|I got this bird from The Graphics Fairy.|
I printed it out, cut and used it as a
|And used it to add to the stencilled "Bakery"|
above front window. On the real bakery sign,
in Prague, there was only one bird.
I was saving these wine bottles for something else but the mouth of the bottles wound up being too small. After scrubbing off the labels, I just put them on the table with artificial flowers. One would be fine!
Have wicker baskets? No? The dollar stores are a great place to check. I had a grouping on a previous dining room wall; some faced out, others the wall. Some had 'something' on them and others didn't. When I needed a bread basket or chip bowl, I'd grab them off the wall, put a clothe napkin in it and serve. When I was done, the napkin went in the laundry and the basket back on the wall. Easy and inexpensive!
The only true cost is the bottle of wine you buy and drink. I am on a mission for drink more "Barefoot" wine for the cork with the foot imprint for some beach projects.
I picked up 2 wreaths and some ribbon at the dollar store and came home and glued wine corks to the wreaths. Added the ribbon over the back of door, which had an up-side down hook. Tied a bow and done! I also replaced my knobs with cork. I want to put cork boards on the inside of cabinets and hang my measuring cups and spoons too.
|Replaced knobs on drawers (pictured) |
and cabinets with wine corks. I did it this way
to see the design on the cork.
|wanted to judge coverage|
without priming. The up-side down hook
to hang wreaths.
I knew I wanted to do something with the "bakery" sign... it was a really good bakery. But after looking and loving how sun-shiny bright the kitchen was, I starting thinking it was my sunshine...thus, You Are My Sunshine ... and looked it up on the Google Translator in Czech and stenciled it and a sun.
I displayed toys brought back from Prague... do you have souvenirs that spark wonderful memories or gifts that remind of a special time, place or person? Display it and enjoy it everyday.
Storage space is of a premium here. Rather than just pile up the extra cases of water, I used an out-side tub...it works and stays neat. The decorative boxes hold 1) dish towels, 2) clothe napkins and the box on the bottom is medications and supplements not used daily. These boxes came this way, I think from Party City, but you can use Mod Podge and decorate shoe boxes any way you like.
So I think I gave you 16 ideas here that can be incorporated into most any decor but don't forget the obvious:
- Do a good cleaning;
- Paint the walls...cabinets...refrigerator (if old but working) ... just paint the trim... the ceiling... or all of the above. I painted the walls and ceiling a pale yellow and the cabinet doors a yellow one shade darker. The trim around the side window and stencilled in a coral-orange. I want to use black board paint on the refrigerator.
- Change the curtains... and wash the windows.
- Re-arrange the furniture or move the table or both.