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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Small Changes to the Cabinet Top Displays

I don't change the tops of my cabinets around very much, mainly because I have a lot of big items up there and I don't have anywhere else to put them.  I did make a tiny change this week when I got up there and
cleaned.  Sorry for the poor picture quality.  Either the huge track lights (which I hate) or making a glare or I have to use the flash and it makes a glare too. This is what the cabinets have looked for a while.


And this is the after.  I moved the picture and replaced it with a couple of old crocks and some more tin cans.

I love old crocks, and tins and use to have a really large collection.  I still have a few that are fun to decorate with.

I've had this old crock and the whiskey jug for years. 

I like to stack tin cans and the colors of these two work well against the dark walls.

Change is always good, and this gives me a few different things to look at.

The rooster tole tray had been hanging on the wall above the pantry door.  Then I took it down and used it in part of the counter display.  (You can see it in the pic below.)  That left the wall blank and of course I couldn't have that.

I love having it on the counter for a change.  I think it shows up more.  Love the colors.

Gotta' have something to go above the door.  The needlepoint had been there before, so I just put it back.  I think it shows up better there than the tray did anyway.


That's it.  Not very much, but it's still fun to play. 

Thanks so much for your visits, I always look forward to you stopping by.



45 comments:

  1. Marty,
    I love your old tin cans and crocks. Hope you have a wonderful fall day!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. I wish I had the space above my cabinets to decorate. I did in my other home and I loved it. Now I have to find other spaces to put my vignettes. I love how you changed it up. That tray is really pretty and so nice on the counter!

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  3. Well I like the new and improved, but I liked the old and beautiful as well. I really love the little vignette in the corner!!

    You have a beautiful kitchen Marty.

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  4. You have a beautiful kitchen, Marty! Love your vignettes and especially your island!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  5. Lovely kitchen! I love the old tins and crocks. They look beautiful displayed on top of your cabinets.

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  6. Marty, I always love to see what others do with the space above the cabinets. I too have that "dust collecting area". But, what better time to rearrange when you clean. I see we share the same picture in the breakfast room. The old man saying grace. I've featured that one before on a post.
    I love it!

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  7. I love the changes you made. They are just right and I agree - the needlework shows up very well above the pantry door. Now, if I just had open cabinets and a pantry. . .hmmm, think of the fun I could have!
    ~Adrienne~

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  8. Marty, I have never noticed the color of your kitchen walls. They are very pretty. I love dark brown.

    -Rene

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  9. Marty,
    Very nice! Suttle changes are sometimes the best! Thank you for inspiring simplicity in our decor.
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  10. I really love the teas box. It is very graphic and that is the perfect spot for it. ♥O

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  11. I love your taste. You are drawn to the same kinds of things that I am. LOVE those old tins and crocks up there.

    And I do agree that the needlepoint looks pretty over the door. It's very different there and stands out.

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  12. Adorable, Lady Marty... you always find the gorgeous way on how a house feels a home.

    Wish I could grab you & bring in Sweden to help me with my decos.

    Happy Day & TS day to come.

    x0x0
    /chie from Stockholm

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  13. Hi Marty! Your collection of old tins are wonderful. I love the graphics on them. I especially like the Tea bin over your fridge and the Whiskey Jug. Everything looks wonderful!

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  14. I thought it was great before & I'm still thinking it's great. You and several others here in blogland are starting to peak my interest in the whole chicken/rooter thing. It looks like a truly fun collection to start.
    Carol

    PS Thank you, Marty, for your nice comments. I wasn't fishing for a compliment, but I truly appreciated it anyway.

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  15. Oh how I wish I could decorate like you Marty. Your home is just so beautiful
    Love
    Maggie

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  16. Marty, I love your "tweaks" in the kitchen! I helped my mother-in-law arrange her upper cabinets using very similar vintage items and it just adds so much character. Thanks for sharing it with us and now I know why I don't have anything displayed above my cabinets...cause then I would have to clean them! :-)
    Vanessa

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  17. Yes, it's fun to play, and it's really fun to look at what you've been playing with! I love the way you make changes--it's one of the things I admire about you. I tend to get in ruts!

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  18. Your cabinet top vignettes look wonderful Marty!

