Hi all! To all my Canadian readers, I hope you’re enjoying a possible long weekend with Canada Day just around the corner!
I wanted to stop in today with to share our latest update in the kitchen. When I last shared our kitchen, it looked like this:
I was loving the accent wall, the shelves, the extra storage and the mirror, but it didn’t quite feel complete. I had decided to centre the mirror so that it would reflect the greenery outside. I find this especially helpful since ours is a plain basic apartment with windows only on the far wall, meaning this little nook is only lit by artificial light, regardless of the time of day. I needed all the natural light and bits of the outdoors I could get!
The only issue with this is that it felt a tad off balance. When I scored a narrow white bookcase as a hand-me-down, I was thrilled. Perfect fit!
It adds some much needed storage (it especially takes the visual weight off our heavy robin’s egg blue hutch) and balance to the dining area. It was easy to style (much simpler than last week’s floating shelves) since these were narrow shelves, very similar to an Ikea expedit.
As much as I always preferred storing books behind closed doors, I’m glad Shaun pushed to have some on display. They add a nice bit of personality, and they really reflect us (like my Le Robert dictionary and his Watership Down).
I adore this little owl. Impulse purchase from West Elm and it was totally worth it. I think he belongs alongside the books.
To make use of the top, I also added some simple white boxes (these ones were from Ikea I believe) to store our DVD’s. Unlike books, DVD’s can never be attractive, in my opinion.
I organized them by genre and added a quick chalkboard label (from Staples Martha Stewart line) to remember which ones are which. So much cleaner than having a pile of DVD’s on top of the bookcase!
I also added a removable hook to the side to hang up our aprons. (As a bonus, it also helps to conceal our mini battery powered vacuum! I love having it in the kitchen: easy access for quick day to day clean up.)
Sorry about the blurry “before”:
I haven’t quite decided how to fill the bottom cupboard, as it doesn’t have any shelves. It could be a good spot for dog food, but that would require an a new tall and narrow container… Maybe a mini pantry type storage? Or maybe it will just fit Shaun’s umpire equipment in it (because clearly, everyone needs umpire equipment..?) For now, I’m just happy knowing I have a bonus bit of unused storage space!
Let’s take a look back to where it was when we started, shall we?
And a few months after we moved in…
Sometimes I forget just how different our space looked like back in April 2013. And these things are all projects you can easily remove and some even can be taken when you move, especially if your landlord is ok with having you paint.