When we bought our house 2 years ago, I absolutely fell in love with the kitchen – or I should say, the potential of the kitchen. First, its a very large kitchen – lots of open space, and lots of natural light. I can look out the kitchen windows, and see my kids playing in the backyard – wherever they are. Its got a great bay type window over the sink, that is just gorgeous.
Happy Labor Day everyone!! I’m spending the weekend finally pulling a ton of photos off of cameras, so I can finally share some of the projects that I’ve been working on, and totally slacking on posting. Am I the only one who leaves like 500 photos on my memory cards before I get around to downloading them?? In any case, about a month ago, I showed you all my recent Annie Sloan chalk paint complete kitchen makeover.
As part of the kitchen makeover, I gave my totally boring, plain oak island, a super hot makeover with some paint, trim and new island legs!! Seriously, it is amazing how just a couple of special touches, can make such a HUGE difference.
I’ve got 3 kids, and 3 dogs, 1 of each currently falls in the “less than 2 years old” category, and let me tell you something that 1 year olds love to do.
They love to break free, run wild, and basically be anywhere that “adult” eyes or hands won’t catch them or see them.
This summer in the midwest has been BRUTAL. Not for the heat, but for the bugs. Temps have actually been pretty mild, but we’ve gotten a lot of rain, and therefore, its pretty much paradise for the mosquitos here. Which means my poor kiddos have been stuck inside the house, on days when they should be out running through the sprinklers and playing catch. We love to enjoy dinners on our deck during the summertime, but this summer we haven’t had a single dinner outside.
So I set out to find a solution that would allow us to keep the citronella going, but out of the way of the table. After a trip to the local thrift store and $6 spent, I had everything I needed!
Confession time: I am a big time IKEA junkie – specifically when it comes to the upcycling and decorating potential. I could spend hours and hours walking through the different levels and imagining all sort of upcycled coolness.
So when Hickory Hardware asked me to participate in an IKEA Rast makeover project, I was super excited!
I’m brainstorming and trying to figure out what I could do with the other 2 frames, I’m thinking I won’t go super traditional with the frame usage, so I took to pinterest and the web to see what other great ideas that you all have had out there. I figured while I’m at it, I’ll put together a list for y’all, with some of the best ideas I come across!
Who doesn’t have an old bike of some sort laying around, that doesn’t EVER get ridden? (Well except for those of you anti-hoarders – you know who you are, the trash is your best friend, and your house is immaculate and spotless and without an ounce of clutter. Yeah, you.)
Recently I took a trip to IKEA and was looking in their planting area. I wish I could say I had a green thumb, but I really just don’t. So finding realistic looking (and pretty!) fake plants is always something I’m looking out for. I came across these cool looking plants, and loved the look and color of the greenery, so I picked them up ($4.99 each) and a couple of their metal tin planters which are a steal for only $.70 each.
Found a steal on some frames at a yard sale, or have old frames around your house that are taking up dust?
A couple of months ago I was out at a couple of garage sales, and I came across this beautiful carved wood frame, for only 10 bucks.
I love the fall, don’t get me wrong, its probably my favorite season. I love the colors of the leaves changing, and the moderate temps, and just about everything about it.