Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting a 2008 Top 10 Projects party. I came up with four projects around the Salmagundi house that are my favorites for 2008 (in reverse order)!!


Our guest bathroom paint job and update.

Before: Not bad, but needed repainted, crown molding, and a new counter top.
After: New shower curtain; a richer taupe color on the walls; mirror frame & cupboard repainted black; new lighter counter top; and not visible in picture - base cupboard painted and pictures of family's homesteads framed in black.


Jelly Cupboard.

Before: One of my husband's hobbies is to buy old furniture that is in pieces, and restore it to its former glory. Here is a jelly cupboard he found in pieces laid out in his workshop.

He's figured it out and it is now back together again (almost).

And now, it is all finished and ready for resale. I wanted to keep this one, but it was sold in a flash!!


Our computer room paint job and update.

Before: Nothing much had been done in here for 10 years. Time for a redo!

After: New crown molding, darker paint color on the walls, and all of the bookcases and the computer desk repainted in black.


The kitchen paint job and update.

Before: We put this wallpaper & border up 11 years ago - time to let go!! In this picture, the border was starting to be stripped off; we had already replaced the old blue counter top with this lighter one; installed several new recessed light fixtures; replaced four of the upper cabinet doors with glass; and we had installed the hardwood floor. The kitchen was always so dark - only one window that looks out on our screened-in porch. The oak builder-grade cupboards from the 1980s were worn and dreary.

After: The crown molding is installed, the cupboards and walls have been repainted, and a new micro hood is installed over the stove. It is so much lighter and pleasant in the kitchen now.

When I talk about projects, I always say we; but in reality, it is Bob who does all of the painting and carpentry work. I am so fortunate, all I do is think things up; and he does it! I am part of the clean-up, shopping, and furniture moving crew, however.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our top four projects for 2008. Now go visit
Southern Hospitality
to see all of the other great projects listed.

Thanks for stopping by,


nikkicrumpet said...

4 amazing transformations...I love the changes in the bath...that black framed mirror and the red curtain really added some punch! But your kitchen kills me...it doesn't even look like the same room! Great job...so what's next for 2009?

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great makeovers! All wonderful.

I love the cabinet. I would have wanted to keep it too.

Southern Lady said...

Wow, Sally ... All four projects are truly amazing, but my favorite one is the Jelly Cupboard. It's a shame you couldn't have kept it. Your husband is very talented and I don't see how you can part with any of his restorations.

Your kitchen transformation is fantastic, too ... you did a beautiful job!



laurie @ bargain hunting said...

WOW! Can I borrow your husband for a month or so? What talent! Everything turned out so great. laurie

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, I love all of your projects! But I ADORE your kitchen! I want one like yours!! Waa!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

Hi Sally...I was all ready to say my favorite thing was that wonderful cabinet your husband re-finished that was until I saw the before and after shots of your kitchen....I love it!! What a difference. I also updated my kitchen this year. We went "green".....We put down Pergo flooring, I hate it, it looks very plastic-like....not like hardwoods at all...Home Depot said it would be best with the dog....WRONG...and as for the going green....Yes, we painted the walls green....

Carrie from Colorado Springs said...

Isn't it fun to look at all your projects together and realize how much you really accomplished?! :) I love the cupboard.

imjacobsmom said...

All your projects were great! Your kitchen looks so fresh and new. I wouldn't have wanted to part with that cabinet either. I can't wait to see what you come up with this year.... Robyn

Raggedy Girl said...

Thank you so much for this post. I am totally inspired to get to some re-painting and fix up project that I was just kicking around. Been in my home for 22 years and it just need a kick in the pants. Love the kitchen.
Roberta Anne

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Thank you for showing all your wonderful tranformations!!! The cubbord is so beautiful - I can see why you wanted to keep it!! Your Kithen--- WOW!!!--What a drastic transformation!!!

I am blessed in having a DH like yours who so graciously and lovingly does all the manly stuff!!

Still looking forward to getting together sometime- we leave tomorrow for AZ for DH parent's 60th anniversary!


Ma'dame French said...

All great transformations but that kitchen is unvelievable;) Wonderful i love before and after's;) French

Tootsie said...

it is all wonderful! thanks for sharing!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Great makeovers but I like the original shower curtain! Your kitchen really looks just beautiful - that was the biggest change I think!


Smilingsal said...

I love, love, love your kitchen!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Wow! You sure got a lot done! Love your kitchen & I don't see how you were able to let go of that jelly cupboard!

Susan said...

Wonderful projects!

Stop by my blog..I have left you a little something at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/2009/01/moi.html

ann said...

Oh Sally,Grab That Hubby Of Yours And Give Him A Big Ole Kiss From Me For You.Do You Know How Rare He Is?????????Do You Have Any Idea?
When me and dh got married,I had to be careful what I mentioned.He would get up from the dinner table or wherever we were and start the project right then.And we weren't young either,we've only been married 7 yrs.
I have the Christmas tree and all the decorations ready to put up.It may be put up by Valentines day,or maybe not.....Ann

JANE said...

Those are great and the Jelly Cupboard is amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi I came via Nikki, what awesome before and afters ~ love them !!!

Nice to meet you.
Kathy :)

Happy To Be said...

Sally this is all beautiful..but girl that Jelly cupboard just made me drool..you know me and antiques..oh girl I would loved to had that piece..thanks for sharing...what a great Hubby you have..give him a hi-five from me!! hugs and smiles Gloria

Sue said...

Hey Sally....first I get you thinkin about making candy and now you might try the jam!! Yah!!! give it a shot it's really really good. I didn't strain it to get out any seeds, I like blackberry with seeds but you could strain it to gets some of them out. Let me know if you try it...Sue.

Rue said...

Good morning Sally :)

All of those projects are really amazing, but the one that is the most incredible is that kitchen of yours. I can not get over how different it looks! :)

Oh and nope... no regrets. We had fun making this house full of character, but in the end we knew it wasn't our forever house.

rue :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sally, I got your link added so others can come by. And wow, have you been busy. Love the jelly cupboard & the kitchen is just fantastic. How great to have a handy man around. Y'all have really been busy & totally updated your space. Thanks so much for playing along.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

WOW... this are amzing transformations..I would want to hang onto the jelly cupboard too!! I like to hang onto too much..a true test of that is the office as I put it back together there is alot going "away".. lol
hugs ~lynne~

Marie said...

Wow!! It's all so great! The kitchen is just amazing. Isn't it wonderful what a little can of paint can do?? All these project posts are inspiring to get off my badonkadonk and get going again!

Becky said...

Sally, your kitchen looks amazing! I've been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets white. Did you use kilz (I think that's what it's called) before you painted them?

Have a fabulous day!

beth at aunties said...

I must of missed the jelly cabinet yesterday...It is fabulous and I can see why it sold so fast! It must be hard to let these beauties go.
The make over in your kitchen is simply incredible!!! I saw someone post your kitchen on their blog today as an inspiration to them, because of how light it is, Sally!!!!!
It is breathtaking:)

I also like how your computer room turned out. Your projects are wonderful and it is great to have a companion that works so hard:)


Judy @ In His Grip said...

The kitchen change is incredible. It all looks great!

Melissa Wertz said...

Amazing redos. You did a great job. Your hubby too!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

By golly I don't think I have ever come to visit you! Love all your redos! Great job on the kitchen. I love black too. I decorate with a lot of black, red, white, and , punches of green. Do you mind if I put you on my blog roll? cherry

TJLoop85 said...

What an amazing transformation! I think you did a great job.

The kitchen was definitely the most dramatic renovation. The crown molding and paint color looks very nice as well.

Again, some great pictures.