Thursday, August 8, 2013

My "New Kitchen"

I love it when you can totally change up the look of a room with very little cost because of the goodness of God and the kindness of friends :)

Going into our 3rd year of homeschooling and having another body (and highchair) at the table, I knew our kitchen needed re-working. I had admired my friend Moni's chalkboard wall in her old house - but I didn't know how to make it work in our house. She's so stylish with a quiet European flare and her home reflects her and her family so nicely, but I knew we are nothing like that. We are a tad messy (though I didn't want to feel like I was in a constant mess because I LOVE organization), we are constantly curious and getting into new things, leaving other things unfinished but wanting to get back to them too. Plus I love my shelf that I can change out seasonally and we are surrounded by books too. I searched around on pinterest and found some inspiration in these pics...


I came up with this...

 The table we had inherited from Chris' Aunt had taken a beating and was not only getting too small for us, but was also pretty wobbly. It is now in the basement in our common room which will be used for a homeschool co-op. 

When we agreed to take in 3 Korean adults acting as chaperones for the the program we usually host children from, we knew it was time for a new table. But the $ for it was not present...

Enter my BFF Jodi. She decided to upgrade and offered to bless us with hers (which had been a blessing to her from another friend) It seats 8 comfortably - YAY!

At the same time, we did the chalkboard wall, it was surprisingly easy actually...
 We cleared the space, painted it on and then after 3 days we cured it - the boys loved helping cover it with chalk.
 After wiping it off, it was ready to go, I added the decor (which will obviously be tweaked often).

I repurposed an old beat up hutch that had been in the sunroom collecting dust, and scaled back on the china, etc that was inside the old hutch - which found a new home at another friends house. I'm still considering painting it some fun colours (like burnt orange and tealy blue) with distressing... Suggestions anyone?

I still needed my Mom Central station (desk, calendar, bulletin board, etc) to be in the kitchen so I can monitor computer usage) We switched it to the side so we have more room to write on.

So there you have it. A new kitchen that only cost us $50 - for the chalkboard paint :) 

What do you think? What changes have you made to your house this summer?


Tanya Bunting said...

Wow Tamara, looks great! Looks shabby sheek! Love that it was only 50 bucks to! Great job:)

weelighthouse said...

It looks fantastic! Love the chalkboard idea:)

Moni Clark said...

hooray! looks so nice!!

Moni Clark said...

hooray! looks so nice!!

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