Wednesday, January 11, 2012

House it Going Pt.2

 The Kitchen is slowly becoming my favorite place. I still have work to do on the counters and the backsplash. But it's come a long way from the blah cabinets and the FORMICA WALLS!!

 I LOVE chalkboard paint! Especially with a 2 year old who doesn't grasp the concept of only writing with pens/crayons/markers on PAPER, the only medium I trust him with is chalk! As you can see he uses it! It's super easy to use chalkboard paint. I bought Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint in Black. I lightly sanded the fridge, applied a primer, and then 5 coats of chalkboard paint using a paint brush. I did five coats to make sure it wouldn't chip off (even with the primer the lesser coats could easily be taken of with the nick of a fingernail).  It was a tiny can of paint, and i still have more than half leftover from this project! So I put another chalkboard surface on the opposite side of the kitchen for grown ups to write on without fear of little hands erasing it!

I'm planning on painting a bright yellow border around this chalkboard to match the dining room color!
 Another thing I love in my kitchen is the Peg board we put up. We don't have much cabinet space , but we did have a wall behind the door that was free! This was a super simple DIY ANYONE can do to maximize their kitchen storage. we measured the space, the went to Home Depot and them cut the peg board to fit. I brought it home and did two coats of Krylon Cherry Red spray paint on it! A package of different sized peg board hooks and there you have it!
I eyed this clock at Target for a while-but once it went on sale I had to have it! Love the retro diner feel of it!

 The Dollar Tree carries lots of great storage items, one of them being those glass jars! They have nice sealing lids on them, so they are perfect for storing baking soda and powder! The canisters were in a box of mismatched junk i got for $1 at the Dutch Auction. They were originally metal, I hit them with a few coats of Krylong Sunny Yellow spray paint! Ikea carries these cute little tins in their plant section for $1-makes a perfect place to stash the multitude of little one friendly utensils (which are also from Ikea!).
 Oh yes. My newest lovely. MMM i could kiss it. This sweet thing has made making coffee so much more pleasant for this caffeine needing mama of two! I've wanted a Keurig for 2 years...and on black friday i finally got one. Coffee in minutes with little to no work...and it's RED. 'Nuff said.
  Since counter space is also at premium for us, my spices which came  in a pretty little spinning rack, are stored on the back of the stove. Easy to grab and use right where i need them, and not taking up precious counter space! I plan on attaching little magnets to the bottom, since they do sometimes slide off when there's lots of activity going on on the stove.
 Got this little beauty in the IKEA as-is bin. They sell them for 3 or $4 normally, but this one has a TINY chip in the paint on the BOTTOM so i got it for $1. Never turn up your nose at the reject bin in a store..most things are BARELY damaged or imperfect, and can be fixed easily for a big savings!

I'm still hoping to do something cool with the backsplash....
I love the look of penny tile!

Tomorrow I will be showing you W's room!


  1. Looks great! I am on the same kick, but I'm still in the planning stage and not the doing stage. I can't believe I never thought of the peg board for pots and pans, I may have to steal that idea.

  2. I love the idea for the spices! I have a cheap spice shelf thing from Walmart which they're always falling off and spilling. Plus, I have too many spices for that shelf as well :(

  3. Sorry, the anonymous was me... Mary :p

  4. I LOVE your cooking spoons holder. How cute is your fridge!