Bring Home the Colour!

Michelle's quiltIn the past, I have tended to choose safe colours as I decorated my home. A few years ago, our daughter-in-law, Michelle, made us this beautiful quilt using the colours she perceived made me happy. When I chose my shirt that morning I had no idea we would be receiving this beautiful gift. Clearly, Michelle knows me very well! Her gift pushed me out of my comfort zone into my joy zone.

So when I started renovating our kitchen in 2016,  Michelle’s quilt became my inspiration.  Instead of fabric, the pattern of our new kitchen is made up of old bricks, dark beams, reclaimed cedar shelves and pale wood cabinets. I was a bit scared when I started to paint the cabinet cases red but no regrets. To balance the red, I brought in some greens. This was my first test of Fusion Mineral Paint products. I guess the fact that we now sell Fusion paints shows that I am a solid convert.

The faux distressed plaster wall was so much fun to make! With several coats of FMP Tough Coat it has stood the test as a back splash for food prep. The cedar shelves attached to that wall are an extra point of pride. Who would have thought the original 100 year old painted window sill could become so beautiful! It is amazing what hemp oil can do…after some strenuous stripping.

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Our kitchen floor is another example of deconstruction beauty. Layers of old flooring were removed to expose the old floor boards. There were a lot of holes and wide cracks to fill but paint covers a multitude of imperfections.  I used a 50-50 blend of FMP colours “Lichen” and “Plaster” for the base colour. Then I highlighted the cracks and knots with “Lichen”. I wanted the floor to look like old planks without worrying about vacuuming crumbs out of the cracks. A couple coats of FMP Tough Coat finished off the job for extra durability.

Maybe you can’t  make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear but you can make a warm inviting room with some very raw materials, elbow grease and excellent paint.

Bringing colour home is all about discovering your own joy zone. What attracted me to being a FMP product distributor was the prospect of helping other people discover the palate of their joy zones. When you visit The European Pantry you not only can bring home the bacon….and cheese, chocolate, teas, seasonings, etc…. you can also bring home your joy colours. Come for a visit and let us help you discover your joy zone.

You can read more about our kitchen renovation here: The Year of the Kitchen

 

The Kitchens We Love

BCE92475-0FB0-45BA-A537-0868D878337CThere are those kitchens where more memories are made than any other place on earth. I remember when my Oma and Opa moved to Fruitland, Ontario. There was an apricot tree there. Oma baked the most delicious sand cakes filled with apricot jam. Years later I realized that this must have been a new recipe she developed or borrowed to use up an abundance of fruit that year. This in itself might appear unexceptional if not for the fact that she was quite elderly already. As young persons we do not always pause to really observe and understand the elderly. They are often merely part of the backdrop of our lives. As a teenager I saw nothing of myself in my Oma’s wrinkled face. She has been gone for almost 30 years now but the memory of her readiness to innovate with new ingredients whispers through the years to me as I cook and experiment in my kitchen.  It tells me that I am very much her grandchild.

E200517D-CC1C-49B5-A590-7E056A95E22EKitchens are often the hearts of our homes. Being greeted by the aromas of supper cooking after a long day at work makes our labour so much more worthwhile. Special conversations happen over a cup of tea and a slice of our favourite cake.  Bruised knees and feelings are comforted by a sweet treat. At the heart of these kitchens, however, are the cooks who make these places special.  These are the people we celebrate with more of our “Handmade Kitchen” signs. Whether you call her Gramma, Nana, Nagymama, Mom or something totally different you can honour the special cook who is making memories for your family by commissioning a personalized sign at The European Pantry.