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27 December 2009

You, me and the kitchen sink

Today we have the last kitchen sink photo for the year.  We'll continue the series next year and soon I'll be calling for more photos, so get your cameras out, ladies and gentlemen.  I'd love to see a man's kitchen and kitchens from Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Japan and every other cosy corner of the world this blog is read.

Our photos today come from Deb at Homespun Living.  I'm sure many of my readers know Deb.  Her waffle weave dishcloth is my favourite and I've linked to it a number of times.  There is a lovely green dishcloth in one of these photos.  I also copied Deb's beautiful idea to hand stitch my kitchen curtains.  Mine are similar to Deb's but I have tea cups, not tea pots.

Deb writes:
" This end of the kitchen is where we eat every day. The round wooden table and the chairs were found at tag sales and refurbished – I painted the chairs, recovered the seats, and refinished the table. I think everything you see in the picture {except the light fixture} was found secondhand, previously loved by someone, and now put to new use in our home. The wall cabinet holds vintage bowls – most used day to day, and some used to hold wine corks, cookie cutters, etc. The long side table is another tag sale find and holds wire baskets with table linens, a black metal box where we stow snacks, an old bread box I painted, a plate rack, and a little curio cabinet my father-in-law built. The goal is to achieve a simple, functional space that is also warm and cozy.

Two years ago we gave the kitchen a facelift on a tight budget. The farmhouse sink and faucet were both deals I found on Ebay, the new oak countertop was actually gymnasium flooring that was given to us, and we transformed our wood cabinets with cream-colored paint. The dishdrainer is from Ikea, and the dishcloth I hand knit. The curtains are vintage linen tea towels that I embroidered with tea pots and hung from clips. And, with each changing season, there is a wonderful view from the window over my farmhouse sink."

Please don't forget to comment.  A comment is like payment for the time taken to post, and in this case in sending in the photos.  Many of us were enthusiastic about this series, so make sure all the photos get a good number of comments.  I don't want any of the ladies sending in photos to regret joining in.  Thank you friends.

I'll do one more post tomorrow before I take my break.  I'll see you then.

64 comments:

  1. This is breathtakingly gorgeous!

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  2. What a lovely way to spend time in the kitchen. Love all your beautiful ideas, and especially the thought of giving once-loved items a new home with you.

    Amy

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  3. What a beautiful and cosy kitchen, you have done a great job Deb

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  4. That sink, Deb, that awesome sink!!! I would love to have a kitchen with a great big farm sink.

    Your cozy kitchen where all things old are made new and useful again is so charming. I'm trying to do the same with different type items, but have a ways to go.

    Yvette

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  5. Deb, I already follow you as well and am always amazed at your beautiful posts. Thanks for the idea for a kitchen curtain out of an embroidered tea towel.
    Tonya

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  6. I have been a reader of Deb's blog for a very long time, and she never fails to inspire me. I love the dish drainer and the painted bread bin the best!

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  7. Beautiful! Very inspiring use of old items. Thank you for the lovely photos.

    Rhonda Jean, I've really been enjoying every single kitchen post. All of the kitchens we've seen have been so different from each other, but I've taken away an idea here and there from each one of them. Great series!

    I, too, would love to see kitchens from all around the world.

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  8. I adore your kitchen! I think I would spend even more time in my kitchen if it looked like that. (Thankfully an update of our kitchen is on the cards!) Thanks for sharing your fantastic kitchen, it is great inspiration. :)

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  9. The whole kitchen is wonderful, but my favorite thing is that bright green dishcloth! Would you be willing to share your pattern for it with us? My kitchen is mostly black and white, with touches of bright color here and there. I just learned to knit not long ago, and am working towards a collection of brightly colored dish cloths, so this would be perfect!

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  10. I love this!
    And I love Deb's blog, which I found through you a while ago!

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  11. Your kitchen is beautiful, it is the kitchen that Home and Garden would feature in their Flea Market Style Magazine. It is so great, and you achieved it with your two hands and not tons of money. An inspiration to us, thank you for sharing your kitchen.

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  12. What a lovely kitchen, I have some serious kitchen envy.
    You have a wonderful blog, I think I could spend way too much time exploring it.
    Lisa

    This is such a great series Rhonda!

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  13. SO inspiring! thank you so much for sharing the heart of your home with us!! can't wait to check out your blog now. thank you!

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  14. Here we also love the fact that all our furniture is recycled - some of it even cobbled together from other recycled furniture - but the thought of gymnasium flooring being reincarnated as such a beautiful benchtop takes my breath away!

    Many thanks for sharing,

    LeaBea.

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  15. i love your kitchen sink..what a great idea to see others..love the dish cloth..and happy chrissy to you all..i love coming for a little visit and inspiration..happy 2010

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  16. Love your farmhouse sink and long side table. My kitchen still isn't finished nor functional, so I have a ways to go.

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  17. That table looks great for long conversations over afternoon tea. When can I come over for a cuppa? :D

    Cath in Sydney

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  18. Such a lovely but functional kitchen Deb. In case you read this: thank you so much for your waffle weave dishcloth pattern, I've used it many times.

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  19. What a charming kitchen! It is so inviting, aesthetically pleasing, and looks to be a dream to work in. (Love the dishcloth and curtains, too.)
    Looking forward to seeing more readers' pics after your break, Rhonda.
    Tracy (Brisbane)

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  20. Love this kitchen. Just beautiful. What a great place to spend time.

    Libby

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  21. Such a warm cosy kitchen, full of life and love. I am also a big fan of your waffle dishcloth and have knitted loads for family and friends.

    Pippa

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  22. Such a warm, functional & beautiful kitchen. I appreciate all the re-used items. I am also enjoying this series. A great way to share ideas.

