My kitchen recently reached its 17th birthday, and some parts are not aging gracefully. The cabinet base molding (also known as toe kick board) is awfully scratched. I decided to needlepoint new moldings for under the kitchen cabinets. I chose earth tones that match the cabinets and colors that would not look dirty if they get soiled. They are DMC 451, 840, 407, 613, 315, and 922. I used 951 for the “grout” between the tiles. Some math helped me figure out dimensions and pattern. I stitched up my design on Darice 10 mesh plastic canvas.
I began a year ago with a small area, and my friends laughed at me. “The next thing you’ll stitch are the kitchen floor tiles themselves!” exclaimed Sarah R. Another was horrified and could not understand how I would keep them clean. My motivation deflated. But the cracked peeling moldings kept urging me to persevere, so I revisited the project. The moldings get stitched one panel at a time, so I stitched on the subway, while waiting on long lines at Marshalls and Burlington Coat Factory, and other similar opportunities. When I completed a segment, I attached it to the existing molding using a glue gun.
Suddenly my kitchen is gorgeous! I still have a few more areas to complete, but I love, love, love the results. When I’m entirely done, I’ll post more photos. And I can’t wait to watch my friends drool the next time they visit.
Enjoy the creativity!