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Mom’s Fabulous 50’s Kitchen

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

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!

Going Bold

The next victims of my “No More White Walls” Project were the kitchen and dining area.

Here are a few photos of the kitchen from before:

Great space!  But a lot of boring white walls and builder grade cabinets.

So, I decided to embrace the beachy color palette and go with a bold blue in the kitchen.  This color choice was inspired by my Hadley Pottery that I used as ‘art’ in the space.

LOVE the beachy styles from Hadley Pottery!

Here is the kitchen with its new nautical feel!

A touch of ‘Lost Atlantis’

The dining area was a dilemma because as much as I LOVE the blue color, I was worried that painting the whole room blue would really close it in.  Instead I used the blue as an accent wall in that room.  Overall I am happy with the look but I want to carry some of the blue around the room with accessories and art… which I will now be able to do because I just got THIS in the mail today!!!

My birthday present is here!!

I am so excited!!  (Be jealous!!!  LOL)  I am also a little scared because the directions look complicated.  And I don’t know where to PUT the beast!  It is bigger than I expected.  But I can’t wait to try it out!!  I want to make some Subway Art for different areas of the condo.  Safe to say that it should keep me off the streets for awhile.  =)

Ok, calming down now…back to the dining area…

Here are the lovely white walls.  And a photo of special people brave enough to eat the first Thanksgiving dinner that I ever had to cook on my own.

Justin, Clark, Ryan, and Janel in the very white dining room

And here we have the space with some COLOR!

Yikes! No blue shows up this this photo!

I found this great piece at a shop called The Estate Sale- an awesome second-hand store in San Diego.

 Here are the paint colors that I used in the kitchen and dining room update.

Both are Behr Premium Interior Satin (Paint and Primer in one)

Behr Lost Atlantis

Behr Sand Pearl


I really love having fresh flowers on the table but since they keep dying on me (and I am too cheap to keep buying them every week) I decided to put together this easy centerpiece idea that I saw on Pinterest.  A large glass bowl, a candle in a holder, sand and shells…Throw them together and you have a great beachy touch for the table that doesn’t have to be replaced weekly.

Easy Beachy Centerpiece

I am really happy with the new color in the kitchen…Now if I would just learn to love to cook!

I linked my post to this awesome site!  There are SO many fun ideas over there…Check it out!