What do you do when you have a 1934 very small kitchen that you want to update somehow, but you don’t have the bucks to get much done?
Well, first I rolled around on my garden scooter and painted all these lower cabinets that you’re seeing.
But no. That didn’t do it for me. I painted them for nothing, because another idea popped into my head.
What do I turn to when I’m at a loss? I get out the Mod Podge. And then I just improvised as I went along and went to town, as they say.
I realize that this concept isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I didn’t want it to be ordinary. I used the window curtains I made when I first moved in as my creative inspiration.
I started going through my boxes of printed graphics that I’ve kept over the years. You know. Those that “speak” to you, but you don’t know what to do with them. So they get stuffed away and rarely seen.
Not anymore. Favorite poems, quotes, vintage photos, etc. Things that “strike my fancy.”
Yes, many are a bit crooked. But remember, I’m rolling around on this garden cart and bending over and trying to judge distances.
I’ve already torn one big graphic off, and it left quite a mess and I had to somehow cover it. So the rest shall stay crooked and no one will mention it. Okay?
My refrigerator. And like many of you, I have important magnetic cards up there should I need the plumber or whoever.
To the far right is a black bookcase where I store food. I don’t have a pantry and few cabinets. This had to suffice.
To the far left here is the table I did the Frog Tape project on last week. Just decorated the top with a few stripes.
The pan lid is one I picked up somewhere or other. I’m using it as a kitchen towel holder.
Now I have all but folded myself up into a pretzel to take these photos in this very narrow galley type kitchen. So you may not see every single thing.
To the far left is a plastic tub with a blue top. It houses my dogs’ expensive prescription food they must eat. If you recall, they have very delicate tummies and have spent time in the animal ER and hospital. Which came with a huge bill. So expensive prescription food it is.
Above is my coffee bar. I stenciled a cup of coffee on each door. Two came out okay.
The bottom ones (remember I’m on a rolling cart and trying to gauge from above), didn’t come out quite as well. But, moving right along. No one is perfect.
A few days ago, these upper cabinets had doors. The shelves are kind of useless, in that you had to get a step ladder to retrieve anything.
At 4 a.m., it came to me. I’d take off the doors and put pretties inside that I didn’t need to retrieve on a step ladder. They’d just be there for looks. I was giddy with excitement.
I got up the next morning and took off those doors. And saw the ugly electrical wires inside. Not only that, I don’t think the inside had been painted in 30 years.
So I whipped out the paint again and had to put four coats in there. But it is done and the doors are in the garage. You can see the electrical wires hanging down from the ceiling, but oh well. This is a real kitchen. And it is far from perfect.
The black and white checkered paper you see is cut up scrapbook paper.
Well, now they’re used in my kitchen. And they were stiff and hard to decoupage, unlike bendable scrapbook paper. But I persevered and now they’re glued down and flat.
If this is where I’m going to “hang my apron”, then I’m going to have fun seeing my favorite quotes and poems and all the graphics that had been hidden inside boxes for years. Now I can view them every single day.
Someone might walk in and go blind from the frenzy of color. I suggest you walk in with sun glasses if this is overwhelming.
There are no rules about decorating. You can do as you wish.
Have fun with your house! And you can do it with less than $50 if you use what you have and only buy what you can’t find in the garage.
Now I’m headed to this very colorful kitchen to have my coffee. And I shall be resting this week.