Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I'm a Shitty Blogger with a Shitty Kitchen

Okay, yes, it has been two weeks since I posted last. I'm the worst. Since I'm not hosting any sponsors right now, I decided to let myself take a little break, but if we're being real here (this is a safe space, right?) I just have zero creative energy right now. I have a few projects in queue, and all of the supplies, and the ideas fully formed! I just don't trust that I could execute them right now without totally fucking everything up. Call it The Yellow Fridge Effect.

Anyways, as long as I'm just sitting on a bunch of shit, I wanted to take you through some ideas I've been sitting on. While I have those aforementioned projects that are all set and just need to be executed, I have a few other things that I haven't even begun because I just don't know what I want to do. Let's chat it out together?


I bought these two chairs on Craigslist for $15 (okay, not those chairs but they look exactly like that and I don't feel like uploading pictures), which was an awesome steal because they are nice and sturdy and fit perfectly in the two spaces I need them for (the office and the kitchen). I don't want to leave them plain wood, but I've waffled one million times on what to do with them.  Do I dip or add accents, like these images below?


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It would also be great to do one a super glossy red (the wood on one of the chairs is not quite as nice), because I've basically wanted to recreate this kitchen since I saw this picture. (via)

Blue room, wood accents, red chair, lots of greenery. 

I really hate my kitchen, but its so overwhelming that I don't even know how to begin making it less horrible. Painting it seems like a giant pain in the ass, but its just so ugly and bad that something has to be done, and any of the minor attempts I've mad thus far are the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig. 

Haha there is a reason this was the only photo of the kitchen from the Apartment Therapy tour. 

Things I've thought about doing that may or may not ever get done:

  • Recreate that amazing blue/red/yellow kitchen up there
  • Update the table (Maybe it will get white legs? I just don't know what to do with furniture besides dip it.)
  • Do some kind of bigger statement piece where the shelves currently are, like this
  • Use stainless steel paint on the counters. I only have about two square feet of counter space, maybe a little less, so a whole $30 thing of stainless steel paint just doesn't seem worth it, even though I hate our counters. Anyone have any experience with it?
  • Build some kind of larger table / island to come out from the wall instead of being pushed against it. I wanted to make a reclaimed wood / hairpin leg table that would double as a casual dining spot. 
  • Maybe buy a rug? Do kitchens rug get gross? 
Thanks for bearing with my silence as I give myself a break from rushing through projects, and take some time to actually enjoy doing them again instead of just cranking out shit. (Which also explains all the recipe posts, because even when I'm shitty at crafts, I still have to eat).  

Soooo, yeah....any opinions on what to do with chairs or kitchens or being in creative slumps?

xo,
z

PS: Speaking of kitchens, thank you to The Kitchn for featuring r/p

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24 comments:

  1. That blue/red/yellow kitchen is so great! I'm totally for red accents in kitchens, which is what I'm rocking right now. That scheme would be neat with some concrete countertops (I've seen a few tutorials on blogs with a DIY method that seems pretty simple).

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    1. AHH YOURE REALLY PUSHING ME IN THAT DIRECTION!! and god, how could i forget the concrete countertops? Jenny @ Little Green Notebook did them in her kitchen recently and i LOVED them.

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  2. Red high gloss chair would be EVERYTHING. Also, I have a black and white striped rug in my kitchen that I painted with acrylic and fabric medium for a couple contrasting shades that matched my kitchen accents and I love it.

    This could do something similar: http://www.amazon.com/Safavieh-CY6062-216-Courtyard-Collection-Outdoor/dp/B00BEU1ZTA/ref=sr_1_12?s=furniture&ie=UTF8&qid=1378238937&sr=1-12

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    1. holy shit this is EVERYTHING, that would look SO good!!

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  4. my kitchen is currently the bane of my house-existance (with the exception of my basement, but whatever, that nightmare world is underground) so i really relate to this.

    One suggestion for the counter tops is that you could paint them something other than stainless steel.. a glossy black or steel gray in an oil based paint would probably look nice and be pretty durable. my countertops are this pink-beige laminate that i loathe but i can't pull the trigger on actually doing anything with them. At least they coordinate with my shitty pink-beige laminate flooring.

    I had also been experimenting with various furniture in my (small, 1940s) kitchen and ended up just building some really basic shelving, painting it white, and installing wood countertops (oak plywood that i rub with mineral oil, so nothing fancy) on the top. Its made working and being my kitchen so much more pleasant in general, because its really tight to the wall and there is so much more workspace. Other people on the internet seem to have done cool stuff with dressers and etc but my kitchen is too teeny already.

