The Canning Kitchen Progress

My sister, Debra, was here over the weekend and we put her to work helping us paint the old turkey coop. In a matter of two days, the outside went from this:


To this:


And the inside went from this:


To this:


Debra and I were in charge of painting the inside. We’re hoping to find a small piece of vinyl flooring to put on the floor. As it turns out, sloppy painting apparently runs in my family 🙂 We also forgot to paint the inside of the door, but…. in our defense…. the door was open while we were painting and we didn’t realize it wasn’t painted until we had closed up the paint cans and cleaned the rollers and brushes…..


Bernie assured us he would take care of that a little later.

Today he added some shelves, and this afternoon I emptied the spare bedroom closet of the things I stored there and put them on the shelves.


We still have other things and a large amount of jars and lids in the sea container that we’ll move out there this weekend, but it’s nice to finally have the spare bedroom closet cleared out.

A big shout out and thank you to my sister, Debra, who always brings her work clothes when she comes to visit! She’s always so much fun and so good natured about her “working” visits.

Now that we have the storage area finished, Bernie will start working on building a floor and screening in the lean-to portion to make the canning kitchen. Many years ago a friend gave us a kitchen stove/oven that can be converted to run on propane. We’re planning to use that in the canning kitchen – if we can find and dig it out of the furthest corner of the sea container…..

And look what I found hiding under some cabbage leaves in the garden.


She was one of the smallest I’ve found around here.


We chatted a while and then I set her at the edge of the woods to go find her turtle buddies.


Maybe she’ll be back to check out the canning kitchen when we finish.

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11 Responses to “The Canning Kitchen Progress”

  1. ohiofarmgirl says:

    wow! great work – i love the idea of an outside canning kitchen… i’m currently slaving over a hot inside kitchen and being outside makes so much more sense!

  2. charlotte says:

    Thanks Debra !! You and Penny done a great job painting.
    It looks great love it !!!

  3. Carolyn says:

    I love the red door of the old coop! Very bright and chipper. The turtle is cute too! Reminds me of one I had as a child. We have a propane stove, and except for one knob that is just now acting up, we love it. Gotta say, I’m a bit jealous of the outdoor canning kitchen, but in a good way!

  4. Lisa says:

    Looks great! Wonderful idea!

  5. Oz Girl says:

    Wow Penny, I love the bright red paint…. that is so cool that you have an outside canning kitchen now. And your guest bedroom closet sounds eerily similar to mine, LOL.

    Hubby has been working on the spare room attached to the garage and he’s almost got it done, although instead of being a canning kitchen, it’s going to be our workout room! My weight bench and Total Gym (brought from Ohio) will go in there and I will finally be able to get in “hawaii” shape before November (a girl trip with my mom and sis). We’ll put a very large cabinet in there, between the freezer and refrigerator, and it will hold all of my canning supplies – so it will be a dual purpose room. He put up the ceiling fan last weekend! 🙂

    ANYWAYS, as I ramble on (nothing unusual there) in closing, I really, really love your conversion of the turkey house into your canning kitchen! 🙂

  6. Susan says:

    Oh! Is it ok to say I’m just a little jealous that you have a place for your canning supplies and an outdoor kitchen? I just love it, and I know it makes you happy to get your closet cleaned out (mine is the same way!) and have a place to do all the fun stuff outside.

    How cute about the turtle! Is that a tiny little box turtle? I’ve only seen old ones and just love them.

    I know you miss your turkeys, but I’d say you made a good trade. 🙂

  7. Ellen Peavey says:

    I like the red paint and that is a good idea to store the canning supplies in this redone turkey shed. I need some place to store all the jars and pots for canning have to get busy on finding a place. Ellen from Georgia

  8. Mary Ann says:

    I love the whole idea of the separate canning kitchen… but now I want a separate coop for my turkeys! I wonder what my husband is going to say!

  9. LynnS says:

    I see you’ve been very busy — the canning kitchen is wonderful! I know you are already enjoying it, even if you haven’t started canning in there yet. All of the canning equipment certainly does take up quite a bit of space and you have found the perfect solution for it. Nice job.

  10. Stacey says:

    Penny, I was thinking of how to start convincing hubby to help me build a canning kitchen, so I had to pop over — I remembered the post 🙂 How is it going? Do you like it?

  11. basicliving says:

    Hi Stacey! We didn’t finish the canning kitchen yet – I’m hoping to get it finished next spring. We’ve been canning outside for a few years, so it’ll be nice to have a space dedicated to it. I definitely think you would love an outside canning kitchen – keeps the heat out of the house during the summer!

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