Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Baking Center From An Old Desk...

When my parents moved in with us 7 years ago, we added a second story to our house. The new stair case created this odd area at the bottom of the stairs in the kitchen.

I've had lots of things there, but I think this may be a keeper.



I had this bookcase storage unit there in the past...good for storage, but try to give it more height with the clock and lamps.


This is how I tried out the new change.
  • brought up an old desk from the basement
  • swapped out the larger bookcase (from the above picture) for this top of a hutch
  • put my baking stuff in there and lived with it for a week before committing to painting


Let the painting begin.


I left the top of the desk natural, so I don't have to be careful about chipping the paint when working on the desk. Breaks up the black too.


I have a tutorial coming up on how to make this BAKING sign. Easy peasy! Click HERE for sign tutorial


Simple cardboard boxes covered with fabric. I just wrapped the box like a gift and hot glued the edges down. I bought the boxes in the mailing office supply section in Walmart. They were the perfect square size and only 50 cents.


Pipe straps found in hardware stores for the handles...these are always my cheap "go to" handles. I think $2.00 for a bag of 10-12.

Key chain tags to tell whats inside.


Store all your baking items in there.


I've had these glass canister jars for years...they are only $10.00 in Walmart. I just saw them this week, so I know they still carry them. Smaller sizes are about $7.00


The computer key board drawer pulls out and holds my cookie sheets and baking racks.


The drawers hold bowls...


cake pans...


mixers...


and a file for recipes...


When you find a recipe on line, you print it out on an 8x10 piece of paper. In the past, I folded them up and stored them away.


Hard to find when they are all folded up.


Now they are easy to read.










Little jar for small baking tools...


and don't forget the kitchen mouse.


Just need to put drawer pulls on and it will be all set.


I love what paint can do. Look around your house and see what you can transform!

Take care,
~Karen~

53 comments:

  1. Good job! It is a well thought out baking center and it turned out very nice. I give you an 'A' for creativity and another one for your hard work.

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  2. Beautiful job. So stylish and organized. In my next life . . .

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  3. Very Cute! I really like your new baking center! Thanks for sharing! Kim

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  4. This is beyond cute!
    I love it. Would save me SO much space in the kitchen!
    xoxo
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

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  5. You are the queen of repurposing! I love this idea.

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  6. I love it!. It´s really very useful and organized.I've put it in my Pinterest board of decoration.

    Carmen

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  7. I absolutely love this idea, Karen

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  8. Isn't paint wonderful...looking good. I loved paint so much I became a painting contractor!!! Ha!

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  9. You are so clever! Happy baking!

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  10. I love it! It's ingenious inspiring, and organized. I'm pinning this for sure!

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  11. I really like this idea!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! You took and made space for something important to you, great job!

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  12. That is amazing! So classy yet practical.

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  13. Once again, a beautiful idea. Now I wish I had a corner to fill.

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  14. Love it! It matches my dining table perfectly!

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  15. Brilliant! You have made your own Hoosier!!

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  16. Uh oh, someone warn my husband....I'm starting to get inspired! :P xx

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  17. What a great idea! Sew simple, and sew cute, and sew functional, too! Love the mouse.

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  18. Love it!!! I wouldn't change a thing!
    What a great way to store all those printed off recipes!!!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  19. Clever and handy!!! Looks very nice.

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  20. Really awesome!! Now I want one! (wink)

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  21. Thanks for the inspiration! I just love this baking center!

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  22. Really like the makeover and great idea of storage and computer use, and still keeping in with the kitchen look.

    Debbie

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  23. WOW!! That looks great - sooo jealous - I wish I was that organised and your little silver mouse is such a cutie xxx

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  24. That is awesome! I love your hiding place for the cookie sheets. They are always a disaster, even in the skinny cabinet I have for them. I saw a desk at Goodwill yesterday, but no hutch. Hmmm....might have to ask dad to make something.

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  25. This is AMAZING! and I LOVE seeing your thought process from one thing to the next. Thanks so much for showing that. So often it looks like gifted people just pick something and it looks wonderful right from the start. I also LOVE the tips, from the boxes, to the handles, to the... well, you get the idea.

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  26. I love it! What a great idea! I wish I had some space in my home to add a baking center like yours.

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  27. It looks great. What a clever idea. I love your kitchen mouse!

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  28. Your projects are so inspiring and always useful. I'm blown away by this one.

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  29. That is absolutely ingenious and looks fantastic! Love the new look by the stairs, and love love love the way you've organized all your baking things there, with an awesome BAKERY sign atop. Looking forward to the tutorial!

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  30. Can you come and do my home?

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  31. I love it! Especially the baking sign!

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  32. Looks awesome! Do you put a primer on before painting black. Sand it a little and just paint? Looks so nice.

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  33. This is awesome! What a great idea!

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  34. Karen, you never cease to amaze me! This is a wonderful idea. So cute!

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  35. Beautiful! You are so talented.

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  36. Genius! Way to work with what you have.

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  37. Looks fantastic! If someone didn't know they would think you bought it like that. I really like using the keyboard slider for your cookie sheets!

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  38. I love how your baking center turned out.
    (I slip recipes into page protectors when I print them so that if I spill something on them I can just wipe them off.)

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  39. Very, very clever! Lots of great ideas, not to mention how great it looks! Could I make a suggestion? You have a wonderful blog, but I would enjoy all of your wonderful pictures so much more if they were larger. Any chance you could click on them when adding them to your post to change the size to X-Large?

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  40. My goodness you're an artist in the wide sense of the word (I translete it directly from spanish I don't know if it makes sense in english...???) Thanks for such a big ideas.
    Besos

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  41. This is gorgeous!! I wish I had somewhere I could put that!

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  42. I love it and I want one!!!! Alas, there's no place to put it. You have such wonderful ideas - thanks for sharing them!

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  43. PURE GENIUS... and gorgeous on top of functional.. GR8 job!!!

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  44. Beautiful!!! What black paint do you recommend? I'm about to start painting some old bookshelves:)

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  45. I love it, you did an awesome job!

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  46. What a great idea! That looks beautiful you are so lucky to now have all your baking needs all in one place

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  47. I love the way that you think outside the box and you are so analytical in your approach to all of the steps. AMAZING and IMPRESSING! Are your family members ever nervous that you might find a way to re-purpose them? LOL!

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  48. Where do you find the little round tags with the metal around them that you hang on your boxes? I have looked and looked for them and can't find them. Got to try the office supply next to see if they have them.
    I LOVE your baking cabinet AND your baking sign! I have a cabinet I bought from our local drug store awhile back that would be really neat for this idea but I have my china in it. lol The bottom of it doesn't have doors on it so I put lace curtains on it. But I really like what you've done with your desk and you door kick! Good job!!!

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  49. Karen, I just found your blog and have had the best time looking around, L-O-V-E this baking center. I'm off to the hardware store to look at the pipe wrap, wondering how it will look on my kitchen cabinetry...I've decorated my kitchen in a vintage farmhouse style but the white raised panel (would rather have beadboard)cabinetry presently has gold handles which I hate! Thanks for the inspiration. Warm Hugs,

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