Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spice up your Kitchen!

Let’s face the ugly truth: apartment kitchens are boring. They are in no way unique, fun, and inviting like Mom’s kitchen. Since you can’t really go crazy and remodel your apartment kitchen just as you would like to, there are a few simple and quick ways you can make your kitchen an exciting place to be.

We had these two plain picture frames just laying around the apartment after Mama cleaned out her stash. We also had some cute scrapbook paper in colors that complimented our kitchen towels (silly huh?).  So we got to thinking… pictures of us seemed weird, especially since we have some great ones taken by a talented friend hanging in other areas of the space... thus why not a quote? We typed “cooking quotes" into the almighty Google and found some that we really liked and described the roomies.  Copy/paste, adjust font, and print. We trimmed the edges and VOILA! Our beautiful and practically free ART! Hung to each side of the stove, they add a little color and inspiration to the space.

"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."
"If a pot is cooking, the friendship will stay warm."
It makes our kitchen a happier place :)

Secondly, another roomie found this super cute wall art at Target for less than $10. We weren’t sure where we wanted it to go at first so we had it taped in a few locations around the apartment before we decided it looked awesome above the stove. 

Our final kitchen tweak was a spice shelf. Since we live in an apartment cabinet and counter space is super limited. These shelves were found at Goodwill for 59 cents each (yes cents, not dollars) and they had an antiqued red/walnut finish that just didn’t flow with our place. Two coats of glossy white spray paint later and they have worked really well for us. 

So Spicy!

Hopefully some of our kitchen tweaks can help you spice up your boring apartment kitchen too!

Stay Crafty!
Allison & Chelsea

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  1. Great ideas!! Love your shelves - Goodwill has the best treasures! :) I'm your newest follower, too...

  2. I love the spice wall shelves! They are super cute, and the whole project is a great idea.

    Love your blog! It must be so fun to have each other as roommates and be able to decorate, DIY, and craft together. :) I'm following!


  3. I love the dandelions! Are they vinyl?

  4. Hi Kelsey,

    They're from Target? AKA not sure if they're vinyl. I just looked online to see if they have them... couldn't find them though. Roomie who bought them said they were in the college decor area. They were $10 bucks... when we put the on they were a bit flimsy so I'm guessing they were NOT vinyl.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Super cute ideas!!! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  6. Sooooo CUTE and THRIFTY too!!!


  7. These are some awesome tips for transforming a small space!

  8. Love the shelves you got for so cheap, they look great for your spices!
    Oh, I'm now a follower:)

  9. super cute, girls. our first apt was so ghetto looking back, haha. you two won't have that prob!

    (: kelli & kristi {new followers}

  10. They're all super ideas for adding special touches to your kitchen decor.

    I'll be featuring this post on Thursday night.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  11. Great touches, I really like the space above your stove! The spice shelves are perfect for your space too and that price can't be beat! Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

  12. I love this! We live in an apartment too so I definitely understand the restraints when it comes to decorating one. Love the spice shelves too!

  13. Fab idea!!! How fun and creative