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10 Kitchen Changes That Pack A Punch



I am still stuck on what to do in the kitchen. So I'm looking through ideas at BHG.com and thought I'd share. 

I adore the fronts of these cabinet doors. How creative!


I'd love to add some pretty shelves like these, but the only place I can think of to do it is over the washing machine. Sure adds character though.


I've gone back and forth about painting the insides of the cabinets, which unfortunately are stained. The don't want me painting the outsides.

However my back and hands aren't in great shape right now from the move, which is one reason I'm holding back decorating the kitchen.


And I've looked and looked at removable wallpaper online too.


This is cute with the chalkboard drawers. Adds a bit of whimsy.


And of course organizing under your sink is a good way to know where everything is. How many of you really do this?


I love this combination of colors! This is one of my favorites.


Beadboard to the rescue! Painted a nice soft green.


The space over the refrigerator is often wasted space.


Here's a great idea for shelves in a small space area.

Be back later today with Tweak It.



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  1. I love the first photo, what a creative idea that is. I would love to add some open shelving but I have so few walls in my kitchen, and the one "largest" wall is in the doorway, so we be bumping our heads all the time. We have a corner sink and cabinet, and it's hard to get in there, so NO I don't organize under it all all. Have a great day!

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  2. Brenda, since your hands and back are sore from the move you could measure the inside of the cabinets (top and bottom) and get sheets of foam core board at the Dollar Store and cover them with fabric, card stock, wallpaper, whatever is the easiest, nicest and cheapest and just place it on the inside back wall of the cabinets. You wouldn't see the stains, you could remove the doors if that's what you still wanted and it would look custom for really cheap. You could use beadboard as well, just get Home Depot or Lowes to cut it for you, I know they do several cuts for free and then there is a .50 cent charge I believe for the rest. Most times they just tell me to have a great day and don't charge me anything which is always nice. Shelves above the washing machine would also look nice and give you extra storage for your laundry detergent and whatever else you need close at hand.

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  3. I love looking at kitchens. It's hard when you are in a rental with a limited amount of things you can do. Seems like Denise has some good ideas. xo Laura

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  4. I'm in the process of finishing our kitchen remodel. Hoping to complete by the end of summer, I move much faster outdoors. Love these ideas and open cabinets are my favorite. So many projects and not enough hours.
    -Carole at Garden Up green

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  5. Brenda, you are an inspiration. Your patio is lovely. In moving the fridge to the corner, your kitchen seems roomier. Use that wonderful washer/drier as more counter space. Cover it with a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth with a big cutting board on top. That will protect the surface of the washer, and keep the board from moving around. I would take the doors from the high cabinet over the washer, and put up some shelves below them to hold pretties, and your cute red microwave. Then the cart by the fridge can be used as a landing for the fridge and more counter space. Can you change the knobs on your cabinets, that might perk them up. Your house already looks like you, it is comfy and homey.

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  6. Brenda, you are an inspiration. Your patio is lovely. In moving the fridge to the corner, your kitchen seems roomier. Use that wonderful washer/drier as more counter space. Cover it with a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth with a big cutting board on top. That will protect the surface of the washer, and keep the board from moving around. I would take the doors from the high cabinet over the washer, and put up some shelves below them to hold pretties, and your cute red microwave. Then the cart by the fridge can be used as a landing for the fridge and more counter space. Can you change the knobs on your cabinets, that might perk them up. Your house already looks like you, it is comfy and homey.

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  7. So many fabulous inspiration photos...looks like you'll be having fun!

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  8. I love all of these fantastic ideas! Especially the open shelving. There's no space for open shelving in my kitchen. Tried taking off a cabinet door, and it didn't look right. I do have a beadboard back splash, which I really love. If you like beadboard, I do know you can buy a beadboard wallcovering, which is applied like wallpaper. It can be painted any color you would want. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your kitchen.

    I'd call my under sink cabinet semi-organized.

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  9. I use scrapbook paper cut to fit and apply with double faced tape to the back of an open cabinet I have. Easy, inexpensive, and easily changed, plus an infinite choice of colors and designs.

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  10. As soon as I scrolled to the turqoise kitchen I thought...that is Brenda! Love it.

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  11. Such fun and colorful ideas! Add those shelves above your washer. It will give you another surface to store pretty things and fix up. We did the shelves in our laundry room for very little room and we found cute brackets at Lowe's.

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  12. I think I'm in love with that blue and yellow kitchen Brenda..Yeah..sure..it looks just like that under my sink..lol..NOT..I really like what Denise suggested with the dollar store foam board..In fact I really like it for my kitchen too!

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  13. Brenda,
    I'm going to fess up and say that my under the sink kitchen cabinet IS organized. My kids tease me about having OCD. I'm not crazy about it and now that I'm older, I just want to simplify things so I don't waste any time. I know its a gift like your decorating flare is a gift. Rest that body of yours and we'll all be waiting to see what you do with your kitchen. You inspire me!
    Clara

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  14. I love the first photo and what they did with those cabinet doors. They don't appear to be standard cabinet door shapes and sizes and that's what make them look like art pieces hung, instead of painted doors. Would need a painter with Judy's talent to pull it off.

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  15. I love the pale green beadboard. And you do not want to look under my sink!

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  16. So many wonderfully inspired photos!
    You will come up with something so unique and individual to your taste-- and it will look super.
    I like Denise's idea about the foam core board. Perhaps you could use some cheerful polka dot paper or something.
    It will looks so sweet whatever you do.
    Oh...and under the sink or over the washer...a little curtain would be cute, maybe?
    Pat

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    Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

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  18. Brenda, Years ago in Army housing, where you can't do anything to your housing, a friend would take fabric and soak it in starch and then it would stick to her walls. When it was time for a new deployment, she would pull it right down and take it to the new housing. It's been so long, I don't remember how she wiped down the walls afterward, but it was just clothing starch so it came off really easily. Perhaps that would work for the insides of your cabinets?

    BTW, I saw your comment a while back about the person who felt the need to comment on the price of your fun washer/dryer. I hope you have been able to let that one slide off...it was definitely someone who has never had to make quality of life decisions. Wonder how they will handle those decisions when it comes time. Karma can be a bitch :-)

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