Tuesday, April 2, 2013

One Room at a Time :: Kitchen Reveal


We are just getting into the swing of things around here after a fun week spent in Tennessee with my parents. All the kiddos are officially back in school, and Jason (boo!) goes back to work tomorrow.  

I am excited to share with you the details of our little kitchen redo. The funny thing about this post is that I have had everything ready to go for weeks - in fact, I even thought I wrote the post already! Um, oops? This probably just goes to show you how absent minded I have been lately, ha! 

For those of you new here, awhile back I decided that I was going to go through our house, room by room, and clean it, declutter it, and get it looking {semi} put together. You can read more about it here. We moved into our house a year ago. During the moving process I got rid of all the things that I thought we didn't need or wasn't part of our style any more. This left us with a pretty dull house. Combine that with three kids, we had a dull and MESSY house!

The first space I decided to conquer is the most used space in our home: the kitchen. I first shared the space here in all its ugly glory. 

The first step was to clean & organize, which I shared here. It has been so amazing just to open up the drawers and not have them be a hot mess!

Since I am trying to do this on a barely-there budget until we buy our place, a lot of love went into this in the form of DIY projects. It kinda felt like once I started, I couldn't stop!

Here is the boring space (complete with dirty dishes - keeping it real here, folks!)

I really think the few simple projects we did made a big impact. Ready to finally see the outcome?

One of the first purchases we made was to buy a new rug. This Urban Outfitters rug brought just the right amount of color and interest into the room. 

This stand was a Goodwill find I purchase a few months ago with the intention of painting it and turning into a cake stand. I bought this for under $2 and used leftover paint from our banquette project. The dishwasher powder jar was a Goodwill find from a year or so ago - it's just been sitting in our laundry room waiting for its home :)

I still think our DIY pot rack is my favorite project in the space!

We actually bought this fruit basket when we moved in - finally hung it! I made the curtains on the window using leftover ikat fabric we had and bought some nice gray, linen fabric for the rest. The curtain rod is just a cheap one that we already owned!

I love the look of layered art. The yellow print on the left I made myself, while the adorable print on the right was a find from the Etsy shop LittleLow. Both were placed in frames we already owned that I just painted with paint we already had. 

I used a curtain we had up in our old place to line the back of our cabinets. I have been debating on whether or not I want to leave the doors on or off. For now they are still on. 

{you can check out all the details about this before & after here.}

I made the art with a canvas we already own. I am going to be honest. I am not super happy with how it turned out, and we already have a little something in the works to replace it :) I do, however, LOVE how nice it's been to have all our coffee stuff in one spot. And off our counters. 

I made the little coffee print and placed it in a random frame that we have owned for years. 

Originally on this wall was our kitchen command center. Although I loved the way that had turned out, I wanted this space more casual and modern. I felt like a lot of the elements I had there were too country. When I really stepped back to see how it was working for us, I realized that all we really needed right here was a spot to make notes, hang items, and our small file system on the opposite wall: 

{spoiler alert: I am currently knee deep a project involving the other items from the wall!}

So here is a little before and after of our space to really see how far it has come:

For the most part, I am really happy with how much of our own resources we used for this project. Aside from the rug, art print, and hardware for the kitchen cart, everything else was used from stuff we already owned. Which is awesome - and speaks volumes to how much stuff we own :)

We absolutely love how this turned out, and I am so ready to get started on the rest of our house!


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