Find Your Style- Farmhouse Rustic

Here are the Find Your Style- FOUR Farmhouse Mood Boards (Part 1) broken down separately to make it easier for you.  This is the third style:  Farmhouse Rustic.  This style incorporates more earthy tones and rugged furnishings to create a sense of warmth and comfort.  It welcomes you in with a “no fuss- style” that creates a cozy environment.  The natural jute rug and floor pouf add texture and visual interest, and the colors remain neutral.  The metal black floor lamp, coffee table (on casters), and end table give a nod to the industrial vibe …. while the tin farmhouse sign and “blessed” pillow keep things from looking too maculine.  ***Need more inspiration?  Try Find Your Style:  Farmhouse Traditional, Farmhouse Coastal, or Farmhouse Chic. ***

Is this your style?  Let me know…..I’d love to hear from you.

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3.  FARMHOUSE RUSTIC MOOD BOARD

 

Farmhouse Rustic- Shop the Look:
26.  Black Border Rug – houzz
27.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
28.  Teal Chair – houzz
29.  Farmhouse Mulit-colored Sign– amazon
30.  Teal Pillow – houzz
31.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
32.  Blessed Pillow– houzz
33.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
34.  Black Floor Lamp – houzz
35.  Metal and Wood Coffee Table on casters –  houzz
37.  Natural Pouf – houzz

 

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Need more inspiration?  Try Find Your Style:  Farmhouse Traditional, Farmhouse Coastal, or Farmhouse Chic.

 

 

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Find Your Style- Farmhouse Coastal

Here are the Find Your Style- FOUR Farmhouse Mood Boards (Part 1) broken down separately to make it easier for you.  This is the second style:  Farmhouse Coastal.  This style incorporates more casual furnishings to keep the look airy and light, and to provide a more relaxed and comfortable vibe.  The colors remain neutral and mirror items found at the beach: sand, water and sky.  The jute rug and floor pouf add texture and visual interest, and the silver lamp bases add shimmer to mimic the reflection of the water.  The coffee and end tables are the perfect blend of these 2 styles:  the x-shape leans more farmhouse while painting them white leans more nautical.  The beach access pillow ties in the black and white from the farmhouse sign, and buffalo check pillows.  ***Need more inspiration:  try Farmhouse TraditionalFarmhouse Rustic, or Farmhouse Chic. ***

Is this your style?  Let me know…..I’d love to hear from you.

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2.  FARMHOUSE COASTAL MOOD BOARD

 

Farmhouse Coastal- Shop the Look:
13.  Jute rug-houzz
14.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
15.  Teal Chair – houzz
17.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
18.  Teal Pillow – houzz
19.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
21.  Beach Pillow – houzz
22.  Silver Lamp Pair – houzz
24.  Square X-shaped End Table – houzz
25.  Natural Pouf – houzz

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Need more inspiration:  try Farmhouse TraditionalFarmhouse Rustic, or Farmhouse Chic.

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Find Your Style- Farmhouse Traditional

Here are the Find Your Style- FOUR Farmhouse Mood Boards (Part 1) broken down separately to make it easier for you.  This is the first style:  Farmhouse Traditional.  This style incorporates more elegant and refined pieces, with a nod to the “softer” side in terms of color.  The dark colors do not “pop” out as much as they give a rich grounding base to the design.  The beautiful traditional rug pulls in all of the colors in the room so they blend in, creating balance and sophistication.  The lamps and floor poufs create texture and visual interest even they are neutral in color.   The mason jar pillow adds a hint of whimsy to keep the room from feeling too stuffy.  ***Need more inspiration?  Try Find Your Style:  Farmhouse Coastal, Farmhouse Rustic, or Farmhouse Chic. ***

Is this your style?  Let me know….I’d love to hear from you.

