In my efforts to make my kitchen more homey and a place I wanted to willingly spend more time in, without spending major dollars or doing any type of renovation, I showed you my inspiration here and my decluttering efforts here.
I would now like to share how I attempted to make this kitchen look prettier and become more of a haven, as opposed to the cluttered mess it felt like before.
A big change was moving the little wine fridge -a wedding gift from JD’s baseball buddies- to the garage. It freed up a lot of space under the one counter and everything felt less boxed in. It also took away the spot I was stashing trash and the like. A nice change immediately. The reorganization of the cabinets helped with the other clutter that had begun to accumulate on the counter, too. Now, everything has a place.
I decided to use the color white for counter top accessories. The walls are a bright teal/blue, the cabinets have yellow and orangey undertones, and the floors are off white – there often times feels like a lot of different things going on in those things alone. So instead of introducing another color or two, I decided to keep it light and bright (an HBC special), and stick with white. And I also had a lot more to work with, literally, of white colored objects. I scoped out the dining room cabinets, stole an item or two from around the house, and made few stops to outside stores for what I needed.
I also have my little tea station: electric kettle, lacquered Container Store round boxes full of different teas and hot cocoa, and some sweetener on a plant stand I picked up at Ikea for $5.00. I’ve been keeping these items out since the autumn and it’s been so functional and easy to be able to make myself a cup of tea without having to go too far around the room to do it. I also added the inexpensive, fresh yellow tulips – flowers have really helped this room feel a lot more alive and pretty. I’m going to try to keep them to last as long as possible and refresh with new ones when I can.
I added some quick and easy art to the wall area between the cabinet and countertop in this area (seen below). We don’t have a backsplash, so I wanted to dress it all up in some way. I re-used old Ikea frames (I seriously/sadly have a collection of empty frames after a lot of decluttering this year), found some fun pictures and a quote online, printed them out and called them art for this part. Simple and personalized. (The one to the far left is of a vintage corkscrew.)
I also added some color in the corner with a white bowl of fake lemons, sitting on top of cork trivets, and a few bottles of sparkling water. I had all but the water, and those I got on sale at the grocery store:
On the opposite side of the room, our toaster oven lives and is used daily. I added the cookbooks I use most often, so they are nice and handy, and two mason jars that are holding little porcelain tea figurines and washi tape (just jumped on that band wagon), and one with wine corks and twist ties. Everything here is functional and there is still plenty of room on the counter. I added some white flowers to the corner here – they freshen things up nicely!
Oh, and I totally decluttered the top of the cabinets. I recycled a lot of the old wine bottles and jars, condensed the bowls and cake stands to one (hidden) area, and it feels a lot less jumbled. Now, it’s just my summer iced tea bottles hanging out up there.
And next to the stove, I still have plenty of prep space, but have made some changes. The big utensils are in a decorative tin that I bought at TJ Maxx a few years back and I’ve placed one of my favorite cake stands (I apparently have 6 of those), within a similar tin to give it the same feel. I’m keeping small dessert items on it for now. Tin #4 has some fake flowers in it now, but I like the idea that it’s sitting there, rather empty: it means if I need to store something, I actually have the room to do so.
Other items I have since brainstormed, should I want to add something different down the road: white candles, a white ceramic cookie jar, a white or wooden cutting board, art in white frames elsewhere around the kitchen.
Overall, I am pleased with how it turned out. This temporary fix makes me feel like the room is a bit brighter and a bit more cheerful than it was before. I’m looking forward to maintaining its systems and its look.
Speaking of temporary fixes, has anyone else made some recently? Or have you made them in the past before a big overhaul? Do tell!