I am so blessed to have the husband that I’m wed to for 45, almost 46 years! He is always so attentive to my wants and needs even when it’s a pain in the derriere for him!!! He puts up with my love of animals and the work it takes to care for them. He puts up with my hunting needs, not paying attention to him when I’m reading or sewing and so many other things. He tries to see to my wishes for handmade, primitive decor. This is the reason for this post!! He claims to not be a carpenter but wait until you see what he has made for my country kitchen for my birthday and Christmas (both in December).
I have a passion for country decor and primitive country!! After he had the kitchen painted for me this summer I got a “wild hair” and decided to get rid of all of my plastic containers I use for food staple storage. I HATE plastic!!! I changed everything over to old blue 1/2 gallon mason jars with zinc lids. THEN I asked for a special place to put them. Here’s what I got:
The hutch is made of wormy chestnut from the farm. It has chicken wire attached to the back for looks.
Notice the chicken wire attached behind the jars.
The jars are 1/2 gallon size and have zinc lids on them.
The shelving unit he made me sit over the pie safe and holds two rows of the jars.
THEN, he made me a small cabinet to go beside my stove for storing cookie sheets, loaf pans, and the pans I use on a daily basis. It also is made from chestnut lumber from the farm.
The top and front have three coats of polyurethane and the two shelves are now full of baking pans!
It fits snuggly to the wall and stove. Now I have a work area while cooking!
Now that the addition on the house is no longer a bedroom but a family room I’m working on creating a cozy family room. It’s not a large space but it allows us to entertain in a cooler environment away from the wood stove in the main living area. I want to keep it warm, friendly, country and “my style” and will turn the main living area into a man-cave type decor so that all of hubby’s friends that visit can sit around comfortably and admire his trophies and talk of old times. The man really is a hunter first and farmer second. The man-cave reveal will be in another post and today I’ll show what I have to work with and what I have completed so far.
It’s a long narrow room with lots of light.
Exterior door that’s not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.
This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.
There are two small windows on the south wall that let in lots of light.
Most all of that furniture has been removed and I’ve done the following arrangements for now. I want to add lots of seating that’s easily arranged so that when little brother comes for weekend visits I can bring out a fold away bed or futon.
Clean walk through to kitchen.
Entertainment center with lots of shelving and little nooks.
Seating for three so far.
Shelving for our huge assortment of DVD’s.
Simple and warm but wait until I add my country touch to everything.
- View into room from kitchen.
Some rugs and wall decor makes a world of difference. I want to add a futon or small sleep sofa and some hassocks because when the whole family is here, we need the seating. Not too bad for a country girl using hand me downs and years of family treasures!