JP NOOKS Kitchen Edition: Before and After!
Here's the thing, when you rent (especially when you rent "vintage" apartments) you will almost certainly end up with either a hideous kitchen or a hideous bathroom. I have a hideous bathroom. Jackie and Liz
have HAD a kitchen with some challenges.
So the first thing I suggested was to simply turn the island around to hide the cluttered shelves of pots and pans. This one, tiny, little, COMPLETELY FREE change has a huge impact on the room. The pots and pans are still totally accessible, but the jumble doesn't greet you right when you walk in the room.Next, we brought in an unused bookcase from another room for extra storage. The beer poster was originally in the dining room/office but I liked it for the kitchen better. I love how the wood frame accents the wood of the butcher block counter top. Instagram printing .89 each + Frames $6 each = 20.67[/caption] Jackie and Liz: "We really want bright red in the kitchen!" HausWitch: "Done." Pendant Lamps (West Elm via Craigslist) $2.50 each. Cord Kits (IKEA) $5.00 each= $15.00 total[/caption] I found these West Elm pendant shades on Craigslist for $10. $10 Each? NOPE. $10 for both?! NOPE. $10 FOR A SET OF FOUR or $2.50 each!!! Maybe its weird but I had a design high for days after I found these babies. They're simple and diner-y, and the fact that they're metal makes them perfect for a kitchen.
Last was some simple red curtains, a "catch-all" bowl for the island and some cute tea towels to add a touch of whimsy to the space. That's right, I said "whimsy." And I meant it.
Here's how the budget broke down:
- Instagrams (from Postal Pix app): $2.67
- Frames (Michaels) $18
- Pendant Lights and cord kits: $15
- Catch-all bowl (Target): $6
- Curtains: $20
- Tension Rods: $6
- Food canisters: $21
- Tea Towels: $17
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