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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Old Silver And A Peek

There is finally what I like to call
A Light At The End Of The Tunnel in our Kitchen Makeover.

But more on that later . . . .

Yesterday came this to our mailbox:
 A rather beat-up box, torn and stuffed with newspapers and inside:
 Except not.
Not sterling I mean.
Instead, old silverplate flatware.
 Pre-1920, judging by the silverplated knife blades.  Later blades are stainless.
 Between the shipping and the auction cost, these 30 pieces of silver(plate) cost $17.50.
 12 knives, 12 forks, and a half dozen spoons -- all matching.
I like to use old flatware at Thanksgiving; I like to think it's been used before at family meals.
It's got history.
I have enough for about two dozen people in my old Georgian pattern plate,
but with 31 at table this year, I needed more.
 They are in great condition.  A light polish, and wash, and they're good to go.
Old Reed & Barton; I don't know the pattern name but it should blend nicely with what I have.

 And now for something completely different.

Okay, not different; I've been plaguing you with pictures of our kitchen redecorating
for weeks now, but things are actually, finally, hooray-and-hallelujah coming together!

Since there is still work ongoing, and the kitchen looks like -- well, it looks horribly messy --
I'm only sharing snips and bits of what's finally done, or nearly so.
I am still working on the doors for the pantry and wall oven areas.
 I couldn't start on them till the other doors were finished; no space to lay them out.

If you are new to That Old House, here's the kitchen we started out with,
2-1/2 years ago when we bought the house:
 It took us that long to get up the nerve to paint the oak!

I still need to:
finish the backsplash;
paint the toekicks black;
order more vineyard knobs for the other white cabinets;
put the rest of the new-but-old-looking wood knobs on the faux-Welsh-dresser-thingy;
make curtains out of that old linen-and-crochet table runner I shared with you last week. . . .
At least I think it was last week.

Then I have to put everything back where it belongs, except the stuff I will pick up and say,
"I don't need this!" and bring to Goodwill.
Thereby making room for me to bring stuff home from Goodwill.

Four Linky Parties today for That Old House. 

Tam at The Gypsy's Corner hosts Three Or More Tuesday.  Click here!
Linda at Coastal Charm hosts Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays.  Click here!
  It's Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Blog.  Click here!
And it's Twice Owned Tuesday at House Of Grace.  Click here!

Have a lovely Tuesday; it's gray and damp here in Northern New Jersey,
but that's okay -- I am inside, and heading for a can of paint!  -- Cass


  1. damp and wet here too, but that's okay cause I AM heading for a couple of cans of paint for MY kitchen.
    We should have a race to see who finishes first! :)

    Yours is going to be sooo beautiful, just like your house.
    Good luck getting it done before t'giving. That is my goal also.
    have a good day painting!

  2. G'morn, Cass ~ My what a change you are creating in that kitchen. Love that silverware ... & the kitchen is just going to be awesome!

    Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  3. You's going to look fantastic. C'mon, we want to see more!

  4. Ohhh...I think you ARE going to be done for Thanksgiving...and I love your silver! Perfect-a bit of polish and shine and it is good to go! Hugs-Diana

  5. Oh that's really looking good!! Can't WAIT to see it finished!!

  6. Nice deal on the flatware!!
    Wet and gray here today, but have to get out in it later today. :(

  7. Cass...the kitchen is perfect...even your silver pieces!!!!

    I can't wait to see your T'day tableware!!!

    From today on my blog there's a surprise....I'm going to translate the recipes I'm going to post...and I'm going to do this even with the posted recipes...have a nice day!!!Ciao Flavia

  8. Just looking at the hints I think the kitchen looks amazing. And that silver plate deal! I once had a decorator tell me that if you don't have family heirlooms, just go buy someone elses!

  9. Love the silverware Cass. The kitchen is looking like that inspiration room everyday. Blogger has decided I may not blog anymore. Sweet yes?

  10. You have been busy. I really like the improvements. I also like the old silver plate, I agree, history is much nicer than a perfect match.

  11. Love, love, love your old/new silver. Where did you find them??? The kitchen teases are fabulous. Can't wait to see more pics.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  12. What an exciting post! The silver is beautiful. Loving it.
    The kitchen is so exciting. Love seeing the project unfold.
    What is the edge on your soapstone counters? Ours is rounded, because that was standard. Yours looks square and I really like it.

  13. Looking good and can't wait to see the end result. Love the silver.

  14. I am loving your silver! Can I ask what brand of polish you use. Cream polishes don't seem to do the job and the liquid looks nasty. I have so much to do before Thanksgiving.

    Love the mosaic of the kitchen. The progress is great! I like the knobs. Keep up the great work!


  15. Cass,
    I do not have the "default email" thingie properly installed, or I'd respond that way.
    Yes, indeed, those covers are for can lights!
    Mister found them and was delighted with his find. I think he got them at Lowes or Home Depot, but I can check for you.

  16. Getting over a cold here and we've had nice weather but tomorrow promises to be cold and very wet.
    Good luck with finishing your project.


  17. You got a great deal on the flatware! The kitchen is looking great. We ordered new appliances this week...that should be a much easier re-do other than cleaning out behind the old ones!

  18. It looks beautiful. I wish I had the nerve to paint my oak cabinets! I bet you are finished in time for Thanksgivng.

  19. Cass, I looked at several post back to see how your kitchen makeover was coming along. It is wonderful! I know your going to love it! Love all the silver! I bought two bags full at a garage sale for $5:00 last month. I was so happy. Still do not have as much as you. Some of the pieces of silver are so lovely! Love the black hutch! New knobs too. Your kitchen looks like my home now, lol since my daughter and her two children have moved in, it a wreck. My dining room is in family room parlor, kitchen, everywhere. lol Not so sure I can get it together for the holidays! So happy yours will be! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  20. Hi Cass,
    Well it is looking great. Yes, always need to get rid of the old to make way for the newish. I like to think I am basically renting it then I can return it and rent more! Have a great weekend.


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