I have always loved my sage-y green, kitchen walls but eventually, everything needs a facelift.
However, deciding to change leads to another BIG question…. what color?
I decided to go “neutral” so I can pop it with various accent colors, that can be changed with the seasons. Perfect!
Sherwin Williams (paint & primer in one) ~ SILVERPOINTE
a very light gray-silver AND it was on sale… 40% off… whoo hoo!
This color even goes well with my warm cabinets, artwork…
and its lightness actually makes my kitchen feel larger!
A few years ago, we took down the wall between the kitchen & dining room to combine the 2 areas.
Now that they are one big room, I like to match the valances on both windows.
On the kitchen end, I still wanted a valance, but went for a more tailored look, by inserting strips of white fabric to create small pleats. I chose a gray & white leaf fabric (Hobby Lobby), accented with big yellow buttons… for SUMMER! 🙂
[NOTE: use 40% off coupons on fabric, at craft stores, to help you stay within your budget]
On the dining room end, I changed out the valance for a pair of full length panels,
using the same gray & white leaf fabric.
The curtain panels are 2 simple, rectangular strips that I hemmed on all 4 sides and clipped to black curtain rings (Levolor: $7), found on clearance at JoAnn’s etc. (craft store).
I didn’t even have to change my curtain rod because the rings fit over it perfectly!
A little secret…. if you don’t have a sewing machine, craft stores also carry a great product that’s super simple to use & will help you sew, using only a steam iron!
I also found a coordinating gray & white chevron print fabric at Hobby Lobby, that I used to recover the kitchen bench cushion, and brought in my pop of SUMMER (color)
by recovering a pillow in bright yellow.
I even spotted a roll of gray & white chevron ribbon at Hobby Lobby! It was the perfect accent to my solid yellow pillow, but I still needed something to hold it together (in front).
An old pair of black earring hoops worked perfectly & helped to keep costs down.
I’ll be changing the pillow cover seasonally, so I used glue dots to temporarily “sew” (LOL) the ribbon around the earring hoops.
I decided to empty my black cabinets and start fresh… with neutral accessories.
To stay on budget, I went “shopping” in my own kitchen and pulled out every white cake plate, dish, vase, cookware and platter I owned.
Even my Flour & Sugar canisters were recruited!
After arranging the white accessories, I added touches of yellow – using artificial lemons,
purchased years ago.
The yellow accents will be super simple to change out, seasonally.
[NOTE: Spray paint any interesting old accessory you already have or find at a thrift store or garage sale, with a glossy white paint, to save money. :-)]
TIME TO DRESS THE TABLE!
Hemming 4 sides of a leftover fabric remnant creates a table throw
(that’s what I call a tablecloth that’s too small… LOL).
Use place-mats to help you enlarge a table throw –
I found 4 textured, square, yellow ones at Old Time Pottery for only $10.
Hem more leftover fabric to use as napkins and leftover ribbon as napkin rings.
Recognize the yellow, polka-dotted candles from my 2012 Spring mantel?
Look at how cute they look on one of my glass platters!
And surrounding them with leftover white sand (2013 Summer Mantel) and a few fresh lemons creates a simple and low centerpiece.
I love the finished look, but I’m even happier about staying within my $100 budget!
I hope you like it, too, and will consider the versatility of a “neutral” color palette in your own home.
CHEERS to YOU and a sunny, lemony SUMMER!
Enjoy the Creativity!