Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Have you repurposed lately? A "new countertop"

Have you all survived the dog days of summer? We have cooled down here. I actually had to break out a hoodie the other night. Also for the first time in a long time, the thermostat dropped below 70. We don't have central air. That isn't possible in some parts of the country and with these summers getting hotter it might not be possible here much longer.

We were both on vacation last week! I don't have any tropical paradises to share with you, I have something better! Lots of transformations from around the house. It was quite the productive vacation. I, do, get the impression Jim would have liked to relax a little more than we did, but...

Our vacation accomplishments include:
1. An overnight stay with my family. We picked up my Grandma's china cabinet and lots of other goodies while we were there. Made some memories.

2. Picked lots of produce from our garden and canned most of it!

3. Got the china cabinet(s) rearranged and the clutter from that project put away in time to cover the dining room table with the contents from the pantry and all the cupboards near the pantry. I wish I had taken a photo.

4. The dining room table was covered in kitchen products because we added 5 feet of counter space!

5. Some little projects with things that had been sitting around the house.

6. Repurposed another old ladder (this one my Great Grandfather's) into a quilt rack.

7. We visited the moving Vietnam Wall while it was in town. Had birthday dinner with some friends that night too.

8. Jim made an amazing dinner on my birthday and peach crisp from fresh local peaches. YUM!

9. We hit a couple sales and found a few good buys.

10. We watched a lot of Olympic coverage.

It was a productive vacation. I didn't have to go to the office and that was what mattered!!!

Today's post is about number 4! The counter space. We called it "Operation More Counter Space"

Here is a peek at the end product!

And now here is the story.

These two pieces play a very important role in this story.
We picked the door up at a place in Pittsburgh called Construction Junction. It has been sitting in the basement ever since, just waiting for its "new life." The shutter came from a sale somewhere and has also been waiting for its "new life."

When we bought the house we gutted the kitchen. Yes, I mean gutted!!!!
Jim's Mom redid her kitchen about the same time so we received all the old cupboards out of her kitchen.
They were ours to use as we pleased. One of the pieces was this AWESOME pantry with spice shelves on the inside of the doors. We loved the pantry so much and had it in our heads where it was going that we saw nothing else. The doors on the bottom right are the doors to the pantry. We made the rest of it look like it was one piece. Pretty cool, but.. if we take it out, we can GAIN 5 feet in counter space!!

Here is a peek to the inside, including the spice shelves.

The original cupboards have been in the basement serving a purpose in Jim's shop.
So while things were displaced upstairs, there were plenty of things displaced downstairs, because Jim had to empty this puppy out to bring it upstairs.

Needless to say, this blue wasn't welcome in the kitchen.
Painting must be done.

 The drawers after a coat of paint.

Oh my!!! Look at that wall.
The things you forget about once you cover them up!!

Don't ya think??

Here is where the shutter comes into play...
Yes, I started grinning at this point.

We took the pantry outside and cut it to the size we wanted.
We brought it back in and...wah lah!

A look at the shutter being painted.
Had to start somewhere and the shutter seemed like the best place since it was the piece holding some suspense!

A look at the paper that lined only ONE Of the drawers.

All painted up and put back together!!
Can you tell there is a shutter there at first glance?
How about a door?

The door is our NEW countertop!!!!!!
We even kept the hardware!

Please pardon the clutter on the table, but it is canning season...

We also had this cabinet upstairs.
If you look in the picture just above this one you can see this cabinet now hanging on the wall.
I now have a towel draped over the door as well as the ladle holding the candle that can be seen in the next picture.

This basket and candle holder were displaced because we, ok Jim, used one of the "leftover" pieces of the spice shelves as a spice shelf. It was painted up and hung here.

Pretty Nifty huh?

Here is a close up look at the cabinet in its new home!
Want to know why the right door is closed?
First, if it were open it would be in the way when you came in the back door.
Second, it is hiding the bottles that hold the liquid that gets poured into 
the glasses you can see. ;)

In the end, we gained 5 feet of counter space and actually gained cupboard space too!!
It just changes the whole look of the kitchen!!
The only expense we had was a piece of plywood to make the bottom for the "upper cupboards."
I still walk in and am amazed at how different it looks and that our countertop is A DOOR!!!!

What is your favorite part???

Update 8/19/12! This post received the "I think outside the box" award at My 1929 Charmer. Thanks Cathy!!

I was featured on My 1929 Charmer Blog!

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  1. Awesome ideas! Love how you used the shutters!!

  2. Wow, you sure have been busy. I'm really liking the door you're using for a counter idea! Thanks so much for visiting and for all your wonderful comments:-)

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I have enjoyed your upcycling. cheers Karen

  4. No doubt the door turned counter top is my favorite. I still can't believe you guys thought of that. The shutter as a back splash is a close 2nd. I think the liquid in the right side of the cupboard sounds interesting too. Last but not least we missed you in the office.

  5. WOW..Great job you two..Your kitchen looks awesome..I love the door as a counter top..I was thinking..if you wanted the counter top to be smooth you could have a piece of glass or plexiglass cut to lay on top of it..that way you could see the door through it..

  6. Wow awesome, and very clever of you to use the door and shutter the way you did. The door counter top is way great! Your kitchen is looking really good. I would add the glass/plexiglass to have a smooth top! Loving the shutter as a backslash - your two did good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  7. Congratulations on your feature!

  8. door countertop, rolling pin towel bar!!! love!

  9. It's party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog and you're invited! Please come by and link up any post(s) related to making your home a better space. I hope you'll join us for Making Space Mondays. Hope to see you there! -Tabitha

  10. Wow-we do like a lot of the same things, don't we? :)
    Love your door counter top, and your kitchen in general! Very fun!

  11. Hey, thanks for your comment on my kitchen! But I gotta say your's is pretty awesome too!
    I love the idea of using a shutter and a door in a completely different way than you're used to, great!

  12. What a great use for that shutter! Pinned and loved. Thank you for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays!

  13. Love the space! The door makes an awesome countertop!!



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