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Friday, October 11, 2013

A Little Home Improvement

 I've had 'paint the pantry door' on my To Do List
for almost a year.  Not my Fun Fall To Do List, but the
Serious Not So Fun Chore List. :)
So this week I finally thought I'd get that done!
As you can see, it didn't match the other interior doors
in the house that we painted in 2012.  If you want to
see those black interior doors, click here.  We still love them
and it makes the house look so much nicer!
Just look at that cruddy door.  I couldn't scrub it white
any longer!  Nasty!


It didn't take long for it to look like this!  Nicer!


Yesterday at the auctions, I had this cute little battery operated
cuckoo clock ask me to bid on her.  Of course I had to
with that little bird looking back at me, looking so sweet!


I ended up hanging it on the pantry door today.
What?  You don't hang clocks on your pantry doors?
I know...I'm just strange like that. :)


This clock chimes every 12 hours with a different little
tune, then gives the hour.  Sweet!  It's right at home
with all of our other ticking and chiming clocks.


I'm liking the look...rather autumnal!
And best of all....no dirty fingerprints!


Quite a few things came home from the auction with me.
Many are already washed up and in the Etsy shop, if
you'd like to window shop. :)
A few things for me....some old books and an old
Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  I've never had one!
Can't wait to flip through it.  That book on the bottom is
a vintage ledger, the pages are yellowed but clean.
It's never been used.  Really cool.  It will go in the shop soon.


My favorite thing was this 33 piece miniature white ironstone
 set of antique dishes.  I'm thinking teddy bear tea party.
I hope it ends up somewhere it will be loved and appreciated. :)



One of a dozen little tea cups and saucers.
Isn't that sweet?

52 comments:

  1. Lovely job with the door Betsy, it might have been a chore but it looks simply luxurious now! I love the clock too!

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    1. Thanks Matt! A big improvement, I agree!

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  2. My goodness - the newly painted door looks fab!! Loving the colour!!

    Awww the miniature set of dishes - how adorable are they??! Yay! Take care
    x

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  3. The little tea set is divine! I have pinned it. Great doors btw, my hubby would never go for this, but they look great and i can see why you like them. xx

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    1. Surprisingly, the black doors was the mister's idea! He saw some in a home on HGTV and loved them. Took us a few weekends to do all the doors in the house....with a few we left, like this one. Still two closet doors to do in rooms that are waiting for a total do-over. ha. Now I'm inspired to get cracking on that list! :)

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  4. Good job on getting your painting done! I have some things asking for a coat as well but I keep ignoring them. :(

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    1. Oh, don't worry...they will wait for you. Chores are like that. ha.

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    2. ha, too true! Trying to decide if I should wait until the big addition/remodel or just quickly do it. Hopefully next Fall!!!

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    3. Oh, that sounds fun! Your basement turned out great...I'm sure this next project will, too! I can't wait to live vicariously! ha.

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  5. ha. hope you dont want a big drink...smiles.

    i like the clock on the door...it breaks up the expanse of black....i like the black door too but the decor makes it cool...

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    1. haha...not even enough to get your tongue wet! :)

      Somehow I knew you'd like this...

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  6. I love all look beautiful and listen: still I have a Little tea set I love it!!

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    1. Well, hold on to it because the older ones are worth a lot of money now!

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    2. Only have one, my Mom who knows what thought but she give many of my Little toys like these sigh!

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  7. Don't let anyone tell you are "cuckoo", even if you hang one on a door. And a fine looking door at that!

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    1. ok...if anyone says anything, I'll tell them that Christine said it was fine! :)

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  8. Love the door color and the clock is perfect there! The little splashes of red just pop on the dark door. And the tiny tea set is adorable : )

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    1. Maybe I can make that red work through the seaons...poinsettias, tulips, poppies, ...haha.

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  9. Amazing what a difference you made with that door. I think you should have your own HGTV show.

