Ah, apartment kitchens.... could anything be more ugly and bland? Particle board cupboards, aging appliances, almond formica countertops all equal a great big Y...A...W...N. The funny thing is I really love the size and layout of my kitchen. It's not big, but it's Just Right as Goldilocks would say. In our house the kitchen was galley style and it had doorways to other parts of the house on both ends! That was like trying to cook in Grand Central Station! This kitchen is an awesome little destination U-shape and I love cooking in it. But it sure wasn't much to look at! See?
Don't you especially love my vertical blinds? Yech!
(But I do loving having a window over my sink!)
Well, I've been researching online some different ways to spiff them up. In fact, before we moved in I thought I wanted to do the book page treatment to them. But, as I mentioned recently, I am in serious need of some color! So then, I found this lovely post about how this gal added fabric to the wall of her laundry room without using glue. Lightbulb! I found some amazing Kaufman outdoor fabric at Hancock's for only $6 a yard and I thought, hey- even if this project doesn't pan out, I still like this fabric for pillows and tote bags.
I used The Thriftress' recipe for liquid starch and got to work. Ready to see it? (OMG, I love it so much!)
Wait for it.....
Of course I had to do a little re-accessorizing! I love my pretty new curtains- much better than the ugly blinds! You're getting the worst of my view- when I'm at the sink I can see trees and lawn. But can you see how dark it is? And that's at 1:00 in the afternoon!
So cheerful! And I love having my Old Mill Stream platter over the stove.
Now, I realize this is not to everyone's taste. Truly, it's not my dream kitchen (this one is!). But compared to where it started, I can honestly say it has made me 100% happier to be in the space. And that my friends, is my $18 priceless kitchen makeover!
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