Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Antique Corner Cupboard & A Train!!!

Hello My Friends,

It's been a while since I have updated. Not because I didn't want to or because I was too busy...well I am busy, but that isn't the reason! ;-)
I just haven't had much to update about. My days are absolutely filled with busyness, but it is nothing really exciting. It is the same thing day in and day out. I'm not complaining, just saying my day to day life isn't all that interesting, so I have nothing to update that would be of interest! :-)

The kitchen remodel has come to a standstill right now. Ed has been traveling a lot the last 3-4 weeks, and when he is home he has to catch up on the furniture orders he has, so it leaves no time for the kitchen work. I am starting to get depressed about it. It has been a long 2 1/2 years since we gutted the upstairs, and though we have made a lot of progress it still is NOT completed. I just want it done already. Living with the house tore up or half finished is so chaotic, and really does cause me to feel a little depressed. It is hard to explain, but I feel out of balance if that even makes sense.

Ed was home for a few days in between trips, and we had a beautiful Saturday afternoon a couple weeks back with temperatures in the 60's, so we took a little trip to Glendale. It is this quaint little town about 20-30 minutes from us, filled with antique shops and prim stores. We had a wonderful day together, and I did find the perfect antique corner cupboard for my dining room.

Ever since we finished the dining room there has been this one corner that has given me grief! Nothing I put in this corner looked good. No matter how I decorated it or what I moved into that corner looked good to me. Well I am happy to say that finally after a year of hating that corner, I am now thrilled whenever my eye wonders to that part of the dining room!
The cupboard originally had doors on the bottom section which have since been removed. I do want to see if we can come up with something to replace them. I may for now put a piece of fabric up to hide the bottom two shelves?

See the stack of antique coverlets? I have a few projects in mind for some of these pieces. I have used some of the pieces already.

I made this little school girl purse awhile back, and have a couple more cut out from the different coverlets. Just need to find the time to finish them up!

I used a red and white coverlet to make a couple pillows for the love seat in the kitchen, but I'm not sure yet about them. I love them, but not sure if I love them on the love seat! I can always put them downstairs in the family room. My furniture down there is a red and white check so they may look better. I am having a hard time finding pillows I love on this piece. I had some new lovers knot pillows on there, but thought I needed something that popped more? What to do!!

I have to share this item I got off ebay for Ed! Ed is a huge train buff. I mean huge. He  has model trains, he has books, magazines, tapes and dvd's, posters, coffee mugs...well you get the picture. He is a big train enthusiast, and has been since he was a child
The problem with his love of trains is I don't share it!!!! ;-) Well that, and the fact that it does NOT go well with my decor. He has tried over the years to sneak some train items into my home decor, but I quickly move it to a well hidden, inconspicuous place. Hopefully someday he will be able to display and enjoy all his trains in his very own train room, but until then, being the loving and thoughtful wife that I am, I bought this item off ebay for him, and I am displaying it on the kitchen mantel!!!!

Isn't it wonderful!!!! I fell in love with it when I saw it. I wasn't even looking for it, just kinda stumbled across it, and the price was awesome! It is made from wood, and is over 100 years old. There is one wheel missing, but that doesn't take away from it at all. I would imagine it has been lovingly played with by many over the years, and now we get to care for it until it passes to the next care giver.
Okay, I admit it was just as much for me as it was for Ed. ;-)  I never thought I would see the day that I would like a train, and actually display it in my home!

Well that's about it for now folks. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great evening.


  1. Your cupboard is perfect there! And your treasures on it are pure eye candy!! I hope you can get back to work on the kitchen soon!!

    I LOVE trains - not to collect but to ride so I think that is a wonderful compromise to keep DH happy until he gets his own room.

  2. so pretty - I love your cupboard! The train is just prim and cute!

  3. Hi Kim and thanks for the update. I hope you can start working on your kitchen again soon. It will be worth the wait. Love the cupboard, I am sure you'll think of something to do with the bottom. My son just loves old trains, he has a collection in his room. Bet your hubby loves this train. Have a great night!

  4. Love your corner cupboard, IS perfect there! :) I sorta like the bottom without the door or anything there:)

    Neat train!

  5. What a fabulous cupboard! And I can so relate about being out-of-sorts over the lack of house project progress. Oh, and your cloning idea ;D

    Hang in there ... your renovations to date have been nothing short of exquisite.

  6. Hi Kim,
    I love your new corner cabinet. It's perfect for that spot. I'm sure you will come up with the perfect solution for the missing doors. You are such a good wife to indulge Ed's train fetish. :-) Glad the two of you got to spend some quality time antiquing! I just love seeing pictures of your beautiful home.

  7. What beautiful things you have! I am trying to figure out how to incorporate some of my primitive/colonial tastes with my husband's mission tastes! I have a love seat with a tall back on it that I have been saving for a long time to recover...I would love to cover it in something similar to yours but I'm not quite sure how to incorporate it into our existing style! I am sure I will find a fabric that will satisfy both of us! Thanks for your lovely blog!

  8. I love train from ebay know wonder you bought it! I also think the corner cupboard is primtastic, I like it without the doors too but for a change I'd do some muslin or homespun curtains on it. Those red coverlet pillows are so nice and cute coverlet purse!


  9. Your home is so pretty!! I just love it and that cupboard looks great there. Did you put your wood floors down yourself? How did you do it? I love them!!

    Prim Blessings,

  10. Hi Kim...well I don't know a thing about old toys but this is just beautiful and how Primitive can you get! You are a GOOD WIFE!
    I like what you have done with the wovens...the purse is adorable.

    I think I can understand where you are coming from with the house. As the home maker we want it all to be perfect and DONE NOW! Don't feel bad, I don't think you are the first to feel these moods. Hang in there kiddo.

    Hugs, Karen

  11. I love that sweet old train too! In fact, I love old toys. I don;t ahve a lot of them, but I do love them.
    I also love your pillows and the way you have your corner cupboard aranged. And yes, it does make sense that you feel out of balance when your home is in chaos! I get that way too, and it doesn't take a reno to do it! LOL!
    I hope everything gets finished soon. Have a great weekend!

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