Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kitchen Accessories - My Kind of Accessory!

This is my entry for week one of SYTYCD.  The Project submission was to be Accessories.  When I told Mr. Norm about it, his comment was "Well sheetrock is an accessory for us right now".   Haha, there is more than some truth to that statement.
We are making progress and it is getting exciting to see our little farm house come together.  This project fast forwarded one of my goals of organizing some of the treasures that have been accumulating.  Now to create a spot for the rest of them.
Any one who knows me, knows two things:  I love to cook and I love kitchen gadgets. Particularly vintage gadgets and rolling pins.  I have totes and totes of both in storage from the move.  Packed away 3 years now, I know the cruelty! As my kitchen gets closer to completion, family and friends have been busy spring cleaning their kitchens, passing their junk on to me.  YEAH!
My kitchen is still in construction mode.  I have yet to decide on the counter top.
Along with all the wonderful accessories shown in this photo, I was able to get a few
larger old chippy window frames while helping my dad clean his many work areas.
My goal was to create a wall collage using a couple different sizes of the window frames to display my collection of kitchen gadgets.  See that unfinished white box switch?
It goes to my commercial fans and prevents me from using one of my favorite window frames.  Fear not, I will put it to use elsewhere.  This is what I found to use in it's place.
Isn't is beautiful?  NOT!  Determined to stay with in the budget of $0.00 spent on this project, I sacrificed this lovely by popping the picture out of the frame, turned it over, painted the back of the picture with the same paint that I used on my kitchen door and cut out a spot for the white box fan switch.   I know, I'd love to paint the white box or cover it, but my goal is to obtain a commercial license and the state has some real funky laws about what I can and cannot do. 

As a professional chef, I like stainless steel. I know, many say it's on it's way out.
Not in the commercial kitchen. The kitchen in the home we sold was white on white.
With this kitchen, I knew I wanted the benefits and appearance of stainless paired with the warmth of natural stone and wood tones. I was ready for a change. In the planning of this project, Miss Sarah spied stainless peg board and immediately called me.
Be Still My Heart! It was designed with the mechanic in mind, I wanted it in my kitchen.
Until I priced it. With much of the farm house still under construction, I was not willing to spend $$. Guess what Mr. Norm happen to have on hand. Valspar Stainless. 
I think even the best mechanic would be hard pressed to determine that my spray painted peg board was not the real deal.  I inserted it in to a window frame from the family farm, I then added the hand forged handle to add dimension and texture.
I still have 5 feet above to accessorize with all the beauties waiting to arrive from their vacation in the storage unit. 
Go check out all the amazing creations that some truly remarkable ladies have come up with. 



  1. I love how you simply spray painted your pegboard! I just made my kids some pegboard chore charts and wanted industrial metal ones but settled with the waaaay cheaper "wood" as well. I hadn't even thought about simply spray painting it to achieve the same look til now! Good luck in the competition!!! I'm a huge fan :) (but you already knew that)

  2. What a great way to showcase your collection! It add instant character!! Love the shapes and patina on those rolling pins!


  3. Beautiful, Laurie! MY kinda decor for certain. :) I fell in love with the stainless pegboard right away (wonder why??) and then let's talk about all those wonderful vintage gadgets with that perfect patina... swoon! That shot head on is AMAZING.

    Fabulous entry! It couldn't have been easy alongside the renos, so kudos!


  4. Oh my goodness..I never would have known that it was spray painted! What a great idea!

  5. What a great way to display kitchen utencils - vintage or not! I love using picture frames for ANYTHING!

    Please mail me those number cookie cutters...I LOVE them!!

    Nice to meet you!
    (Junk Girl) @ Junkfest

  6. I REALLY like this...Valspar stainless..good gosh..who knew. I am going to Colorado in April to help my sister-in-law completely re-model her house...she is going primitive style and I think taht pegboard with the rolling pins would be perfect!! I do have stainless appliances but I tell you they are hard to keep next house ....not sure..but don't think I will go with stainless again unless it is a brushed finish. Your house is going to be beautiful!

  7. You are quite the collector, my dear! My brother is a professional chef, but sorry to say, his stuff is piled hither and yon. He can find it all right--the operative word being HE! I get dizzy just walking through his kitchen! You have paired functional with decorative and it looks fabulous!

  8. Laurie, I love it! What a beautiful display, it reminds me of Julia. : )


    PS I love stainless too!

  9. thanks for stopping by my blog :) I voted for you on sunday night!! I love to bake and I Looove your diplay!

  10. Wow! You have some wonderful pieces. I love how you displayed everything. What a great look and feel to that area. Thanks for sharing with us and thanks for visitng my site.

  11. You have such a great collection of interesting cookware and this is such a great idea to display it. Very creative!

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