ORC – Week 5 – A Reorganized Kitchen

I missed week 4 so this should include two weeks of work, but I haven’t done much at all!  I’m such a last-minute person.  I can’t even remember why I didn’t post anything last week.  I’ve been so busy and so scatter-brained lately.  The camera charger is missing again and I now have a laptop without a camera.  I’ve never taken pictures with a cellphone.  I don’t even have a cellphone.  I’m technologically resistant.  I’m surprised I even have a blog.

I finally bought some organizers!  I got a rack for pots and pans lids.  I also got two containers to put in my big bottom drawer to the left of the sink cabinet.  Stuff just gets thrown in there and I have to root through there to find anything.  So this should help.  I also bought a little candle at Dollar General.  I really don’t know how this will help me get organized, but I liked this little candle!

I got my organizing stuff at Walmart.

the original cabinet

I need to start working on organizing this old cabinet.  I want to put my Fiesta ware and Pfaltzgraff dishes (these are pastel colors) in here AND my teapot collection.  The curtains are hiding a bunch of cookbooks and some dishes and other stuff that’s pretty disorganized.  I want to get this (re)organized so everything will look really nice without the lace panels!

You can check out the ambitious bloggers doing the one room challenge at www.callingithome.com/blog/2017/5/one-room-challenge-guest-participants-week-5

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ORC – Week 3 – A Reorganized Kitchen

As you can see, I skipped week two!  We went to West Virginia to see my mom over the long weekend.  My son had Friday and Monday off.  I thought I would do a blog post when I was down there, but we were SO BUSY!  So this is week two and week three.  Not that we made that much progress – more like a week or less!  My husband did surprise me by cleaning out the refrigerator!  You might have noticed I did not have a before picture of THAT!!  So here are the pictures. . . (We lost the camera charger again!) so that was one of the reasons I’m late again posting this week!

There’s Zana sniffing around in the kitchen! The island is all angles and rather small. I really don’t have much counter space.
Here’s a full view of my expensive stove – dual fuel! I only had room for a stove with four burners and one oven. We wanted the downdraft because we thought a hood would look strange hanging down over top of the island and might block some much needed light from the windows and the back door. Our kitchen is rather dark because all the windows and doors open to covered porches.
A real before picture with stuff soaking in the sink and a messy countertop! I really do want to clear off my counters so I can use the little counter space I have to cook and bake!

You’ve probably already checked out the other one room challenge participants, but if not, here’s the link:



ORC – Week 1 – A (Re!)organized Kitchen

I have decided to (re)organize my kitchen.  I really want to make better use of my space so I can clear off my countertops.  I want to re-decorate my hearth and brick wall.  I also want to take the lace curtains off the doors of the original (1889) built-in cabinet and get my husband to help me with the inside.  There is contact paper stuck on the shelves and there are gaps in the back of the cabinet.

Here are some before pictures of the inside of my cabinets.  These are supposed to be bad, right?!!  That way the after pictures look even better!!

Whoops!!  The brick wall and hearth, and the built-in cabinet are first in the line-up!

I like roosters and strawberries and RED!
My husband is the one who loves coffee. I don’t even like the stuff! His mother-in-law got him the sign.
More roosters and more strawberries!
the original cabinet
top shelf of pots and pans cabinet
bottom shelf of pots and pans (or lids!) cabinet
The microwave cabinet has a shelf below for the microwave that is no longer there! The old microwave broke and the new microwave was too big.
the glass cabinet
The spices and teas cabinet looks blurry. I probably did, too! I was a little tired.

You’ve probably already seen the other ORC participants’ projects, but if you haven’t, here’s the link:  www.callingithome.com/






More Pantry Progress

All the beadboard is up in the pantry!  We just need to paint the other three walls.  Painting the pieces before installation didn’t work out so well.  Maybe I can get some painting done this weekend if my husband doesn’t before that!

Thanksgiving slowed things down!  I fixed a turkey with herb butter and apple cider.  I used an old recipe from Bon Appetit that includes directions on how to make a gravy base.  This is the only gravy I’ve ever made that turns out perfect!  All the herbs and apple cider really give the gravy a great flavor.  I made cranberry sauce with hibiscus tea, but I didn’t really notice any difference in the taste with the hibiscus!  I made a dressing with portobella, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, but I think all the mushrooms made the dish mushy.  I should just stick to oyster dressing.  We really like that, but oysters are SO expensive!  I had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and green beans, too.  My mom brought a pecan pie from Cracker Barrel.  I think that was the best pecan pie I ever ate!  The crust was perfect.  I looked at the ingredients – they used lard!  I’m sure that’s why the crust was so good.  My dad made a lot of pies and he always used lard in the crust, and they were so good (except the custard!) if I liked the filling!  I don’t really like pumpkin pie.  Does that sound unamerican??!!  I do like apple pie!  (Our nephew only likes apple pie made with a can of apple pie filling!!  He doesn’t like fresh apples in his pie!)  I finally made a pumpkin pie AFTER Thanksgiving!!

Well, enough about Thanksgiving!  Here are some pictures of the pantry!

Here is the wall with the door. The frame will go on the bare drywall!


This is the long wall.
This is the long wall.
This is the short wall! We have a shelf we’re going to put here for the microwave.


ORC Continued – Pantry Progress

My husband has been priming the beadboard.  He put one wall up and got that painted before I got a hold of the paint brush!  Maybe I can paint the next wall!  The inspector is in one of the pictures!

