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kitchen decorating. four ideas. budget friendly.

I know. You are sick of hearing about our kitchen. But rest assured, I will not show you anymore before or afters. Instead, I have four {simple} decorating ideas that will transform your kitchen from a boring builder-grade space to something special. Small budget to work with? Don’t fret, I love to get the most bang for my buck.

As promised, {four} diy projects you can do yourself to turn your kitchen into something a little more unique than your next door neighbors. Don’t we all want that?

{diy project one.}

idea one chalkboard wall

Tis’ true. I have talked about it over and over again. You get inundated with my monthly boards. But, I seriously love this wall. When we first moved in we started with a blank side of our cabinet that could be seen from all angles. With a little sheet metal, chalkboard paint and moulding we transformed the empty space into something usable and cute. We all love a little cute, right?

In fact, earlier this month I had wiped the board clean and was gearing up to work on the month of March and it looked so sad. My so sweet husband even mentioned that he was a little bummed because there wasn’t anything to look at. See? So sad. A chalkboard wall will liven up your kitchen too.

And, remember, you have options. You could do it on the inside of a cabinet, end of a wall, pantry door. Anywhere and everywhere is my motto. The task is simple and the shopping list is minimal. What do you need?

chalkboard wall collage final Are you intrigued? Find step by step directions from my {diy chalkboard wallhere. Get chalkin’, yo.

{diy project two.}  

idea two memo board

You read right. A screen door memo board. I heart this memo board in our house. And, it is actually a re-purposed screen door insert. Say, what? I found it at a flea market all folded up and knew it would be the perfect way to display pictures and notes. Oh, and it cost me a whopping $5. I bought some basic clothespins and used modge podge to add some decorative paper to the clothespins. Project total in all? You heard it right, ten dollars.

The best part of this memo board is that it you can change the width depending on how much or little you extend the insert. In our last house we flanked it on a large wall and in our current home it became a part of our small desk area. Kind of love. Super easy. Very unique.

Want one of your own? Well, this might require a little hunting, but you are in luck with this little thing called the internet. I found some things just for you. Not exactly the same, but a similar idea. Do you fancy any for your own space?

Vintage Folding Ruler
{you could screw in the ends and hang from the ruler. um, cute.}
Window Chalkboard and Chicken Wire Frame
Vintage Collapsible Basket
Screen Door Grill
Shutter Memo Board

 {diy project three.}

idea three fabric inlay

If you know me well, you know that there are two things I can hardly pass up. Chandeliers and fabric. I love them both. And, if you ever visited our old house you know that I have a thing for fabric inside a glass door. They were all over our previous house… kitchen pantry, hall closet, office and more. I think it is a fun way to add a little something to a very bland space.

When we moved into our house there was a glass door. Love the glass door. Despise looking at the disorganized pantry. A girl can only keep it so organized when three kids love helping themselves to snacks. I try. But, a girl has to let it go at some point. Solution? Fabric on the inside. It hides the food and still looks pretty gosh darn cute.

fabric 2 with words

Seriously so simple. I was lazy this time around and stapled it to the inside of the door. And, I will show you the inside of our door, but know I have every intention of lining the staples with some type of finished edge. What will it be? Time will tell. When? At this point, who knows.

fabric 1 words

{diy project four.}

idea four counter

I should have taken a {before} picture, but I missed that one. Imagine. A maple countertop that matched all of the gazillions of cabinets. It was written on, worn out and looked oh so tired. We pulled out one of our old tricks to take the office nook from ‘ew’ to ‘ooooh’. This is one of those projects that doesn’t cost a lot, but makes a huge impact on the final look. Now I look at the little space and smile. It’s cute. It’s custom. It’s updated. Love, love.

Like I said, budget friendly and requires very few things from the store. See?

counter collage

The pine board product can be used all over your house. You can find a link to it here. In our last house, we used it in the laundry room. We stained it natural and had the perfect butcher block {looking} folding counter. Sigh. I miss that counter. We also used it in our current house in the family room built-ins. A simple, inexpensive way to update new and existing counters.

For less than $50 you can have a new counter perfect for your space. And, before I forget, if you do take on this task be sure to also get some type of polycryllic if  the counter will come in contact with water. We used it on this space, but chose not to on the built-ins. Just a thought…

If you missed it, you can see the before and after pictures of our kitchen here. Now it is time to start transforming your space. You ready?

try. enjoy. share.

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design. inspiration. love. polyvore.

          Oh my goodness. I think I just found love. Well, right in line after my one-of-a-kind hubs {you are way better, babes}. I warn you. There is the possibility that you may get sucked into a deep, dark hole. But, I assure you that once you get yourself out you will be all smiles.
         I am sure you have heard or browsed some adorable outfit creations on Polyvore compliments of Pinterest. {And, yes. I may just start some outfit inspirations myself. That could be a little too much fun.} Well, Polyvore has just dived into the world of decorating. They are now creating a way for you (yes, you!} to create your own decorating sets.
         Call it inspiration. Call it shopping. Whatever you call it, it is one way to get a little focus for your decorating task and to do it with a smile. Me? Yes, in love. You? You can create some decorating sets yourself. Or, the other option? Well, you can be my follower and be in love too {without the work}. Visit my Polyvore site here. Who knows? You may just find a few things that are a ‘yes, please’, for your own house.
What’s not  to love?
  • You have  a simple way to hone on what you love and what you might call, “not my favorite”. {oh, I should probably mention that in our house we have a rule that you can’t say “i don’t like that.”. Instead, you are more than welcome to say, “It’s not my favorite.” I know. We just might have issues. But, it works and is music to my ears when I hear the kids say it, especially during dinner time.}
  • Each added piece gives you a price and shopping link. Kind of good. Kind of bad. {This just cemented that fact that I kind of have pricey taste. Oh boo.}
  • Ever since we moved into our house we have an overwhelming amount of unfinished, “not my favorite” rooms. Too many. Too much. But, this just might be my ticket to completion. My goal? I am going to create a set {board} for each of inspiration rooms. Yeah! Now, if only I had time.
  • Um, fun. No more to say. Right?
So, I now introduce you to a little lady that I call, {polyvore project decorate}. Hello, if I had no kids or messy handprints, room of my dreams. Well, for now anyways.


         Isn’t she a beauty? If only my kids didn’t have dirty hands and I had new hardwood floors. {Babes, did you catch that?} I only kid. This? This is a room that would make me smile each time I walked in. I like to think of it as a twist on a suburban girl’s loft. Are you with me? And, with Polyvore you even get a list of everything you included in your set in the event you want to purchase it. I am sold.

Wall light
$530 – alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Wood lamp

Woods lamp

H M cotton curtain
$21 – hm.com

Zentique nailhead sofa

Grey chair

         A blog I follow and love {I don’t want her to think I am a stalker, but I think we might be soul mates. Her house could be mine!} has a great small business shop with too, too cute prints and a blog that documents her new house. Meet Dear Lillie. She is cute and you just might love her too (but not more than me, right?}. A few weeks ago she posted about a contest she was hosting that gave a you a chance to create your own Polyvore board and I was hooked, line and sinker. {Is that right? I think so.} And so, I pass on the good news to you.
         May you create some boards of your own. Or, better yet, if you likey what you see  become my follower. Who knows, maybe I will have a board of the week. Now wouldn’t that be fun? Time to start shopping.

try. enjoy. share.

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