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1.  FARMHOUSE TRADITIONAL MOOD BOARD

Farmhouse Traditional- Shop the Look:
1.  Ivory Gray/Bllue Rug – houzz
2.   Sofa 88″W Sand – amazon (other colors available)
3.  Teal Chair – houzz
5.  Buffalo check Pillow cover – houzz
6.  Teal Pillow – houzz
7.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
8.  Mason Jar Pillow– houzz
9.  Neutral Lamp – houzz
10.  Metal Round End Table – houzz
12.  Natural Pouf – houzz

 

Have a Great Week!!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Need more inspiration?  Try Find Your Style:  Farmhouse Coastal, Farmhouse Rustic, or Farmhouse Chic.

 

 

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Find Your Style – FOUR Farmhouse Mood Boards (Part 1)

I love the farmhouse style and how effortless the decorating looks, knowing that it is anything but simple.  The lines are clean and the decor is understated, but the layout and the design are detailed and dynamic.  That is why farmhouse style is the hottest style around, and that is also why there are “branches” stemming out from it.   HUH???   Have you noticed when scrolling through pinterest or houzz,  you’ll come across a picture titled “Modern Farmhouse,” but it isn’t exactly what you would call farmhouse style?     Well, that is what I am talking about when I say branches- they are combinations of other styles mixed in with the farmhouse style.  The lines are still clean and the decor still looks effortless…….but the accessories aren’t strictly items purchased from Magnolia Market (even though you’ll see those too-thank you Joanna & Chip).  Today we will look at Find Your Style – Four Farmhouse Mood Boards (Part 1):  Farmhouse Traditional, Farmhouse Coastal, Farmhouse Rustic, and Farmhouse Chic.   Here they are in separate posts:  Find Your Style:  Farmhouse Traditional, Farmhouse Coastal, Farmhouse Rustic, Farmhouse Chic. -in case you want to view them one at a time. ***Stay tuned for Part 2  – coming soon.***

So, lets see how this works.  Basically, you can change the look of a room by simply changing out a couple of the accessories while leaving the main elements in the room the same.  In the  mood boards below, there are Four Farmhouse Styles using primarily the same items and colors, but only the accessories change the look of the room.  The sofa, accent chair, throw blanket, & throw pillows (on the sofa) are the core elements that stay, while the rug, lamps, tables, farmhouse sign, and floor poufs are interchanged throughout the different styles. Love it!!  It’s like a mix-and-match system where you can pull different items from each of the rooms to design your own personal space!!  It’s YOUR house, so decorate however it you want!!

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 FIND YOUR STYLE -FOUR FARMHOUSE MOOD BOARDS (PART 1)

1.  FARMHOUSE TRADITIONAL

 

FARMHOUSE TRADITIONAL:  SHOP THIS LOOK

1.  Ivory Gray/Blue Rug – houzz
2.   Sofa 88″W Sand – amazon (other colors available)
3.  Teal Chair – houzz
5.  Buffalo check Pillow cover – houzz
6.  Teal Pillow – houzz
7.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
8.  Mason Jar Pillow– houzz
9.  Neutral Lamp – houzz
10.  Metal Round End Table – houzz
12.  Natural Pouf – houzz

2.  FARMHOUSE COASTAL

 

FARMHOUSE COASTAL:  SHOP THIS LOOK

13.  Jute rug-houzz
14.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
15.  Teal Chair – houzz
17.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
18.  Teal Pillow – houzz
19.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
21.  Beach Pillow – houzz
22.  Silver Lamp Pair – houzz
24.  Square X-shaped End Table – houzz
25.  Natural Pouf – houzz

3.  FARMHOUSE RUSTIC

 

FARMHOUSE RUSTIC:  SHOP THIS LOOK

26.  Black Border Rug – houzz
27.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
28.  Teal Chair – houzz
29.  Farmhouse Mulit-colored Sign– amazon
30.  Teal Pillow – houzz
31.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
32.  Blessed Pillow– houzz
33.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
34.  Black Floor Lamp – houzz
35.  Metal and Wood Coffee Table on casters –  houzz
37.  Natural Pouf – houzz

