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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 DECOR SUPPLIES: -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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CABINET WREATHS SUPPLIES: -2 (18") noble wreaths -ribbon (or raffia) -hot glue gun (if you're using ribbon) -scissors *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 -garland
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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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PHOTO WRAPPING SUPPLIES: -photo -wrapping paper -scissors -twine -tape -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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  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Nov 12, 2016


  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Nov 13, 2016

    This makes me so excited!!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 14, 2016

    Oo I love! The wreaths are my fav.

  • Chalky-Cheek
    on Nov 19, 2016

    Great job w/ not too much effort! (My kind of project....)

  • Jean Vercler
    Jean Vercler Pontiac, IL
    on Nov 19, 2016

    looks nice!! my kitchen is set up the same way-I do lights similar-only now we continue the lighted garland over the window (resting on the curtain rod) and on the cabinets to right of window. One place to turn the whole thing on (I would forget to turn on the one with fairy lights!!!) your table and everything are soooooo homey looking-love it!!

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