucky carpet ;-) I also ditched the half-wall in favor of a banister. So much fun to wrap a garland around at Christmas time!

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  23. We just did this to our stairs a couple of weeks ago. We still have a couple tops to replace because the previous owners cut out random holes in them ?? ...but, I'm planning on painting ours a subtle creme color and then painting vintage logos on them to play into our in-progress vintage eclectic playroom. My inspiration is from a picture I saw on pinterest.
    I love how your husband brings you home wonderful treasures!!!

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