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« on: April 20, 2006 10:37:53 AM »

We've been working on our kitchen for the better part of one year now--when we moved in a year and a half ago, the best adjective to describe the kitchen (and the house really) was deplorable.  So deplorable I only took one pic of the old kitchen:

Suffice to say, it was gross. I had  already painted the inside of the cabinets in that photo.   You can't see it, but the fridge was actually positioned in the middle of the room (!) And the old radiator was all rusted out and filthy. And the floor made me shudder.

So we got busy:
New floor:

New paint and curtains:

Here's a closeup of the fabric I used to make the curtains--It's a Michael Miller fabric appropriately named "Fifties Kitchen":

And here's what you've been waiting for--meet "Betty" before pic

And Betty all moved in :

We love her!

Thanks for looking!

Lauren :)
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2006 10:41:40 AM »

I love it! The colors are great!
Anyway, I didn't think your kitchen was all that bad before! Maybe the pictures don't acurately portray the nastiness?
Our kitchen has a pink stove, pink sink and nasty floors!

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2006 01:33:24 PM »

I can't read Betty's advice.  Something about tequilla?
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2006 01:40:00 PM »

It says, "A well stocked pantry isn't complete without tequila."
You know you ca nclick on the pics and make them larger?

« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2006 01:53:35 PM »

It looks so wonderful!  You must have worked so hard.  Everyone that comes to your place is going to be amazed!

Good job!

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2006 02:04:35 PM »

Thanks for the kind words!  I'm glad to see Betty's made some friends  Wink
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I love the colors.  That's the most perfect retro green.

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2006 05:58:57 PM »




I love it.  Can I have your kitchen?

I really like how you didn't paint the cabinets and the doors the same color.  It would certainly have been too much green, but that is perfect! 

Well done.  You must be so proud.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006 08:26:08 AM »


i am so inspired. 

thank goodness for the "hot new topics" button, if not for that i would have missed this thread. 

congratulations on all your hard work, it was well worth it!

edited to ask:  where did you find the clip art and saying?  those are perfect!
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2006 09:47:33 PM »

Hi !

Wow, THANKS for the nice words!  I found "Betty" on the excellent stencil site "stencilry" : which I found on the stencil board here at Craftster (thanks stencilry!)  I printed her out and had a graphic design friend figure out how to enlarge her and draw her on the wall.  I shopped for fonts on good ol' Microsoft Word.  The saying is a collaborative effort between my husband and myself, originally it was going to say "Remember-A well stocked kitchen isn't complete without vodka in the icebox", but that was too wordy, and as my husband pointed out we really DO have tequila in the panty.  And we like to drink it.  So, there's truth in advertising after all.

It's funny, the whole project was really the result of a happy accident--that "perfect" retro green was really a mistake (was supposed to be much lighter) and it reminded me of an elementary school lunchroom, so we just ran w/it.  One I found the fabric online,the whole reto idea and "Betty" began to take shape.. 
Thanks again for all the kindness--Betty's feeling the love!
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