4.  FARMHOUSE CHIC

 

FARMHOUSE CHIC:  SHOP THIS LOOK

39.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
40.  Teal Chair – houzz
41.  Farmhouse Mulit-colored Sign– amazon
42.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
43.  Teal Pillow – houzz
44.  Mason Jar Pillow– Houzz
45.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
47.  Square X-shaped End Table – houzz
48.  Turquoise Lamp Pair – houzz or Teal Lamp Pair – houzz
49.  Turquoise Pouf – houzz

*** MIX-N-MATCH DECOR ITEMS: PICTURES***

  
 
 
  
 
 
 
  

SHOP THE LOOK

Farmhouse Traditional- Shop the Look:
1.  Ivory Gray/Blue Rug – houzz
2.   Sofa 88″W Sand – amazon (other colors available)
3.  Teal Chair – houzz
5.  Buffalo check Pillow cover – houzz
6.  Teal Pillow – houzz
7.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
8.  Mason Jar Pillow– houzz
9.  Neutral Lamp – houzz
10.  Metal Round End Table – houzz
12.  Natural Pouf – houzz

Farmhouse Coastal- Shop the Look:
13.  Jute rug-houzz
14.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
15.  Teal Chair – houzz
17.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
18.  Teal Pillow – houzz
19.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
21.  Beach Pillow – houzz
22.  Silver Lamp Pair – houzz
24.  Square X-shaped End Table – houzz
25.  Natural Pouf – houzz

Farmhouse Rustic- Shop the Look:
26.  Black Border Rug – houzz
27.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
28.  Teal Chair – houzz
29.  Farmhouse Mulit-colored Sign– amazon
30.  Teal Pillow – houzz
31.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
32.  Blessed Pillow– houzz
33.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
34.  Black Floor Lamp – houzz
35.  Metal and Wood Coffee Table on casters –  houzz
37.  Natural Pouf – houzz

Farmhouse Chic- Shop the Look:
39.  Sofa 73.6″W  Fawn -amazon (other colors available)
40.  Teal Chair – houzz
41.  Farmhouse Mulit-colored Sign– amazon
42.  Buffalo check Pillow Cover – houzz
43.  Teal Pillow – houzz
44.  Mason Jar Pillow– Houzz
45.  Aqua Throw Blanket – houzz
47.  Square X-shaped End Table – houzz
48.  Turquoise Lamp Pair – houzz or Teal Lamp Pair – houzz
49.  Turquoise Pouf – houzz

Don’t you love all of the different looks and decorating combinations you can create with only a handful of items?  The possibilities are endless…..well almost 😉
So, now that you are at the end -which one is your favorite style…..or do you like a combination of all the styles?  If I had to pick one (would be hard)……I would probaly pick Farmhouse Chic because of all the pops of color and patterns! I also like all the cra-zee going on with it.   Let me know what you choose!!
 

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

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35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2)

Did you ever think brick fireplaces would become popular again….or that people would actually want to include them in their “must haves” for their new home builds??!! Well, I am here to tell you – yes & well… YES.  They are still going strong my friend.  35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2) and you won’t want to miss all the good info!!

And for those of you have “remove ugly brick fireplace” on your bucket list, there is hope for you too.  You can white-wash it, or thanks to Chip & Joanna, you can now try the German Schmear technique to get rid of it once & for all!!  WOOHOO!! 

In this post, I am focusing on natural-colored brick (brick that is left natural, white-washed or has the German Schmear technique) fireplaces.  If you are looking for painted white fireplace inspirations, click 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1). 

***UPDATE*** Part 3 is now ready!  Adding a Shiplap Wall to Living Room has tons of pictures and info on our shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace surround, and shiplap bookshelf built-in.  Check it out!!

Let’s get to it!!  


35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2) 

So, what is the difference between natural, white-washed brick, and the German Schmear technique brick?   I thought the best way to explain it would be through pictures.

