3.01.2010

French Kitchen Mundane Essentials


Remember in a previous post when I said I was on a mission to find a certain something during one of my treasure hunts? You remember that.....right? Well the old coat hooks was what I was after, with thoughts in mind of making a French provence kitchen towel rack for The Vintage Nest shop.


My weekend was spent working on it. I wanted to make two but the electric drill went kaput so the second one will be put on my "to do" list. But at least I have one thing on my "done" list. :)


Even the most mundane kitchen essentials become sophisticated, warm and fun with a fabulous towel rack like this one. The French use a different towel for everything in the kitchen. Mains for hands, vaisselle for dinnerware and verres for glasses. I used old barn wood, sanded and smoothed to perfection and added the vintage cast metal worn and mellow coat hooks. Painted in worn white and trimmed in rustic black, shabbified, antiqued and finished with paste wax for lasting beauty and protection. Even the lettering is faded from left to right, as would happen should part of the rack be washed in the morning sunlight for years. Fleur-de-lis symbols in worn barn red compliment the rack and add a touch of charm. Fun for hanging the dish towels on but also a great way to showcase some sweet old aprons too.



So what did you do this past weekend? :)

22 comments :

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Lynn, I wish I had a place on a kitchen wall to hang this beauty. I love it! Your weekend was much more productive than mine. laurie

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Lynn,

What a wonderful towel rack. I've done things similar, but different LOL. I really like the aging you got on it.....great job.

Hugs,
Meri

Carol at Serendipity said...

Just too clever. I have to avoid paint...I spill, I touch things - not good.

Love the towel rack.

Carol

Charli and me said...

Good afternoon Lynn, What a fun project! You really did a good job. I also like how you put the aged finish on it. Your right some thing like this would be great for aprons too. Very nice idea. Thank you.

Ann Creek said...

You did a fabulous job. Great spot to showcase those treasures.
Ann

Margaret Cloud said...

These hooks are amazing and I love them. A few years back, we lived in this old 1875 home and it had upstairs in the closet about six of these hooks, when we moved they went with us, and I use them still. I like what you did with yours. Have a great week.

Claudia said...

Lynn, that is simply beautiful!

xo
Claudia

shirley said...

What a wonderful way to get some bounce into a winter day. I love when a project like this comes to life. I would love to change my traditional style to french counrty. So much more fun to decorate with F.C.

The Muse said...

tres chic!
i love that you have given the mundane a newer, brighter and fashionable presence! and you created that...ah, ms lynn that adds to the charm... :)
ooo la la ...
gorgeous :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Lynn!

That is neat!

What did I do? I traveled and also did a craft project that isn't nearly as cute as yours.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Christine said...

Lynn, I looked and looked at that shelf in the previous post and would never have guessed you were looking for those hooks. Good on you! I love that rack. You did a magnificent job!

Amy Kinser said...

So very pretty.

vintage frenchhen said...

How cute and creative of you! Marcia

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Well I certainly wasn't as creative as you were LOL. I helped a friend and fellow shop owner get started on his webshop. Then I gathered some French inspired items together to put up for Tuesday's Treasures.
Your week end looks like more fun.
(())

Victoria said...

That is gorgeous! You're so talented, I wouldn't even know where to start doing something like that!

Jennifer said...

I love it Lynn! What a creative and useful idea! It turned out so lovely and looks very chic.

Hope that your are well....
Jennifer

Linda said...

This towel rack is wonderful! You create wonderful pieces and this is just another perfect example of your artistic talents...hugs, Linda

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Lynn,

It looks great! You did a great job "aging" it.

~ Tracy

Lisa said...

Delightful use of your finds Lynn!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Lynn, that is a work of art! It does truly look aged. How interesting about the different towels; I must be part French, because I won't allow my husband to touch my dish towel; the crazy man is forever trying to dry his hands on it!

Dana and Daisy said...

well aren't you the clever one?

Barbara Jean said...

Lynn,
Very sweet!
Thanks for coming by for a visit.

blessings

barbara jean

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