Friday, June 15, 2012

Above Cabinet Decorating

Since I married my husband, I've always had an Americana theme going on in my kitchen. It was easy to throw together, and I was a military wife, so I had to show my pride for America, right?

When we moved, I decided it had to go.  I still have pride for my country and my Sailor, but my kitchen was now part of an open floor plan and needed to flow with the rest of my decor a little better.

Problem, lots of Americana decor, and not a lot of extra cash flow to go out and change everything.  It's so much easier to collect things over the years!

Not to worry, though...

A little spray paint, and some creative thinking, to the rescue!  I gathered up all of my Americana decor, and some other random items I had hanging around with no place to "belong."  I shopped my house.

A little Oil Rubbed Bronze here, a little flat Black Rustoleum there...  and we have a whole new look!  The only thing I went out and bought was the letter "M" (I seem to have developed a "thing" for them...I'm trying not to buy any more).  Luckily I already had the spray paint on hand.

I had some chalk board paint in my stash, and I planned to paint a serving dish to prop up.  Unfortunately the space above my cabinets is a little height challenged and the platter I had on hand wasn't going to work... I had to improvise.  I didn't want to go shopping, and it was the middle of the night, anyway.  I do my best work at night, don't you?  A quick look around the garage landed my eye on...

The lid from an old tin of popcorn!  Yep!  I gave it a coat of flat black paint, and then two coats of chalkboard paint. If you're really paying attention, you can sort of maybe tell it's a lid...but who is going to be staring at the top of my cabinets, anyway?

I tried to follow some Thrifty Decor Chick advice (I heart her!)... I'm not quite sure if I got it right.  It was a liiiitle too empty here.

I used some more advice from Thrifty Decor Chick to prop things up a little!  Except I didn't use books because I like to read my books!  Plus, all of our "extra" books in boxes down in our unfinished basement.  And it was the middle of the night.  That's when the centipedes come out!!  I wanted to stay upstairs, haha.  So, I improvised and I used old dvd cases!!  I had just transferred our dvd's into binders, so I had a ton of those handy...sitting in a box, waiting to go down into the basement.  ;)

You can't even tell they're sitting on dvd cases unless you stand on something to look up there.

Yeah, we reallyyyy like bread.

Yeah for dvd cases!

Adding in a little more here and there...  I painted that little basket holding flowers with some ORB!  It was red, white, and blue, before! 

Our unity candles from when we got married...  the candle holder was shiny BRASS...but I didn't mind giving that a coat of ORB either.

And I finally feel DONE.  I'm not sure if it looks a little does to me, a little, but I like it!

I couldn't decide what to write on my chalkboard, but finally settled on Bon Appetit!  

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a great job re-doing and decorating with things you already had.

    It doesn't look too crowded to me. I'm not good at description words, but it looks like the things are all gathered there, and not so much staged. (That probably makes no sense)