As much as I love the black and white bones of our DIY vintage industrial kitchen, I've been craving the addition of colour in the space for quite a while now. The last few weeks of pregnancy have really ignited some sort of maniacal nesting monster in me, and it's really worked to my advantage - I'm getting lots of projects done around the house! With the addition of some colour (in the form of fabric, paint and accessories), I transformed our "almost done" kitchen into my final, beautiful dream kitchen this past week.
When I saw this fabric from Fabric.com, I instantly knew it would be the inspiration for the colour I'd infuse into this space. It has my favourite colour - turquoise - and it's modern without being too harsh. I love the bits of grey in the pattern to tie in my soft grey wall colour, and the fact that the fabric looked a little "distressed" which echoes my DIY shabby chic chalk painted table and gallery wall artwork. The fabric is an indoor/outdoor fabric, which works really well for drapes since it's easy to clean and won't fade.
I made four drape panels with grommet tops to dress the bay window in our breakfast nook (I'll share that simple tutorial soon), and look at the difference they make in this space! They make the walls looks higher, and they add so much warmth and cheer to our kitchen.
I also painted our old & boring metal bar stools with DIY chalk paint in a happy turquoise colour (I made the paint exactly the same way I made it for our table) and distressed the edges slightly so a little bit of black would show through. I reupholstered the seat cushions in the same fabric as the curtains (I'll also share this tutorial soon). They add just the right amount of colour into the kitchen and tie in the new drapes well. Plus, I only spent about $30 on them as opposed to the $350 I was considering on spending to buy new stools!
(I was completely giddy with excitement to stage and photograph this room, and took great joy in the 3.5 seconds that it was clean until my little monsters - and me - descended upon it again!)
I love how my teal hobnail glasses (from Zulily) look with the new pops of colour in this room. They look so pretty with a simple table setting using white & mint plates, gold chargers, and chartreuse green napkins.
The colours make me dream of summer. Some greenery (fake, because that's the only way I can keep it looking pretty) adds the finishing touch to the table, island, window sill and stove area.
I love the relaxed, family-friendly vibe of our breakfast nook. We spend so much time here!
It makes me so proud of my hubby and myself to think about where we started with this kitchen:
When we were "almost done":
And where we are now:
A lot of dreaming and a lot of DIY goes a long way with a small budget! I'm looking forward to spending many, many years with my little family of (almost) 5 in our kitchen - flipping pancakes, baking cookies, telling each other about our day, praying, and laughing.
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