Saturday, February 13, 2010

Decluttering/Organizing With Utensil Racks

Remember this dreadful sight from the 360 "before" tour of my kitchen?

Nice, huh? Take note of these oh-so-lovely features:

  • An ugly stove, pulled forward to protect the recently repaired walls (man that beast kicked out a lot of heat!)
  • A toaster oven on the counter to make up for the larger oven's serious shortcomings
  • Utensils taking up counter space in an overcrowded stainless steel canister
  • Drawer and door pulls that blended into the cabinetry
  • Random junk strewn about.

Well, I'm happy to report that we've made significant progress!

Check it out! Last weekend, Kyle hung two Ikea racks so that I could get my utensils off the countertop. He also installed new drawer and door pulls that coordinate with the black stove we bought late last year. (Stainless was not in the budget.)

Kyle also recently hung our new vent hood. Professionals installed the ductwork last year, but we couldn't install the fan until this year. (We had a dented part, and then a scratched part and then a missing part. Very frustrating!)

This weekend, I decided that the wall space above the racks looked rather boring, so I found a funky frame at Target and filled it with food-related pictures and color blocks.

Working with our old kitchen (and our small budget) has been a surprisingly fun challenge!

Next step for this area: a backsplash for above the stove. Any suggestions?


Michelle said...

Beautiful! Love the artwork and the hanging utensils! I can't think of anything for the back splash, but will be watching eagerly to see what you come up with! I know Kelly (my sister) knows how to make cool trivets from blank white tiles and wallpaper/wrapping paper/photos. Maybe something along those lines?

Andrea said...

It looks GREAT!!! Really like the Target picture frame above that fun Ikea holder. What about those tin square tile things as a back splash. If my husband Mark can get them up, anyone can!!!! We are thinking of putting it in our kitchen actually. I am under the impression it can be done for less then $100. Saw it in a another blog...

MollyinMinn said...

Angie! I love this! The best improvement yet. Even if your stove is super dangerous :)

Fabulous idea on the frame. Love it.

Angie said...

Thanks Molly! It's funny, Rowan hasn't commented on our stove being super dangerous in a long time. Maybe we need to put the fear back into him!

For those who don't get it, Rowan was rather excited when we bought our stove and couldn't keep his hands off of it. We warned him about how horribly dangerous stoves are, and he replied: "If this thing is so dangerous, why did Daddy bring it in here?!" HA!

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