Thursday, February 17, 2011

Halie's "Kitchen" is Finished!

So, remember at Christmas when my dad gave Halie this kitchen set he had made her?

I wanted to take it a little further once we moved and actually decorate it and make it into a "real" kitchen for her. It's finally finished now!

I slowly got it all put together, but decided it needed a sign declaring it to be "Halie's Kitchen." Because we spell her name different than most girls with her name, there's never anything "pre-made" with her name on it, such as mugs, keychains, signs, etc. So I knew I'd never find one with her name on it and to have one custom made would be way expensive, so I decided to attempt it on my own for the first time.

I had thought to buy some wood, new, from Lowes or something. But I happened on this great little piece at the Restore for.........wait for it....$1. Can't beat that. I have no idea what it was originally, maybe a skinny cupboard door or part of a shelf. Dunno. But I did know it was exactly what I was looking for.

So I took my new sander (my 30th birthday present from the Hubster - yes, I specifically asked for it, he almost had a heart attack) and sanded off the shiny finish.

Coated it with a couple of coats of white paint as a primer base.

I put a coat of Krylon Candy Pink on the back, then dusted off my left brain and did the measuring to put in the hanging hardware evenly and correctly.

Then I finished off the front.

I used my Cricut to cut a stencil.....

Painted it....

And voila! My first sign. Not bad for $1, huh? She was SO excited to have a PINK sign with HER name on it!

So here is her kitchen, all decked out in pink.

My sister, Dee Dee, gave me 3 of these pink flowered, handpainted frames she found at a yard sale. This larger one was missing the glass and the backing was kind of falling apart. So I painted the cardboard backing with black craft paint and then used white paint to make it look like a chalkboard. No glass needed. I used "Chicken & Fries" because every single time we go out to eat, it doesn't matter where it is, Halie always wants chicken and fries. : )

My dad bought her this A-dorable apron set! And see that little pink trash can in the corner? From the dollar store.

It originally looked like this.

I have to admit, I saw this idea in a magazine used as a pen/pencil holder, and I ate it up in a heartbeat! It was perfect for all her cooking utensils.

Also at the dollar store, I got her these white plastic baskets to serve as her vegetable and fruit bins in her fridge. Sickeningly cute right? : ) And no, she does NOT keep it that organized. That was a little staging on my part. That orange pitcher was mine when I was little and loved to play house.

One more look for ya. Oh yeah, see that little salt and pepper shaker set on the counter to the right of the sink? My mom sent her those, they were originally a bright red and yellow. Spray paint works wonders. Meemaw Cantrell sent her the pink microwave, and the pink mixer was from my sister's husband's parents, who were here visiting from England at Christmas and were sweet enough to buy her a gift. It was perfect!

Halie LOVES it, so what do you think?


  1. Um....I need you to come down here (after we move) and work your magic with little boys' rooms!!! This is so cute! How much does SHE love her room?

  2. Jaquie, I edited the ending to say "Halie LOVES it." : ) If I lived closer to you I'd love to help you with your boys' room. Hope you all are doing well.

  3. IT IS AWESOME!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE all the details that you added!! The pink can with dots, the edging you added to the sign, the "chalkboard" sign... the painted trash can, the white bins for the frig....
    And the fact the 3 different people bought her an accessory that just works SO WELL!! CUTE! CUTE!!

  4. Papaw and Meemaw CantrellFebruary 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    It is absolutely beautiful. Wish we were up there. Papaw would keep her busy cooking cause he eats all the time. We would love to be there playing with her in the kitchen.

  5. Oh, I bet she is having a BLAST playing with her little kitchen! Love all the little details you put into it!! You've been BUSY!! :)
    LOL at staging the fridge - sounds like something I'd do!

  6. Your dad rocks! I built a kitchen for my daughter and it's not nearly that cool. She has to love it!

  7. that is adorable. lucky girl. thanks for stopping by type A and commenting on my shower curtain. i really like your idea of sewing on ribbon.


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