Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

One of the first questions I’ve been trying to ask myself these days before starting a new piece at the pottery studio is this: “How is it going to function?” I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Well, duh!” but it’s really not always that simple. Before, I would often come up with an idea for a shape—or maybe even just a cool glaze technique to try on a finished piece—before I even contemplated how it might work from a usability standpoint.

As an example, I’ve been making a lot of cups lately. Most of them are super simplified, wide, low forms that don’t have handles or any pronounced curves. They’re just boring old cups. I’m not sure why I’ve gravitated so organically to this shape, especially since I hate to label them as nothing more than cups when I go to list them on Etsy. Sure, it’s handy to have a nice stout cup within reach in the kitchen, but you know I can never leave “well enough” alone. I wanted to take things one step further, so I decided to turn a few of my favorites into candles.

I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but the project ended up being one of my favorite DIYs from the entire season, and the best news of all is that you can pull it off using any of the tumblers and cups available for purchase in my Etsy shop. Scroll on to find out how to turn my ceramics (or your own if you have some!) into all-natural candles to warm up your space this fall and winter.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Start by wiping out your ceramic cup with a clean rag to get rid of any loose dust or moisture. Next, cut natural wax slabs into rough rectangular chunks and place them inside a pouring pitcher. Layer the pitcher inside a large traditional pot on the stove, and double boil it over medium/high heat until the wax inside is melted. You may use a candle thermometer to regulate the heat if you want to.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Attach whichever type of wick you’d like to use (wooden or cotton) to the inside center of your chosen ceramic cup. Whisk some sort of natural candle fragrance into your melted wax to give it a nice seasonal scent (I love all the options from this online shop), and then pour the wax slowly into the ceramic cup to about 1 inch from the top rim of the cup.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

As you can see in the photo just below, I was a little worried that my wicks would shift during the cooling phase, so I placed two pieces of regular old clear office tape on either side of each wick to keep it in place. Give your DIY candles about 24 hours to fully cool and harden, and then cut the wicks down using trimmers. Note that you’ll want to cut your wicks to a 3/16-inch height for an even burn. Light your candle to finish.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

If any of this is sounding familiar, you probably caught this post from the summer when I talked about making my own candles using store-bought vessels and supplies. All the same concepts apply, so feel free to revisit that post for more candle-making tips, and you can watch it all unfold in motion on my YouTube channel here.

No matter what tutorial or video you choose to reference for your own DIY candle project, just know this: it’s probably going to be a lot easier than you expect, and the results are going to be so satisfying.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can check out all of the cups and tumblers I have available in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy here. Every one of them will work for a DIY candle, and I will plan to add a few extras before the year wraps up in case you don’t see one currently in the collection that suits your aesthetic at home. I know I’m biased, but don’t you think this would make for the perfect stocking stuffer at Christmas time?!

As a special bonus, use the code “DIYCANDLE” at checkout in my shop for the next two days (now through 11/15) for 15% off your order.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

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DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

I’ve set a new record where Christmas decorating is concerned! Usually, by this time of year, I’ve got the house decked top to bottom in holiday décor. I’ve always used the blog as my excuse because I love to share Christmas decorating ideas here to inspire your own holiday look. This year, though, I felt the need to live a little more authentically, and I guess I also wanted to preserve the anticipation of waiting until after Thanksgiving to pull our tree out of storage.

Don’t worry! I still plan to fully document our decorating once the season “officially” kicks off after next week, but in the meantime I’m excited to share a little hint at our planned motif with my tutorial for DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments. This collection of handmade tree decorations was an assignment from my editor at Hunker (see the full how-to here if interested!), and it ended up inspiring me to go with a very organic, minimal vibe with all of our Christmas decorations this 2018 holiday season.

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

I can’t wait to show you everything I have planned for our pulled-back, mostly-handmade Christmas, but if you want to see how we pulled off what I’m calling “Phase 1” of our tree decorations, hop over to Hunker here. And, just to be clear, I only used the bottom half of our artificial tree as a backdrop for these photos. It was promptly tucked right back in its box after I finished snapping the images I needed. Ahhh, the power of Photoshop—am I right?!

Anyway, what do you have up your sleeve for holiday décor? Are you planning to try something new, or do you prefer decking your halls with the same set of beloved accents you’ve used year after year? Tell us all about your Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, etc.!) decorating plans in the comments below.

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

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Vintage Rugs I’ve Got My Eye On

Vintage Rugs I've Got My Eye On

Isn’t there something just so special about a vintage rug? I can’t get enough of that worn-in look, and am particularly drawn to bold, even (dare I say it?) busy styles—think: Turkish, Oushak, Kilim. If it’s faded, patchy, and even a little frayed around the edges, I’m smitten, so it’s no surprise that these 12 vintage rugs caught my eye on Etsy. We actually already have a vintage rug in both of our bathrooms and in the kitchen, too, but that’s not stopping me from dreaming about adding one or two of these to my wishlist for places like the living room and bedrooms.

Vintage Rugs I’ve Got My Eye On

1. Vintage Handwoven Wool Runner

2. Vintage Turkish Rug

3. Marigold Vintage Rug

4. Turkish Milas Rug

5. Nomadic Rug

6. Baluchi Area Rug

7. Kilim Cinamon Rug

8. Anatolian Rug

9. Traditional Oushak Rug

10. Small Oushak Rug

11. Handknotted Area Rug

12. Bohemian Rug

Which one caught your eye from my list? Or are you not quite as much a fan of vintage rugs as I am? I totally get it. The idea of walking on a decade’s-old floor covering might not be your cup of tea, and I’m the first to admit that there’s a right and wrong way of going about buying a vintage rug.

I tend to prefer purchasing these types of secondhand pieces from online shop owners who all they do is sell vintage rugs. That way you can be more confident in their selection and rug care processes. When in doubt, go ahead and plan to take your new-to-you vintage rug to a local professional cleaner before laying it down in a room so you can be sure that your vintage piece is ready for its “new” life in your home.

Vintage Rugs I've Got My Eye On

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

I can hardly believe I’m even saying this, but I’m officially kicking off my Christmas shopping this weekend. John’s sister is coming into town for our annual holiday shopping excursion, and I really can’t wait to fully immerse myself in all things Christmas. Have you started shopping yet? Whether your weekend is going to be filled with holiday prep, shopping, or just lots of lazy time at home, here’s a quick list of the things that have been inspiring me lately in case they strike your fancy, too.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

1. I randomly did an online search this week for artist Helen Frankenthaler, and came across this article from last year. I know the story is a bit outdated since it’s from June 2017, but I still loved reading it, and the photos are incredible. Wish I could have gone to the exhibit in person!

2. Did you miss the reveal of our functional mini kitchen makeover? See it this way.

3. I was so inspired by this style post all about ways to put together an outfit for Thanksgiving using pieces you probably already have in your closet.

4. Speaking of style, I would love to add this piece to my closet for winter as the weather gets cooler. I think the “Brick” red color is so gorgeous, and I’m really into the fact that everything in their ReNew collection is made from recycled plastic bottles.

5. I’m considering making this DIY fall garland in honor of Thanksgiving. And I’m also thinking about adding more DIY painted pillows to our fall collection (like the one you see pictured in today’s post).

6. This powder bathroom reveal makes me want to finally bite the bullet and put up some wallpaper in our house. Are you “Team Wallpaper” or “Team Paint”? Tell me in the comments.

7. I think I found the perfect paper plates to use for Christmas and New Years!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

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Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets

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I don’t know about you, but I really struggle when decorating a kitchen. I’m all about pretty thrifted art, overstuffed upholstered seating, and cozy textiles, but you really can’t put much (if any) of that in a kitchen. Walls are typically taken up by cabinetry so there’s no room for art, and there’s usually not enough space for a seating area filled with throw pillows and blankets. The other issue I run into when decorating a kitchen is that I can’t stand cluttered countertops, so even cute “for looks” tabletop décor makes me go cross-eyed.

As I explained last week, I decided to really buckle down and try to crack the kitchen code when it comes to décor, and today I’m excited to reveal the new updates in partnership with Tuesday Morning. After stepping back to survey the results post-styling and rearranging this past weekend, I’m finally comfortable calling this room “done”—and just in time for Thanksgiving, too! Scroll on for a few of my biggest takeaways from this project.

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Hidden Storage

I figured I’d go ahead and start with one of the most obvious ways to add function to a kitchen: hidden storage. Things like lidded baskets and ceramic jars are great for hiding extra kitchen rags, dry ingredients, and even pet treats.

As an example, I picked up a tall white ceramic container at Tuesday Morning for $14.99 (compared to $36 full price!) that I’m now using to hide Rocky’s dog bones in. The retro-inspired pattern on the side is so perfect for our 1960s kitchen, and you’d never think that it held smelly, crumbly dog treats.

I also grabbed a marble jar from the bath aisle (priced in-store for $9.99, $20 retail value) that I use for sugar nowadays. The marble pattern is so much prettier than the wrinkled sugar bag I would otherwise have had to plop out on the shelf.

