Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Kitchen Update and some Organizational Finds

Hello friends.....I hope this finds you all rested and well. I have had a nice weekend. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Shelleen came over last night for dinner and she spent the night. Her birthday is Tuesday, so I cooked her a yummy supper and we watched a movie and just enjoyed catching up and visiting. We were going to go for a boat ride today but our boat battery wouldn't charge, so we have to buy a new battery before we get to go boating. Oh well, we enjoyed a lazy day anyway! The hubby and I went to town yesterday to buy groceries and of course, we stopped by the flea market for a few minutes. I found a few items which I will share in a bit, but first, I want to share a few recent finds that I already have in place in my kitchen. In fact, some of them were inspiration for a few changes in my kitchen decor. It was time for an update! I really can't wait to totally gut the kitchen and start over, but since that's not in the budget right now, I thought I would use some of my thrifty finds to give it a cost free update! 

First up is this vignette near my sink. I bought the black metal basket Friday after work at a yard sale for $2. The other black basket thingie was bought last weekend at the Goodwill. I thought it would hold pint jars, but no such luck. I did have these little muffin bakers that look like little flower pots that fit perfectly, so I put those in it. I repainted the stand the plant is sitting on and put the plant in a different pot. I love how it all turned out.

This is the window over the sink. I sat the metal painted tray in the windowsill as well as a little rusty silver basket thing I bought at the same yard sale for $1. I have no idea what its' original purpose was. If anyone has an idea, please let me know. It is about 12 inches long and very narrow, maybe an inch and a half or two inches wide. The handle has a design engraved in it. I have no clue what it was used for! Anywho, I found the pie crust shield at the flea market yesterday for $2. I will actually use it.

On the corner of the counter is a solid wood sudoku game board I bought at the Goodwill for $2. I bought the game for the number tiles, but the solid wood board was so pretty on the back, that I kept it to use as a base. Right now it holds my fruit basket, napkin holder, and my meds/vitamins that I take daily. The other side just has a grid painted on it. 

I gave the coffee station a couple little updates. I brought some of the containers/canisters from my craft room to use in the kitchen. I still need to put labels in the three canisters on the right side.

This is on the left side of my stove. I bought the white ironstone container at TJ Maxx and love it. It was the true inspiration for the mini makeover. It was the only new thing I bought...everything else I already owned or thrifted. 

The other side of the stove has a metal basket I bought for $2 at the Goodwill last weekend. I repainted the frame of the marker board. It used to be red. I also changed out the paper I had inside and replaced it with burlap.

Above the cabinets I placed several ironstone pieces. My tureens and a few of my white pitchers, as well as my vintage cheese dome now reside there. 

I changed out the message on my tray turned chalkboard.

On the other side of the upper cabinets I used this wooden checker board I bought for a couple dollars, along with a tureen and a fake plant.

I really like the small changes I made and it feels updated. 
I mentioned the trip to the flea earlier and I found a few really good deals while there. First thing was these beautiful sea grass storage baskets. They are new and just $5 for the set. I will probably use them in my closet which needs to be cleaned out...desperately! LOL

I got this set of three bamboo trays for $1! I could not believe it. Funny thing is, I found 4 of them last weekend a the Goodwill for $1 each and was going to buy them all, but three of the four had some damage to them, so I just bought one. Now I have a set of four! They will be nice used in vignettes. I am thinking about painting this or maybe this!

This vintage mail sorter was just $1. If I keep it, I will paint it...similar to this one on Etsy.

Last thing I found was this large metal and wicker tray. I don't like the color, but it's nothing a couple coats of spray paint won't fix! It was just $1 as well.

It seems my thrifting finds are always in themes. This weekend was organizational pieces. I love to find pretty pieces to organize with. I might just tackle my closet tomorrow afternoon.....might! We shall see!
Have a wonderful Monday....I know I will since I don't have to work tomorrow! I have several things on my To Do list and am hoping to cross off a few. 
As always, thank for visiting. A couple of you are no reply commenters and I am unable to e-mail you comments, but I appreciate each and every one of you and always enjoy reading your kind words! 
Until next time....


  1. Great updates for the kitchen - you seem to be going with more neutrals and blacks and whites. I like the change to the message board with the burlap insert. Love how you arranged the ironstone around the kitchen. Thank you for the bit of peace after a hectic day. I choose turquoise for the tray!

  2. You have been busy. What fun finds to refresh the kitchen.

    I started redoing vignettes around the house on Friday - removing Valentine's Day. It is now Sunday evening and I am still not finished.

  3. Your kitchen looks great Vicky and I love all your new thrift finds! I sure wish we lived close so we could go thrifting together! We would probably end up fighting over the same things though! lol! The wicker trays are cool and I like the makeover with the chevron although I think a pop of color would be cuter than gold.


  4. Yiu did a fab job Vicky! Love all the ironstone on top of the cabinets, and especially the vignette with the wooden checkerboard, sweet! Enjoy today!

  5. You always find some great treasures, but what I really want is a boat ride. And a lovely lazy day on the river !!
    Have a good week, May spring come soon!
    Blessings, Roxy

  6. I am really into organizing right now and I love all the great items you found. I want to revamp a coffee station on my counter so yours gave me some ideas! Have a wonderful Monday!
    hugs, Linda

  7. I'm loving these finds! Happy Monday!

  8. I love the little changes in kitchen...some really cute make overs. You always find the best treasures at great prices. I love seeing what you do with everything!

  9. I love all your little changes. Doesn't it just make you feel good to rearrange? I love to do the same thing. But, I think you have better luck at finding the treasures than I do. I need better junk stores!! Oh well, until that happens, I'll just admire your finds.

    I hope you have a glorious week!

    Blessings and Grace,

  10. Great finds, as usual. I don't see how you come up with such awesome things week after week! Score!


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