Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Kitchen Project - Final Touches (and some mini tutorials)!

This is the last post on the Kitchen Project that began last March 2019.  I'm going to tell how I made the counter, hanging shelf and the little painted stool.  Then I will give resources for items that I didn't make and close up photos.  One thing I still want to do is give the frame some sort of finish but I haven't decided on that yet. 

Kitchen Counter
Below are photos of my paint colors and practice.  My goal was not realism but more 'fantasy' stone look in colors to go with the green cabinets.  I just layered the colors in the order listed and made streaks in the last two colors.

Close up of counter - right

Close up of counter - left

Wall shelf (right side of kitchen)
This was a vintage kit by The Kummerows (I think) purchased from Ebay.  The kit (called "Intricut") made two shelves, one larger (the one I finished) and a small one (you can see it still on the leftover kit sheet).  The instructions were to use a jewelers saw (2nd photo) to cut away the printed blue areas.  I must say I was a little intimidated to try to use this saw but it was a little easier than I thought it would be.  If you have a chance to find one of these kits my advice is to not be afraid to try.  It turned out really nice.  I used a teak oil finish because I wanted it to not be shiny (like polyurethane).

Finished shelf

Painted Stool
The hardest thing about this stool was how to glue the legs so they would be at an angle and sturdy enough to not fall apart.  The stool was made from a 1 inch wood disk, four porch spindles and some scrap wood.  I made two jigs from scrap wood.  One was glued to the bottom of the round disk to glue the legs against.  It was a thick square piece, about 1/8 inch thick.  I 'carved' a rounded area on all four corners using a rat tail file.  I also drilled holes into the disk so the legs would be slightly inset.  I used a second jig with holes drilled for the bottom of the legs.  The second jig was not glued to the legs - only used to hold them at the right angle while glue was drying.

After glue was dry I decoupaged a purple floral design to the top and painted the legs with acrylic paint.
Photo showing jig #1 glued to under side of stool
Photo showing jig #2 for legs (bottom)

Finished Stool

Other items in the photos:

Close Up - Mackenzie-Childs style canisters and Pitcher
Left side of kitchen
Upper cabinets - vintage purple transferware tea set by Jean Yingling (Ebay purchase)

Left Wall - fretwork tray by Gary and Carrol Elmer (GWE-CHE).

On countertop: Mackenzie-Childs style wicker canisters (made by me), Soap pump bottles by Wilhelmina Johnson (gift).

On stool  - lavender plant by Alice Guhl (show purchase).

Right Side of kitchen
Upper Cabinets - Purple Chrysnbon decanter and goblets (Ebay); grape pitcher by Valerie Casson (Ebay);  lavender rim plate by Ron Benson (Ebay); lavender platter by Janet Uyetake

On countertop: floral pitcher by Karen Haggard, meatloaf in progress with tiny readable recipe by Lyn Latimer (show purchase).

On shelf: Salt and Pepper grinders (click here for tutorial).

Close up of "meatloaf in progress"
This was another fun project and I am grateful to the S.A.M. organization and specifically the wonderful Houston area clubs that designed and made the kits for SAM.  Can't wait till the next one (February 2020 and my Austin club is in charge!!)  What theme will we pick?  (Here's a hint: there are a lot of these TINY things on TV shows!!)

Hope you liked this kitchen project.  Next time - (don't know yet!!).  Guess it will be a surprise!


  1. Es preciosa!! Una cocina alegre,con sensaciĆ³n de vivida,los colores armonizan de manera tan agradable,que hasta deseas cocinar en ella!!

    1. PIlar, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I appreciate your comments!

  2. Delightful colour combinations makes this kitchen a lovely and detailed project. The many and varied small items on the shelves add realism and fit so well with the colour scheme. The stool is particularly charming as are the MacKenzie Childs canisters. Very pretty kitchen! Cheers, Alayne

    1. Thank you so much, Alayne! Some time I will do a post on Mackenzie Childs minis!

  3. I Agree with Alayne, that your choice of colours, along with the patterns and textures you've skillfully combined, makes this entire display Total EYE CANDY for the viewer!
    And what JOY for you to be able to display your Magnificent Collectors china within such a delightfully feminine kitchen. The toile pattern of the Yingling china makes a lovely compliment to the curtain and skirt material.
    And I still swoon over your original lower cabinets everytime I visit here❣️sigh...
    I find the lighting throughout this project is Perfect, very mellow yet more than sufficient to be able to see all the wonderful accessories you've expertly included.
    And Many Thanks for all of your tutorials along the way too.
    I certainly plan on making use of as many of them as I can, as not only are your results Enviable, but they look tryable too-
    BRAVO! :D


    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, for your always taking time to comment and noticing everything! I appreciate your interest - you keep me going!

  4. Such thought and artistry put into every step which turned in to a charming little kitchen scene! Great work!

    1. Thank you so much Jodi! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

  5. Beautiful project and great work Kendra! I haven't been doing much in minis lately, have been spending a lot of time quilting! But I still display and enjoy my collections! Hope you are doing well!

    1. Carolyn - so nice to hear from you! Glad you are doing well and having some quilting time! Say "Hi" to the others in the swap club! Miss you!