Small Kitchen Ideas

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 Welcome to my Kitchen Tour featuring all of my small kitchen ideas. A virtual tour at least.

Which means I don’t have to shove all the dirty clothes in the closet or scrub the countertops or wash any more dishes.

Y’all just sit back, relax and enjoy all these pics of a clean house.

Home Tour from Marty's Musings: Kitchen

Never mind that they weren’t all taken at the same time or that I had to walk around with a tub for all the everyday messes. 

Or that I went from room to room loading and unloading the “stuff” that encompasses real life.

So let’s just pretend it’s all still clean. k?

 All About the Details Kitchen Tour

Come on in and set a spell, ‘ya hear?

I don’t really talk like that (well, I do say y’all a lot), but I hope you’ll find my kitchen a welcoming spot after a hard day’s work.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour

Our family eats together every.single.night. It’s just one of those traditions we hold dear

All About the Details Kitchen Tour Menu Board

The flowers and mason jars in the centerpiece make me happy.

Rustic Summer Centerpiece from Marty's Musings

Sometimes we merely look at each other through tired, glazed eyes, and other times there’s a lively discussion to be heard.

Either way, this is one priority that we hold sacred. It may not always be home cooking, but we share it together.

How to Make a Chalk Kitchen Message Board 

In updating our kitchen we took an old, scarred up table with great memories and turned it into this painted beauty.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

You can see a little bit of my  former recovering plate addiction here.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour Plate Rails-1

I dearly loved my teapot and tea set collections but in the desire to update I only saved a few for display. (The rest are still in the attic. Don’t tell anyone, k?)

I’ve mixed in vintage family plates with yard sale bargains on this above door shelf.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour Plate Rails

 Doesn’t this kinda look like a butterfly? 

All About the Details Kitchen Tour Plate Rails

I spray painted these mats to match the kitchen and again mixed in various styles of teacups and saucers.

 All About the Details Kitchen Tour Plate Rails

This china hutch makeover changed my whole kitchen. 

All About the Details Kitchen Tour- China Hutch 

Project by project my husband and I have designed a kitchen that is functional yet so very happy and bright.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour- China Hutch

These dishes were my mom’s everyday ware from early in her marriage.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour- China Hutch

This creamer is from my own wedding china.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour- China Hutch

Here is my mother’s wedding china, a 16 piece setting that is one of my most cherished possessions.

All About the Details Kitchen Tour- China Hutch

This little decorative jar with cheerful flowers was my inspiration for our kitchen makeover, and I still love it today!

All About the Details Kitchen Tour- China Hutch 

This mason jar chandelier shines like the beauty she is, whether in the middle of the day


 or in the evening.


 Yet another project with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Could you guess it hides the dog food?

Small Kitchen Buffet from Marty's Musings

Aren’t these details amazing? 

Chalk Painted Kitchen Buffet from Marty's Musings

Chalk Painted Kitchen Buffet from Marty's Musings

Several years ago my husband surprised me with this framed picture below. I was an avid collector of everything “tea”: teapots, tea sets, cups and saucers. I even had a wallpaper border with teapots on it. This particular birthday my husband contacted the artist and bought the print, had it framed and hit it under the sofa to surprise me. Still beautiful to me today.

The four cross stitch teacups were stitched for me before my sister passed away in 2000. This arrangement may not go with the rest of my more rustic decor but the memories surrounding them bring such joy.

Chalk Painted Kitchen Buffet from Marty's Musings

 These shabby chic chairs were a brilliant repurposing project by my husband.

Shabby Chic Dining Chairs from Marty's Musings

Another reminder of our strong family bond is this old window photo frame

 Photo Frame made from old fence boards and window -

The other end of our kitchen is not completed but I will share the fence board backsplash my DIY hubby came up with. Love the beach cottage feel it brings to the kitchen!

Fence Board Backsplash from Marty's Musings

How about whimsical canisters? Just more of the little details that are so inviting.








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  1. I love the kitchen and dining room. I love when you put all the individual posts in one post. Especially when there are so many projects I’d like to try. I can find things so much easier! Thank you……

  2. kirby carespodi says:

    As I told the other ladies…I am getting around to as many kitchens as I can now that I’m back in school. I LOVE blue and yellow as a color combination–they bring such a happy feeling!

  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely kitchen with us today! I love all of your creative DIY touches especially the china cabinet! Have a great weekend! ~Christy

  4. I love the blue and yellow! Every detail is a gem, Marty!

  5. Love your bright and sunny kitchen! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. I love how colorful and happy your kitchen area is. The yellows with the blues just makes you want to settle in and snack or visit. Your mom’s wedding china, wow…that is AMAZING. I also love your blue canisters, they are such a wonderful pop of color.

  7. Marty to say your kitchen makes me smile is an understatement. I love the cheerfulness of the yellow, white and blue, it brings a smile to my face every time!
    Thank you for giving such a lovely tour and inviting us into your world,

  8. Oh I dearly love this post. I love you keep it real. My Mom had the same philosphy about dinner at 6pm on the dot and ALL were expected to be there.
    Is that a Sandy Clough print your loving husband bought you? I have been in the Sandy’s Tea Society for 11 years. I am a huge fan of her work, and her loving kind gracious Christian soul. She’s awesome.

