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Rice Lake, WI, United States
My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Dining Room/Kitchen Make Over

The paint brush has barely left my hand since my last post!  I've been on a painting marathon and mission to paint all dark surfaces in the kitchen and dining area!  
I've even been thinking of painting the floor.... but to tell you the truth I'm a little bit sick of painting right now so that is probably not going to happen any time soon!  
How do you like the old primitive work table I moved in here in place of the fancier oak one? (see last post for before pics)  It is more narrow and seems to fit the space a little bit better. 

Between coats of paint I fired up the sewing machine and sewed some new curtains for the dining area.


I used a cotton ticking in an olive brown and cream stripe for the curtains. I always have to custom make curtains for the windows in the dining area because I can never find ready-made to fit. 

I am loving the lighter and more airy feeling in this area now.  I am trying to keep the accessories to a minimum too.  So very hard to do when I've collected stuff my entire life!

Here is a couple shots of the kitchen too.  I used the same buttermilk color paint on the cabinets which were painted an Old Colonial yellow color before.  I still have some touching up to do and inside the open shelves to paint.    Sheesh.... when will it ever end!

As you can see ol'  Orange Sink is alive and well!  He's behaved well through all the painting and washing of paint brushes.  His reward is going to be a fresh bead of caulking as soon as I find the time.

Cathy G


  1. Cathy, I LOVE the new look of your kitchen! It looks so fresh, light and welcoming. Wonderful makeover.


  2. Hugely different! I love it ~ very primitive looking with the new table! Great job, Cathy G!!!!!

  3. Wow, what a great look you've created. So airy and fresh and gorgeous... You are a great decorator and this would be fit for a magazine edition.
    It must be so rewarding to do have done this yourself. I love the ticking for curtains.
    Why stop painting when you get such good result. Keep up the great work and thanks so much for sharing your excitement with us. I feel like I just came over for a visit.


  4. Cathy job well done!!! You worked so hard.
    I love the new look and the table I am drooling over...it's awsome.
    Have a good day.

  5. Bright and beautiful.
    Love it.
    Woolie Blessings

  6. Morning, looks fantastic, so welcoming...ya, I am drooling over the table and chairs too, beautiful........Nice and bright, great orange sink, :) Blessings Francine.

  7. I really like the lighter airy update to your kitchen and dining area!! It makes your wooden bowls and your wonderful table really show up!
    It is hard work but so worth it.

  8. Love the new look. I have been wanting to paint my old wood cabinets, now I'm thinking colors........buttermilk mmmm, maybe.

  9. Your make over is wonderful and it is much more airy and fresh looking. Oh, but I also love that chair pad on the stool in the one picture too.


  10. Love the kitchen and LOOOOOVE that orange sink !
    Best, Carol in Az

  11. Your handiwork is so nice, bright and so homey. I love it all and really love your table.
    Now I know I should have known this but I laughed to see your orange sink, you really do have a orange sink.
    I don't know how I ever missed that. What a happy sink.
    I love the colors you chose and your curtain look wonderful.
    When your winter arrives I bet you will be so happy for all of the light.
    I am really enjoying hooking the 1820 sunflower right now. I will post pictures soon.

  12. Love the ticking curtains! Yes, lighter colors are better.... everything looks fresh and relaxed!

  13. Everything looks wonderful, but you should get rid of that orange sink - JUST KIDDING!!!! Very, very nice job on all of this. I'll bet it feels great to walk in those rooms and enjoy the new look. Thanks for letting us see it!

  14. I think it looks wonderful! The ticking for curtains is perfect. I'm still loving your orange sink. I can safely say it is the only one I know of ;)

  15. WOW!!! It looks great Cathy!!!! I love love love that table!!!!! Oh my gosh... I want it!!! You did a fantastic job!!

  16. What a beautiful job you did!! There is a certain satisfaction when you complete a project of this scale and it was your sweat and tears responsible. Love all the updates and of course, your orange sink. Much nicer than a stainless one.


  17. Cathy ~
    Everything looks so fresh and clean! You can come help me if you run out of projects...lol!
    LOVE all the windows in your dining room and I'm envious of all you kitchen cupboards. My kitchen is a one person kitchen :(
    Hugs :)

  18. What lovely changes Cathy - I love the lighter colors you chose. are those pierced tin panels in the upper cabinets? Very nice.

  19. LOVE the new look. The "old" look was nice too, but well, the table made it! Love it and those curtains are wonderful. I never noticed your orange sink before. Wonder why? I like it. Again, love the new look

  20. Your "new" old table is perfect in that spot - LOVE IT! The entire makeover is super. ~Ann

  21. Hi Cathy,
    What a wonderful transformation to be proud of!! I know first hand HOW MUCH WORK that can be and it is truly lovely!!! BRAVO!!!
    It looks like a very inviting place to cook, chat, and just admire!! Now to find the person to cook for you and then you can just chat up a storm and admire your handiwork!! Well deserved, I might add!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Heart Hugs~~

  22. I love the new look and the table is better!!! That orange sink is just fabulous...orange and green..so awesome! Dianntha

  23. Your new dining room looks fantastic! Any tips for painting over all that wood trim? I have that same orange-ish woodwork all over my house, and would love to paint it.

  24. Cathy,
    Your changes are so wonderful!!! Your rooms look so light and airy and your collections show up so nicely. Love the curtains too. I know it was a lot of hard work but you certainly achieved what you set out to do to perfection my dear. Thank you for sharing and for all the inspiration. Hugs, Lori

  25. Hi Cathy,

    I love your new look! It is so beautiful! I can imagine the long hours you and your husband put in but the finished look is awesome!


  26. The changes look amazing. Lots of work but beautiful finish!


  27. So wonderful! I agree with all the other posts.

  28. Wow cathy! You have been busy! Love it! And love the color! I know you will enjoy!!


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