New Things in My Kitchen

artdesk.jpg My mom recently gave us this beautiful child size desk. It now has a home in the corner of our kitchen, as our art desk. On top are coloured pencils, glue, rulers, scissors, erasers, and little folded paper books. We also have our Usborne Spotter’s Guides for quick reference and our nature bowl, which from this angle looks empty, but it’s full of rocks and dried flowers and a couple of acorns. artdesktopdrawers.jpg The top drawers are filled with different sizes of papers and the bottom drawer, which came with a metal divider, is filled with bits of string, yarn, fabric and sparkly papers. There are also some crayons and cardboard tubes for crafting. art desk bottom drawer.jpg I deliberately kept it pretty empty so that it is easy to get to all of the materials, and hopefully it won’t get too messy. Next up is my new farmhouse kitchen table. The photos don’t do the desk and table justice as the lighting in our house is really bad. Since we have lived in this house we have been eating around a small built in table. It has always been tight squeezing all of our family around it, but with the addition of the babe, it just wasn’t working anymore. We were so cramped that I ended up with food from the babe’s fingers all over my sleeve and sometimes in my hair. Needless to say, we needed a better solution. farmhousetable We’ve been keeping an eye out for a good table and we hit the jackpot when we were at our local thrift store last week. The same day that we found the stool, we found this table. It is almost six feet long and exactly what I was looking for. It was scratched up and one of the legs was loose, but with a fresh coat of paint and some tightening of the legs, we now have a super sturdy, beautiful kitchen table. The best part is that it cost $20, and I can’t tell you how fantastic it is for the six of us to sit around a table and have room not only to eat without chewing on someone else’s elbows, but there’s even enough room to put extra food on the table. This past weekend, Hubby ripped out the table and painted the walls and tore out some cabinets that cut the room in half. It is so much better now, much more open and the whole space feels so much better, and brighter. I forgot to take pictures of the cupboards that he took out, but I did snap a picture of the wallpaper that was covering the whole kitchen. Let me just say that I am so very glad the walls are now a beautiful shade of antique white instead of this. bluestrawberries Hope you all have a great day.

family, home, kid's art, thrift store finds • Thursday, November 12th, 2009 • 19 Comments »
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19 Responses to “New Things in My Kitchen”

  1. sherry says:

    Love the art desk! 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Sherry, we’re loving it too.

  3. Sandie says:

    Lovely desk and table…. and is that a Tate and Lyle’s Syrup tin I spy on the desk?

  4. emma says:

    Love the little desk. My son spotted the syrup pot straight away!
    Love Emma xxxx

  5. Jennifer says:

    Sandie and Emma, yes it’s a golden syrup tin, we love golden syrup. There is nothing quite like the taste and we used it a lot when we lived in England. I’m so glad I can get it over here now.

  6. I love love love your craft desk. A dedicated crafting area for Mil is slowly creeping to the top of my list… we are just not set up for it at the moment. We don’t really have space in our kitchen and am wondering where else it might work.

  7. Wende says:

    I have a kitchen with wallpaper that could use some help! I dream of antique white walls. Good job!!

  8. Amy says:

    what a find that table was! You must be loving your new, more open space.

  9. The desk is a find. Having crafting in a room that we al spend so much time in is a wonderful idea. Also, love the new table. I love the feel of those long farmhouse tables. Have fun.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everybody, we’ve always had all of the art stuff, but it’s never been in one dedicated place where it is out of the reach of the babe. This is working out so perfectly, and yes I am loooving my new table, I can’t believe how much room there is. I really appreciate all of the comments, thanks for stopping by.

  11. Anna, Sydney says:

    Cute desk, and nice looking dinner table too, well done. And I wouldn’t be too upset about your old wallpaper, I’ll see you your wallpaper and raise you one of mine. I’ll actually email you my kitchen wallpaper straight away. That may make you feel better about any remaining old wallpaper around the house, hahaha. Email coming up.

  12. great find, and I love the table…and the apples!


  13. Petit Filoux says:

    Love the new desk and table!! The table especially, and the way you styled it for the photo!! 😉
    It’s so satisfying to find something cheap, do it up and then it looks a million dollars!! well not literally but you know what i mean!!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Anna, I love it, thanks for sending a pic.

    Sarah, We rarely have enough fruit leftover by the time I want them in a picture, luckily I had some that day.

    Petit Filoux, I know exactly what you mean. Some people pay hundreds for what I found and did for $20. It was a real accomplishment, which makes me love it even more.

  15. meg says:

    it looks fantastic!

  16. French Knots says:

    Your kitchen table looks fab and that you did it yourself on a shoestring makes it even better.
    We slapped a load of paint on to some vile wallpaper when we first moved here,it makes it feel like home.

  17. Jennifer says:

    thanks, I am really liking my kitchen a lot better now, that paint made all the difference.

  18. Jacquie says:

    I love the desk, but I must confess that a huge smile came over my face when I saw the Lyon’s golden syrup tin. That brings back fond memories for me. I love the stuff and sometimes struggle to get it in the U.S. I make Crunchies(a type of cookie) each Christmas and could not last year because I could not buy golden syrup! I am originally from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) but have lived in California for 35 years now! Thanks for the smile today!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Jacquie, I’m so glad I brought a smile to you today, I love golden syrup and those over here in the States that say you can substitute corn syrup are just so wrong. What a shame you weren’t able to find any last year, hope you can this year.

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