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  23. Wonderful how co-ordinating most things in the white or off-white make it look like an expensive kitchen. I truly love this and would be happy to copy the serenity of it. Cherrie

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  24. Beautiful & so full of charm, Deb!

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  25. Gorgeous.... simply gorgeous! I love your kitchen and the farmhouse sink is to die for - you did a stunning job in your remodel and I hope you will enjoy it for many years to come. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. This is a beautiful kitchen, similar to one a hope to have in the future. I love that mostly everything is recycled and being used thoughtfully.
    Enjoy your time off Rhonda, I can't wait for next years posts as i'm a new reader so it will be great!
    V.

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  27. What an absolutely stunning kitchen and so warm, cosy and inviting looking.
    I'm loving this sneak peek at everyones kitchens and am so glad it's continuing next year.

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  28. Hello Rhonda Jean
    I am Rhonda Sue and I've visited you a few times but I don't think I've ever left a comment.

    it's very nice to read your blog!

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  29. I like the hint of bead board behind your sink...and I love that sink!!!
    Great finish on your table and chairs, plus the side table.
    Thank you for sharing your pretty kitchen!

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  30. I love the charming character of this kitchen. I particularly love using pre-loved pieces of furniture. The sink is amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    I also enjoy reading Deb's blog.

    Patricia

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  31. What a great kitchen! I love that green dishcloth too.

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  32. This is a gorgeous kitchen, so light and airy!
    It's so great that everything is second-hand and refurbished.

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  33. Oh, that's such a pretty kitchen!

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  34. So lovely and inviting! Who would not want to sit down at that round table?

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  35. My first visit to your blog (thanks to Future Tense podcast) and I'm just in time for the last kitchen sink! What a wonderful idea. Looking forward to future posts. Your philosophy is one that is close to my heart.

    Sonia.
    www.lightshadeofgreen.blogspot.com

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  36. a very welcoming space :)
    and another kick in the behind for me to finally work out this knitting dishcloths thing!

    Thankyou for sharing :)

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  37. This is such a beautiful kitchen - so practical and cosy too. The curtains are such a wonderful idea, just lovely!

    Willow xx

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  38. I love this kitchen. It feels warm and cozy. I love it that things have been recycled, refurbished, and lovingly used again.

    Love the embroidered curtains and the hand knit dishcloth too.

    Once again I have been inspired.

    FlowerLady

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  39. woooooow, the farmhouse sink! Totally in love with it!!! what a great buy! and the dish cloth is beautiful!!
    wondeful and warm looking kitchen, I'd love to eat in!!

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  40. Deb must hug herself every time she walks into her kitchen. She took the time and made everything 'new' again. Knowing how lovely it looks with a little money and lots of hard work makes it even more special. It puts a smile on my face looking at it. Living in it must be even more special. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Love the kitchen sink series - what about a book of them. Love your blog Rhonda - best wishes from snowy Chicago

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  42. This kitchen is my idea of functional comfort. It's beautiful and warm.

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  43. Wow! That sink makes me want to stand there and do dishes while looking out the window! Very nice. :)

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  44. I love Deb's kitchen.So warm, cosy, and functional at the same time.Makes me look at everything with new eyes after seeing all the transformations she's made to things shared on her website.
    Her wonderful website is how I came to find DTE.

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  45. I remember when Deb embroidered those curtains--love them!

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  46. I love that everything was either handmade or second hand. This is a lovely kitchen.

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  47. A beautiful kitchen you have featured here Rhonda... It is creative and warm, inspiring...thanks!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, filled with cheer and peace!
    Ronelle

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  48. My dream kitchen has a farmhouse sink just like yours. You've done a beautiful job with your kitchen - so cozy and inviting. The curtain idea is wonderful!

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  49. Rhonda,
    Thank you so much for having me here! I have enjoyed every kitchen featured.
    For Hill Country Hippie ~ the dishcloth in the picture is from the pattern found here: http://www.groupepp.com/dishbout/kpatterns/petal.html

    Thank you to all for your comments and kindness!!

    Deb

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  50. Gosh, your kitchen is absolutely stunning!
    I too have reclaimed furniture in our kitchen so relate to where you're coming from there!
    I have kitchen envy!! xx

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  51. This is my first visit to either blog. What a gorgeous and cozy kitchen this is!
    Brenda

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  52. When can I move in!? I love it so much it makes my stomach hurt!

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  53. Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing. You can tell there is lots of love in this home.... thanks

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  54. That first photo belongs in a magazine. I'd love to recreate something so serene and welcoming in my home. Maybe I can start small with a curio cabinet.

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  55. Hello,
    Merry Christmas!

    I think I will be stopping by your blog on a regular basis....very nice!

    I'm on a family farm in Iowa and it is COLD today...and supposed to get colder.

    I'm starting to garner ideas for a kitchen make-over and LOVE the huge old sink. Any ideas on where these are available?

    Thanks again for a great site.

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  56. What a fabulous kitchen, makes me want to stop in for tea...
    I have bookmarked this one, and am making the decision final, I need a farmhouse sink.
    Congratulations on all the reused and creative elements in your kitchen, it looks good.

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  57. That is such an awesome sink I am green with envy. I love the light bright colors Thats for sharing the beautiful kitchen.

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  58. sooo beautiful.

    cozy and inviting!

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  59. So beautiful! I will have to look for that dish drainer next time I go to an IKEA. But I love your idea for the repurposing to make your curtains and your countertop. THAT is my favorite! So amazing!

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  60. Love your sink! my kitchen sink was added on January 31st - and my farm style sink was an ebay find as well! Love your ideas and decor! Thanks for sharing!

    Dee

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  61. I love your blue willow dishes and the lovely dishcloth! Your kitchen looks very cozy and homey.

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