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5 WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN FOR NOT ALOT OF $$$ – PART II

I had such a great time compiling PART I of this POST and  I found so much great inspiration

that I simply had to add a PART II.

One thing I have learned…after all MY YEARS ON EARTH as a Mom, homeowner, Design blogger and decorator and Artist with a smidge of A.D.D is that your home is always changing and evolving…just as you and the people and pets you share your home with are…and To think that our needs and tastes stay the same over time is a big fat piece of denial. Even if you start all brand new…with every single thing fresh and perfect…over time…you will experience change.

MY DIY "SCHOOL DESK" KITCHEN ISLAND - painted Gossamer blue
DIY SCHOOL DESK TURNED KITCHEN ISLAND – THIS PIECE HAS WORKED ITS WAY AROUND THE HOUSE…OVER THE YEARS!

I have found that while I LOVE a Big makeover – it is those little makeovers that are going to happen much more frequently. These Mini Makeovers are a way that you try things – colors, fabrics, textures and styles – without plunking down the big bucks and potentially making very expensive mistakes.

so on that note…..

Lets looks at 5 MORE ways, more “Mini Makeovers”,  that can add a little needed UMPH to your kitchen for not a lot of dough!

6. ADD a  LAMP

Kitchens tend to have many areas that serve different purposes. the cooking area, the eating area, the prep area and the storage areas…

AM DERRAN KITCHEN
AM DERRAN KITCHEN
 Interior design by Nancy Warren, architecture by Stan Dixon, photo credit Emily Followill.
Interior design by Nancy Warren, architecture by Stan Dixon, photo credit Emily Followill.
KELLY MARKET
KELLY MARKET
KITCHEN
KITCHEN FROM THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE – CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA. DESIGNED BY BUNNY WILLIAMS, SHE HIT ALL THE SWEET SPOTS, LIGHTING, PLANTS, RUGS, GREAT STORAGE. THIS IS A DREAM KITCHEN! AND MANY OF HER UNIQUE TOUCHES CAN BE DONE BY YOU!
LOVE THIS GREEN! LOVE THIS GREEN KITCHEN - THE ART, AND THE FLOWERS! LAYERS AND TEXTURES
LOVE THIS GREEN! LOVE THIS GREEN KITCHEN – THE ART, AND THE FLOWERS! LAYERS AND TEXTURES

7. ADD SOMETHING GREEN – HOUSE PLANTS ADD LIFE!

PHOTO ERIC ROTH OLD HOUSE ONLINE
PHOTO ERIC ROTH OLD HOUSE ONLINE – THIS ARTICLE TELLS YOU THE 7 BEST PLANTS FOR A KITCHEN – WHICH WAS SO HELPFUL TO ME – I WAS NOT BORN WITH A GREEN THUMB!
according to the article  – THE 7 BEST HOUSEPLANTS ARE Madagascar Jasmine, African Spear, Winter Jasmine, Goldfish Plant, Calamondin Orange, Purple Rubber Tree Plant, Heartleaf Philodendron
FRESHDESIGNPEDIA
FRESHDESIGNPEDIA
DECOHOLIC
DECOHOLIC
DEEP GREEN KITCHEN - LOVE!
DEEP GREEN KITCHEN – LOVE! LITTLE PLANT!
SUZANNE'S SWEET YELLOW KITCHEN. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FARM SINK! SUCH A PERFECT ADDITION TO HER COTTAGE KITCHEN!
MY DEAR FRIEND SUZANNE’S SWEET YELLOW KITCHEN. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FARM SINK! SUCH A PERFECT ADDITION TO HER COTTAGE KITCHEN! AND THE LITTLE POP OF GREEN KEEPS IS LIKE THE ICING ON THE CAKE!
suzannes kitchen 1
SUZANNE ACQUIRED THIS BEAUTIFUL WORKING VINTAGE MIXER AT AN EXTATE SALE. THE LITTLE HERB PLANT BEHIND ADDS A FRESH TOUCH.

8. ADD A UNUSUAL CONTAINER , BASKET OR BIN

Hannah @ Knittering in Appalachia™
Hannah @ Knittering in Appalachia™
APARTMENT THERAPY
APARTMENT THERAPY
THE MAGIC BRUSH
THE MAGIC BRUSH
RE DO IT YOURSELF
RE DO IT YOURSELF
PURE JOY HOME - I LOVE THE GIANT CLAM SHELL WHICH SERVES AS A CENTER PIECE OF THE ISLAND!!! ALSO UNDER CABINET LIGHTING CAN SERVE TO BRING THE LIGHT DOWN AND WARM UP A ROOM
PURE JOY HOME – I LOVE THE GIANT CLAM SHELL WHICH SERVES AS A CENTER PIECE OF THE ISLAND!!! ALSO UNDER CABINET LIGHTING CAN SERVE TO BRING THE LIGHT DOWN AND WARM UP A ROOM

9. ADD MUSIC

BOSE SOUND LINK COLOR BLUETOOTH SPEAKER II
BOSE SOUND LINK COLOR BLUETOOTH SPEAKER II

This may seem like a silly makeover – AND FOR MANY OF YOU with modern homes with built in speakers this is probably redundant….but for many years I did not have a music source in my kitchen . Then I got a little portable BOSE speaker and all I can say is WOW!!! Music, pod casts, Audible and  iTunes…what a difference music makes in the kitchen . Especially in my big old country house where we do not have an open floor plan and the kitchen is an actual room – i love my MUSIC!!!!

JBL SPLASHPROOF SPEAKER - SIMPLY ADD SOME TUNES!
JBL SPLASHPROOF SPEAKER – SIMPLY ADD SOME TUNES!

COOPER GOT THE JBL SPEAKER FOR CHRISTMAS.

10. PUT AWAY THE CLUTTER

I ADORE CAITLIN WILSON - AND THIS IS MY DREAM KITCHEN
I ADORE CAITLIN WILSON – AND THIS IS MY DREAM KITCHEN
CAITLIN WILSON PHOTO BY ELIJAH HOFFMAN
CAITLIN WILSON PHOTO BY ELIJAH HOFFMAN

THIS ONE IS  FREE! I discovered when our house was on the market…that when i removed all of the STUFF and CLUTTER from my kitchen counters and surfaces that immediately my kitchen felt cleaner AND it was easier to KEEP CLEAN. Of course, often the items on the counters serve a purpose. But take a look, is there a bowl or a jar or a 12th set of salt and pepper shakers that could be stashed somewhere. Do you really need all of the chips choices jammed into a corner …it is worth an inspection and the absolute WORSE thing that could happen is that all the crap finds its way back to your counters. In the meantime, for a day or so…you will breathe a sigh of relief at the freedom from visual overstimulation! (this includes perhaps a thinning of the refrigerator collections that seem to take on a life of their own!)

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9 thoughts on “5 WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN FOR NOT ALOT OF $$$ – PART II

  1. Hi Lesli

    Your final point is perfect!! I’m going to clear my counter this morning.

    It’s simplistic BUT streamlined spaces let me be more creative.

    Love your blog ❤ so much! And hello from Sydney!

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