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Exposed Storage

On the other hand, hidden storage isn’t the only way to make use of countertop and shelf square footage. I also love having select items at-the-ready in exposed storage—things like open bowls and metal baskets—so I can grab them at a moment’s notice.

One of my favorite purchases from my shopping trip was the wood and brass bowl we’re now using as a fruit container. The rich wood tone of the bowl speaks to our cabinetry, and the punched-out design in the brass rim accent is so eye-catching. I also love that it was marked down from $54.99 to $29.99.

Another exposed storage upgrade we made was where our coffee pods are concerned. At the last second, I grabbed an oversized serving bowl from the kitchen aisle (cost me $19.99, compared to $35 full price) that we use for our Keurig K-cups. It’s a lot easier to pick one off the top of the pile first thing in the morning instead of having to dig around in a cabinet for the box of pods. Oh, and I should mention that the name brand K-cups, themselves, came from Tuesday Morning, too—at practically half price. I’m not making this up.

Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets

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Soft Textures

I know I mentioned that you can’t have soft textiles in a kitchen, but that’s not altogether true. I lingered for an extra long time in the towels section in-store to make sure I stocked up on pretty towels for our kitchen that would add a bit of color and texture. I also chose a pair of black and white check oven mitts while I was at it ($5.99, compared to $14.99) because we keep those out by the stove and I wanted them to look just as nice as they functioned.

Of course, another place to add softness in a kitchen is on your floors. I knew I wanted to lay down a rug in our space—something that pulled the blue color from our curtains—and I think I found the perfect one. The jute rug I grabbed has a modern zigzag pattern in it that I love, plus that blue hue I was looking for, but it’s not so bold that it distracts from the rest of the space.

Here’s another random tip for you: pick up an ergonomic kitchen mat to lay underneath your main rug! It doesn’t have to be pretty or expensive—in fact, I grabbed mine from the clearance section—because you’ll never see it, but your feet will really come to appreciate that extra cushion when you’re slaving away over dinner.

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Maximize Wall Space

I finally got around to upgrading our DIY open kitchen shelving, which has really helped me maximize the empty wall space we originally had in our kitchen. Now the extra deep shelves have plenty of room for stacking extra plates, bowls, and cups on, and we don’t have to worry about opening the kitchen cabinets when we want a quick snack or easy lunch.

I bought six white plates for $2.99 a pop and a set of four cereal (read: ice cream) bowls that cost $3.99 each. I also added eight new glasses to our collection since we seem to go through those too quickly for our dish washer to keep up on a weekly basis. Oh, and don’t worry—I plan to share the full tutorial on how to hang and style those shelves in just a couple of weeks!

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Blend-able Neutrals

To me functional décor needs to look nice but also serve a purpose. I’m over the whole “just for looks” decorative phase I was in for so long, and want to make sure every item in our home serves a real function. So, I tried to keep that in mind when choosing replacements for some of the pieces in our kitchen that were looking a little worse for wear.

One way I managed to make the more boring purchases for our kitchen look great, too, was through color—or, really, lack thereof. Our toaster, for example was pretty dingy, so I knew I wanted to replace it. The new one I picked up for $17.99 (compared to $49.99 originally) sports this really nice rose gold face and a white finish on the sides, so it blends right in with the subway tile backsplash. You hardly even see it! I also picked up an angular white cup that we’re using to hold our dish brush by the sink, so the dirty bristles are hidden from view and you see mostly just the glossy white finish of the cup instead.

When in doubt, grab items and containers that match your backsplash or cabinetry (like the new set of wooden-handled utensils I bought and now keep by the oven) so they don’t shout, “Look at me! Look at me!”

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I know I have more to share on this topic (especially when it comes to drawer storage) but I’ve already rambled quite a bit and don’t want to overwhelm you! Did you notice our new under-cabinet lighting? I’m so excited to talk more about this extension of our functional kitchen upgrades, but the topic deserves its very own day, so stay tuned for that after we get back from Thanksgiving break.

Did I leave any advice or tips out that you put to good use in your own kitchen? Do tell in the comments below. And don’t forget to add a Tuesday Morning drop-in to your holiday shopping spree list! Find your closest Tuesday Morning store location here.

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Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Although every room in our current home is painted white, that wasn’t the case in our last house. In fact, not a single room was painted white. Instead, we played up our love for color with a bold palette throughout. The living room was blue with a yellow-on-yellow accent wall, the bedroom was a deep gray color, and my office studio was painted in a punchy shade of mint green.

