Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Americana Kitchen ~ Part Two

My Americana kitchen.

I painted this little Americana Folk Art Bunny way back in the mid 80's when I use to teach decorative folk art painting. I taught how to paint this bunny at one of my classes for beginning students.

Yesterday I shared photos of the kitchen in my Texas home, and today I am sharing the kitchen nook in my present California home.

But... it doesn't look like this anymore. 

This was how it looked when we first moved in and before I tweaked the decor. Those red chairs are back in the dining room and the blue chairs (from yesterdays post) are back here in the kitchen nook area. 


The chandelier will most likely get painted when I redo the furniture in the near future. I am thinking about white, just for the wood  part. 

This is the top on the hutch.

Those little yellow cats are symbolic of my big cat named Norton. He was found in the shipyards of Norfork, Va. when he was a little tiny kitten and was so dirty and oily that he was thought to be a black cat .

He traveled all the way from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast of Washington State. All that way in the backseat of my daughter's car... along with her sailor husband, a toddler and a baby. 

His next move was down the Pacific Coast to Northern California in a mini van. He squeezed in with three dogs, another cat, a very elderly grandma, two grand kids, a grown daughter and of course me. 

The Mr. had already moved a month or so before and the boys flew. That was a preview of how our three cross country moves would be like over the next 12 years.

The coyotes got Norton one month later... right off our front porch. No one had warned me about coyotes. I sure miss that cat. He lived seven happy years. The other animals all lived to be over 14-17 years old.

Okay... back to the kitchen. 


This little (inexpensive) hutch was purchased online as a display for the shop I had in Texas. (I have two of them.) I will be painting one of them black to coordinate with the table and chairs that will also be painted black. I am thinking of replacing the back of it with some beadboard paneling painted white.

The Shaker pie safe cabinets (from yesterday's post) are actually sitting on each side of the hutch at the present time. 

As soon as I paint the table, chairs, hutch and pie safes, I will take more pictures to share  with you. I am pretty sure I will be going with black as I have two tall skinny chicken pictures framed in black that go above the pie safes.

Well thanks for letting be share my kitchen(s) today and yesterday. If you missed the Texas kitchen yesterday be sure to take a peek. It showed more of the Americana dishes and painted furniture pieces.

I am joining these parties:
Tabletop Tuesday
Sunny Simple Sunday

Bunny Jean



Shelia said...

Hi Bunny Jean! Oh, I just love your breakfast room. Sorry about loosing yesterday's post. I'm glad I got to see it. Now I didn't realize you were so talented in painting. Your little patriotic rabbit is so cute! Love it. Your hutch is darling too. Love your sweet dishes in it. I had a neighbor when I lived in New Mexico who had some very similar!
Be a sweetie and have a nice Memorial Day weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barbara F. said...

I love your Americana decor. Poor Norton, he is playing at Rainbow Bridge, I am sure. I am sorry to hear about the lost post. I am glad I read it. xo

Bunny Jean said...

Good news! I was able to find yesterday's post.

It got deleted from my drafts/published pages in Blogger. I was editing it after publishing (to add parties) and I somehow deleted it.... yikes! (This time I was not able to back click to retrieve it. TIP: if you lose something always try back clicking first)

The draft that was saved in my Live Writer wasn't totally edited. I fixed it and re-published my post... but the comments were gone.

Thank goodness I have my published post email to me ( subscription) and so I did a right click copy of the opened email page, and pasted it in to a new post in Blogger. When I published that time, it had all my comments and the original time embedded so now it is as if nothing ever happened.

Just a LOT of work to figure out how to do it.

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Bunny Jean -- You are such a talented lady. Your folk art bunny is adorable. The whole room sings summertime to me with the red, white and blue theme.

Quite a list of projects planned to update your rooms! Will be visiting your posts to keep up with the transformation.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Debra

denise said...

Hi Bunny Jean! Your bunny is so cute. I knew those were Susan's dishes. I love her stuff. Your eating area is just darling. Denise

Joy Burkhart said...

Hi Bunny,
Thanks for letting me know about the warning on my blog. I'm going to have to change my email, I guess. Somehow it's connected to that, I think.
Have a good time this weekend with the Mr.!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love all of your decor. The flag is wonderful and I adore that chandy. It is so pretty. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, marty

Debbie Kay said...

Hi Bunny,

Ohhhh I love that apple pie dish, do you remember where you got it? I absolutely adore it.



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