Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mercury Pendants and Ceramic Cheese Platters

Good morning!  I have been slowly working on my kitchen, as some of you know.  When I started, the cabinets were unpainted wood, the walls were a chiffon yellow and the lighting.....not even sure how to describe it.  So I began with the walls.  The color is ok for now.  I am sure I will change it within a few months though.  As this room is part of our living room it matters to me that it flows.  And when you looked at it from the dining table or sofa all you saw was brown wood, and not the old rustic beautiful kind that most of us would love to look at all day.  I then conquered the cabinets, in a pretty amateurish way.  But I like the way they came out.  Changing the hinges really made a difference as well.  

I fell in love with these pendants from Mothology about six or eight months ago.  I love mercury glass and anything that is hobnail.  But what I also like about these is that they add an edge.  I like the contrast of something a little industrial with soft relaxed decor.  

My stepdad said that he would make a box from which to hang them.  He came equipped with the wooden box, his tool kit, and all of the hardware including the little medallions at the top.
  

The before


I asked my stepdad to hang them at slightly different lengths.


The area below the counter was that wood also.  I had a friend put up some beadboard and I painted it white.


I have wanted ceramic cheese platters like these for a while.  I was thrilled to find them.  I had no intention though of hanging them above the sink.  I knew that I wanted them accessible so I could use them. I think I like them there though.  





The zinc tags are from a store in San Jose called Magpie.  I hope to do a post on this place soon.  It's awesome!  


My mom and stepdad also suggested placing baskets above the cabinets for extra storage.  I don't think you can see it but they are numbered.  And I even have a key as to what is in which basket :).



So the last two steps are the hood and, obviously, the countertops. 


 I am very grateful to my mom and stepdad for all of their help with this project.  

Have a wonderful day!

MC

PS thank you all for your sweet comments about my grain sack slipcovers!

31 comments:

  1. Your kitchen looks lovely. Where did you find the cheese platters. I've been looking for those too.

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    1. Thank you. The platters are from Pottery Barn. They aren't online at this time but in stores.

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    2. Thank you for replying. Sorry to be anonymous but I am still worried about putting myself out there. If I did, you would be my newest blog friend.

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  2. It looks great. LOve the cheese boards:)
    xo~~Cheryl

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  3. I am officially in LOVE with those pendant lights. Gorgeous, girl! Much love, Lisa

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  4. I am so excited for you- isn't it nice to freshen up our worlds?

    Your kitchen is light and bright, and I am so happy you are pleased with it, too!

    Well done!

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  5. Your kitchen is really coming along! I really like your new mercury pendant lights. They are so pretty. Love your cheese platters too. I've seen those before, but didn't know what they were. I learned something new today! Ha! I can't wait to see your kitchen when it's completely done with your new counters and hood. You are making some good decisions.

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  6. what a gorgeous transformation! small touches with a BIG impact! well done! I just got that EXACT set of cheese trays!!! Love the way you've hung them! ;)

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  7. oh...also LOVE the mercury glass pendant lights!!

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  8. I love the baskets with the zinc tags! I've been looking for something similar for eons! Also loving the mercury pendent lighting, those were on my DIY list!

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  9. I love, love, love the pendants!!! The zinc tags are so lovely and I adore the beadboard! Wishing you a lovely week! Xoxo

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  10. I love your lights! They are fabulous all the way!

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  11. I am in love with those lights!!! Also the ceramic cheese plates...I've been wanting to get some of those. Can I ask where you got yours?

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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    1. Thank you. They are from Pottery Barn. Not online though yet.

      xo
      MC

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  12. What a change! I love those pendants lights...it's amazing how one little change makes all the difference. We just hung a vintage pendant in our kitchen too and I walk in there twice as much now just to stare at it! :)

    xo Sarah

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  13. you guys are so sweet. thanks for the encouragement. I've had a great day thanks to you.

    MC

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  14. Michele-

    I have chosen you to receive a Liebster Blog Award. It was just awarded to me today and I am passing it on to you. I posted about it today with a link to your site. Check out my post to find out more info! Love your blog!

    Rachel@Worn Cotton

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  15. You have a great eye for style and pulling it together on a budget! ~ Maureen

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  16. It turned out wonderful Michele!! :)

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  17. I stopped by your blog. So sweet. I really enjoed seeing your creativity. Have a beautiful and sunny day....Chickie

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  18. How lovely! I like sooo much these lamps!
    Hugs
    Silvia

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  19. It looks fantastic. I love the mercury lights and the zinc tags on the baskets. Very chic.

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  20. I love those mercury lights and you did a fantastic job on you seat covers!

    Take care

    Denise

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  21. I just stumbled across your blog and I love it. The kitchen looks great! I especially love the pendant lights.

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  22. wow Fantastic job !! M following u from , http://khairusworld.blogspot.com

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  23. I'm coming over from White Wednesday where she featured your blog. You have a lovely blog! I am following you now and look forward to getting to know you!

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  24. Hi! Popping over from Kathleen's and love your pretty website and Summer Soul is such a wonderful name. Following you now. I absolutely love your new pendants. Yay for Grandads!! Hope you can come for a visit.

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  25. Hi , Love your style & the simplicity is simply sweet!!! Your newest follower!!!
    Blessings Lori
    I invite you to visit my world as well!!!

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  26. Hello Michelle,
    Popping by from White Wednesday - congratulations on being featured there! Your fleur-de-lis pillow is fabulous! I haven't added an applique to a pillow in a while, and seeing yours makes me want to. :)
    Happy WW,
    Susan

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  27. Hi Michelle
    I love your style, girl! What a fabulous blog you have, and such talent! Wow, the pendant lights are perfect in your kitchen. The cheese platters add a nice touch above the sink. And your grainsack slipcovers are to die for! Looking really great over there...
    saw you featured at Faded Charm. Nice to meet you :)

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  28. What a difference those pendant lights make. Love what you are doing with your kitchen and the rest of your home. Found and followed you through faded Charm
    Laura from ImSoVintage

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