Steve and I bought our 1977 brick ranch home in 1990. It was a great neighborhood for our family, but it featured a dreadful dark kitchen. The cabinets over the peninsula were so low that we had to bend over to talk to the girls at the kitchen table. The photos below are from 25 years ago, after I painted the very dark cabinets white, and even painted the old faux butcher block countertops so we could temporarily stand to look at them.
With a busy family, a limited budget, and hubby and I working full-time, the kitchen languished until 2000.
We have quite an unusual 1970s brick ranch home that features a deep courtyard entry. In summer, enormous bright chartreuse hostas take over the shady side of the area. Naturally, it just made sense to my color-loving brain to paint the front door the same shade of green.
Years ago I owned a little recycled finds shop called Feather Your Nest with three of my best friends. For years we converged for coffee in the wee hours on Saturday morning, then headed out to junkin’ adventures hither and yon. After awhile our collections were taking over our homes so it only seemed natural to open up a shop to sell our overflow treasures. During one of our junkets, Laura and I each purchased one of two matching old barn doors, then joined them together with hinges to make a wonderful display at the shop.
This do-it-yourself rustic shelves project is the most loved and re-published post of my entire blogging career. It has graced numerous blogs featuring “30 Best Rustic Shelves Projects” and earned 399,000 views on Hometalk. Who knew simplicity could be so powerful.