When we started working on the kitchen at the Gatehouse some people wanted new cabinets.
Some people didn’t.
Some people had grand visions of granite counter tops and new white cabinets with extra moldings that reached to the ceiling with glass windows and lights.
Some people wanted to send four children to college….
….and told some people that they were on a budget.
Good thing some people can get really creative. 🙂
When we started working on the kitchen….the cabinets looked like this.
But why settle for fine…..when for under $10 you can transform the cabinets…..
….into something way better than fine ever dreamed of.
We started by taking off the doors.
Then scrubbed and scrubbed and bleached and scrubbed some more.
We filled in the holes where the doors were attached with spackle and then touched up with white paint.
Next I covered the back of the cabinets with painter’s tape.
And then pulled off every other piece for an even stripe.
Finally, I painted the back of the cabinets with the sample paint I bought to test on the walls for $4.95.
When we finished….I was so happy.
I was so happy that some people talked me out of fancy new cabinets.
A simple update was such a better option and much more send-your-kids-to-college-budget friendly.
Good thing some people around here are totally brilliant. 🙂
When you were looking at the cabinets….did you notice the dishes?
I’ve filled the kitchen cabinets to the brim with the Cheers dinnerware from Mikasa.
Each set of four place settings comes in four different patterns.
So subtle and yet brilliant.
I’m always mixing and matching and striping and polka dotting and star bursting it.
These dishes are perfect for an afternoon snack or a dinner party.
And here’s the best part.
Mikasa is giving away four place settings of Cheers dinnerware to a Thistlewood reader.
We can lift our polka-dotted coffee cups together every morning.
Entering is easy.
Just leave me a comment telling me what you like to drink for breakfast. 🙂
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disclosure: I was compensated by Mikasa for this post….however…..all opinions on dishes and kitchen cabinets are completely my own.
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