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Kitchen Christmas Makeover

I love all of the shimmer, lights and warmth of Christmas decor -- it just gives me the warm and fuzzies. I love and appreciate the more romantic-themed Christmas decorations with golds and whites, however, there's something about the traditional colors of red, green and white that add a sense of soul to my home. Here is my take on a traditional, rustic Christmas.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $37 Difficulty: Easy
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Here's our kitchen before all of the Christmas decorations. I only had my winter wonderland window display up from a previously posted project (you can see the full tutorial for that here: http://www.hometalk.com/24540846/winter-wonde...).
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-table cloth
-birchwood vase
-berry stems
-pine cones
*Not pictured:
-cake plate
-magnolia stem
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STEP 1: Put together table decor
To set the mood for the whole project, I decided to decorate my table first. I laid down a Christmas table cloth, then arranged berry stems in a birchwood vase. I later decided to add a magnolia stem I had from my Christmas tree, because I feel like magnolias represent me, and I needed to break up all the red. Also to break up the red, I used a white, glass cake plate as part of my centerpiece and scattered some pine cones to fill in the plate.
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-2 (18") noble wreaths
-ribbon (or raffia)
-hot glue gun (if you're using ribbon)
*Not pictured:
-push pins (if you're using ribbon)
-packing tape (if you're using raffia)
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STEP 2: Arrange wreaths and hang on cabinets
Next, I took two wreaths and added ribbon to them to hang on to two of my cabinet doors. I originally used a wide, pewter/silver shimmer, chevron ribbon and hot glue to create a hanger for my wreaths (you'll see that version in the video); however, after most of my kitchen decor was put together, I felt that the shimmer ribbon didn't really mesh with my rustic/traditional/outdoorsy vibe that my table had, so I decided to stick with something simple I had on hand -- red raffia and pine cones.
Here is the new version of my Christmas wreaths -- don't y'all think it goes better with my table??
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I simply used a strip of packing tape to adhere the raffia to the back of the cabinet door.
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Over-the-Cabinet SUPPLIES:
-pre-lit garland
*Pictured below (2 photos down):
-fairy lights
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STEP 3: Add garland and lights above kitchen cabinets
I was originally going to go old school by wrapping lights and garland to put above my kitchen cabinets, but I saw this beauty when I was in Michaels, and it was a reasonable price, so I decided to make my life easier and grab it. I took push pins and attached the pre-lit garland to the top edge of my kitchen cabinets.
*Note: you can see my original version of the cabinet wreaths in this photo.
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For my single cabinet, I grabbed a strand of battery powered LED fairy lights and a piece of garland. I wrapped them together and secured them to the top edge of the cabinet with push pins.
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I figured it was better to do this small cabinet this way because the pre-lit garland came in 50' which was way too much for this one little cabinet -- why spend the money if I don't have to, right?
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-wrapping paper
-pine cones
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STEP 4: Wrap photo
After all the more time consuming elements were done, I took a picture from the wall (it used to hang where my coffee cabinet is now, so I switched the small picture that was on the other side of my window for the larger picture) and wrapped it like a gift.
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Then, I hung it on the wall to display.
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So here's my kitchen all decorated for Christmas. We will be traveling this year for Christmas so we won't be getting a tree but I'm glad that we still get to enjoy a little Christmas cheer in our home.
*Decorating my entire kitchen only cost my $37 as I had a lot of things on hand.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Table cloth   (Marshalls)
  • Birchwood vase   (on hand)
  • Berry stems   (Michaels)
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  • Rose erickson
    Rose erickson Minneapolis, MN

    Thanks for the idea! Would hang these on cabinet knob and always in the way. Not anymore!

  • Karen Criner
    Karen Criner Winston Salem, NC

    Your kitchen is so festive! A great job! You can use just the lights all year round. Place them on top of the cabinets. You won't see them but the lighting makes your kitchen so cozy.

  • Bobbie
    Bobbie Bismarck, ND

    What a wonderful idea. Outvoted happy festive kitchen... I will do this next year!!!

  • Patty
    Patty Hodgenville, KY

    So Christmas'y and warm and inviting I love it, great job.

  • Fuzzy Bottom
    Fuzzy Bottom Lingle, WY

    I have wrapped the cabinet doors in wrapping paper with bows.

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