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#61 of 78 Old 11-24-2008, 03:42 AM
 
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The progress looks great CanidFL! I WOH FT too and there have been times where my kitchen has looked like that. I should post before pics of my pantry to make you feel better! Now there's a nightmare. I'm hoping to get that done this week.

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that looks awesome!! You should be very proud of it, nice work!!
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CanidFL, looks great! Thanks for sharing!
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CanidFL, that's an awesome transformation! And I love the color of your kitchen.

I'm hoping to get some work done on mine today.

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I know its late but I am determined to make use of a few days off! All of you have inspired me to get organized

These pics represent a typical day in our kitchen(going in a circle):
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...zbutts/001.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...kitchen005.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...kitchen002.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...kitchen003.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...kitchen004.jpg

I am in the middle of redoing the 3 junk drawers in hopes it will get the mail and electronics off my counter. We really need an storage/credenza away from the counter that collects the mail, holds my purse, keys, holds the charging cell phones but we can't afford to buy storage unit just yet.

I also want to tackle the pantry. I need to put the pills higher away from DS and organize the spices.

There is a lot of kitchen tools and gadgets taking over the counters.

DH is going to go through the liquor cabinet , goal:keep 25%. It will give us a whole cupboard back!!

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Nolansmum- I am loving how you pulled the orange and blue together. I think a patterned rug (with orange, blue, white, other bolds) would really look awesome under the table, maybe a matching one in the actual kitchen. Maybe throw those flowers into a blue vase and pull it further away from the flower art on the wall. That way, you'd get a punch of blue on the counters while dispersing the orange a bit also. Keeping satsumas in the bowl (on the table) would be adorable. Oh, I think the window needs a covering also to make the space feel finished (I'd do a black rod to pull the black over there).

Very cute and funky!

I LOVE seeing other people's spaces! :

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SAHDS, thanks for the suggestions! I am a rug-o-phobe, I hate cleaning them and so I use them very sparingly. we do have a rug in the family room area adjacent to the kitchen table, but a rug will not go near food with a 3 YO!

I cleaned out the 2 pantries today:. I threw away 2 bags of stuff, I cannot believe how quickly junk piles up! I am famous for sticking things in a drawer or behind a door to 'deal' with later.

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but a rug will not go near food with a 3 YO!

HA HA, totally understandable.

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Ok, I finally uploaded some photos of the kitchen improvements.

Here is the doorway curtain that I sewed for the back door.
Before: http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/
After: http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/

Here is a sample of my cleaned drawers.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/

Here is the pantry DH and I constructed in the basement.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/

And an extra project that I did the weekend before Thanksgiving was to fix up a storage space in the hall to the basement. I had been using this as haphazard storage for DS' outdoor toys and a pantry.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/
Now that I have a designated pantry space in the basement, I decided to give this spot a face-lift too. See the after photo below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/

Now that we no longer use the back door, the shoe/coat/bag clutter is located in the hallway to the basement/side door (http://www.flickr.com/photos/archymo...7608688239541/). I am happy with this arrangement for the winter. I still have a small pile of mail on the counter - but that is pretty much the only clutter any more. I go through the mail every other day or so. I haven't figured out a better system for this. Boxes/baskets for mail just invite more clutter - I've tried it before. If you have a great system, please share .
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Thanks ladies! November was a big clean up month for me and I feel so much better.

Slsurface – everything looks great!! I love the green curtain in the stair nook.
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Okay, so it'snot completly done (still no window tretments), but I guess my time is up.

Here are some pics:

Eating Area

Not used too much. DH will sit here wile I cook and/or clean to keep me company.

And for those who remember, this is one of my Pottery Barn rugs from Craigslist. Cobalt/Navy blue is my FAVORITE color and is paired with cranberry red throughout my home.

Close-up of mosaic inlay on table

I love this table sooooo much. So pretty.

Right side of kitchen/Breakfast Bar

The kids eat breakfast here and I like it clear and uncluttered. I need to find a new home for the phone, I HATE it just sitting on the counter.

Oh, and feel free to ignore the dishes in the sink.

Left side of kitchen

I love my fridge, stove and baking counter. Th microwave is WAY too advanced for me and I literally use the "defrost" and "add one minute" buttons only, LOL.

Oh, and I made those chocolate cookies (with peanut butter chips) tonight. I wish they were always on my counter!

My rug is in the dryer (oops).

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Everyone's kitchens look so nice! I will have to try to post some pics tonight or tomorrow.

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What's December's challenge?

Maybe just a Christmas decorating thread?

Ideas?

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I want to say living room but the more I think about it, the better I think it would be to wait until January. I like Christmas decorating though.

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I want to say living room but the more I think about it, the better I think it would be to wait until January. I like Christmas decorating though.
Yeah, I think everyone (read: me) might be overwhelmed with doing an actual room challenge.

So... Christmas?

Wanna start the thread, Kirsten?

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I think there are some Christmas decorating threads around here? I bet we could probably crash those so we don't have a bunch of threads with the same topic!

ETA Here's one

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I really haven't checked back in with this thread since it started, but my kitchen IS cleaner! I got rid of a ton of stuff from the counter that the microwave is on! I'll post pics later! I like the idea of the Christmas thread! I have been following it and enjoying everyones' decorations! and maybe in January we go for the living room because we all know it will need it by then!
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I think there are some Christmas decorating threads around here? I bet we could probably crash those so we don't have a bunch of threads with the same topic!

ETA Here's one
I tried to revive that thread last night...
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