Thursday, March 7, 2013

Color Me Retro Kitchen Makeover

Color Me Retro Kitchen
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Over the past month or so I've been working on various projects to dress up our kitchen.  The way our apartment is laid out, it's one of the first things you see when you open the front door.  Since Color Me Retro was inspired by vintage kitchenware, and is so bright and cheerful, it seemed the perfect place to start in redecorating.  It also happens to match all my appliances, score!

The first project was made for my Quilt Market booth but happened to fit in this little space above the counter.  It's a mini quilt using my friend Christina's Ornate Mini Quilt Pattern.

Color Me Retro Kitchen by Jeni Baker
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
The next project I tackled was a pair of potholders for above the sink.  There are already handy little hooks just waiting for something to be hung!  You can see more about the potholders in this post.

Color Me Retro Kitchen
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I reorganized the bunny wall of honor to include the mini quilt that my friend Jacey made for me! You can read more about it here.  I made the two square mini quilts using a stamp I carved of George.  You can read more about them both here.  Last summer I made the other mini quilt from fabrics by Katherine Codega.  You can read about it here.  The embroidered tea towel was made by my grandma! The yellow bunny tea towel is by Margot Myers given to me by my friend C!

Color Me Retro Kitchen
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I made the quilted grocery bag holder last week! I may do a quick tutorial if you guys are interested! I used half-square triangles leftover from another project.

Color Me Retro Kitchen
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Last week when Megan and I went to Ikea I picked up this rug to finish off the room! I had a tan rug in here before but it really wasn't our style.  Only reason we had it was because I got it for free, someone had set it out for the trash in perfectly good condition.  This rug is so bright, I love it!

I also made a new curtain for the room this week.  It was hard to get a good photo with the light coming in, it's very sunny today!

Color Me Retro Kitchen by Jeni Baker
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Last month I shared some in progress photos of the new tea towels I stitched up.  I used the same methods as shown in my Embellished Dish Towels Tutorial.  I picked up my plain tea towels at a discount store in Ohio a few years ago.

Color Me Retro Kitchen by Jeni Baker
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I hung the garland I made last month to add a little more whimsy! I used the scalloped garland tutorial by Sew, Mama, Sew!

Color Me Retro Kitchen by Jeni Baker
Color Me Retro Kitchen, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I've made a few more projects that will get plenty of use in the kitchen! The apron and potholders I made, you can find patterns for both in Issue 3 of Sew-it... Today.  I also made a few simple napkins and an oven mitt using this tutorial.

So, there we go! My kitchen is all ready for Spring! It got a pretty deep cleaning before I took these photos too! :)

40 comments:

  1. Your kitchen space really looks like you now, Jeni. Just love the bag holder. Tutorial, pretty please : )

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  2. Your kitchen dress up is inspiring. I love your grocery bag holder and would be most appreciative of a tutorial. Sending bunny love.

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  3. Al kitchen is so pretty!!
    And this rug mmm in Poland we did not have in red color - I have at home in my sewing studio two gray :) But I love them!!

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  4. Absolutely CHARMING and lovely. Great makeover and seems so "you" ...the "you" that I apparently know so well having never met you and only reading your blog ;)

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  5. Fab makeover, and a quilted holder tute would be great! :)

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  6. all looks great!! gosh I only have homemade pot holders in my kitchen :-)

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  7. You 've done a fantastic job. I need. New holder for platic bag recycling, so bring on the tute!

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  8. Oh, lovely! Glad I have some of the fabrics on order, winging their way to me!

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  9. Looks so cute and I'm definitely interested in hearing more about the little bag holder. I always want to make one but the ones I find tutorials for aren't so good looking!

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  10. Jen!!! I love your kitchen...you have added so much color with so many nicely handmade items...congrats to you girl!!

    Love your red rug too

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  11. I've been hunting for the right type of bag holder to make, and yours is by far the best I've seen yet! I'm definitely going to try and make one myself!

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  12. Love your bag holder. Everyone always ends up with all those extra triangles and nothing to do with them.

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  13. Cute cute!! I love everything you've made! And, if you feel like doing a tutorial for the bag holder I surely wouldn't mind...I NEED one more than you know ;)

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  14. Could anyone have a more coordinated kitchen? I think not! Love the projects! Love the fabric! Love George!

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  15. Delightful stuff! I especially love the grocery bag holder. I hope that you will do a tutorial. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  16. I love your grocery bag holder!! I like the way it spirals!! :)

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  17. Cutest kitchen! Lovely projects you've done.

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  18. Adorable, love all the wonderful little touches you added using your fabric.

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  19. I love it all! And would just love a tutorial for the grocery bag holder/hider. =)

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  20. Tutorial? Yes, please! My shipment of Color Me Retro should be coming in today...happy birthday to me!!! I can't wait to see it in person!

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  21. Lovely :) And yep, I'd definitely be keen for a tutorial!

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  22. Love all these kitchen projects - you must feel right at home in your kitchen now!

    Every time I see that Ikea rug, I want to buy it - it just doesn't really fit anywhere in my house :(

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  23. Yes please! A tutorial for the quilted grocery bag holder would be ever so much appreciated.

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  24. Love your remodel ~ and that rug is beautiful. Love your new line of fabric too ~ waiting to see it in person at my LFS!

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  25. I want the bag holder! (the pattern)

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  26. Hi! I am delurking to vote yes on the tutorial! The spiral effect is very cool!

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  27. So pretty! I love all everything. It makes you kitchen look so cozy.

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  28. Loving the spiral on the grocery bag holder! A tute would be great!

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  29. Everything is beautiful, bright and fresh - must feel so nice! And I would love a tutorial on the grocery bag holder. Have a lovely weekend!

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  30. Love the slant stripe look of your grocery bag holder! Tutorial, PLEASE. Thank you.

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  31. Ooh love all the colors and beautiful things you've put into the kitchen. And that rug? OMG I LOVE IT! In fact, I loved that so much I forwarded your post to my husband to show him. Great job.

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  32. That rug is gorgeous. Now you make me want to re-do my kitchen with some splashes of color.

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  33. Love it all! You've done a great job. Makes me want to tackle my kitchen!

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  34. LOVE the grocery bag holder, yes pretty please do a tutorial :-

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  35. Please do a tutorial of the bag holder.

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