It’s been 2 years since I gave our kitchen an overhaul and gel-stained our cabinets. I still love the gel stained cabinets and they’ve held up really well with the amount of wear and tear things get in this house. There are a couple of very small minor spots underneath a few of the handles that I will touch up and re-apply the poly top coat when I gel stain my master bathroom cabinets this fall. Other than that- they still look brand new. I wipe them down with Clorox wipes at least once a day and I’ve used all-purpose cleaners such as 409 when needed and the finish hasn’t come off or had any issues. The kitchen is the hub of our house. I spend a lot of time in there, it’s a hang out place when Ty’s friends come over, and I try very hard to keep it simple, clean, and uncluttered.
You can see the black out curtain that is separating Ty’s new room from the kitchen. Soon that will be covered by another sliding barn door but for now the curtain is working out fine. As you can see, I’m still waiting on my stainless steel appliances. I just can’t justify buying all new appliances when these are still working fine.
I try to keep all the appliances off the kitchen counters because they just make the space look cluttered. The lazy susan makes a great appliance garage for our most used appliances- toaster, ice shaver, blender, mixer, etc.
I toyed with the idea of putting up curtains but I really love the amount of natural light that pours in through those windows during the day and I’d hate to cover that up. Plus the lack of curtains really adds to the whole un-cluttered look that I’m going for. One of my favorite parts of the kitchen is being able to look out into the backyard from those great windows.
I found those great turquoise cooking utensils at Wal*Mart for around $2 each! They match perfectly with the decor and I love them sitting out in my orange watering can that I found at Target in the $1 spot. I found the big E at Walmart for $6.88.
I recently turned this little area of the kitchen into our coffee bar. We’re serious about our coffee in this house- it’s pretty much all that keeps us alive. I found some huge mugs at Wal*Mart for $3.88 each and I love them. They have great sayings on them that make me smile. Please ignore the fact that our fridge is missing the bottom handle. It broke off and I’m waiting for the replacement to come in the mail. I’m also on the hunt for a cute coffee print to hang on the wall but I haven’t found the perfect one yet.
I made a little weekly menu area on the wall beside the fridge. I found the chalkboard menu at Wal*Mart on clearance for $3 and couldn’t resist it. I plan my meals monthly but it’s nice to have a reference for what I’m making for the current week and when the kids ask for the 100th time what’s for dinner I can refer them to the board.
I love how open the kitchen is to the dining nook and the family room. I can cook and still talk and interact with the people in the family room. I can also see the kids on the back deck or in the hot tub from pretty much anywhere in this area.