Refreshing The Kitchen Counter Top

I really haven’t changed up the kitchen cabinets or the counter top since Kendra helped me redo the kitchen back in March. I didn’t really do anything to the inside of the cabinets.

Some of you have wondered about dust inside the open cabinets. Well, I’ll be honest with you. I just don’t worry about it. I never take anything out of there that has dust on it. I just leave things be.

If I ever see dust, then I will take things out and clean. But so far I haven’t had an issue with dust inside the open cabinets.

In the above photo I basically just changed things up a little and took the pitchers out of the tray and instead put them in a dough board. I like the contrast of white against wood.

Many times I have moved these two wood cutting boards around the counter tops and always bring them right back to this spot. This is where they look best.

And the tallest cutting board is too tall to go under the cabinets, so this little spot is really perfect for it.

I went through my things in the closet and came up with these two galvanized containers that in the past I have used to hang on the wall.

But you know what? Just because that’s the purpose of the hole in the top does not mean you have to hang it. Instead try arranging it in a vignette on a flat surface. I actually like it better this way.

Every area, I think, needs a touch of green. And so I added greenery to them.

I’m still in love with my red and white kitchen. With the faux subway tiles that always look so clean and crisp. Kendra did that job.

Most of all though, I love the counter tops that I did myself. It was a project that made me a nervous wreck. Because you have to pour the epoxy and let it settle.

Pouring a good amount of epoxy that dries fairly quickly is kind of a scary task. For it could always drip down to the floor. I managed to keep it where it belonged, however. That was my first time working with epoxy and probably my last!

I just adore the shininess of the counter tops. To me white and shiny means clean!

Since I used galvanized containers on the other side of the sink, I decided to use this little galvanized tray to corral my kitchen cleaners.

Some might say the galvanized look does not go with the more feminine gold cabinet pulls. But I like to mix things up. After all, there are no rules in decorating. There’s just personal taste.

My little tomatoes are growing faster than I can eat them! But of course that is a good thing. I will be giving some to my next door neighbor and my daughters.

So I didn’t do anything drastic. I just took everything off, cleaned the counter top, and rearranged things.

I added a few different elements like the galvanized containers and the dough bowl, which I bought from an Etsy site not long ago.

You can never have too many wood dough bowls or cutting boards, as there are endless ways to use them.

I like to change things up to refresh the kitchen I use every single day.

I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with the red and white color combination. Pairing red and white together just looks so cheerful to me.


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  1. I have been following your blog for over 10 years. You inspire me to start projects, go wild with projects, and enjoy the little things in our everyday lives. I decided that my old laminate counter top needed some color change after I repainted my kitchen. I got a laminate countertop paint kit
    and proceeded. After I was finished, it didn’t look like I wanted. Do you have any suggestions on creative ways to redo the counters without taking out a second mortgage? Are yours laminated or painted?

    1. I used the GianiGranite marble kit and didn’t add the marbling. It is I think $179.99. I love my white counter top!

  2. The tips you and Muz gave Susan to help her get organized are inspiring. I especially like your tip to get a bin and put everything in it for a quick pick up. I’m definitely going to use that tip today. Thanks! Your use of trays to corral loose items is genius. Also, LOVE your pops of red. It’s so bright and cheerful.

  3. I love your pops of red! And a little green always makes things look better . I have the same color scheme in my kitchen. But I do need more red! I enjoy reading your blog everyday

  4. Red and white is so cheerful and with your mix of textures, all the more interesting.

    Not color shy, I have red and white Buffalo check curtains, yellow walls and open cabinets with a touch of cobalt blue here and there. Not for everyone, but goes well with my morning coffee!

    Good antidote to NJ winters!

  5. I am always amazed at your cute arrangements especially all these years of red and white and the open air cupboards. When I start to feel anxious or nervous about something, I find rearranging and cleaning settles me into my nesting serenity.

  6. Love all of these vignettes and your open shelving (almost as much as I love your philosophy on dust)! I, too, think trays are a must-have when decorating and arranging, and you, sister, use them fabulously!

  7. Hi Brenda, may I cry on your shoulder for a moment? This pandemic is beginning to take its toll on me. My mail is piling up, my craft spplies are all over, my kitchen is a mess. I want to clean it up, but I cant seem to get to it. And when I start to I cant decide what to do first blah blah blah. So my cute little house is an embarrassing, overwhelming mess. I need help.