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NATURAL

Natural brick is just like it sounds, nothing is added or taken away from it.  The brick stays in it’s original beautiful state.  The only changes made are through the color of the grout lines:  matching grout keeps the look seamless, and contrasting grout gives it depth.

 

 

 

 

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WHITE-WASHED

White-washed brick uses a diluted paint mixture (like a 50/50 paint to water ratio).  You can control how much of the brick that is covered by the amount of water you dilute the paint with.  The more water that is used:  the less coverage you get.  And vice versa.

 

 

 

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GERMAN SCHMEAR

FYI- According to wikipedia “Schmear” is a German word which means smear or spread (like as in butter).  That is why you will see it with both spellings: as German Schmear or German Smear.  Ok….just had to get that settled.  Now we can move on.

The German Schmear technique uses a mortar mixture (not paint)- (like 70/30 mortar to water ratio).  It is a thicker mixture more like pancake batter.  You can control how much of the brick that is covered by how much of the mixture you apply to the brick.

 

The differences between white-washed and German Schmear:  the German Schmear technique covers the brick (partially or completely) with the mortar mixture, hardens, is permanent, and is more time-consuming; whereas the white-washed method covers the brick with an opaque color (can still see through to the brick), is not permanent, and is less time-consuming.

***If you want to learn more about the white-washed and German Schmear techniques, go to the end of the post for some tutorials.  These tutorials are mot mine or performed by me,  just ones I recommend for you to try***  So let me know which one you choose!  They are all great tutorials.

As you scroll through the pictures and oohh and aww over your favorites….shoot me a comment at the end with your favorite picks!!  I can’t wait to see what everyone chooses.  Now…..let’s get to the good stuff!!


35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2) 

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Can you tell how the brick is natural in the picture above (you can see the true brick color) where in the picture below the brick has been white-washed (has a slight white-ish glaze covering it)?  In both of these fireplaces, the grout lines are white, contrasting with the brick color to give it depth.

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In the picture above the grout is gray colored to blend in with the brick (to give it a seamless look), and in the picture below the grout is whiter and exaggerated (to give it high contrast).  Just wanted to point a couple of these out.  Carry on 🙂

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If you’re loving the doors over the fireplace to hide the tv (picture above), check out 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style.   This post is filled with amazing ideas and resources to help you achieve this look.

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If you love all things shiplap or want to learn more about it, click Shiplap Guide (part 1) and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls (part 2).  These posts will teach you everything you want to know about it, and give you a ton of inspiration for where you might want to use it in your own home.

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Looking for more outdoor patio inspiration, follow my pinterest board:  outdoor patio love or my post:  33 Best Outdoor Seating Options.  This post is filled with great outdoor finds.

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If you love round mirrors, check out 15 Best Round Mirrors. I have a crazy obsession with them, so my house is filled with them!!  I love how the round shape softens all of the hard rectangular edges of the fireplace below.  It brings in a very warm, inviting feel to the room.

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The German Schmear is soooo gorgeous- it is in both of these pictures, above & below.  It creates such an authentic look, giving an ordinary brick fireplace a ton of character. I LOVE it!!

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***TUTORIALS***

If you want to learn how to do the German Schmear click on the link at the bottom of the pictures.  If you want to learn about white-washing brick, scroll down to the next session for those tutorials.  They all share great tips and information.

***GERMAN SCHMEAR***

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***WHITE WASH***

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Let me know how it goes…… I’d love to get some feedback from you.

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!  Love & Hugs – Jael 🙂

Didn’t have a chance to see (Part 1) click here 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas.  Need some inspiration in the kitchen, click on 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools,  or 15 Easy Solutions – Kitchen Orgnization 2018.

***UPDATE*** Part 3 is now ready!  Adding a Shiplap Wall to Living Room has tons of pictures and info on our shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace surround, and shiplap bookshelf built-in.  Check it out!!