    Your stitched teacups from your sister – priceless heirloom and looks great anywhere!

    I too have a lifetime of teacups and teapots – and used – but all stored when not using. I never used it as decor, really but sure love a pretty tea party tablescape.

    In celebration of All Things Kitchen this week I actually shared my kitchen for the first time. You see, it’s all contageous! : – )
    Have a wonderful weekend with that awesome family of yours in your wonderful fun kitchen.

    • Hi, Michele. It is indeed a Sandy Lynam Clough print. I haven’t kept up with her in years but this picture is still a favorite of mine. Her work is amazing.Thanks for stopping by!

  9. So bright and cheerful! Love it!

  10. Your kitchen is just wonderful. It looks like a real place where people gather and love each other. That’s my favorite kind of kitchen!

  11. OK, seriously. Your kitchen is adorable! I love how perfectly you’ve kept to your color scheme. The whole thing is like something out of a fairy tale for me!

  12. Marty I love the colors with the yellow paint. And I love you eating area! Great job!

  13. Such a bright and pretty kitchen! LOVE the blue/yellow and white! I think it is my all time favorite combo! My favorite part of your kitchen… that wonderful backsplash… the chandy… and your painted cabinet! All so creative!

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely kitchen, Marty. I really like the pops of blue and the jar chandy is adorable.

  15. Beautiful job on your kitchen! I love the color combination the yellow is so inviting and happy! Your chandelier is fantastic 🙂

  16. Marty, your kitchen is just wonderful! I dearly love your colors – blue and yellow will always be one of my fave combos. I really loved getting a closer look at all of the details. And your moms china? It is absolutely gorgeous and what a treasure too! I used to collect teapots too and still have some tucked away in a cabinet. Remember the little mini teasets that were all the rage for a while? I had a jillion of them.

    • I knew you’d like the china, Suzy. I’m very sentimental about it and I just love the vintage pattern. Mixing my china with hers and yard sale items has been such fun. I love not being matchy matchy! And yes, I still have most of my mini teasets up in the attic. I’m afraid my kids won’t want very many of them. We should have a yard sale 🙂

  17. Marty, that teacup art is a treasure!!! It is just where it belongs. You know I luv that mason jar chandy. Just the cutest things! We should fix up my fence board counter, and your fence board back splash. hehe

  18. Love the blue and yellow, so cheery!

    • Thanks, Kelly. I didn’t know it until now but those are such fun colors for me! This whole room just completely evolved one project at a time, and it was fun seeing it take shape.

  19. Love the blue and yellow combo!! Your mother’s wedding china is absolutely beautiful!!!

  20. Your mason jar chandy is sooo cute! Love it! And that bright yellow wall color is so happy!

  21. LOVE your chandelier and the teacups. And the pop of color is so cheery!
    Jamie @

  22. I love your cozy kitchen and your lovely collection of teapots and vintage plates.

  23. I really love how you painted the kitchen table. It turned out beautiful and looks store bought. Any tips on how you refurbished an older table?

  24. Your kitchen is so pretty, warm and charming! I love all you did and I think you are one talented gal…ya’hea? I love the table, it came out awesome with just some paint and your mother’s china is gorgeous too! I love your painted hutch and your dishes on the above door shelf by the ceiling and your masan jar chandy, are simply amazing! Thanks for sharing! Hugs,

  25. Linsey @ Farmhouse Porch says:

    Cheery! The fact that you carried the color scheme throughout makes it all really look polished. I love your attention to the details:D


  26. We love what you have done. Please come share it with us at Craft Frenzy Friday! The party starts Thursday to 7pm cst. I won’t be a party without you!

  27. You have such a beautiful, inviting kitchen ~ thanks so much for sharing at last week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning!

    Mary Beth

  28. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you’ll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on through Monday.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

  29. Loving the kitchen! I highlighted you tonight on my blog for centerpiece Wednesday please put a little link back to me if you would 🙂

  30. Love the backsplash you did in your kitchen using old fence wood. You mentioned you cut it, sanded it and sprayed an “aerosol primer” on it – to lighten yet preserve the look. Can you tell me what type of “aerosol primer” you used and if there’s a process to it?? Did you use a certain type of sandpaper for sanding??
    I have the opportunity to obtain some old barn board and would love to achieve this look at my own cottage.
    Your kitchen looks fantastic as well as the rest of your rooms.
    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Here’s some info from my hubby: The primer I used was a Zinsser aerosol, but Kilz makes a similar product and is available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any home improvement or paint store. Wal-mart will even carry something. The technique to over-spray is simply to change the angle that you spray the wood with; you can either spray across the surface (as opposed to directly at it) or just spray from a greater distance than normal. You can enhance the coverage by decreasing the spray distance and could use a color for a more dramatic effect. The sandpaper was just a medium grade sanding block, not paper. This would tends to be very rough and can waste and tear sandpaper – the block holds up longer and protects against splinters as well.

  31. i love your yellow and blue! I want to paint my office yellow. Do you know the color name/number of yours? That would be SO helpful. I am going to look for a hutch to do over…yours if amazing!!! Thanks for the pictures!

  32. Whoa! This blog looks just like my olld one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

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