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  19. Hi Marty, I love your old tins and crocks! Changing the decor, even when we just move it around, makes it all seem new. When my hubby says, "is that new" I say no--I just moved it! :) Linda

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  20. Hi Marty, As always I love all of your choices; cabinet tops can be tricky if you have a good deal of space(I have 14' so have to use large pieces). I love the tin cans and I have several crocks I use too.
    You have such a gift of decorating.
    Hugs to you.
    Noreen

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  21. I love all your vintage stuff, Marty. Love the rooster tole tray. The needle point frame actually looks good above the door, it pops! I like both arrangements but I know how good it feels to change the look every now and then.....Christine

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  22. You have such fun things to rearrange!

    m ^..^

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  23. I love your tins. I have a Morton Salt tin that I keep kosher salt in next to my stove.

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  24. I love both the before and after! It is fun to play though. I have the same space above my cabinets and I keep all my very large bowls, cake plates and baskets up there. You have reminded me that I should clean it all!! ;-D

    XO,
    Jane

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  25. What a wonderful place to display your larger pieces. I'm with you, I'd be not so inclined to get up there and rattle things around on a regular basis. I do love where you put the rooster tole platter, having the basket of fruit almost makes the fruit on the platter look like it's bursting out into 3D form.

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  26. Your changes look very nice. My mom used to display bunches of antique tins. She's like you, she uses things for a while and then rotates them in or out for a change. I'll bet your guests just look and look when they visit your home.

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  27. Love the changes you made with your kitchen decor. Change is a good thing.

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  28. Lovely changes in a lovely home Marty! Love the tins and crocks.

    Hugs XX
    Barbara

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  29. I just got a space to decorate above my cabinets. I have too many ideas for the area. I guess I will be changing it out quite frequently.

    I appreciate you stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Comments make blogging fun.

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  30. It all looks wonderful! You have such a warm and inviting kitchen! I just love the vintage crocks and tins.

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  31. When we remodeled our kitchen I made sure to have space above the cabinets...have always loved that! Sometimes just moving a few things around can make a big difference. I like all your befores but also like your changes. Keep sharing...please!

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  32. Marty, I love your changes to the top of your cabinets. I am coveted your rooster tray! It is one gorgeous tray. hugs ~lynne~

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  33. You have such a great eye. Because of you and two other ladies (Melissa and Kristen) I finally decorated the tops of my cabinets! My husband really likes it a lot, too! =)

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  34. oh my!! Marty! Loved that collection of tins.. That a real treasure up there!!

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  35. Looks great Marty.. I too love changing out items on my cab tops and you are so right.. Its a great place to put the bigger items that are so hard to store...

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  36. I love all of your changes, Marty. You have some beautiful pieces, and, you're right, it's fun to play !! I really like all of your roosters and other lovely collections! *Becca*

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  37. It's always amazing how just switching things around makes everything fresh again. I really like your rooster touches--I may have to have a bright green one.

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  38. I haven't been over here in awhile as I haven't been blogging in 3 weeks or more. I just love your kitchen! It has such a warm, homey feel to it! I have decided to paint my kitchen a light shade of chocolate brown. It is good to see it in a kitchen so I have an idea of what it will look like! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Marty~
    Although I loved what your counters and cabinet tops looked like before, I agree, it's fun to change it up once in awhile and I love your your little changes. Sometimes that's all it takes to fell like it's all brand new! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!
    Sheila

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  40. Hi Marty, I love everything in your kitchen, I really need to use some of your ideas to add a little bit more to mine ;) Love the old tins and stuff.

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  41. Marty I can not keep up with you and Kim you guys are always on the move, AMAZING!!!! Love ya, Kathysue

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  42. What a lovely kitchen, I love the crocks, it looks so nice and cozy!!

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  43. Oh Marty, that Ovaltine tin is great! Brings back some memories. And I love the "Grannie Taylor" whisky jug. What a find that was! The needlepoint does look so pretty above the door. I feel like I'm always changing something in my home, but when I look around to find something to post for Tabletop Tues., nothing seems to be photogenic. You always have something wonderful to show us. laurie

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  44. LOVE that "teas" box, & the Ovaltine tin. I change up twice a year & put up all my Dept. 56 houses at Christmas. Then I declare them Winter decorations, as they take so much time to put up, they stay there until Feb. - Mar.
    Funny story though... a friend recently told me that they had a crock, similar to yours, on top of the cupboards for yrs. took it down & listed it on Ebay... It sold for $3000... they were very surprised to say the least.
    You may want to check on it's value : )

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