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Sunday, April 3, 2011


Our very own SHELIA of the infamous NOTE SONGS
is hosting a
While I can't say ANY of my kitchen cupboards is my favorite..
I did choose one small one to showcase for this fun party.
My house is olden...1950ish and it has the original cabinets, which are sturdy and in good condition.
The glass inserts were added in the 70's.
Like all rooms in our cottage, the kitchen is FULL of REDNESS...
The top shelf holds dishes that belonged to my mom...
I use some of them almost daily.
So far, I've not broken a one, but if I did,
she wouldn't care. 
She was one that never *saved* anything...
she used and enjoyed every thing she had.
We thought, once, a long time ago, that we would put new doors
on the cabinets...they were so so plain.
Then, Mr. Sweet and his trusty router made the cutest beadboard doors
by using the olden doors but cutting groves into them...
and....I was in luv.
It turned out to be a very THRIFTY way of making my 
We LOVE saving money...
(web image)
The next thing we do to our kitchen will be adding a
then, I'll remove the two doors beneath it
and add a
Isn't this just the cutest thing ever !!
There's that big coffee cup STACY brought me from NEW YORK CITY..
Polka dot love....
Thrifted bowls and little saucers
I made these colorful letters after seeing them on TINA'S blog, 
A little cuteness around the red kitchen....
I couldn't have you come by today without offering
you some refreshments.
Have a little personal pan pizza and a few healthy raw veggies, dipped in RANCH DRESSING...
After IS a party !

a chance at winning a beautiful, enamel house sign...
they are so cool.
I am also linking with:
Because I think my cabinet doors are treasures AND amazing, I link with.. 
Thanks to all the lovely hosts for the fun they share each week.
Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by today.
xoxo bj


Cozy Little House said...

BJ, I'm so very glad we share a love of polka dots and red! We are kindred spirits. I love your kitchen, and most especially your food. One day I'd like to eat at your table.

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Oh, I just love seeing your kitchen and your cabinet is wonderful! Love your sweet dishes you have in there and knowing your mother's plates are held in there even makes it more special! :)
Love what Mr. Sweet did to your doors too! He's a good man.
Thank you, BJ for joining my party!
Love you and you are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy said...

BJ I just love your dishes. I love polka dots too and I have lots of red in my kitchen buy no dots. It looks so cute. Your hubby is so handy and thrifty too. Thanks for sharing. I also have some beautiful dishes from my Mom and I always intend to use them but never do. I have to make it a point to start using them.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your cupboard is wonderful. I love glass doors so you can see the pretty dishes. I do love the look of a country kitchen. hugs, Linda

Tracy said...

Oh BJ,
what a lovely space...I too love polka dots but mine have to be pink or blue :)
What I love most are the letters that spell out EAT CAKE!!! that is wonderful!

Marydon said...

Polka dots is a fav ... love the beadboard cupboard design & the gorgeous dishes in them. Lovely kitchen share, BJ.

Happy pink April ~

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love your kitchen. It is wonderful and I love all of your polka dots. They are the cutest ever. Hugs, Marty

Deb said...

The cabinet doors are gorgeous!!

Vee said...

You have an adorable kitchen. I'd never know that you didn't just do it last week. It's you!

I've not signed up for the Danish house numbers because they don't match anything here, but they do at another house I know and love so I'm signing up after all.

sissie said...

Hi BJ,
Thanks for letting us take a look in your cupboards! It's mighty pretty in there with all the red and your Mama's dishes. Your kitchen is so cute. It's very much like you. Adorable and cute.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love your kitchen BJ! I love the cabinet doors, love your polka dots, love the stolen EAT is all fabulous!

Stacey said...

I love your kitchen too. It amazes me how much you and I love the same things. That farm sink with the curtains is one of my favorite pictures floating around. I know you will do it beautifully!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute things in your cupboard. Love the colors and polka dots. I would love to have a farm house sink, too. That curtain will be cute.

Patti said...

Happy to see the i Love NY mug!! Love your polka dots, too!

Susan said...

I love your kitchen!! I love all the reds in your cupboard! Also your hubby did a wonderful job on making the cuboards bead board!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your kitchen is just so darn cute...I love your cupboard and all the the colorful dishes and polka dots...all original and sweet, just like you!


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love your cabinets and of course all the polka dots and reds and whites! I wish I had at least one or two cabinets with glass fronts, but that just wasn't on the list. It was so clever to "bead board" those cabinet doors!

I really love the EAT CAKE letters. So darn cute!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Your cupboard is so cute and I love that you updated the doors by adding the grooves. How clever! The polka dot dishes are super cute too. I love red and white - always brings a smile to one's face. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and fun kitchen.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Wow. The beadboard effect on the kitchen cabinets is amazing. I would have never in a million years thought about doing that. You are so fortunate to have sturdy cabinetry. I think in some ways it makes it easier to change things out because most people would be reluctant to make alterations on newer cabinets. Not to mention new cabinetry is outrageously expensive.

Hugs, Sue

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

S'wonderful. I have those 1950's kitchen cabinets..but no one to change them...and Sweet Husband is fighting any changes right now. I am trying to understand. Yours look fantastic. Maybe one day.
What a great "Cabinet" post!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Hey BJ, I like your cupboard! In fact I think it is darling. You have a very cute house. You do a great job decorating and I just love seeing pictures of it. You keep sharing all your beauty. Hugs, Karie

Lorrie said...

