Monday, July 22, 2013

Use What You've Got

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It was fun telling you about how I hang laundry to dry,
but it's time to return to my kitchen and show you some updates!

When I began my quest to decorate my kitchen on a budget, 
I felt excited and ready to tackle the blank canvas in front of me.

Free is the least expensive option there is, 
and I set a priority to spend my money sparingly 
on "stuff" since I already owned quite a bit. 
I suppose the overall theme for my kitchen's decor is 
"light traditional with a touch of whimsy,"
and I mostly just wanted things in there
that would be functional and make me smile. 

Here are some examples of ways I have achieved this goal.
I have had these items a while, but I am one of those people
who can remember what something cost forever,
so I included that info (and where I bought things) in the pics.

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I got the idea to set up a vignette in this deep corner from Sheila at Note Songs.
She is always creating really cute and inviting displays
with things she already has in her own kitchen corners, and I love the effect.
Sheila often uses trays or cake stands to add height to her vignettes, too.
I have owned these items for years, and they are so cute together. 
I especially like how the round plate and curves of the pitcher 
break up all the squares and angles in my kitchen. 

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The bottle is pretty nifty -- I did some research on it, 
and it originally held mineral water from Virginia Etna Springs Co. in Vinton, VA.
It's hand blown, the color is called apple green, and the shape is called ten pin. 
It's roughly a hundred years old, if what I found online is accurate.
Regardless, I love to imagine how it ended up here in Arkansas!

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If you'll remember from my original Aviary planning pic, 
I eventually want to paint these walls aqua 
and cover this little bit of backsplash with PVC pressed tin.
Well, I haven't yet pulled the trigger on painting (I'm not usually this chicken!),
and I originally thought just one sheet of PVC pressed tin would be necessary. 
However, after I measured, I found it would require 2. 
My Home Depot sells the 18" x 24" sheets for $20 each -- 
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Pic courtesy of Home Depot. 

I am not ruling this out, because I do think the texture and metallic look would be amazing, 
but $40 is more than I want to spend on any one thing right now.
In the meantime, I have this large "T" initial propped on the small ledge, and I like it quite a bit. 

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This wine box is a holdover from when my kitchen had a grape theme.
I like the height it gives this little area, and I may repaint it eventually. 
It's really close to the wall color, and a spark of color here would be nice. 
I just don't know what or how I'd redesign it! 
If I paint the wall behind it aqua, that might not even be an issue.
The little pot of flowers gives a nice spark of red.
I've seen some disdain towards faux flowers online, but I still love them. 
And it's my kitchen ;-)

Now for the window area!

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My original plan was to have the pitcher of hydrangeas here.
After I spray painted my canisters, I found I wanted them on the windowsill instead. 
My hydrangeas are still homeless for the moment.
I got the idea to hang things on the inside of the window from a blogger 
who doesn't seem to be blogging anymore -- The Happy Homebody.
I loved looking at Angie's ideas because her kitchen was arranged nearly identically to mine!
Anyhow, these little floral plaques bring in two of my favorite colors, red and purple,
both of which are present in the kitchen rugs that served as my inspiration.

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On the other side, I have a daisy-shaped hook that serves the function
of keeping my dishcloth handy and letting it dry.
Wet dishcloths left to sit on a counter top gross me out! 

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The Waverly valance hanging on a tension rod right now
is just sort of a "place holder" -- I still have plans 
to get my mother to help me make a valance with burlap
and lots of colored fabric to better tie in my kitchen rug.

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Here comes the sun! Love the Beatles :-)
This friendly terra cotta gent originally came
from the outdoors section, but he's so warm (ha!)
and inviting that I prefer to have him inside.
A 3-M Command Hook is securely attached to the window trim,
so that he can hang without holes going in my woodwork.

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Hopefully these ideas will get you thinking about
stuff you already own and new ways to use it.
Rearranging and trying things in different rooms only costs time!
 And who knows -- you might just surprise yourself when you shop your closets ;-)
I don't know which part I like better: making my kitchen cute for free,
or the storage space I reclaim when things are used instead of stashed away.
That, my dears, is a win-win.

Next time, I'll be sharing a cute and colorful DIY craft
that has brought a lot of color and texture to my kitchen,
and for less than $10!

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  1. I am all about using what I have. I just can't buy anything more until I get rid of something YOu have some fabulous treasures and you've used them beautifully. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. I agree, Marty - I hate to buy more "stuff" when I already own some nice things! Thank you for visiting me this week!

  3. Great ideas for using what you have and cleaning out closets and cupboards. I always wonder what I am saving things for. Good for you! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sometimes if I am "saving" something, but am reluctant to get rid of it, I challenge myself to find a way to use it in my home. If I just can't do it, I know it's really time to give it away/sell it.

  4. Melody, You are so smart to use what you have. I have move things around only to have hubby say "When did WE get that?". He has been walking right past it for years in another spot in the house. Call me crazy, I get a 'sick" thrill from that.
    Love your vignettes especially the old bottle and your pitcher of greenery. Gotta love the Dollar Tree, I was just in there today, picking up something for a tablescape. What did we ever do with them.
    Have a blessed weekend, Ginger

    1. Hi Ginger! I like surprising my hubby with the ways I reuse and relocate things, too ;-) I am a huge fan of Dollar Tree and honestly can't wait for fall things to hit the stores!

  5. You've done a great job "shopping your home" Melody! Love you window treatments, so bright and cheerful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

    1. Thank you for hosting Amaze Me Monday and for visiting me, Cindy!

  6. You are so good at this - re-purposing things you own, and sprucing things up to give them a second chance or new life! The kitchen already looks so different from when I was there - even cuter! <3

    1. Thank you, Erin! I wish we were next door neighbors so I could come spray paint things at your house, too.