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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...
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 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?

4 comments:

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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