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Thursday
Apr052012

What a Crock!

Look who got a makeover!

A few weeks ago I shared my Martha Stewart inspired tip for organizing your kitchen countertop.  During that post, I mentioned the beloved utensil crock that Mark and I received as a wedding gift over six years ago.

It used to look like this...

This crock has been one of the few wedding gifts that we have used all these years because it has been so functional.  But, over the last few years my home decor preferences have gravitated from warm colors to cool neutrals...which meant, the red crock was becoming an eye-sore.

My solution?  Well, there's nothing that a few coats of spray-paint won't cure!

Though, I was a little scared using spray-paint here.  Let me tell you why...spray paint is toxic, so when it comes to my cooking utensils I don't really want them touching a toxic material.  So I had the idea to create a fabric liner for the inside of the crock.

Don't worry...if you're not the sewing type, you might be interested to know that I didn't sew one stitch to create this liner! 

A few weeks ago I found a cheap table-cloth at Savers.  I bought it with plans of making some throw pillows, but as I worked on this project I thought this fabric would work perfectly as my liner.  Since the table-cloth was already hemmed I simply cut a rectangle (long enough to wrap around the circumference of my crock, and allow for a hem) from one corner of the table-cloth.  This left me with two clean-hemmed edges and two cut edges.  Like this...

Then, I used iron-on hem tape to create a smooth edge on the bottom (though you don't have to do this since the bottom edge won't show), and to secure the two narrow ends together.  Then I just flipped the liner inside-out, tucked it in the crock, and folded it over the lip-edge.

I think it looks like I spent a lot more time on it than I actually did.  Then again, that's the best type of DIY project, right?  In total, it took me about 15 minutes to make the liner.

It looks so much better now than it did before!  Plus, it's helped me decide what I want to do with the crystal bowl that is next to it.  Before, I was debating if I should leave the bowl as-is, or if I should paint it white...now, I'm pretty certain I'd like to paint it white.  Especially since I painted the wooden base light gray...I'm thinking it would look good to trim out the bowl (where the silver lip is) in that same color. What do you think?

Would your decision be influenced at all if I showed you my brand new storage canisters??

These were actually a gift from Mark.

When we went down to Home Goods to purchase the new rug for the family room, I found these in the kitchen section.  Mark gave me one of those looks like, "we already have canisters, Kelli." So I hugged them and then put them back on the shelf.  A few days later, Mark stopped by Home Goods to see if they had a knife sharpener, and I guess he had a change of heart.

When I came home, these beauties were waiting for me on the kitchen counter!  I love them so, and I love the one who gifted them!

I've got a few more projects to share with you this weekend...then next week I'm going to spend some time sharing some blogging tips.  Next Tuesday is my official Blogiversary, so I'll be sharing what I've learned throughout my first year of blogging.

As always, thanks for checking in with my site!

 

 

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