Introducing Inspector Beagle Z!
We picked Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray paint for the pantry walls out of the zillions of white paint choices! We’re going to use the same paint for our backsplash in the kitchen. I think this paint color looks good with our Formica 180fx calacatta gold countertops.

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Pantry ORC – Fall 2016 – Week 6

Well!  What can I say??  I missed last week.  I kept thinking I’d get a little more done, but I don’t think I did!  Then I had to go to the ER last Sunday night, and on the way I ran into a deer!  My car was still drivable so we got to the ER without any delay.  My son has been sick for almost all of the last two weeks, but seems to be getting better now.  He needed a breathing treatment and they did a chest x-ray and checked to see if he had the flu.  So he didn’t have pneumonia or the flu – just bronchitis.  Now he has a nebulizer.

EXCUSES!  EXCUSES!  I think this pantry project was just a little too ambitious for me (and my husband!) to do in real time.  I’ll know better next time!  Thanks again to Linda for all her hard work at calling it home.

Here’s the link to all the other bloggers’ ORC reveals:


So this is still a work in progress!  Here are some pictures:

We were ready to paint, but then my husband found out we needed to wait 72 hours! I didn’t read the fine print – always a mistake! The 72 hours weren’t going to be up in time because he had to go and get more beadboard twice since we didn’t have enough. You can tell we really thought this through!
This is where the toilet was. I didn’t clean the floor because we’re going to be tearing out this vinyl and putting in tile.
My husband put the beadboard up on the walls to make sure everything fit and then took everything down so we could get started painting. I guess we’ll be doing that this week. I hope no one else gets sick and I hope I don’t have any more encounters with deer! I hope you’ll check back next weekend to see how much progress we’ve made. Thanks.


Pantry ORC – Fall 2016 – Week 4


I wonder if I’ve made any progress.  I have made some decisions if that counts!  I decided to use a huge shelf that was hanging in the kitchen for the microwave.  My original plan was to use a metal shelf, but I couldn’t find the right size.  My husband took down the shelf.  I think he really likes my idea to put it in the pantry because he hated that shelf!

The shelf was here on the wall. I think the wallpaper actually faded because of the shelf, but we’re getting rid of that anyhow.
Here’s our sub-zero refrigerator (circa 1991). The pantry door is to the left.
Here's another picture of the pantry door. This door bugs me a little because of the colonial style. I just don't think this looks good in a Victorian house.
Here’s another picture of the pantry door. This door bugs me a little because of the colonial style. I just don’t think this looks good in a Victorian house.
This is the wall to the left. My husband took off the trim and the baseboard.
This is the wall to the left (in the pantry).   My husband took off the trim and the baseboard.
THis is the old vinyl floor we're going to tear out of here. I can't wait!
This is the old vinyl floor we’re going to tear out of here. I can’t wait!

I hope we can get a lot done this Saturday.  We’re both off so that should help!!

Now I’m going to see what’s happening with the other bloggers after I link up here:



Pantry ORC – Fall 2016 – Week 3

We talked about what kind of primer to use on the beadboard, but we didn’t buy any yet.  I haven’t done much of anything except take some pictures, and some of them didn’t even turn out.

I’m going to keep this light in the pantry (and add a lightbulb!) because I really like it. I saw a light just like this in someone else’s kitchen!
I’m going to use this cubby hole for storage. I wonder why this wood doesn’t match the trim in the rest of the room!  That’s really odd.
We will be putting a new floor in the pantry. My husband put a new floor in the kitchen with much larger matching tile. We’re just both wondering when he’s going to add the grout! (I’ve said enough about that already, though!)

Here are some jars I got for the pantry. I still need to decide what to put in them!
More jars. These are from Italy, but the freezer jam isn’t! The Amish made the strawberry jam.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in the one room challenge at  www.callingithome.com/blog/2016/10/one-room-challenge-guest-participants-week-3

ORC- Fall 2016 – Week 2

I actually have some “during” pictures.  I started to peel off the wallpaper in the half bath.  The top half came off pretty easily.  My husband had to use the steamer on the bottom half.  Before he got too far, he asked me what I was going to do with the walls.  Then I remembered I wanted to put up beadboard.  I had forgotten all about that!  So he decided we didn’t need to take off the wallpaper.  I thought maybe taking off the wallpaper was the right thing to do, but he doesn’t think this is necessary.  Nothing seems moldy so I guess that’s okay.  I want wooden shelves and brackets.  The beadboard will be painted white and the shelves and brackets will be painted yellow.

I wish I had room for another sink, but I don’t.  I want to put the microwave in the pantry where the sink is.  I need more counter space in the kitchen.  Before and during pictures are supposed to be bad, right?!  These are absolutely terrible.  (I really need to find my camera charger!)

Thanks to Linda for hosting the ORC.  You can see the other participants’ ORC projects by using this link:


I never did like this sink. Too modern! This pedestal sink is also the cheapest one there is.
I never did like this sink. Too modern! This pedestal sink is also the cheapest one there is.



One Room Challenge – Fall 2016 – Week 1

I’ve decided to change a half bath into a pantry!  We have a powder room off the kitchen under some stairs.  I want to use the space for a pantry.  We have another bathroom on the first floor with a shower.  I asked the appraiser about this when we refinanced, and she said since we have three other bathrooms, getting rid of one would not decrease the value of our home.  Besides, who wants to clean four toilets?  That’s what I say!  Here are a few before photos of the half bath.  I’ll take some more for Week 2.