 

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30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1)

So besides me, who is LOVING the white brick fireplace trend??!!  It is just so clean and fresh, and can be incorporated into almost any home decor style.  I love how the subtle texture of the brick blends with the smooth linear lines of the mantel to create a little piece of quiet drama.   30 Stunning White Brick Fireplaces (Part 1).

And since I just happen to be crushing on this white fireplace style, and we just happen to be remodeling our fireplace ANYWAY…….I thought I would share these 30 stunning white brick fireplace ideas and inspirational pictures with you (in case you are on the fence about having it done or doing it diy style). 

*** UPDATE *** Mine is completed.  Here’s a little preview….. Scroll to the VERY end to see the front view.

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Since I’m loving ALL brick fireplaces right now, I thought I would break these up into 3 posts:  White Brick Fireplaces (Part 1),  35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplaces (Part 2), and ***Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room (part 3)IS NOW READY!!***  

Part 3 shows our shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace surround, and shiplap bookshlef built-in.  Check it out!!


30 STUNNING WHITE BRICK FIREPLACE IDEAS (PART 1)

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

As you scroll through the pictures, you can tell how different all the styles are:  modern farmhouse,  coastal, boho chic, modern, cottage, traditional, and more.  Each fireplace is also one-of-a-kind……don’t we alll want to say we have something “custom” in our house?  LOL!!   

You can do a ton of different looks with the brick:  change the direction of the brick pattern, layer it high or keep it low, use as a fireplace surround or as the entire fireplace, keep straight lines or use arches, etc. 

Plus if you already have it in your house (& it’s an ugly color because it’s from the 80’s) you change the color by painting it – like…. today!!! WOO-HOO!!

SECOND: 

I just have to give a shout out to the QUEEN of white brick fireplace inspiration…..Joanna Gaines!!  Everything she does is magical, and the white brick fireplace is no exception!! 

Her shiplap and white brick creation is simple perfection, and I love it so much that I am adding it to my house….. even as we speak.  I can’t wait to add mine to the mix – making it thirty-ONE white brick fireplaces!!! 😉  ***MINE IS READY – Scroll to the end to see it!!***

THIRD: 

If you are looking for more help on this as a diy project, scroll down to the end of the post for some tutorials.  These tutorials are not mine or performed by me (just wanted to get that out there), but ones that I recommend for you to try.   

Hopefully, theses tutorials will help you decide if this is a diy project you can take on, or something that you should hire out.

So, let’s get rolling….


30 STUNNING WHITE BRICK FIREPLACE IDEAS (PART 1)

#1 –  source: heatherbullard.stfi.re

 

#2 – source: hgtv.com (fixer upper)

 

#3 – source: emilyaclark.com

 

#4 – source: mrandmrs2015.tumblr.com

 

#5 – source: decorpad.com

Isn’t it great how the color and style of the mantel completely sets the tone and style of the room?  It can be painted white for a crisp, clean  (modern look), left natural (boho look), stained dark (traditional look), cedar (rustic or modern farmhouse look), hung with corbels (cottage), etc. 

The mantels can be prominent or subtle, and sometimes there is no mantel at all.  The possibilities are endless!!  As you scroll through these, you’ll be able to see the differences. 

And you’ll also begin to lean towards one or 2 distinct styles- right??

#6 – source: bhg.com

 

#7 – source: mailchi.mp

 

#8 – source: decorpad.com

White fireplaces are not limited only to the indoors.  Continue the fireplace theme onto an attached outdoor patio, a closed-in sunroom, or a detached outdoor kitchen/seating area. 

It will add texture to smooth surfaces like concrete and tiled floors, and will create a beautiful ambiance for nighttime entertaining. 

Can’t you just see the kiddos toasting marshmallows for s’mores while the adults sip wine?  Oh yeah- I’m there!!!

#9 – source: addicted2decorating.com

 

#10 – source: hgtv.com

 

#11 – source:   private

 

#12 – source: hg.tv

You can tell how the different shades of white paint colors (on the fireplace) change the mood and feel of the room.  The brighter whites create a “cleaner” formal style (below), whereas the softer whites create a more “relaxed’ style (above). 

