Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Ultimate Hidden Storage

Here is what our kitchen was recently looking like. But there is one thing that was driving us nuts...no counter space!

For the time being, there is nothing we can do about the bottles and drying rack :( However, we can gain some major counter space by moving the microwave.

Luckily there is an electrical outlet in the under the banquette so my husband just drilled a hole in the side of the cabinet. And voila!
Instant counter space!

And it's not an inconvenience at all to just reach a little lower to use the microwave.

Ahhh...much better :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Wall of Tile

We've been in need of a tile backsplash ever since we moved into our home 1 year ago.

But instead of just a backsplash underneath the cabinets, we decided to tile the entire wall.
And since a big window occupies this wall it really wouldn't add up to that much tile but enough for a big impact.
Here is the kitchen before:
And here is the after with the entire wall tiled.

I think it really adds a subtle texture to the room.

Originally, we thought we'd go with a penny tile but fell in love with this larger honeycomb pattern on our first shopping trip.
It's an off-white glazed clay tile.
The brown border picks up the brown in our countertops and goes well with the darker cabinets.

Next up is adding the trim/molding to the cabinets and windows, cafe curtains, and a rug for the kitchen table.

Thrifty Decor Chick

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

We had some ceiling damage by our back door due to a leaky roof. Once that was fixed we were left wondering how to fix the ceiling.

My husband didn't want to go through the work of skimming new plaster and repainting so I mentioned covering it with some kind of paneling.

My husband found this great bamboo paneling online and ordered 3 panels right away.

Here is the view of the back door entrance from the kitchen.

And here is our new, AWESOME ceiling!

I love the look of it with the white trim framing it.

The view coming up from the basement.

My plan now is to add some coat hooks and shoe storage on this left wall.

Here are some of my favorite mudrooms:

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Linking up with Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday