Kitchen inspiration – Phase 2

The other side of my kitchen needed some tender loving so onto the next side I went.

BEFORE

My kitchen looked a little dated especially in comparison with the rest of the house. Here are pictures of the opposite side of my kitchen.

IN PROGRESS

Time to degrease and gut it out!

I wanted to remove that old hood range that was attached to the useless cabinets so out that went!

Just like the other side we needed to heighten the cabinets to the ceiling.

FINISHING UP

I also wanted the plate rack so thanks to Pinterest I found a DIY project on how to make your own plate rack. It was very easy it only took me about 3 days to complete.

AFTER

The custom drawer inserts I made following this DIY article!

The pots and pan pull out drawers I bought from The Container Store.

the bamboo pull out drawer

the chrome pull out drawer

The entire kitchen project took about 3 months to complete. That is considering the fact that my husband and I work full time jobs. It was plenty of late nights and long weekends, but it was worth it! ☺️

A Beverage drawer

During my kitchen renovation (a post that’s coming soon) I envisioned my kitchen having a beverage station (how cool would that be?!)

I would have loved to have one of those fancy cabinet storage units like this:

However, I got creative and did something different. I designed a beverage drawer and section.

I measured the inside of the drawer and bought these Silver mesh drawer organizers from the container store to store tea packages, k-cups, and everything else associated with beverages! Lol.

I also made my own drawer organizer/dividers for my beverage and desert silverware. I absolutely love this drawer! It’s definitely a drawer that you don’t mind sending your guests to go and make their own beverage for coffee or tea time!

Here’s my work:

Have you ever tried Traditional Medicinals – Chamomile and Lavender tea? This is the best nighttime tea to help you relax and unwind for a good nights rest.

Organizing an area

Organizing an area

Organizing is my thing. I organize everything: clothes, shoes, towels, kitchen drawers, pantry shelves, bathroom drawers you name it. Here are some of my organization tips.

Before I begin to organize an area I always start with removing items that are:

  1. Less frequently used/worn (if the item hasn’t been used/worn for at least six month to a year, or has dust on it, then it’s time to go
  2. I never trash items that someone else can use. I donate. My “trash” can be someone else’s treasure. (Besides it’s a nice tax write off)
  3. I organize items according to color, size, and sometimes alphabetically 😊

My advice is:

  1. Start with a smaller area first e.g. Under your bathroom sink
  2. Sort out the items you less frequently use.
  3. For the items you are keeping, group them together according to category e.g. Hair products, shaving products, lotions etc.
  4. Use containers, or lazy Susan’s, or Stackable drawers to hold your categorized items.
  5. Add Category labels to the front if you decided with drawers or containers.



I want a designer closet

I want a designer closet


You’ve seen the nice closet online. You know the walk in closet that’s probably all white and has a chandelier or two in it. The clothes are all neatly organized and color coded. The hangers are all the same and there is probably some fresh flowers sitting somewhere on a closet shelf.

Well… after seeing so many designer closets like the one I described I wanted one of my own. But one problem., the cost was way beyond my budget! Oops..

Have you ever experienced that? Did you let it discourage you?

Let me tell you that although it takes time and work a DIY closet is far better than paying thousands to have one professionally built. After seeing how an IKEA pax closet system, when done right, can look like a designer closet I became convinced. You don’t have to buy from IKEA. You can buy what you need from any store that sells organizing items such as The Container Store, Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Lowes just to name a few.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your closet space is you can inexpensively create a nice, cozy area. Is your closet space small? Brighten it up with light colors. Do you have a lack of shelf space? Why not install floating shelves. Need some ideas of re creating your space? I would love to help…email me!

Length of my project: 3 months

(I demo’d the closet myself and my husband helped assemble the IKEA Pax system)

What else did I use?

– Amazon velvet hangers (TJ Maxx have them too!)

– Chandeliers from Home Depot

– Floor runner from Home Depot

– Gray bins from The Container Store

– 8 section drawer for Ties from The Container Store

Before

In process:

After: