Classic Amy Joanne

Art & Home

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We’re down to the little changes in the kitchen….to make a big difference.

My hubby and I started ‘making our house a home’ 13 years ago after we purchased it.  Room by Room ~ dreaming, designing, creating and lots of elbow grease… DIY’ers this is how we roll.

The kitchen had good bones… we used the existing cabinets, added trim and lots of white paint.  Hired out for tile and granite….and created a classic timeless kitchen.

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I know really!……but in my mind I knew what it could be ~ and this ↑↑ became this ↓↓…..

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but it still lacked details, personality and creative touches….

With limited time…..both of us working full-time jobs, Church, running Classic Amy Joanne and normal every day things, our DIY projects do not come all at once.

We were waiting for the perfect time to add the details…but realized this is not going to happen unless we break it down into small manage-able bite size pieces….

and here is where we began ~ in this small corner…..

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Now don’t get me wrong…..even this small corner needs a few more things….a vent hood for starters and some trim work.  Along with changing the satin nickel hardware to antique brass…..just because I changed my mind.

But it is a start.

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The back of the stove looked ~ well, boring.  So Jerry cut an oversized ‘cutting’ board and stained it, we then added a piece of chalkboard from a local school-house, pinned it with antique brass upholstery tacks, added a leather tie and used my skills as a Chalkboard Artist to create a fun design.

The shakers were my grandmothers…..I remember them sitting on the back of her stove, and the perfect little piece of ironstone holds salt.

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We also added the glass jars for dry goods with wood scoops….and we didn’t forget the cookie jar…..yes, I need to fill that!… Joanna Gaines right?!?!?

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Next ~ working my way to the sink area…..adding curtain trim, bread boards, plants in ironstone, and so on!  The vision is there.

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you see, our kitchen is very tiny….9 by 11′, wall to wall with a doorway and walkthrough…..but we like it, it works for us.  So when thinking of décor, I like to think useful or change-able.

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 ‘Classic Blue Jean Cottage’…Amy’s décor ~ not the latest trend or theme….is always in my thoughts.

Most of these added elements to this small corner of the kitchen can be changed….the chalkboard design, and contents of the jars….along with the shakers and salt dish if desired.  There is no commitment because we kept the cabinet color, tile and granite classic.

How do you approach a room re-do?  Do you start with a whole vision and then chip away bit by bit?

….more to come!

oh and if you’re curious….the chicken design was done with actual chalk!  The pattern will be available this fall with a new release!


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