Monday, March 19, 2007

Now we're cookin'

I first saw it here, then I dreamed about it and wrote about it here and got a little faucet advice here. It took some time to finish this little kitchen!

The sink is a thrifted bowl, the faucet is courtesy of a $10 gift card to Home Depot and though we spent more for the "good stuff" the wood wasn't really all that much. The curtain's from fabric I had on hand (we've got a little gingham theme going with the boy's apron). A little paint from our collection and we were off and cooking!

I'm indebted to Sam's grandpa over at All Buttoned Up for the inspiration and design, and to the boy's Boppa (a.k.a. my dad) for lending a ton of time, effort, tools and knowledge to the kitchen. Without my dad there wouldn't be a little kitchen! We tried to channel Norm in our efforts, and I tried to explain to my dad how woodworking is so much like sewing. It really is! Anyhow, Norm would be proud and I'm proud too.

I designed the dimensions (on a little piece of scrap paper) around these baskets. Storage, sweet, hidden storage!

When I was little my sister and I would spend weeks in the summer at my grandparents' farm. They had cows, land, and I had the wonderful freedom to roam and to do things like play in the hay loft that I wish for every child. It's my favorite place in the whole world. One summer I distinctly remember finding a plan for a child's cabin in one of my grandma's older books. I was super-excited and ready to build, and Grandma said I had to ask Grandpa. Grandpa very kindly persuaded me that it was a bit too much of a project for me to finish in the time I had to visit. In some way I feel like I finally finished a part of my little cabin yesterday. I have a tendency to excitedly try to bite off more than I can chew; I'm so thankful to have people in my life who persuade me gently to wait (20 or so years) and people who help me build (my Dad always helps me create whatever I need: warm fires in winter, wholesome meals for the boy with goods from his incredible garden, a little kitchen, a happy life...).

We're making things like strawberry and pear soup.


beki said...

That is so freakin' adorable!

kayla_d said...

I like the beadboard, and all the detailing is wonderful. That's so much better than anything you could buy. What fun!
You are really lucky to have a dad like you do. Mine's really helpful, too.

Kristin said...

OMG, that is the cutest thing ever! Well done! I hope he likes his kitchen better than my daughter liked hers. No interest at all! (Kind of like her mama.) It was good storage though, and a focal point whenever other kids came to play;-)

Lisa K. said...

Now that is beyond adorable!! Very nice work, and you are so fortunate to have your Dad around to help you!

melissa f. said...

so so good. i love the bead board backing. very classy.

our sink is mostly used as a mixing bowl or hot wok type of thing. a total aversion to cleaning up (much like his mother :).

Alicia A. said...

It. is. PERFECT! Great job!

And that little dish drainer is adorable too.

Autum said...

I love the kitchen and I love the post! Both are beautiful and wonderful. I'm bookmarking this page- we have a granddaughter on the way who will need her papa to build her a kitchen.