Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Hide and Seek

Reading a couple of blogs, Logcabin primitives and Behind my Red Door, prompted me to join the hide and seek challenge. I started out tonight with one side of my kitchen. I would love to have a big board to cover my stove, but they are $$$. I have a small cutting board that I found at a garage sale for 10 cents! It's not very large, but for now I'm happy. I did hang a feed sack from the handle of the stove door to cover up some of the white. We purchased this stove for our first house 14 years ago, at that point in my life I wanted clean white appliances. As you can see from the microwave above the stove black is my choice now. It goes much better with my dark red cupboards. Found the feed sack at a garage sale for $1.00, there were 4 of them there, why oh why did I only purchase one of them????????????????????? As my mother would say, "live and learn". This is the outlet that feeds the undercounter lights. My mom has her lights set up so that she never unplugs them, you just touch a door hinge and they go on and off. She even had her dog trained to turn them on by licking the hinge! I don't have outside hinges to set this up like hers, so when mine are on I have to plug them in. I don't leave them on for long periods of time, they get so hot. At most they might be on a couple nights a week for no more than 1/2 hour at a time.

You can still see the cord behind the cutting boards, but it is much better.

I love old mashers. The box is Navy Blue from Olde Century paints. Our middle child made it his first year in 4-H woodworking. It's supposed to be a flower box, but Mom wanted it in the kitchen instead. I know these pictures aren't great, I tried with the flash and it just washed everything out so you'll have to be satisfied with the overall idea of what I did. I have a wooden plate in the back of the box and leaning on that is a recipe for "Johnny Cake" in my Grandmother's VERY distinct handwriting.

All I did was move the nail for the sign over and it covers the outlet. The sign is an end of a shipping crate that my parents gave me. I like it because it says "New York" on it. I grew up in upstate NY and it's a memory from home.

My real challenge is the other side of the kitchen. I have the phone, phone jack, outlet for my under the counter radio, disposal switch & outlet. I have to do some thinking for that side. I think I'll walk around the house and see what I can snatch from other rooms. I'd love to see what you do to hide your signs of 21st century life. ~Ann


  1. Ann~I love your hide and seek ideas!
    I have some good news about the stove board...Go to Lowe's or Home Depot ...any hardware store and have them cut a piece of straight pine to the measurements of your stovetop. If you want to add sides and a back have them cut 3 smaller pieces...about 1-2 inches wide. You can simply nail these strips onto the sides and back.
    Then you can paint and antique it just how you like at a fraction of the price than having someone else make it!
    I made mine for $13!

  2. Love seein your kitchen the cabinets too:)

    I have some things covered and some there is just no way:)

  3. Your kitchen looks so good! I'm thinking of painting my cupboards red - after 29 years I need a CHANGE from the oak. If you have any helpful hints or suggestions, please email me!

  4. What great ideas! I love the NY shipping box that you have hanging! Very neat!
    Love your kitchen!

  5. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the ideas. I love electricity, but I hate the cords and outlets showing. Now you've given me some ideas!

  6. HI!
    Just hopped onto your blog tonight and had a great time looking at all your clever ideas! Your hide and seek pics were fav was the feed sack...can you feel me kicking you for not buying all of them...kick...kick...kick!!! LOL!

  7. Isn't it fun to think of different ways to hide things or at least cover them somewhat. Thanks for joing in!


Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm so happy to "meet" you through blog land. ~Ann