Monday, October 8, 2012

Small Kitchen Updates {New Apartment}

We are finally getting around to fixing up our house. I mean, more than just unpacking boxes and piling things on the floor. This time around we're slow going. I'm working more and Jordan has just been promoted. (Team Lead!!) There is also a lot more going on, family wise. Our Indiana family sure is a lot of fun. It seems like at least once a week we are all getting together for something. It's wonderful and we feel very fortunate to have them this close in our lives again. (we really miss you Nina and Poppy though. looking forward to November)

The kitchen was the first thing we unpacked. There is nothing worse than having a non functioning kitchen. I mean, besides a non functioning bathroom, but that's easier to fix. In between carrying hundreds of boxes I put away all of the essential items. Fast forward four weeks, and it would look pretty much the same. I finally got my butt in gear after we visited my Mother in Law's antique store. We walked away with a few awesome items. One thing was this set of vintage canisters that she had painted and then added old Van Gogh photos. They are the coolest things ever. She's going to kill me for talking about them :) But, they were the first thing I really noticed when I visited their house, six years ago. When I saw them in her shop, I was sad that she was getting rid of them. Luckily they're still in the family. :) :)

I added a few more items to really make the kitchen work better. They just happen to look pretty too. I have a list of things I'd like to add to the kitchen to really make it pop.

We moved our Ikea island to create another "L" shape. Though this time we're not using the coffee bar.

While at her store we also picked up this great butcher block table. It was one they had had before and Jordan really wanted it :) It's the perfect size for our petite kitchen. The only problem with this layout is that the butcher block is a smidge too tall and blocks the drawers. We have to open them from the opposite side. Not a huge deal. I'll probably put risers under the cart.

In addition to the furniture, I hung up a few of our pretties from Ikea. ** I really miss Ikea.... I haven't been to one in about 8!!!! months... But, we get to go next week!!!!** There are a few items that I never got around to hanging up. They didn't work in our last apartment.

Apt 2

Apt 1

The biggest difference between the two apartments is the cabinets. They are older, and not quite as nice, but they are taller. it gives me just enough space to hang things from the backsplash.

It also creates more counter space. Which is ideal when it comes to cooking. I have almost everything I need within reach and still have a place for plates/ produce. 

And, because everyone loves a good before and after, I'll give you a few photos of comparison between the two kitchens.

Apt 2

Apt 1

Apt 2

Apt 1

*For more info on Apt 1*

I know the new kitchen doesn't look as awesome as the old kitchen, yet. But I have lots of plans. You have to remember, we've only been here for about a month.


  1. love where the kitchen island is.....makes it feel more like a separate room. Also, I never realized how much warmth the color of blue(a cool-color...literally)could give a the funky canisters! decorating is like working with oil can keep changing it over and over.....xo

  2. Your kitchen looks great - I love how you have placed the kitchen island. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!


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