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Home Tour – Kitchen and Plans

Happy Friday, y’all! The long awaited weekend is upon us! I’m planning on soaking up every bit of sunshine I can this weekend. We went over 10 days without one sighting of the sun and it just about near killed me. I like a little bit of cold, but I need the sunshine to accompany it! I’m high maintenance. ;)

Today is the last stop on the Like a Saturday Home Tour. Today I’ll be showing you our long and narrow kitchen, and discussing our plans. 

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Although I still have quite the list of updates I’d like to make to our kitchen, this room has come such a long way from when we purchased the house! 

kitchen before 2This is the kitchen looking from the living room. This room couldn’t look more 1992 builder grade if it tried. Vinyl flooring, cream laminate counters, orange oak cabinets, flourescent lighting and one grimey ceiling fan. 

kitchen beforeAnd the view from the breakfast nook looking towards the living room. We have a small, galley style kitchen that is long and narrow.  

kitchen-tour-1And here is what the kitchen looks like now. Since the living room and kitchen are open to each other, so we carried in the same flooring and paint color for continuity. It seems bigger in here and just flows better. 

kitchen-tour-5My number one goal in this room is to paint the cabinets white. Of course, I’ve waited until the year that we’ll be bringing a baby in our home to seriously start planning it out. It may or may not happen in 2015. :)

kitchen-tour-sinkI’m so happy to have a window over the sink. Even though we mostly just see the activity in our neighbors driveway. #burblife

Other updates I’d like to make are replacing the laminate counters and updating to a subway tile backsplash. The good thing about having a small kitchen is it costs so much less to make major upgrades like that. I’ve also had my eye on that Ikea farmhouse sink for a long while. How darling would that be? Those hooks on the sides of the cabinet are going when we paint. I’m thinking some shelves like this would be totally adorable and add to the modern farmhouse vibe I’m going for. 

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My coffee bar is my absolute favorite part of the kitchen. Not only does it supply me with life juice, it’s also pretty cute. You can read more about it here

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At the end of our kitchen is the breakfast nook, complete with bay windows. Confession time. When I was a kid, I used to design my own floor plans on graph paper. For fun. Every last one of them included a bay window in the kitchen. Dreams do come true! 

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kitchen-tour-4And the last part of the kitchen is the stove area. It’s tiny, but it does the job! I’m a bit globe obsessed and have displayed part of my collection on the top of the cabinets. I’m not usually one for stuff on tops of cabinets, but I actually really like these here. 

kitchen-tour-3On this little sliver of wall, I have a tiny eclectic plate collection. The top one is from Home Goods, but the bottom two belonged to my Grandma. The plate in the middle is Hopalong Cassidy, which brings me endless amounts of joy. It’s the little things, y’know. ;)

You can read more about our small pantry and how I organize it here

I’ll leave a list of sources and links to projects found in my humble little kitchen at the bottom of this post. 

Now that we’ve come to the end of this tour, I want to know what your favorite room in YOUR home is. Tell me about it! 

You can find the complete home tour here. 

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Kitchen Sources

Gold Dipped Bar Stools

“Wake up and smell the Coffee” Printable – DIVart on Etsy

School House Light Fixture – Home Depot

Woodland Creature Plates – Target circa 2012

Chandelier – Pottery Barn

EAT Faux Zinc Letters 

Cookie Jar – Crate & Barrel {from a few years ago} – Similar here

Anthro Inspired Cake Stand

Chalkboard Menu

 

 

 

 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

Hello there! I’m still alive! This past week or so has been one of those upside down, backwards, “why is time moving so fast?”, “when can I have a nap?” kinda weeks. Just pure craziness over here! :) 

Before the madness began, I did manage to do a bit of sprucing up in our pantry. I did some major re-organizing in the pantry a couple of years ago and it served us well for a very long time. Lately though, I’ve noticed that we were running out of space and having a harder time keeping things neat. So, I decided it was time to rethink things in there a bit. 

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I took everything out of the pantry and gave it a good scrub and some fresh paint. I went with a dark charcoal grey for the walls and a crisp white for the shelves and door {Alabaster by Sherwin Williams}. 

I realized we were wasting valuable vertical space by not using the inside of the door to its fullest potential. I removed the existing hooks and installed a wire shelving unit. I wanted something like the Elfa shelves from The Container Store, but I didn’t want to fork over that much cash for this particular project. I searched high and low to find the right shelves. I was looking for a unit that could be attached to the door {not and over-the-door hanger} and with adjustable shelves. I finally found this unit from Amazon* that met my needs for a much better price. 

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I reused the same baskets to keep the shelves neat and organized. The labels are solid outlet plate covered painted with chalkboard paint. 

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I love these hanging baskets* that I use to store the plastic wrap and baggies. These are another great way to utilize unused space. 

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The door organizer opened up a lot of shelf space for us. I’m able to keep my cookbooks, canisters, and a few other “pretty” items to make the pantry look pretty while being fully functional. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when pretty and functional are married! 

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Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

Do you have any unused space you could utilize in your home? Vertical storage is a miracle when it comes to organization!

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Kitchen Tools Prize Pack {Monthly Giveaway Series}

It’s giveaway time! Can you believe it’s already October? I feel like we just celebrated the New Year, but the holiday season is quickly approaching! With the holidays comes a lot more cooking and baking. Since we’re all going to be spending some extra time in the kitchen, you should have some cute tools to work with, right?

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Since you’ll probably be doing a bit more baking than usual this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will need a good set of mixing spoons! The Goose’s Nest is giving away a beautiful set of wood burned mixing spoons from their shop. These spoons come with a paisley pattern, that is reminiscent of henna. They are gorgeous! 

icm_fullxfull.47041438_9g3eoleojmkgkwwwck8oYou can find The Goose’s Nest at their Etsy shop, on Facebook and Pinterest

And because Gracie and I love our readers so much {and we’re feeling awfully generous during our birthday month!}, we gathered up some of our favorite items for the kitchen. The winner will receive a box full of adorable kitchen goodies including: measuring cups and spoons, silicone spatulas, a silicone whisk, an adorable red apron, and blue mason jar inspired coffee mug.

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Don’t waste any time! Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below to make sure your kitchen is fully stocked for the season! The giveaway will run until midnight on Tuesday, October 20th.  Good luck! :)

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