Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kitchen Decor

About 2 to 3 times a year, when I really deep clean, I take the time to polish and wax all of my cabinets and counters.  Makes the kitchen look amazing.

See the light reflecting in the island.  It got sealed and polished.  I showed you how I do it in this post.

 The cabinets were washed down with soap and water and then polished with pledge,

 So were the counters.  My back counters are formica in kind of a leather finish.  If you wash them really well, then polish them with pledge, you will get a nice soft sheen and the dirt can't stick to a shiny surface, so you don't have to clean as often, plus they look amazing.

 Then the fun began with a few new vignettes.  My new little pig from a recent shopping trip found a home here.  Click here to see my post about my visit to Garden Ridge.

 Just shopping the house again and rearranging things.

See the painting and cow silhouette on the side wall.

 This is the piece that my son carved for me.  I love it, one of my favorite treasures.  It got treated to a nice coat of Old English polish to feed the wood.

 My sheep painting got dusted really well with a soft brush and the frame also got a good feeding with Old English.

 Totally spic and span for a while.  Now I need to cook something and enjoy it.

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  1. I love it! Did you cross stitch the prayer hanging on the wall? I did one exactly like it about 25 years ago!! I had the book, but gave it to a friend because I had to give up counted cross stitch when my eyes started going. I still love that piece and when I saw it on your wall I giggled to myself...it made me smile.

    1. Yes I did the sampler. I love it too. I did mine some time in the 80's I think. My eyes couldn't do it today either. Hugs, Marty

  2. Marty - you are the housekeeper extraordinarre! Your kitchen looks lovely, all spiffed up!! Jane

  3. Your kitchen looks amazing. My cabinets need cleaning and waxing too. What a difference it makes. I love the piece your son carved for you. How sweet is that! I'd definitely treasure it. Thanks for the inspiration Marty :)

  4. Marty I have never used Pledge on my Formica? Will have to try that tip. Your cow your son made is a wonderful gift from the heart.

  5. Marty, you have such wonderful kitchen, with all the lovely vignettes. I've been procrastinating about the cleaning of all my cabinetry, that, now I'm finally inspired to hear you say they look terrific after, I think I'm gonna START!! Thanks for the tip too. I had a pig I made at shop in HS, eons ago..and mother always had it in her kitchen wall in Astoria-Queens..I will remind her. Big hugs,

  6. Your kitchen looks fabulous Marty!! After all that cleaning I wouldn't want to cook and mess it up LOL!

  7. I just typed a whole comment and it disappeared UGH!!! Anyway, I said it looks great and the wax really makes it look rich- Fabulous kitchen! xo Diana

  8. Your kitchen is spotless and looks perfect, Marty.

  9. Your beautifully polished kitchen reminds me that I need to to do the same!....Your kitchen is always bright, cheery, and spotless!..
    Have a wonderful week!

  10. Beautiful as always! You have THE cleanest house! It always looks shiny and perfect. You rock!

  11. Beautiful...so shiny and clean! I love all your piggies...:)


    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  12. Your kitchen looks GREAT - now I have to get cracking and deep clean my kitchen. Love all you pictures, roosters and chicks.
    Thanks for the great blog.

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    1. The kitchen Looks great!!!!!! I must have the goat on the wall!!!

  14. If only I had your tenacity. I so need to polish mine. It looks great, Marty. The island vignette is my favorite. :)


  15. These pictures posted by you are a great example for many kitchen cabinet manufacturers to show them the ideas of Maintenance Free Kitchen Decors. The wooden cattle shaped wall accessory is also very innovative. Thanks for sharing such goodies with us.

  16. Marty you amaze me in how hard you work in your home. Your home always looks so beautiful. Your always cleaning polishing rearranging. I so love your home and your style.

  17. L'amour de votre maison... Je suis admirative et merci pour cette jolie publication.
    Gros bisous à vous.

  18. Marty, Your kitchen is lovely! You have such a decorator's touch. I'm off to view your post on sealing your granite - my granite countertops are at the point I need to do this.
    Hugs, Beth

  19. It looks great, as always, Marty! Love the shine to your island counter. We are hoping to get new countertops this year. We are looking at either granite or quartz {which doesn't need the maintenance of granite}. Right now they are, I don't know what - not formica but something not very expensive as there are some chips in it. I've never thought to try Pledge on the countertop after cleaning it. I'll have to give it a try.

  20. Hi Marty,

    Your kitchen looks great! It will soon be time for me to seal our new granite counter tops, and I'm glad to know you've shown us how. I'll be referring to your post on that.

    Your new pig is so cute. :@) I saw your post about Garden Ridge, and I was so excited to discover there's one in Greensboro, which is only about 45 minutes from us. I'll be checking it out very soon!

    I like your vignettes with the roosters and the wheat sheaf. One of my favorite things is your sheep painting. Thanks for sharing, Mary, and have a wonderful day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  21. Sorry I typed "Mary" in the last sentence! It was just a typo.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  22. You have a very lovely and homey kitchen.
    I love your little whimsical trinkets in there
    especially the hens... love them and collect them too.

  23. Marty, I need to do this in my kitchen. Maybe your post will inspire me. I've always loved that farm vignette on your island (with the farmer and wife under the cloche). Love the cow your son carved. He should sell those. I'd buy one. laurie

  24. Marty,
    Your newest "little Piggy" looks perfect with the pig cutting board on your counter vignette!!!
    "Mr. Ed" & I are doing Spring Cleaning in the kitchen,also, this week!
    This way we are close to the patio doors and can enjoy all the SNOW falling on the Prairie!!!
    I made a pot of Beef and Wild Mushroom Stew with Parsley Rice to enjoy after all the deep cleaning!!! Truly amazing comfort food!!!

  25. Looks great, Marty! There is such satisfaction in a clean kitchen - too bad it does not last forever. I have been cleaning, but I have not tackled polishing the cabinets, yet. I will think about that tomorrow - well, I am a southern girl and Scarlett O'Hara and I have some things in common...lol!!

  26. Can I hire you? I will come and pick you up!! My kitchen is kinda clean but I cook and bake too much so it always has whatever around. Your kitchen looks delightful, clean and so pretty. I love the cutting board your son made. I will be waiting for you Andi thewednesdaybaker

  27. Marty, I have always loved your kitchen and you create the prettiest vignettes on the countertops. Everything looks beautiful! Thanks for joining the Open House Party.
    xx, Sherry

  28. Marty, your kitchen always looks wonderful. Isn't it amazing what a coat of Pledge can do for things? I have always loved the smell of Lemon Pledge--makes things smell "clean" to me. :) Your kitchen is so full of cheer and beauty; you're a great example to us all!

  29. Your kitchen looks so delightful, Marty! I love seeing all of your fun vignettes. Doesn't it feel great to do such a good cleaning! However, I can't imagine your home ever getting very dirty.
    Mary Alice

  30. Your deep cleaning puts me to shame! :) Your kitchen looks beautiful! You really are a master at beautiful vignettes! Love the cow your son made for you!

  31. Doesn't it feel so good to have it all nice and clean? Sure does look pretty.

  32. Can you come do my kitchen? Ha! Yours looks fantastic. My mom had a prayer sampler like that too. I love the cow your son made and the sheep picture is beautiful. Thank you for sharing at "What We Accomplished Wednesdays." Have a great weekend!

  33. Hey there! I really love your nice, clean kitchen and your vignettes. Very inspiring! BTW, where did you get your white ceramic "Butter" dish? I've been wanting one of those for years.