We might not be as bold with our color choices in this house, but I still appreciate the rich scheme of our old townhouse. I’m even considering the possibility (the possibility!) of painting one of our extra bedrooms something other than white this winter. I know. I’ve gone crazy, guys. At any rate, I’ve had color on my mind lately, so I thought I’d share a quick list of the non-white paints we loved in our last house for those of you looking to jazz up your own walls this season.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

1. Halcyon Green, Sherwin Williams: We actually totally lucked out with this gorgeous soft blue paint—it was already on the walls when we moved into the house thanks to the previous homeowners. Halcyon Green was the perfect complement to my favorite shade of canary yellow back in the day, and it felt really grown up despite being a pretty intense color. I would definitely use it again in the future.

2. Victorian Pewter, Glidden: The front of our townhouse used to get the most gorgeous natural light, but the back of the house was almost always in shadow. Rather than fight it, I decided to embrace the darkness with this moody gray paint by Glidden. My favorite thing about this wall color is how much art pops when hung on top of it. It’s practically made for gallery walls.

3. Icy Mint, Valspar: One of the most frequently-asked questions I get on my blog, even to this day, is what the paint color is in my old office. I might not be brave enough to work out of such a brightly painted space nowadays, but I still look back fondly on that youthful, energizing color. If I ever get the urge to go “mint” again, I definitely know which paint color I’ll pick!

4. Rebel, Yule Log, and Ancient Spice, all by KILZ: This is actually the only non-white color combination we have in our current home, as you saw in this tutorial for painting your own faux wood paneling. We’re still just as much in love as ever with the rich wood-look paint treatment, so I had to make sure I mentioned it in my list.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

So, there you have it—proof that we haven’t always been obsessed with white paint! Do you have a favorite colorful paint that you love in your own home? Please tell us all about it in the comments. As for the paint color I’ve got my eye tentatively on? It’s Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. This ultra saturated blue/green color has been a favorite among designers for the last couple of years, and I think I might just be ready to give into the trend. What do you think? Too much?

For those of you who want to take a trip down memory lane, feel free to hop back here to see what our old townhouse looked like before we moved back in 2015. And if you’re still “Team White Walls,” like us, you can tour our current home here.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

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DIY Thanksgiving Wreath-Inspired Door Hanging

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath-Inspired Door Hanging

You guys know that I’m all about that tell-tale mid-century style when it comes to home décor, but there are certain parts of that design era that, I think, are hard to replicate in a contemporary way. Mid-century bathrooms, for example, tend to feel pretty…well…dated no matter how you look at them. There are exceptions to that statement, of course, but I feel like it’s often easier to get that retro vibe in a bathroom by balancing modern accents with antique ones in an even 50/50 split.

Wreaths are another example of mid-century décor that I find hard to love in their purest form. Especially as someone who prefers clean lines over a lot of fuss, retro wreathes just feel a little too over-the-top for our home and personal aesthetic. So, each season, I try to come up with front door accents that feel trendy and retro without going too far in that direction.

This year, I’m all about knotted and woven textures (as you saw last month with this project), and I wanted to carry that vibe over to our front door for Thanksgiving by putting together a DIY wreath-inspired door hanging. You can see the full step-by-step process on Hunker here, but, essentially, the idea is to update a traditional wreath accent in honor of the holiday with faux florals in a fall-inspired color palette, and cozy, fluffy yarn. Click here to see it all come together on Hunker, and feel free to let me know in the comments below if there’s anything about your chosen era of design that you like to make your own!

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath-Inspired Door Hanging

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12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

Back in the day, I was all about looks when it came to furniture in my office. I started with a too-small desk (like this) that looked petite and cute, but didn’t have enough realistic storage for all of my office supplies. After that, I decided to upgrade to a pair of desks that spanned the entire width of my office, but I went with cheap drawer-less pieces because I didn’t like how heavy storage-friendly desks looked. I also made do with trendy ghost chairs that really weren’t comfortable, but, boy, were they cute in a photograph! Lesson learned.

Nowadays, everything that I use in my office is functional, first and foremost. I have a giant desk that has room to spare in the drawers, and I also use a desk chair that actually supports my back when I’m working all day long at the computer—how novel, right?! Scroll on for 12 cool-but-comfy desk chairs that I would feel confident parking myself in for an 8-hour work day.

