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When we moved into this place, three and a half years ago, we had significantly less kitchen storage space than our last home. So, finding alternatives to free up some of the cupboard space was necessary. We decided to get the pots up on the ceiling. We couldn’t actually put it above the oven/stovetop because we would have hit our heads on it, but there was a perfect spot for it above a counter within easy reach.
I decided to look at an architectural salvage place for ideas. We ended up with this small gate, which was an oxidized gray, pretty, but not what I was picturing in my head. We painted it and my husband went up in the attic to make sure we were hanging it in in the joists. I didn’t want this thing coming down on my head!

I found hooks online and the whole thing has served us extremely well and the overall cost was still cheaper than the pot racks I was seeing online.

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These bins were from Target a while ago. They were $2.50 and located in that section in the front of the store where most things are $1. They came in a few bright colors, mine were pink, and I knew from the time I bought them that I wanted them to be gold. They are just the right size to sit on the floating Lack Ikea shelves in our bedroom office.

My husband was busy painting a thrift store bike for our oldest daughter (from black to sparkly periwinkle) so, I figured it was as good a time as any to do some painting myself. I’m looking forward to trying these in a few different ways and places to see what I like best.

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Knowing I love painted furniture, my mother-in-law gave me this little cabinet with instructions to paint it. We tried it in a few places before picking a color and when we decided it should go in the girls room, we also knew it needed to be blue.  I had a lot of little helping hands when it came to the painting!

We used my current favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color “Provence,” with clear wax over the paint.

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So, I know I am way behind the curve (maybe you’re already sick of seeing chevron), but I finally did it! And, I am happy with it.

The whole project, for which of course I don’t have any in-progress or before pictures, took a couple afternoons. It clogged up our courtyard (everyone had to scoot themselves around the project to get to the front door) and smelled up the house (paint and wood stain fumes drifted in through the giant draft space under our front door).

I think I want to keep orange or red flowers up there on a regular basis. The bottles were collected and painted over a few weeks. It was a great excuse to clean out the fridge and empty out old salad dressing and hot sauce bottles, oh and wine bottles, can’t forget those. I dripped, as sparingly as I could manage, my favorite Annie Sloan paint inside and rolled them around until the paint covered the insides sufficiently.

I found a few insulators at a flee market once and my mother-in-law gave me a small collection of them that had belonged to her dad. It has saved me from climbing over barbed wire and stealing them from the tops of unused power line poles.

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When we got home from our trip, I decided it was time to redo the bathroom. It was in need of some fresh white paint and some serious organizing.

Unfortunately, I am horrible at getting before shots. Here it is though after 12 days of work.

The towel and magazine bar is from Ikea (painted white) and it is resting on basic white hooks from Home Depot.

The toilet paper basket is from Cost Plus World Market. I’m liking this new system for toilet paper storage. It has freed up some space in the cupboard and now guests don’t have to guess where to look if we run out.

This mirror has actually been there since the day we moved in.The main, large mirror is to the left when you enter the bathroom, but its nice to have a little mirror over the sink too. This little green beaded mirror is from Anthropologie (several years ago).

This cabinet seems a little blah to me still, but if you could magically see a before picture of that medicine cabinet, you would be very happy that it looks like this now. This cabinet was here before we moved in so I am not responsible for the funny placement. I could have moved it down a bit, but I wasn’t motivated to do that at the time and I think its better to have it more out of the childrens’ reach. They are all climbers now.

This shelf (in the background of the photo below) was the large straw that drove me to actually get the bathroom done. My mom was getting rid of it before our trip and I grabbed it from her garage sale pile. My dad built it, so I know its sturdy. There wasn’t time to put it up before we left on our trip, so its been sitting there in my mind for a couple months.

The large apothecary jar belonged to my mother-in-law. It may have actually belonged to her paternal grandma if I am remembering correctly. I should probably double check on that.

I added the swan brackets to my dad’s shelf unit. They are another old Anthropologie find.

The motel sign is something I had originally picked up for our RV. I had it leaning up against the mirror as I worked in here and liked it so much in this room that I decided to use it in here instead.

These jewelry shadow boxes have actually been in that spot since before we moved in, so I guess this is kind of a before shot. They came with us when we moved here two and a half years ago. 

The green knobs on the black cabinet were a local craigslist find (by local, I mean, a couple blocks away) about a year ago. There were about 20 of them in a bag. I keep changing out knobs all over our house for these because I love them so. 

The black cabinet used to be periwinkle. I was tired of that the first time I saw it, but it wasn’t so hideous that it had to be changed immediately. Even if it had been though, I can’t say I wouldn’t have procrastinated until now anyway.

I added some little 4 inch furniture feet to make it look like a found dresser. A really shallow dresser. Maybe I will get a photo of that sometime.

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I like this.

Idea Paint.

I’d like to paint something like this.

And I’d use it in the playroom.

So, much fun.

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More Stripes

Look at these stripes! They aren’t a neutral and white, which is what I want for the bathroom, but aren’t the colors gorgeous?!

Where, oh where could they go?

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