Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I have the smalls

 I have the smalls do you....... we live in a house built in 1919 we are the third owner....the second owners lived here for 40 years.  They were such a sweet couple but the house was dated and ohhh so 60's.  They worked really hard to get rid of anything that was authentic to the home.   I kept telling my husband that the bones were great there was open space and a huge backyard.  That did not sell him but the huge deal we got did!  Okay so back to the smalls... while we have open space to live it is not a huge house by any stretch.   I am constantly rearranging rooms and moving items.. to deal with the smalls of our home,  it drives my husband nuts.   One of the biggest... small issues I have to deal with is the kitchen.  It is small galley kitchen....

We purchased our home in 2004 and with all the work that had to be done on the rest of the house the kitchen update got pushed to the bottom.  And this is where I made my mistake.  I proposed an $1800 dollar budget to my husband and he agreed.  I ripped out the hood above the stove and a cabinet in the way, painted the cabinets, bought a new fridge and put a new floor in.  I had my Mom wallpaper the walls because they were so damaged from the 20 layers of wall paper that were put on in the past.  This was all back in 2006.   Move forward 6 years and I want to remodel.... My husband thinks not because I was somewhat successful in the budget remodel.   I have dreams for this kitchen... a built in on that brick wall.. open shelving ...etc.

I can't believe I just downloaded that picture in there... I was moving some things around.  but it gives you the idea of the small kitchen.  Since I decided to stay home, projects like the kitchen are lower on the list ... and that's okay.    So for now I am going to complete some minor changes.  Since my husband is not handy I have to be smart about how to get things done.  I want to find some cheap unfinished cabinets or maybe some shelving to put on that brick wall.  And that little polka a dot cabinet... I am going to paint that.   I am keeping the wallpaper I have always loved that black and white check.  You would be so happy about the chef border I tore down... yikes what was I thinking in 2006.   My Mom did not wallpaper to the ceiling so there is about an inch we need to cover up,  I am looking for a plain blackboard border.  And then I just need some new rugs and new hardware for the cabinet.

I love this galley kitchen I found on Pinterest....open shelving and bottom cabinets.  Check back for my reveal next week.

10 comments:

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Remodels on a budget can be quite rewarding! We revamped our 70's galley kitchen (think Brady Bunch spindles and dark wood) into something I really enjoy being in everyday!

Can't wait to see your reveal. Come back and get me if you can remember...I'd love to see it!

dee dee said...

Welcome back to blogging.
Love your inspiration photo... so dreamy! Now following so I'll be back to see your changes!
dee dee

Becky said...

I'm sure your kitchen will be as cute and charming as your blog! Following you now.

Becky

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

So fun!! Can't wait to see!! Xoxo

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Beautiful inspiration pic...I think open shelving on that brick wall would be awesome!!
Karah

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

I love your inspiration pic and look forward to your reveal. :) I'm a new Linky follower. Thanks for your sweet comment at Plum Doodles.

Tricia said...

Can't wait to see it! Your inspiration picture is beautiful!

michelle said...

We have smalls too in our kitchen and I really love the inspiration pic you have. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment about my art.
xoxo

somewhat quirky said...

I too have the smalls. I think my house was built in 1940 and it is tudor style - which are notorious for small rooms. But I just can't make myself live in a new house...

Tisha said...

I understand the smalls, but I think I'm usually more struck with the ranchers. Your kitchen is so cute and fun - and yellow is so in. I can picture a big b&w chevron rug, and maybe a painted armoire on the brick wall to act as a built-in. You could do some cool cafe transfers on the doors...Can't wait to see your ideas in the reveal!!!