We’ve discussed several (hundreds of) times before that my kitchen isn’t exactly the prettiest part of our house. In fact, it’s really kind of downright ugly at this point. It’s outdated, the appliances and cabinets are dingy, the colors are awful, and the texture on the walls is weird. It’s just plain bad.
Over the last year that we’ve lived here, though, Corey and I have begun to slowly take steps towards making it
pretty less ugly. Things like…
- Knocking down some cabinets that were blocking the view into the dining room
- Adding a kitchen island and some bar stools
- Bringing in a pretty tulip table and a cute china cabinet
- Changing up the builder-grade faucet to something a little sexier (yes, sexy!)
- Switching out some of the lights, and
- Painting our pantry door (and the inside of the pantry)
So, we’ve made progress. But it’s still ugly. And it still will be ugly for a while while we work on saving our pennies until we’re able to do a major overhaul.
BUT! This weekend we took one more tiny step in the right direction. That’s right – another tiny little tweak (with a big impact) in our kitchen!
I teased those of you who follow me on Instagram at the end of last week when some gorgeous, to-die-for, I want to cover my life in it fabric showed up at our house…
It’s the Outdoor Silsila fabric from Tonic Living and it’s basically the most amazing fabric ever. I’m obsessed with it.
Corey and I briefly considered covering every surface in our house with the fabric, but we had only ordered a yard so that really wasn’t going to work. We decided that the next best thing was going to be to make some kitchen curtains for the oh-so-bare window above our sink. I took the lazy girl’s way out and used hem tape, so all there was to it was to cut the fabric in half…
iron on some hem tape…
measure out how long I wanted the curtains to be (and cut them down to size)…
and toss ’em up there with some curtain rings from Ikea! We used our tried-and-true conduit curtain rod method (which you can read more about here) so that it would flow with the rest of the curtains on the bottom floor, so the whole process was super easy (and less than $10!).
And after $30 (about $20 for the yard of fabric and $10 for the curtain rod) and about 45 minutes of work, we took our kitchen window from this…
Much better, right? I’m in love with how much cheer they bring into the kitchen, and I’m excited to finally have some color and pattern going on in there. Of course, the new curtains kind of just accentuate the giant patch of bare drywall from our cabinet-removing adventures, but that’s okay.
We’ll fix that…someday.
Until then, I’ll just enjoy my pretty, happy new curtains.
Did you do any quick and cheap updates to your home this weekend?