Do you see the theme of this post in the above picture?
Does one particular word stand out to you?
You see – I have been blogging all of these years, and possibly leading you
to believe I live in a perfect home with spotless floors and grandchildren
who never have snotty noses or chocolate smeared faces…
or, granite that always sparkle and the most perfectly organized cabinets
that Pinterest has ever seen.
Is that the impression I have given?
But, I love you guys, a LOT. So it’s only right that I come clean.
Most days, my kitchen is a mini episode of Hoarders. My fridge should
be featured on the Discovery Channel.
Or, maybe the Sci-Fi Channel because there’s some alien stuff growing in
there right now.
But, I would not be your friend if I continued the ruse, now would I?
So, I present to you The Everyday Home’s Kitchen…Uncut.
For example, my cute, blue cabinet that I added the Lowe’s house
Well, this is how it looks right now…
Miss C used her tiny little fingers to pry the #2 off. Then she walked around
with it in her hand all weekend. She decided she was tired of being #3 and
moved up a notch. (She couldn’t reach the #1.)
My friend, Shirley, of Housepitality Designs, gave me a pretty message
board soon after we first met. I have it in my kitchen and the messages
I write on the chalkboard changes with the season and/or the celebration.
And sometimes the message gets left there.
And you know my pretty black-painted breakfast table where I display lovely
seasonal vignettes like this…
It’s where we have our Family Dinner every Wednesday night with all
my babies and my Son and my Daughter-in-Law. It’s where I break out
my sewing machine or lay out my craft boxes. It’s often where I blog.
But, most of all – it’s where I sit in the morning with my sweetheart,
coffee in hand, talking about nothing in particular. Just talking.
It’s been put through the ringers, and needs a good makeover.
(coming soon…stay tuned.)
But, before you start thinking our kitchen is falling apart around us…
It’s just lived in and it’s loved.
For example, we have truly enjoyed the little Coffee Station I created
And just in case we get confused whose white cup is whose…
(see how I created unique numbered coffee cups HERE.)
We also love the Painted-Brick Backsplash and Corbels we added.
Our “temporary” wood countertops only get prettier with age, and I
cannot imagine our kitchen without them now.
I cannot tell you how many emails I get asking about our Hand-Hammered
Copper Sink from Mexico. It is definitely a focal point in our kitchen.
You guys have seen all of this. Many times.
But, I have two new fave areas of our kitchen. It’s nothing special really.
These ideas will not go viral on Pinterest or make the pages of Better Homes
and Gardens. But, I love them!!!!
The first one is my basket drawer. It is one of two we will install. I found
baskets that fit perfectly in this space, and all we had to do was add a shelf.
It’s the perfect place for my hand towels.
But, the newest addition to our kitchen is something I have been meaning
to do for a while. You see, a new revolution has begun at The Everyday
- A forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor ofa new system.
Yep, it’s an overthrow alright. Of the junk. Of the excess. Of the
cabinetry chaos. And we are pushing for a new system of organization.
This little project was a start.
It’s my Measuring Cup and Measuring Spoon Storage System.
I LOVE it.
It was sooooo incredibly easy to put together. I did it all myself in about
an hour and a half. That included fixing lunch, changing a poopy diaper,
finding a lost stuffed shark, talking to my out-of-town hubby, and
deciding what was for dinner.
Using Frog Tape, I taped off the edges of the door. Then, applied three coats
of Black Chalkboard Paint (available at Lowe’s).
Next, I measured and cut three lengths from heavy duty stirring sticks.
Compliments of Lowe’s. (I ended up only needing two)
Next, I placed my measuring cups and spoons where they needed to be,
marked the holes, and pre-drilled for the hangers. I also pre-drilled a hole
on each end, where the wood strips would be screwed into the cabinet.
“Meet my little friend.”
After the painted strips were attached to the back of the door, and the
cups and spoons were added… I stepped back and admired my work.
Some chalk marks the cup and spoon measurements. Pretty cool, huh?
This one simple project has inspired me to completely organize my kitchen.
I can’t wait to share some other projects with you. I might end up on
Pinterest yet. ha!
So, you see. My kitchen is perfectly imperfect. It’s not a model home.
It’s a lived in home. It’s our home.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. If I won the lottery, I would have a kitchen with
state-of-the-art appliances and every Henkel knife known to man.
But, I would still fill my dream kitchen with my vintage scales filled with
onions and garlic and lemons. I’d still have fresh flowers on the island or
I’d still probably have a chippy, needs-painted breakfast room table.
And I can guarantee you there would be crumbs on the floor, some
spaghetti sauce splashes on the cabinets, and a few dishes in
Because, even though I want a clean and organized and perfectly
presentable kitchen… I won’t ever have that if it means less time doing
the things that matter the most…
Like hunting for rolly-pollies and collecting centipedes.
‘Cause when these babies are older, with babies of their own – I don’t want
them to look back and remember Grammy and Grandpa’s kitchen as Model
But, a place where perfect memories were made.
Thanks for coming to see me today. Please watch your step, there’s a
wooden spoon aka drum stick on the floor.
I am sooooo thrilled to be taking part in the
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Today is the second day of the Tour.
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