Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Sweet Kitchen: Loving My Home Well

Last night, my husband finishing hanging all of our hand painted kitchen cabinets. I squealed in delight at the finished project. We've lived in our home for 6.5 years and for the majority I had brass door knobs and off white paint. The older range (what I like to call my vintage gas oven) had stainless steel which clashed like cymbals with the other hard ware. It wasn't an ugly kitchen by any means, but it wasn't pulled together nicely either. That's often the custom in old homes. When one thing goes, you just replace that item and it's often a hodge podge look. My kitchen also had bright white appliances in an off white cabinet kitchen that had gotten pretty banged up over time. Not to mention that my kids had also used one door in their toddler art masterpieces that I couldn't get off no matter how hard I scrubbed. With no paint to just touch up those areas, we had no choice. It was time to freshen the space by painting those bad boys. 
I chose Valspar oil based satin for the cabinets. Found at Lowes. The hinges and hardware we found on Amazon. We used the foam rollers for cabinets and doors and I cut, while Hart rolled. It didn't take us nearly as long, even though it isn't a project we would like to repeat anytime soon! And my husband certainly doesn't want to have to hang cabinet doors for a living! Ha!

It's funny how some things take you years to get to. For so long I think we had put off painting the cabinets, because we thought it was going to take us forever to get the project done. It was done in a week. We've been praying through selling our home and moving closer to family, and that motivation has gotten a lot of needed projects crossed off our list.
But the funny thing is, it isn't about selling our home, or fixing it up for someone else, or trying to get top dollar, I realized that this home of mine, these cabinets finally painted are a reflection of who I am and the order and beauty I crave in my home. I've realized that even if we don't stay here that long to enjoy it, it was nice to get a project I've been wanting to do done. The satisfaction of that accomplishment means a lot in and of itself.

It's true, that "love gathers here". It's so cliche and cheesy and yet is my heart in my home. It's what I want for my kitchen as I prepare delicious meals for my family and love creating that beauty in the ordinary. 

 It's just nice to walk into a space and say "Ahhh, my work here is done." Somehow I imagine that's how God must have felt at the beginning of time, when he rested on the 7th day after creating such beauty in his creation. While I am no way trying to compare myself to being God, I just appreciate that feeling of making your space relaxing and a joy for you family to enjoy, whatever it is or however it looks. And I think I can see now how your space, your home does take time to create, and not to be frustrated with the slowness of it. It's the slowness that causes us to love our homes well.