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  1. You never cease to amaze me with your decorating, love the kitchen. You prove that the old say, "where there's a will there's a way".

  2. I was so excited when I saw the article on your Little Blue House in the Country Sampler magazine. Your use of color has inspired me to take the leap and add some color to my own decor. I love your red hutch and your touches of red throughout your home, and would love to know what brand and color of paint you use. It is the perfect color of red without being overpowering. Your blog is so inspirational. I love it!

    1. Well, thank you, Karel! I didn't paint the hutch. I bought it that way at an antique mall years ago. I did, however, paint the potting bench. But you haven't seen that painted red yet. I simply grab a swatch and just hand it to the guy at Lowes or wherever. I used Valspar. I have not branched out into the milk paint and all that. I don't know enough about it, and I'm not paying a fortune for a small can of paint! But all the paint colors are kind of overwhelming to me. I just go for a red that isn't orange-y in the least, but more toward barn red color.

  3. Dear Brenda I have just come back from a holiday and found your stunning new kitchen makeover!! You are so creative, what an amazing change you have achieved and how clever to be able to make the original kitchen so much your own style!! Hope you have a happy week!
    Helen xox

    1. Thanks Helen. I imagine with your creativity and skills that you have lovely spaces. And I'd love to see them!

  4. Beautiful! I really love this one! I am going back and look at all the pictures again. I always find things I didn't see when I go back.

    1. I've been adding other things. I will take more pics later this week to show you. I'm getting ready to make a gallery wall in my living room. Had to change some things up, but I miss my gallery wall from the little blue house!

  5. It's good that you have patience to do projects like that. I once tried to hang wallpaper and I it was a disaster. I have always had to pay someone to wallpaper or install tile etc. Glad that you found a way to update your kitchen and make it reflect your style.

  6. I would not have the patience to use this stuff. I know I'd probably have it stuck to me and I'd be a wreck!

    1. It's been fun to see your kitchen again. The black counter seems integral to the decorating scheme, and I admire you for taking on that sticky project. It turned out well. I love the decorative piece you put onto the front of the sink. It's a nice vintage touch that keeps the black and white checks from pulling the look too much into the 1950s. I think the metal sheen of the little lamp goes well with the sink, but I'd like to suggest that you add a touch of lace or a few buttons to the pretty red lampshade to give it a bit more texture. This isn't a criticism — it's just that the red shade seems to be saying, Hey, I'm an untouched canvas! (I bet you've probably already thought of something, and you've just been too busy to get to it.)

    2. I had to delete my comment above because it answered the wrong comment somehow! I think you're right. I shall be thinking of ways to adorn the little lamp. I don't take any suggestions as criticism. Suggestions are integral to getting the look you want.

  7. Hi Brenda

    I don't think I've commented before but just wanted to say I LOVE your kitchen re-do. It looks amazing. And love that you did it on a budget.

    It's gorgeous!


    1. And what's great is, anyone can do it, and have the kitchen they've always wanted without expensive materials.

  8. Hi Brenda! I'm out traveling but wanted to check in on you! Oh, I would not have thought this was contact paper! Your kitchen looks so cute and you did a great job. I had trouble just trying to get the contact paper to lie down and not stick to itself under my kitchen cabinets. You're the most creative one.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  9. I'm just loving your kitchen so much!! Every nook and cranny is amazing. I love all your bottles on the window sill too!!


    1. I use those colored bottles to hold the faucet and hose in place when doing laundry. To guide the water in the right spot in the sink!

    1. That's what I was going for. Cozy. A friend's husband saw it online and I asked him what he thought: He said it looked like something from the 30s. I think he thought that wasn't so great. I do!

  10. I really love everything about your kitchen! You definitely have the touch when it comes to decorating. Using contact paper on the counters and walls is so clever. Absolutely amazing! Excellent tutorial…

    1. I can do wonders with thrifted and budget finds. But I know zilch about expensive antiques, pottery, etc. Zilch.

  11. I don't seem to have as much patience as I used to. I might have rolled it all into a ball and chucked it the first time it stuck to itself. It looks great. 🙂

  12. This looks so good. I wondered about the apt rules of this kind of decorating, but figured it can be removed I guess. Love the thought of red in the bathroom!

  13. Oh thanks! Ive been looking at contact paper online and elsewhere. This is awesome. Who would have thought? Thanks for sharing this today. Love your new banner!!

  14. Brenda, I love the black/white check. It sets of those pretty dishes. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  15. Brenda, since the first blog post that I saw (back in Texas), I have been amazed at how talented and resourceful you are! Your new home, may not be as fancy as your former homes, but you have made it your own and it is charming! I wish that I was as talented as you are, you make it look so easy! Keep up the great work!

    1. Well, it's not that bad. And when you have a whole roll or contact paper in case you make a mistake, it's not that scary.

  16. Brenda, still loving your kitchen. I noticed you are hanging a towel under you sink, I see two hooks? what did you use since hubs wont' let me put any "holes" in our cabinet!

    1. What is it with him anyway? I got that at Target for about $7.99. It just goes over the door. No holes at all.

  17. One house we rented I used the brick contact paper for my kitchen counter back splash. I remember reading a suggestion to dip the contact paper in water (peel back off first) and it would be easier to work with. I remember doing that and It worked nicely for me. I had no problems with it wanting to come off.

    1. I would love to have a solid red for the bathroom. I found the kind that doesn't stick to itself and is easily repositionable at It is 18 inches by 49.5 feet! It is $45.50, but you get A LOT. Nearly 50 feet. You might could go around your house with this stuff!

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