Thursday, May 30, 2013

Little Upgrades

I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but my kitchen has no counter space and next to no cabinet space. You might remember this picture from the last house tour:

(please pardon the orange walls - I'm planning to paint the kitchen and the living room and dining room at the same time, which will be quite the undertaking!)

Updated house tour on the blog - talesofineptitude.blogspot.com

Yep. What you see is what you get. The usable counter space is that little sliver between the sink and the stove. Seriously.

Here is a picture of the other side of the kitchen, which I didn't show last time (it has a tendency to be cluttered):

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Very messy. The baker's rack is my attempt to free up some cabinet space. The rest is a mish-mash of random stuff that I just had available when I moved in. I've been toying with the idea of adding some cabinets and counters on this side of the room, but that would involve either trying to find cabinets that matched the original ones, or refacing the old ones to match the new ones.

That wasn't going to happen in any reasonable time frame.

BUT!

I went to this consignment shop a few weeks ago, and happened to find an amazing alternative.

Isn't it so pretty?

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It's made from pieces of other furniture, and has a metal frame with casters. The back and sides are finished, so it will look good in the middle of a room too. Such a great find!!

I also updated the space by the front door. Here is the before:

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And here is the piece I got at the same time as the island:

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Yay! Storage galore! Now I can put the mail in the top of the secretary instead of on the coffee table. So much better! It'll look even better after I paint or refinish it (which will happen eventually...)

8 comments:

  1. Looks like your shopping trips have been really productive! Love the subtitle of your blog - totally share that sentiment and had to follow:-)

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    1. Haha, thanks! Glad to have you come by!

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  2. Awesome! You got some really great finds. The look good and seem totally functional. Good for you!

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  3. Wonderful finds! Your upgrading your house beautifully :)

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  4. What a great find! I think I need a shopping buddy like you :)

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    1. Anytime, just let me know! ;-) Although, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm NEVER this lucky!

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  5. Ah, gotta love thrift stores and consignment shops! I love your orange walls by the way! You do have a nice size kitchen but the counter space is pathetic. Have you thought of having someone install a "pull out top"? It's basically Luke a computer key board holder that goes under your existing countertop but over the bottom cabinet and you pull it out when you want to prep food and push it back it when you are done. That's what I did at my first house. It was great for making lunches for work! Also love the secretary and THE TILE is absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

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  6. Love that kitchen island. Great find!

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