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. 

Paint and Idea 

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


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

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A bowl of food on a plate

This creamer is from my own wedding china.

A close up of a coffee cup, with Saucer

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

A cup on a plate, with Kitchen and Hutch

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

A vase of flowers on a table 

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

  Jar and Kitchen

 or in the evening.

Kitchen and Paint

 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. 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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  3. 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!

    1. It’s BEHR Premium Plus Ultra “Yellow Begonia.” I adore the color and just about everything about the room! I’d love you to send me a pic!

  4. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.