As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Friday, November 16, 2018

Toaster Oven Cover


When I shared our latest kitchen updates, I mentioned that I had asked Ron to make a cover for the toaster oven. One of my decorating practices is to hide ugly stuff, and although my toaster oven is not particularly ugly, I think this new faux apothecary cabinet is much prettier! 



The plan was to add a bit of color to the kitchen. Ron applied an undercoat of black paint with the idea that I would then paint it some colonial color (barn red or my favorite Quaker Green) and distress it. But when we put it on the counter, I really liked the black! 




I did a small amount of distressing, applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's hemp oil, and left it at that. 




Who knows? I may end up painting it another color some day. (Or maybe not.)

I am happy to have another house-y project checked off the list! ✔


22 comments:

  1. Excellent idea! I have never wanted to own one, because they take up so much counterspace and there's really nothing attractive about them. Superb solution!

    By the way...that topiary is fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! We use our toaster oven often, so I was happy to find a way to hide it.

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  2. What a clever idea! My toaster lives quietly in a lower cupboard and only comes out occasionally.

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    1. Thank you! I like the idea of your toaster's quiet life. :)

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  3. What a wonderful option! We don't have a toaster oven yet, but I'm thinking that when the microwave goes out, I might give the toaster oven a try.

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    1. Thanks! We have had a toaster oven for years because it is more versatile than a pop-up toaster. But it's the idea of "you don't miss what you've not had."

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  4. It's perfect! And what a wonderful decorating practice to hide the ugly stuff on one's counter. I never really know how to do that, but I love your idea very much! It looks great.

    Happy weekend...
    Brenda xox

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I tuck things here and there . . . in baskets, in bowls, in crocks. I think that is why I have never been tempted by the idea of open shelving that replaces upper cabinets. Where would I put all my stuff?!

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  5. Clever! Remember when kitchens used to come with “garages” where appliances were kept? That was 30 or more years ago. Love this look.

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    1. Thank you, Vee! Yes, I do remember appliance garages! Of course, the old farmhouse did not get in on that trend. :)

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  6. Cheryl, you are a master at hiding the "ugly stuff". Your hubby certainly did a nice job on this apothecary cabinet. I always enjoy seeing how beautifully your projects come to fruition. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Martha Ellen! Perhaps I am a little obsessive, but I do like to tuck away the "ugly" so I can see the "pretty"! I will share your nice words with Ron.

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    2. Cheryl, I would never call it obsessive. I would call it smart! You have a wonderful gift for showing the "pretty." ♥

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    3. You are so kind, friend! ♥

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  7. That looks so great! Very clever. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this coming week.

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    1. Thank you, Rosella! A very happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  8. It’s really perfect! You and Ron are a great team!

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  9. Wow it looks great! I like the color, and the idea that you could change it up later on if you choose. A great idea! You guys are a great team as Deanna says! Dotsie

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    1. Dotsie, thank you! I am happy that Ron and I are on the same team!

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