16 August 2010

Kitchen Bling


My kitchen and dining areas are pretty neutral, and needed some shaking up.  My go-to colors have been a lemony gold with splashes of cranberry red and leafy green.  With all the turquoise popping up around, I was inspired to add some touches of aqua to liven things up.


First project, a table runner.  Following Amy's tutorial, I made my first quilted table runner.  The back is made from a half yard of Moda's Botany line.  (Appropriate, I thought, for my landscaping husband's profession.)  The top was created from some fabric I purchased, and some I had on hand.  A few months ago, fabric.com had a huge Westminster fabric clearance I scored on.  So, there's a bit of lots of things in there...all fabrics I love.  This was not my best binding job, but I didn't feel like picking it out.  Call me lazy.


For my second project, I made a pretty fabric "drainboard cover" as my great-grandmother would call it.



I followed Darby's tutorial fairly closely.  I had to adjust widths so it would be close to the same measurements of the bathmat I repurposed.  The mat was originally in my kids' bathroom, but somehow had developed a small hole.  I mended and patched the hole, and then made the drainboard cover.


The fabrics are from Heather Bailey's pop garden...the chevron strip that I've been drooling over for months, and a really cool gold/green/aqua print called Gabrielle by StudioE fabrics.


I LOVE the color it brought into the space.  And I smile now when I do the dishes.

For a final touch, I made this simple framed menu, based on Lynette's tutorial.  It's in this little nook opposite my kitchen sink and sandwiched between the pantry and refrigerator.



It's much simpler than Lynette's, but it fits me and my kitchen, and I love the polka dot paper.  You'll see more of that soon.  My kids love it, they now don't have to bug me about what's for dinner.

Table runner featured on U Create
Linked to Skip to My LouSugar BeeBlue Cricket Design, and Tea Rose Home.

21 happy thoughts:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great touches! Love those pops of color, and the menu board is really cute.

Donna said...

Love the color choices and this post is perfect timing for me. I was out shopping for a drain board so I just printed the tutorial to give it a try! I also re-did my dining chairs and have fabric left over for a table runner so that is a future project for me as well. Thanks again!

Celeste B. said...

I love the colors!!! Such beautiful creations, TFS!!!

Kelli said...

Cute stuff. I love that dish mat by Darby too and just as soon as I take another sewing class it will be on my list to try so I can stop using kitchen towels!

Tasha said...

Okay, LOVE all of those!!! The tablerunner is just beautiful and I had never thought of doing a drainage mat like that. What a fabulous idea! loved this.

Jess said...

cool menu! and I love the dish mat...I need one badly!

Amber said...

This is great thanks so much for the link! I will be adding this to my list of todo's

amy smart said...

The table runner is so pretty! Don't you just love a pop of color on your table?

I love your other creations as well. That menu is a brilliant idea.

Penny said...

Lovely colour! So fresh and clean :)
Stopping by from TeaRoseHome
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The Cottage Mama said...

LOVE all of this! The Heather Bailey fabric is just perfect for that pop of color. Visiting from BCD - great blog you have here :-)

Lindsay

Chic Creations said...

Love your table runner. I just may have to copy and make one for myself. Thanks for sharing all your cute ideas.

carla said...

The table runner is nice and I really like the drain mat! When I dishwasher broke, I started washing dishes by hand again rather than invest in a new one right now. I didn't want to get a drain rack because I didn't want to have to find a place to put it when not in use. So, I use a folded bath towel; it's easy to clean (just throw it in the washer), versatile, I didn't have to buy it, etc. But a drain cover would make it look nice. Thanks for the idea!

Sachiko said...

Very nice, and I love the colors! Thank you for linking to my party!

Crafty Mama said...

Love the table runner! I'm moving to a new house in a few weeks and needed this inspiration. Beautiful Blog!

Design Esquire said...

Somehow I missed this post earlier in the week! All your projects turned out beautifully. I love all the bright fabric colors.

Ash Savage said...

Love the table runner! That looks like just the perfect project for my dining room table!

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Wow! The runner is beautiful. I will share it with my sewing daughter. She sews designer burp cloths, bibs etc and always has great fabrics lying around. This would be something great to do with the scraps. I also love Lynette's idea of the dry erase board and I love how you executed it. I think I will do the same.

Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

I heart Moda and Amy Butler! I love the runner, the drainboard, and the menu! Its all so cute!

found you on Blue Cricket Design

freckled laundry said...

Ooh. I want dish mat! Love everything you made...how are you finding time to do all this beautiful stuff, girly?

Jami

Diane said...

I saw that table runner tutorial on Ucreate! I love it and yours turned out super cute! :) Great job!

Thanks for leaving a comment on my dry erase activity books! I actually found a laminate that would was erasable and sewed it into my books. It took a while though, because some do better than others, and some laminates and vinyls don't erase well at all.
Thanks for stopping by! And I'm excited to look around at all your cute stuff! :)

Tonya said...

WOW! You've been busy creating some kitchen bling! Love that you called it that, too! But I really like it all and I am so glad you shared with us what you've been doing! Thanks!

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