Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Baking Center...

Thank you all for the nice comments on my family room wall :)  And to answer a question, the large frame on the left holds a photo of my hubby's great grandparents.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I struggle with a side area in my kitchen. This area has been many things over the years and has always frustrated me. It is supposed to be a built in desk area, but I never liked it for that see I suffer from "prettyvspracticalitis".  To put it simply, I hate wasted space and I want things and areas to be practical but my visual brain wants it to be pretty and pleasing to the eye more than the practical aspect(a constant struggle!).
If I knew we were going to stay in this house I would just rip the whole area out and put my hoosier back in the kitchen where it belongs, but that isn't going to happen right now.

So the solution for now came a few weeks ago.... my daughters like to bake, but the supplies were never all in one area. Our food pantry is small and we really needed more room in there, and it was hard to find the baking stuff.  With some prompting from them and the need to clean out the pantry, we came up with a baking center....(call it a modern day hoosier :) )
 Hubby's cake from last night...
 The small wooden chest contains my tea bags, and I added a covered sugar bowl and glass shaker with cinnamon sugar.  I need to find a pretty glass container for honey(then this can be a tea center too).
 I painted the sign last week after finding some inspiration on pinterest.
 And inside the cupboards.... this is the upper center one...sugar, flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, straws, mixing bowl, pie plate, and small cake cover.
 Upper left cupboard... supplies.....
 Upper right...more supplies...
 Lower right... bakeware....
 Drawers...sprinkles and stuff...
 Cupcake stuff....
 Measuring things....
 There you have it, everything in one area, easy to find and most of all  Pretty and Practical!!!
I can't wait to add a touch of Christmas to this area.  Oh, and I just realized while I was typing this, I need to add the cookie cutters to the center!!

What do you think?  Good solution to a problem area?

Have a great day,



  1. Perfect solution!! I love the idea of having a baking center.... and I love how you have it set up! Great job.... very pretty!

  2. What a great idea Tiff ~ pretty & practical !! xoxo

  3. Looks lovely Tif great to have everything in one place .xx

  4. I love that idea! Now you won't have to answer 100 questions of "Mom where is the xxxxx". Pretty, practical and sanity saver all in one

  5. I love that idea also! Very creative with a touch of country! Love the colors too.... (my kitchen is done in red) Pretty, practical and just a great thing to have. I need one of those. Thanks for sharing!

    1. should be able to find a syrup pourer like in restaurants to use for your honey in the coffee/tea center! I love this! You have 'cured' your "prettyvspracticalitis" in fine fashion!

  6. Looks like a perfect area...I love it all...think gingerbread men for Christmas! lol Dianntha

  7. What a perfect idea. Pretty and practical.

  8. Love this Tiff! So smart!

    Carmen and the Primcats


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