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Mom’s Fabulous 50’s Kitchen

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This fun 50’s Breakfast Room belongs to my mom and stepdad.  My mom wanted to decorate with a 50’s/diner theme and I think it turned out really great.  It is even more impressive when you know what the room looked like when they bought the house.


Here is their kitchen with its 50’s make-over.

And below is the creepy BEFORE picture.

Isn’t this how the kitchen is supposed to look when the house is on the market??? Oh. My. Word!

Another view of the current style….

And another terrifying BEFORE shot.

Another wall in the kitchen…..

And below we have a BEFORE shot of the same wall.

When Mom first found her ‘dream house’, I thought she had lost her mind!  =)   To say the place was disgusting is an understatement.  After they bought the house, we removed trash by thedumptruck load!  (Luckily my brother-in-law owned a dumptruck…It definitely came in handy.)

The house was a disgusting, dirty ‘cat box’ with walls reeking of nicotine.  What an undertaking!!  But with lots of TLC (and disinfectant) it has evolved into a wonderful, welcoming home.

Let’s take closer look at the breakfast room!  Cheerful yellow walls and red gingham curtains serve as a perfect backdrop for all of the 50’s and diner memorabilia.  The red table is such a great focal point that adds to the diner theme.

One major change in this space was replacing the single window on the end wall with a double window.   The ‘wood’ floor is vinyl–easy to clean!

The Drive In ticket in the photo below is from The Trianon, where my mom actually worked!  Isn’t that so fun???

The hamburger and fries ‘meal’ was ordered online from a restaurant supply website.

The kitchen is filled with more diner decor.

For the keyholder, we added cuphooks to a painted  board.  The bottle caps add some fun.

We painted the backsplash in the kitchen with chalkboard paint so that Mom can add ‘menu items’ to the wall.

Dishwashing soap and hand soap are kept in mustard and ketchup bottles, while the dish scrubber sits in an A&W mug.

The wallpaper border was our ‘inspiration piece’- It has a fun 50’s feel to it.

Frames hold class rings and actual photos of my parents from high school.  I love how these things make the room so personal while adding the perfect 50’s vibe.

45RPM records make great wall decorations!  The jukebox replica and original Wassell’s Dance poster echo the wallpaper ‘sockhop’ theme.

The metal sign on the refrigerator is painted with chalkboard paint so the message can be updated.   Magnets placed behind the sign hold it firmly in place.

I am still amazed when I look at the BEFORE and AFTER photos of these wonderful rooms!  The rest of the rooms are just as great so you can be sure I will be sharing more of this wonderful home!!!


A Project! – Pull Out Trash Can

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What’s behind Door #1???

Yesterday my son helped me revamp our ‘trash can stuck in a cabinet’.  It is now a Pull Out Trash Can!

Fancy, huh???

I was SO excited that we were starting the project that I didn’t get any ‘before’ photos.  But here is a shot after we have taken off the cabinet door and are in the process of measuring to position the sliders.  To start, I measured the depth of the cabinet and trotted over to my Home Depot to buy some drawer slides that attach to the sides of a cabinet.  Mine are 22 inches long.

To start, I measured the depth of the cabinet and trotted over to my Home Depot to buy some drawer slides that attach to the sides of a cabinet.  Mine are 22 inches long.

We used the extra shelf from the cabinet to make the top of the pull-out.  We drew the opening size for the trash can and Scott used the jig saw to cut out the shape.  Underneath we attached a box that hold the rails.  It now slides in and out so easily.  I love it!!!


Thanks to Scott for all of his hard work!


If you decide you might want to make your own Pull Out Trash Can, check out this great website.  Lindsay has easy to follow instructions and photos of each step along the way.

I have decided that doing these little projects puts me in a happy mood.

Who would have thought that throwing away trash could be so much FUN!

Fun Baby Gift– Cupcake Onesies!

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I found this great idea for a baby gift on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you!

(Here is the link to the original idea from–so creative!)

Onesies and socks are rolled together to make a cute box of ‘cupcakes’!!!

I started by buying a fun display box for cupcakes and some large cupcake liners from Hobby Lobby.   I found some adorable onesies and socks and was ready to go to work.  (Solid color socks work best but they were difficult to find.  Also, the onesies that I used are 3 month size. Anything larger would probably be difficult to fit into the cupcake liners.)

Fold the onesie into thirds and place a rolled sock at one end.  Roll up the onesie with the sock sticking up a bit from the center, as shown below.

Place the rolled onesie into the cupcake liner and place in the box.

Continue making ‘cupcakes’ until you have filled the box.  (I even rolled several socks together to make one of the cupcakes, since I didn’t have six onesies.)


Sometimes the wrapping makes the gift, don’t ya think????