I’m starting to make plans for a few updates in the kitchen. Here is what I won’t be changing: the floors, the counter tops and the appliances.What else is there, you say? Well, let me just fill you in:
I will be painting the walls, painting the cabinets, painting the buffet, adding hardware, shifting cabinets, bringing in a marble element, changing light fixtures and shelving…. It’s actually A LOT.
I’m on a tight budget and can’t do it all at once either, so the project will be broken down into lots of little tasks, the first of which is to paint the walls. I’d like to share a kitchen renovation from Cottage Living’s December 2008 issue, that has been haunting me for just that long. It’s pretty much exactly what I’d like my kitchen to look like someday. The floor plan is so similar to mine, and all of the changes seem so do-able, and not to expensive. It’s too bad CL has been out of business for the last four years, but thank goodness the photos could still be found online! Anne Turner Carroll, I admire your classic and cozy style.
As I said, I am starting with paint, and I’ll update you as I go! Hooray for a new project!
I’ve been too busy for words lately, so here are a few photos of what I have done so far with the chalkboard wall in my office. I have plans to write captions with the photos and draw frames and designs too. I’m pleased with how cozy and intimate the room feels now with all of these familiar faces to look up at, and I like the texture and age that the chalk paint provides.
I’m hatching a plan to create a photo gallery wall in the TV room. I was initially thinking I would print some photos in the classic black and white, frame them and hang them above the TV. It would be a pretty simple project and I think it would look pretty good. It is also sort of boring. And, after my last visit home, I’ve got loads more photos, in their original vintage glory, that I want to incorporate. I’d like to do something a little less formal and a bit more fun. So, I’m thinking I’ll paint the wall with chalkboard paint, stick the photos up in random spots, and draw chalk frames around some, adhere vintage frames around others, and write captions or dates under them… What do you think?
I found a couple of great photos online to inspire me:
This is not the most exciting post I’ve ever done, but I thought you might like to know that I FINALLY found the right shower curtain. I found it on sale at Target, (the only store I seem to make it to these days- there’s nothing like getting a good design fix while shopping for toilet paper, applesauce and ice cream.)
Of course bringing in something new tends to make all other finishes and flourishes look dated. So, for Christmas I am asking for some new towels and a pedestal sink (only if Santa can come and install it for me though)!
My freshly painted living room is fantastic, but has a decidedly beachy summer vibe at the moment. I’d like to bring in some rich oranges and deep brown for the season.
My living room is serene, cozy and textural, but it needs a dose of warm fall color to really help me settle into the season. I can’t think of an easier, quicker way to accomplish this, than by adding a few new pillows to the mix. If I have the time, I might just sew up some simple covers, otherwise I’ll just buy a couple. Here are some possibilities.
Pillows are from World Market and West Elm. Fabric found on Fabric.com.