When we first bought That 70s House I was very overwhelmed by the built in shelves in our kitchen. I had never accessorized at that level in a kitchen before. I only owned one cook book and all the other items I kept in the kitchen were not “shelf worthy”. I mean who wants to see my toaster styled in my open shelving? Ummmm, no one.
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So I spent some time combing thrift stores for cook books and HomeGoods for accessories. I eventually filled them, but I never really loved them. I was working with an incredibly dated kitchen and trying to marry ALL the colors going on in the upholstered bench seat with the awful orangey cabinets and pink countertops.
So when we were finally able to give the kitchen a refresh, I was over the moon excited! It was like night and day! And I loved my new white kitchen!
The shelving however, still didn’t feel right to me. But, I didn’t think it was worth addressing until I could have the cushion re-done. Well, I finally found a fabric I liked and I set the wheel in motion for it to be recovered. Buh-bye dated 90s tapestry! I seriously hated that fabric.
I had collected a few new accessories in the mean time from places like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Ross, and Hobby Lobby. I spent less than $40 on all of them so I felt pretty good about my new purchases. The cook books felt like a natural fit for a kitchen, but there was just too much color going on. So I turned them around, spine in. I know, I know, this might make me a psycho path according to the internet and book purists but I promise you, these are purely decorative so I feel like I am exempt 🙂 Then I shopped the house a bit. As I have mentioned before, I may have a slight decor hoarding problem. So I rummaged through some things I had and found some extra frames and vases. At some point I picked up a few 8×10 frames from Ikea for another project, but I never got around to it, so I decided to use them here. I framed a wine printable I made and a photo copy of a pineapple from a piece of scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby. Since the pineapple is protected by copyright, I can’t offer that to you as a printable, but I have added a similar pineapple printable to my library 🙂 You can get both of yours for free here.
I managed to keep a few items in addition to the cook books, including a large round plate and a grey ombre vase I swapped from another area of the house. I also reused a tall red vase and paired it with a cutting board and my pestle and mortar which previously lived in a cabinet. On the last shelf I added a letter board and a gold wire pineapple basket. The letter board has been a fun addition and I try to change out the sayings every few weeks 😉 Lastly, our cushion received a MAJOR face lift with a neutral gray fabric. It completely changed the feel of the space! And since I actually like it now, I added some pillows I had hiding out in the basement. I know, shocking that I had extra pillows in the basement, right 😉 I am finally happy with these built in shelves that only took me six years to get right! But better late than never right?
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Frames | Letter Board | Gold Pineapple Basket | Wood Cutting Board | Pestle & Mortar | Wine Printable | Decorative Plate | Gray Vase | Vino Letters | Pineapple Book End | Pineapple Printable | Pillows | Chairs | Stools | Chandelier | Terrarium
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