With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: White and Light

Thursday, October 25, 2012

White and Light

I love them both in our home.
Many times I thought of adding shelves to the kitchen windows.
So, part of our anniversary day together was spent picking up supplies for this project.
Yup, that's what you do when married 37 years ~ enjoy being together even in the mundane things. 
My goal was to update and add interest to the window, include some privacy, still enjoy the backyard view and spend as little as possible.
Initially I wanted glass shelves but we decided to make them of wood. We couldn't find white brackets that we wanted so I painted the ones we liked the style of.  Standard molding framed the outside of the windows. Then it was on to spackle the nail holes, sand, prime and paint.
 John added a thin piece of wood to the shelf edges for more detail.
 No curtain was Jared's preference, and I liked the look too.
I went ahead and made cafe curtains and hung them with those cute little ring clips from a thin rod.  However, I didn't like gap between the shelf edge and the top of the curtains.
So, I simply slid the rod through a single pocket I made. 
The seasonal views are always lovely through these windows
springtime flowers
summer green
autumn colors
winter snow
wild life ~ birds rabbits squirrels chipmunks (and even a blue heron)

39 comments:

Debbie Huffaker said...

I love how light and bright your home is, too. Ours is the complete opposite, due partly to the fact we live in such a wooded area. The shelves look great!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks beautiful, Lorraine, and the white curtains are so bright and cheerful!

I hope you had a very happy anniversary celebration!

Lee Caroline said...

What a delightful update to your window. Fancy we both featured white today ☺

I would like to share your window makeover on my inspiration post next week if this is ok with you.

It seems strange to me to see autumn colours when are trees are bursting with fresh green growth here in New Zealand and pretty blossoms are everywhere.

Lee ☺

Pondside said...

It's lovely. Funny, but the view from a kitchen window is often the best on a house and yours is lovely - onside and out.

Kristin said...

So lovely! What a blessing.

Barbara F. said...

The shelves look beautiful and a really nice idea. I do prefer the wood to glass, I think. Such nice views all year round. xo

Olga said...

Your windows are so pretty. And with all the green and yellow in the background, they look really charming.

Brandi said...

This is a such a beautiful idea!

myletterstoemily said...

this is an anniversary you will always remember
for the beauty you now enjoy!

Sandy said...

Just lovely, Lorraine. I love the shelves and curtains. And, Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Quite inspiring. Makes me want to stay a spell.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Loving the idea, it's so warm and homie..wish I could go for a cup of coffee by your kitchen window and check on the neighbors, lol..No, you don't need any curtains. Big hugs,
FABBY

Snap said...

Lorraine, this is lovely. Perfect for 37 years! :D :D :D

Just a little something from Judy said...

I smiled as I read what you said about, "that is what you do when you are married 37 years". So true. You two sure do make a good team, and you Lorraine could write and illustrate a diy decorating magazine. I for one would buy it. What a good looking window arrangement.

Donna said...

What a nice result! I love it!

Slice of Southern said...

What an excellent idea for the kitchen window! It add so much depth, and I love the white, and the cafe curtain provides privacy at night. Just beautiful!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Your photography is amazing, even in low light its amazing.

I love your windows and the added shelves can be decorated for all seasons. Light can dance off the glass items. I was going to ask before I read, I was wondering if John routed the edge of the wood but you stated he added trim. Looks wonderful!

Ann said...

What a great idea you had. It looks really nice.

Susan said...

Super job on the shelves, LDH. Really nice. And wow! You made the curtains, too. Smart woman. Love the new look. Susan

marie said...

Your window looks really pretty Lorraine! I love the new shelves and I agree...."no curtains" is the prettiest. So nice that you can pull them to the sides and enjoy both options! The little extra bit of trim is the perfect touch.

kitty said...

I love the new look! It was joint effort and you both did a wonderful job!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your pretty windows!

podso said...

really, really nice! I love the cafe curtains you whipped up! That way you can have it with or without!

Cheryl said...

Love your cheerful new shelves...and the window views...and the fact that you and your husband enjoyed your anniversary planning and shopping for a project! ♥

Thank you for guest posting for my daughter Kati yesterday. I will be trying this recipe.

And I keep forgetting to tell you that I made your peach chutney and served it with grilled pork when we had guests for dinner...and it was a huge hit with everyone, young and old(er)!

Maple Lane said...

It frames the view very nicely. You two did a great job.

BECKY said...

I love what you did! White and light...the best! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea and photos.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love the light, love the white, love the newness and oh so welcoming.
You and John did a great job.
A very Happy Anniversary to you both.
Now, if only I had more than one tiny window in my kitchen...

Carol said...

It's beautiful! I wouldn't mind doing dishes if I had such a pretty view :)

Heather said...

That looks really nice I should do that in my kitchen your giving me ideas hehe ~Love Heather

Bev said...

They look wonderful... Yep I know what you mean...shopping on your anniversary...

Traci said...

It looks great!

lindsey said...

Your window looks lovely, It is our 37th in February and yes this is the sort of things we do too!

Adrienne said...

I love the way your window shelves and curtain turned out. I've thought of doing the same with my kitchen window! You're always an inspiration.
~Adrienne~

Aly Severance said...

I just found your blog and had to post to say I love it. :) And I love the white and light in your kitchen. Just lovely!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That little shelf and the cafe curtains are so very pretty in that window. Definitely adds a bit of personality. Sure wish I could have clean windows around here, along with a nice view. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Shelia said...

Your shelves look wonderful and I love your little cafe curtain too!
Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Denise said...

Hi Lorraine,

Your shelves look terrific; you and your husband did a great job on those. I've long been a fan of cafe curtains, and yours are so cute and cheerful. I think it's good to have some privacy at night.

I would love to have those double windows and such a nice view from my kitchen. My window is very small and gets very little daylight. I won't complain, though, since we just had our kitchen re-modeled. It's much more cheerful than it used to be. :)

Visiting from Seasonal Sundays; have a wonderful week!

Denise at Forest Manor

BECKY said...

So lovely Lorraine. Your whites are so crisp and clean and serene!! Your kitchen is a very refreshing space! Thanks, gal, for sharing on Blissful Whites Wednesday!! Hope all is well with you!
Hugs,
Becky

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♥Linsey

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