    1. Susan, I know EXACTLY how you feel. I’ll give you some tips that have helped me. I’ve used them individually or sometimes combined them. 1) I choose one little spot to clear off, clean up, or “beautify.” (Sometimes it a small piece of my kitchen counter or the coffee table; it’s okay to start very small!) sometimes that all I can make myself do, but other times it inspires me to go a little farther. Either way, it gives me a sense of accomplishment. 2) Sometimes when the thought of putting away a small mountain of odds and ends is keeping me from even starting the clean-up, I put all those little bits and bobs in a plastic bin or a basket of sorts just to get them out of the way. I can always tackle that bin or basket later, but meanwhile, my chosen small space is cleared off so I can clean and beautify! I’ve discovered a bin or basket — even if it’s full of stuff — looks neater set aside than all of that stuff loose and strewn all over the place. 3) Cleaning out that bin or basket: Not my favorite task, but one less painful way to do it is while watching TV. I clear off my coffee table, sit on the sofa, and as I’m take out the items I set them in like piles on coffee table, i.e., measuring tape, spoils of thread, fabric scissors would go in one pile (to be put away in my sawing drawer), craft paints and brushes, scraps of sand paper in another pile (for the craft cabinet), etc. Once most things are in the appropriate pile, I wait for a commercial and then see how many piles I can put away until my program starts again. (If I’m watching a recorded show, I let the commercials play, so I can do this.) 4) Sometimes I set a timer for a short period of time (10-15 minutes at most), and tell myself I only have to do something (clear or clean) until the timer goes off. (Then I do something I WANT to do.) It’s amazing how much you can get done in 10-minute increments spaced throughout the day. 4) often when I’m doing a short-timed, small-space clear and clean, I put on my favorite upbeat music, and it helps me get into a groove that helps me keep going. 5) I shop the house or look through my “stash“ for some fun, decorative things I haven’t used in a while, and I try to use them somewhere I haven’t had them for a while or display them in a new, fresh way. Making a few small changes — restyling a small area — often gets me going enough until, before I know it, I’ve revitalized an entire room! (Don’t forget the bin-or-basket trick if you find yourself inspired to work through a larger space I know what it feels like to feel overwhelmed — I hope this helps!

    2. Hi Susan, I think this pandemic is having this effect on many of us. Our normal schedules have fallen by the wayside and there are a lot of days when I have to think what day of the week it is. Although I have always enjoyed being home and puttering around my house, C’mon! I often have the same feeling that you express: everything is an effort and I don’t know where to start. I find it helpful to make lists. I usually do this for a few days at a time, so that if I don’t finish Sunday’s work, I can do these tasks in the next couple of days. I try not to beat myself up when everything doesn’t get done, though. If I can complete one chore, then it spurs me on to the next. Most tasks (with the exception of painting a room) don’t take as long as you think, anyway. Last month I decided to choose one project to work on while I am quarantined, and because it had sat on my dining room table for weeks, I made the decision to spend only one hour a day working on it and this helped me complete a lovely doll for my granddaughter. Another thing that helps me is to follow Fly Lady’s rule of getting dressed first thing in the morning right down to the shoes. It somehow gives me the impetus and the signal that I’m ready to take on the day! Some days I congratulate myself for just making my bed and putting laundry away. There are days when I’m only motivated to sit on my porch with a good book, and an iced coffee, while listening to music. Take care of yourself and be gentle with yourself. It’s all good.

  8. I just love red and white for the kitchen too.
    The backsplash and decor look wonderful!

  9. I always love looking at your rearrangements! Isn’t it so much fun and satisfaction to shop in your own closets! I really like the two galvanized containers ! Have a great day !

  10. Brenda,
    just looking at your pretty kitchen makes me smile! I love your mix of red and textured white dishes with the carved wood trays and bowl. I like the addition of the galvanized vessels with the green; so attractive. Anyone would feel happy and inspired to cook there!
    I hope the weather is cooler for you and your garden.

    Blessings and good wishes to you and the fur babies

    1. Love, love, love everything you have done (and do, on your counter tops). The galvanized containers with the greens in them are my favorite. Are they some of your Herbs? Very nice display either way. Hugs from Sunny WI. Bonnie

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