Fair Warning: This is a picture heavy post!
I've been longing to do something fresh and new to my kitchen for the longest time. I'd had the same drapes, cafe curtains and rugs in the kitchen for 8 years and I was so thoroughly tired of them that I knew I had to make the kitchen my priority this year. I had a budget of $150 and some of that went into the living room ($20) and the master bath ($15).
I painted the shelf at the kitchen window about two months ago and couldn't make up my mind where I wanted it. In the end, it went back under the kitchen window. My last faucet didn't give enough clearance behind it to keep the shelf, but the new one John put in this past fall is perfect and allows plenty of room.
One of the things I'd wanted to do was declutter and simplify the counter tops. I got rid of the dish drainer base and bought one of the absorbent mats instead. It allowed me the freedom of positioning the dish rack in a way that took up less space. It's amazing how just having that border of counter top show gives the appearance of space.
The kitchen desk area is next to the coffee station.
I turned the desk back against the wall. This allows more light at the coffee counter and really just works better. The desk chair gets used as extra seating in the kitchen sitting area. The vintage waste can sits here next to the desk. Here's a photo of what it looks like:
John sits in the desk chair often when he wants to chat in the mornings while I'm having first coffee in this spot:
When I made the drapes I lined them to cut down on the amount of heat/light we'll experience in the summer mornings. I made the little pillow from scraps. I plan to put a bigger top on the piano stool and paint it red. It's a nice little spot to set a coffee cup and my study materials for morning Bible reading.
My daughter in law gave me the cream glider and an ottoman last Fall. I really like sitting in this area to read my Bible each morning and I've noticed John will escape there occasionally. It's a very calming spot. Some mornings he will come sit in the desk chair and we'll talk a bit before we begin our day. I love the windows on the two walls. It's a wonderfully cozy spot to sit on a cold morning as the sun pours in and warms the area. In summer, I'm more prone to retreat here in the late afternoon. It's the coolest spot in the house then.
Near this spot is the back entry. The shelf is the first thing you see when you step in through the back door.
So this area had been refreshed recently but I've worked on it a bit more since. This is how it looks today:
There's a bench here under the shelf. It's due a big makeover, too.
Just to the right is the armoire and freezer and bulletin board. Not a lot to see really. I want to change the paint on the armoire. I'd love to do it in blue or a nice deep red. We'll see what I come up with in the coming months.
In the baking center, I moved the pictures on the wall. It didn't really need a whole lot of anything...I confess it's one of my favorite parts of the kitchen.
This counter and wall is to the right of the stove:
I framed some vintage ads and hung here. The area needs color... but I'm still considering painting the picture frames black. We'll see. The colors of the frames go very nicely with the prints. What you don't see in this photo is the k-cup spice holder. I am still trying to figure out where to put it. Typically it sits in the snug corner there by the microwave. If it weren't pay day you'd see the pie holder full of fruits.
And that brings us back to the little space that started the whole thing...the little shelf above the stove:
There are things I'd love to do yet in the kitchen but I'm pretty happy overall with the way the room looks. It's a lovely refreshing color scheme and the whole area has a prettiness it lacked before.
The day I hung the curtains in the kitchen sitting area, John was was in the music room. He came out just as I got the area fluffed after hanging curtains and I was able to see his reaction to the changes. I could tell right away he liked it and his first words were 'It's pretty!' in a sort of surprised way. The truth is that here of late my home is taking on a little more of a feminine air. Not in an over the top way but definitely showing up my girly side more. It makes me feel at home.