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    1. Well, thanks! It is a huge improvement, isn't it? I'm working on a little improvement behind the door, too! ha.

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  10. The door is great. Love the color, and little clock is perfect. Love that a few touches can just make something so special. I have given away all my miniature tea sets. One of the things I had to do when we moved after retiring. But there were several little girls in our church that were happy to get them. None of my granddaughters wanted them (too old) and the rest of the grandkids are boys.

    I have my original Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and use it from time to time. Sometimes it has something modern cook books just don't cover.

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    1. I'm sure those girls loved getting those tea sets! I have one..but it's much bigger than this tiny one.

      I think some of the old simple recipes are the best! I have a Betty Crocker Cookbook that I still use!

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  11. That is a cool clock indeed
    Can sure do much at your feed
    The door looks way better too
    Much nicer to view

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    1. You can do a lot
      with a coffee pot.
      Put paint on a door
      and a whole lot more!
      A mountain of laundry is done
      before the day is hardly begun!
      lol....

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    2. LOL that is true
      Coffee up the wazoo
      Can get a lot done
      As away you run

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    3. Running
      Buzzing
      Working
      Humming!
      lol.....

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  12. I'd be afraid to hang something breakable on a door that gets opened and closed all the time!

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    1. I used a nail with a large, flat head so the clock can't slip off. You actually have to lift the clock up to get it off. :)

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  13. I love the look of these dark doors!

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  14. That is the sweetest door ever! You have one of the best jobs and the little mini ironstone set is precious.
    I don't think I've ever seen a battery operated cuckoo clock. Now I have and I like it.
    I'd love to paint our doors but they are solid wood, stained light but i'm so tired of the brown. Hubby would freak as i'm the one that insisted on the solid wood. One more thing he was right about BUT don't tell him I said so. :D


    JaG

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    1. If I had solid wood doors I probably wouldn't paint them, either...although I've seen it done and it's beautiful! You could always give them a darker stain for a change....sounds like a lot of work, though. ha.

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  15. I love your black doors! I may have to talk to hubby about doing that!

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    1. I've never regretted it...at it's amazing the change in your whole house! I think you'd like it!

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  16. Hi Betsy .. what a great improvement your pantry door is - and I love the clock - interesting how and when it chimes .. that is some sweet little tea set - great as a Christmas present for some little girl .. The gardening, cookery and general household books look to be fun to have a gander at ... do you say that - look at!

    Cheers - Hilary

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    1. no, we don't say gander, but I knew what you meant! You Brits are always saying something charming. :)

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  17. And nobody said you were cuckoo? Cuckoo about cuckoo clocks...
    I think every woman should have a red and white checked cookbook. It's only right. I have one that used to belong to my grandma. I think one of my sisters has Mom's. Every once in a while I take "gander" through it. :)

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    1. I'm going to take some time this weekend and look through that red checkered cookbook! :) or a gander, ..that sounds even more fun. :)

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  18. Best cookbook in the world. I suppose I shouldn't say this, but I've had mine for 44 years (yikes), a wedding gift, and I still use it....tried and true stuff! Love your black door. I had a black back door in our previous home and loved it. My pantry door is white and hard to keep clean too.....with Bobby G's. grubby hands on it all the time. I have thought about painting it black. I have black countertops and white cabinets. I think you have pushed me to do it. :) Thanks for the inspiration. xo

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    1. If you do the black door, I want to see it! :)

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  19. Love the doors! I have that cookbook that was my Great Aunt's...has her handwritten notes throughout and I cherish it! Enjoy yours.

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  20. I love the idea off all black doors! (Of course I do.)

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  21. I am curious what color your pantry door is?

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    1. Soft black. click on the link in the first paragraph and you can see them through out the house. :)

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  22. Looks very stylish indeed! And the cuckoo clock I do love. I happen to live near the Black Forest in Germany, where they first made these kind of clocks.
    See you next week!
    Christel

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  23. SUPER CUTE! I just love foraging through the leftovers!! LOVE!

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