Ever since my kitchen reno began, I've been dreaming of ways to improve the way I've styled the top of the fridge, area around the sink and my sideboard. I kept changing it up, but nothing really felt right.
Last week I decided that my coffee pot takes up too much valuable counter space - not to mention all the mugs I have in my limited number of cupboards. I read a blog post on creating a coffee bar in your kitchen and then the wheels began turning...
I moved the coffee pot onto my sideboard right away and with the coffee pot came the mugs I use most. Then the containers for coffee and sugar. I like to use paper filters as well as my gold filter (easier cleanup!) and I had a spare matching canister, so the filters were promptly "decanted". I made clay tags for the containers, brought in an old fruit crate (another garage sale find) that I scrubbed with Murphy's Oil Soap and then oiled with baby oil to give the wood a bit of a sheen.
I used the extra hooks from my pot rack to hang the cups on and moved things around on my shelf. I LOVE it!!
With that crate being such a success, I decided I would put a bigger crate on top of my fridge. This time I brought in a soda pop crate that had spacers in the bottom (yet another yard sale find!). That styling was easy - what do you think?
Then there was the counter around the sink. I love the paintings I have on the wall, but without any cabinets, the space felt - I don't know - empty. I painted a mason jar and filled it with silk sunflowers and clustered some white and wood canisters around it. A pretty cutting board completes the picture.
I also found an Ikea wrought iron pot rack at a garage sale for $3 (never out of the box!!!) and up it went. I found a wrought iron bread basket to hang up, but I'm still searching for the perfect combination of things to hang from it.
One of the final touches in my kitchen was the installation of my range hood. Finally my stove is well-lit!!! I hung a little rack to hold the salt & pepper grinders and some specialty vinegars that I use a lot and I installed some hooks on the wall above the stove to hang utensils on.
I'm so happy! Now that fall is in full swing, I'll be spending a lot more time inside and it is so wonderful to spend time in a space full of happy things (and it's a far cry from the way it looked when I moved in!!)
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