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  5. I love the red chair. I find painting is the easiest way to update anything, so I'd start there. And yes, kitchen rugs get gross! Make sure you buy one that is washable. And that it's comfortable under your feet if you're standing in there for a long time.

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  6. does that chalkboard in the second inspiration picture say "nourished by the eternal ballsack"? a+

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  7. does that chalkboard in the second inspiration picture say "nourished by the eternal ballsack"? a+.

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    1. WHAT THE FUCK YES IT DOES LOLOL

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    2. Oh my, and there is an actual, live ballsack hanging out of that clamshell. Ha!

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  8. Paint the room the blue you like from the picture, dip the tops of the chairs a tomato or candy apply (like the turquoise chair above). Maybe also dip the feet three inches in either the same red or white. Paint the baseboards white (or add 1x4 trim baseboards painted white). Leave the window trim wood.

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  9. oooh meg i have SO many ideas for your kitchen!! i want to do concrete counters ala little green notebook (or maybe a faux butcher block?), mayyybe some subway tile backspash behind the sink,and i love the red/blue/yellow/green thing you got goin on. Do that! Let me help you! haha

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  10. idk if my first comment published but I want to do this with you!!! pleeeease! i can tile and would love to help you do the concrete countertop thing

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  11. I love the one with the mint green up top and the wood legs. I actually have a decent sized kitchen, but it somehow manages to have only 3 feet of counter space. I keep trying to dream up good ways to add more counter space so I'll be curious to hear what you come up with!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  12. What about tweak the blue/yellow/red palette by replacing the blue with turquoise like the vintage Fiesta pieces I see on your desk and shelves. Add more touches of turquoise (brackets on supporting the shelves, maybe a rug, canisters...I've even painted my faucets) Being that I love your yellow fridge I would go with bright yellow walls and make the fridge almost disappear. I think it would make the room look bigger. Have done a couple of bar stools exactly like those chairs you bought (sooo 1980's!) in high gloss purple. They looked so sleek contemporary. I love the red seat and back keeping the wood legs. I would do the table/desk you have the same way, red on top only. Overall it would be a fine line between cartoonish and fucking amazing retro pop but it sure wouldn't be boring.

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  15. Concrete counters using existing counter. Jennie did it over on Little Green Notebook. I'm dying to try this but I don't know where. So if you do it, I can live vicariously through your experience/hard work. :-)

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  16. Hey glad you're back!

    What about tweaking the blue/yellow/red palette by replacing the blue with turquoise? Like the vintage Fiesta on your shelves and desk. since I love your yellow fridge I'd paint the walls yellow making it recede and the room look bigger. I've done 2 bar stools same style as the chairs you bought in gloss purple for a friend...turned out making the 1980's pieces sleek and contemporary. I'd go with red seats and backs and leave the legs wood. Same for your table/desk - red top wood legs. Now for some turquoise! Shelf brackets, canisters, perhaps a rug, hell even the kitchen faucet (done this too with spray enamel and poly with great results!).

    True it would be a fine line between cartoon-esque and fucking amazing retro pop but you're just the girl to pull it off!

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  17. Every time I'm not feeling very creative, I go somewhere that inspires me like the art museum or a pretty park or something. OR I scour the hell out of Pinterest, which I'm sure you already thought of. Maybe you need a vacation in an inspiring place so you don't have to look at your kitchen for awhile?

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  18. I can't wait to see what you do with them because I'm sitting on a chair like that RIGHT NOW. Oh yeah, I just capsized the crap out of those last two words because seeing how you're going to make those chairs look awesome, I'm a little too excited. The chairs that I have are my mother-in-law's and I think it's over twenty years old (and I can still sit on them without worrying for my safety--freaking sturdy ass chairs I tell ya) and because they're so old, they really.. oh-so-badly need some love and color.

    So Zandi, I'm kind of in love with you right now. Can't wait to see what your brilliant mind conjures up to bring those chairs to life!

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  19. I'm a big fan of kitchen rugs. Just make sure to get an indoor/outdoor rug. They're more durable and are washable!

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  20. I'm a big fan of kitchen rugs. Just make sure to get an indoor/outdoor rug. They're more durable and are washable, which is super helpful if you're anywhere near as messy as I am in the kitchen. :)

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