Your kitchen looks cozy and comfortable with the red and white. Love the cabinets. Such pretty dishes need to be shown off.

All That Glitters said...

I just love your kitchen!!!! It makes me happy!!! love the polka dots!!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Your kitchen is PERFECT! Love what Mr Sweet did to the doors. and it fits the era of the house too! It's so nice that you are using your Mom's dishes. I am using all my treasures too, BUT I have to "REMEMBER" Not to put the OLDIES in the Micro!!! LOVE all your Red and it goes SO FANTASTIC with all your other BLACK&WHITE! Thank you for sharing.
Hugs to you,

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

BJ...Love the doors to your cabinets both the beadboard look and the glass what great ideas.
I'm gona be a copy cat too. I want those letters were they hard to do.You have a lovely kitchen. Trish

Debbie said...

I have never had a peek into your kitchen that I didn't love. I also love your mom's philosophy of using what you own. I'm trying to breed decades of the opposite view out of my mindset.

And I love the EAT CAKE sign that you copy catted. I might copy cat you forward. If I do, I'll be sure to give you copy cat credit rights.

Theresa said...

LOVE it all but that curtain under the sink almost made me pass out, bring on the smellin' sauce:)

Your kitchen always does that to me! Add that curtain and OMG BJ!

Enjoy your day my friend! BIG HUGS!

jeanne said...

Good morning bj, I'm happy you liked my tablscape today. The painting is going to stay there. I used to have a beautiful old print of a mother and child feeding chickens. I think I am going to sell it. I am going to Atlanta to do an Antique show with my sister's again. Fun, fun, fun.

The table is an antique gate leg table that I opened up for this tablescape. My nine foot harvest table is just too big for a small setting. Afterword I just fold down the sides and use it as a side table. It is great when I have a crowd for extra seating.

I love your cupboards bj, inside and out. Your posts always make me smile. You are a blogging expert and I mean it! This is delightful as are all of your posts. blog art at it's best.
Have a great time watching your grands in sports. I totally understand how important it is to be there for your darling grands.

Love you bunches, Jeanne

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I'm so glad I found your blog and the link to the cupboard party because I'm going to link up. I LOVE looking into other people's houses, the kitchens in particular. Your dishes are so lovely; I have a fondness for polka dots as well.

Mary said...

You did a really great job! Thank you for sharing this at Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

Bill said...

Hi BJ,

You and Mr. Sweet obviously make a great team! Good thing you do, with 50 years together ... and counting ....

What a clever idea to turn basic cabinets into beadboard classics. Hope you get that Frenchy farm sink you want soon -- anniversary gift perhaps? ;)

Your beautifully presented refreshments always look so very tasty!

Hope you have a great week!


PEA said...

I am in love with your polka dot dishes:-) You've made your kitchen so cozy and warm, I really love all the little extra touches as well. It would be so wonderful if one day I could be sitting in your kitchen having a cup of tea with you...and one of your delicious desserts!! hehe Such a great idea of Mr. Sweet's to make your cupboard doors look like bead board, just brilliant! xoxo

Lavender Cottage said...

So nice to visit you again and I knew I'd see polka dots somewhere.
The pizza is a great idea for Sheila's party, enjoyed seeing your cupboard.

On Crooked Creek said...

Too darn cute, dear friend! Love your cabinet...but I'm truly smitten with the farm sink and the red buffalo check curtain! I'm so glad you made us something to nibble on while we're partying!

Deanna said...

I just adore you polka dots!! I wanted to join this but life got in the way darn it!! I'll have to go visit the other ladies.

I want glass door cabinets!!

Deanna :D

Kathleen Grace said...

Your kitchen is one of my all time favorites, and I have always wanted my own set of pretty letters, if only I could decide what I want them to say. I'm on the
(F)atkins diet right now so EAT CAKE would just be too tempting. Maybe EAT CHICKEN? Nah

Cafe au lait said...

Cute collection of red and white.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Sarah said...

BJ, you know I'm lovin what's in your cupboards. Like Brenda, I think we are kindred spirits! Though I'm not the cook you are. LOL ~ Sarah

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I'm here for Ruby Tuesday from the link you left at the Meme's hub, instead of the giveaway. BJ....I'm in awe of your decorating style! The I heart NY cup is a great one. My dear man loves to buy coffee cups, he'd really like that one.

My Ruby Link:
Cute Easter Egg Cup

Do stop by to say hello. Have a super day!!

Kathleen said...

I love your cupboard with all your pretty dots!
I didn't join in, no pretty cupboards. I was going to show my pantry, but I didn't want everyone to see the 40 lbs of pasta on my shelf. Inflation is going to kill us and at lest we will have pasta! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, you know I love your kitchen, and that sign is just too cute as are your dotty dishes. Love them ALL. I love that farm sink and the skirt. I'd like one of those, too, and some new counter tops. Love your olden cabbys with the glass doors.

I clicked on the link, but it doesn't work. Not sure what is going on, but I'd a chance to win a sign.

I did all white (with a dash of blue) in my cabinet. It's the only one neat enough to show... well, except for the corner cabinets which I'll show next year if Shelia does this again.


Sheila :-)

The Tablescaper said...


What an adorable kitchen. You've made it all your own with all of your special touches.

Love the polka dots!

- The Tablescaper