12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

1. Aida High-Back Leather Desk Chair

2. Ergonomic Home Office Chair with Lumbar Support

3. Swivel Computer Desk Chair

4. Rothenberg Upholstered Home Office Chair

5. White Leather Executive Swivel Chair

6. Atalanta Desk Chair

7. Baxton Studio Bruce Modern Office Chair

8. Ergonomic Office Chair with Armrest

9. Mid-Back Desk Chair

10. LumiSource Office Chair

11. Contemporary Executive Chair

12. Dandor Swivel Executive Leather Office Chair

Of course, I can’t exactly vouch for the real-life comfort of these chairs since I haven’t physically sat in every single one, but I tried my best to curate a collection of chairs that look extra plush and most have high back support, too. A lot of them are actually described as ergonomic, which also makes me feel more confident about the comfort level. If you have an office chair brand or a specific option that you use and love every work day, please share the info in a comment below so we can all follow suit!

12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 37

Weekend Inspiration: No. 37

Three cheers for a plan-free weekend! The last couple of weekends have been pretty busy for me, so I’m forcing myself to avoid my to-do list in lieu of leggings, a Mad Men binge watch, and leftover Halloween candy that no one came to retrieve from our front door this past Wednesday. Hallelujah. What are you up to this Saturday and Sunday? If you’re looking for some fun inspiration, keep scrolling for a list of the things that caught my eye.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 37

1. Here’s the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever used (32 years and running!).

2. I love the patterned tile trend, but refuse to do any more home renovations for at least a year. So, this tutorial for a painted star faux tile floor really caught my attention.

3. Did you hear about the candy swap vending machine that Reese’s put out in honor of Halloween? Pure genius!

4. Ina’s my favorite. Forever. Click that link to watch her make chocolate-pecan scones in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, and grab her new cookbook here.

5. In case you missed it, here’s the story I wrote for eHow all about how to lighten and brighten your living room this season!

6. Here’s a really cool artist interview that inspired me earlier this week.

7. I’m definitely planning to make these DIY block printed napkins ahead of Thanksgiving later this month. What pattern or design would you do?

Weekend Inspiration: No. 37

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Plans For A Functional Kitchen Makeover

Plans For A Mini Kitchen Makeover

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With the holidays quickly approaching and November kicking off today, I thought the new month was perfect timing for a little kitchen makeover. Nothing too extravagant or involved, but enough changes to make it feel fresh and definitely more functional. Even though we moved in more than three years ago, John and I still feel like the space could work a little bit better, so we’re taking this season as an opportunity to rearrange a few things and give our retro kitchen a little more horsepower, if you will, when it comes to cooking and baking.

Plans For A Functional Kitchen Makeover

1. MORE STORAGE: The main thing we’re looking to do is add more storage. You probably picked up on it from the inspiration imagery I rounded up above, but I’ve got my heart set on bigger, more functional open shelving that can play host to more than just a few pretty accessories. I picture us grabbing plates, bowls, cups, and more off of these new shelves everyday, so I’m planning to build two deep shelves that can hold all of the above.

2. BETTER LIGHTING: We’ve never been all that pleased with the lighting in our kitchen. Right now, we just have the one overhead pendant fixture, but I’m hoping to incorporate under-cabinet lighting to help us see what we’re chopping and mixing after the sun goes down each evening. I ordered these battery-powered lights, and will share a full install post with you soon to show the difference they make. Fingers crossed they work as well as I hope!

3. PURGE & RESTOCK: Since we moved into the “new” house, we haven’t really gone through and gotten rid of the items and kitchen tools we don’t use anymore that came over from the old house. I think this little makeover might be the ideal time to be cutthroat with our kitchen accessories. We’ll question each and every item, ditching what we don’t really use anymore, and I’d also like to make a list of the things we need that we’re currently lacking (here’s looking at you, silicone tongs!)

Plans For A Mini Kitchen Makeover

The Mood Board

Black soap pump, Wood dish rack, Dutch oven, Faux aloe, More With Less cookbookWhite bowls, Marble fruit bowl, Round cutting board with handleToaster, Oil & Vinegar set, Pitcher, Hand towel, Round cutting board, Faux plant, Teapot

That mood board above is a pretty good representation of the look we’re going for. We’ll be focusing on replacing dated appliances and worse-for-wear accessories with modern, neutral-colored tools that look just as good as they function. Our toaster and pots and pans, for example, were wedding gifts from 2012 that could stand to be replaced with new versions that aren’t quite so scratched and dinged up after years of daily use.

I’m going to spend the next few days and the weekend working on gathering new pieces and reorganizing, so hopefully I’ll be ready to publish the big reveal sometime late next week. I’m so excited to show you how to transform your own kitchen with a few creative tricks and a budget-friendly shopping list, too, so I hope you’ll stay tuned! Let me know what you think of our plans (or if you have advice to share) in the comments below.

Plans For A Mini Kitchen Makeover

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