The height of the fireplace also changes the feel of the room.  Lower ceilings and fireplaces lean toward a more casual style (above) and provide a cozier environment whereas as a taller fireplace adds more drama and sophistication (below) creating a more formal environment. 

BOTH of these rooms are extremely gorgeous…..it just depends on the look you are going for, and the mood you want to create for your home.

#13 – source: decoholic.com

 

#14 – source: houseofturquoise.com

 

#15 – source: decorpad.com

 

#16 – source: houseofjadeinteriors

The hearth also plays a huge part in the “feel” of the room. In the picture above, the fireplace does not have a hearth and is set up to provide warmth to the dining room.   

It doesn’t need to invite guests to sit down and relax, because they are close enough to the fire while they are sitting in the dining chairs. 

In the picture below, the fireplace does have a hearth and is set up for a place to come and “cozy up” in the larger family room. 

The hearth is needed here to provide additional seating for larger groups of guests, and to provide an area to come “warm up”, due to the larger sized room. 

Once again…just depends on the function and style of your room.

#17 – source: magnoliahomes.net

 

#18 – source: decorpad.com

 

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#20 – source: decorpad.com

Notice the arch in the picture above?  I love the softness it creates when compared to all of the linear lines.  It also adds an “old world” or authentic look to the fireplace-right? 

But don’t be fooled….arches can be incorporated into more modern fireplaces too (go back to picture 5).  It just depends on what you do to the rest of the fireplace design that changes the style.

Note the position of the fireplace position in all of the rooms pictured also.  Some fireplaces are designed to go in the middle of the room, whereas some are off-centered (picture below) or positioned in the corner of a room. 

Some have bookshelves adjoining them, some have windows, some have walls, and some have open spaces (outdoors or two-sided fireplaces).  Each fireplace has it’s own unique look- love this!!

#21 – source: websta.me

 

#22 – source: decorpad.com

Don’t forget about the inside of the fire box either.  The herringbone pattern (above) with the soft or dark yellows hues adds interest and character to a simple fireplace design. 

Want it to look more subtle, go with the lighter shades of yellow.  Want more drama, go with the darker or brighter shades of yellow (like the last picture by Studio-McGee).   

It also creates a natural focal point, drawing the eye down away from the not-so-attractive TV!!!  What will they think of next?

#23 – source: meganbrookehandmdeblog.com

 

#24 – source: decorpad.com

 

#25 – source: photos.hgtv.com

 

#26 – source: ccandmike.com

 

 

#27 – source:  studio-mcgee.com

 

All of these white brick fireplaces (and rooms) are just sooooo stunning!!  So, which ones are your favorites?  Difficult to choose…I hear ya!! 

If you would like to learn more about painting your existing fireplace white, read the tutorials below.  It’s amazing what some paint can do to transform an out-dated fireplace.


***DIY TUTORIALS***

If you have existing brick on your fireplace that you have been wanting to paint white, read the 3 tutorials listed below (just click on the link below the picture).  Each of these tutorials gives great advice and tips to help you through the process, and take your worries away. 

No reason to keep that ugly old fireplace anymore…..especially when painted brick fireplaces are on trend.  Painting it will lighten your entire room, giving it a much more modern and fresh look, and will change the entire style of your room. 

Plus, it will be clean!!  Ok- so who’s in??  Try it and let me know how it goes.

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Have a Great Weekend!!  Love & Hugs – Jael 🙂

Need some painting tips…..try Master Bed Frame Makeover, White-Washed Dresser Tutorial, Distressed Hand-Painted White Round Mirror DIY or  How to Stain Banisters Dark with Java Gel.

Want to learn more about shiplap, and how to add it to your home or fireplace try 41 Shiplap Ideas (Not just for Walls), or Adding a Shiplap Wall to Living Room.

and…#31 – MINE!!  Well, What do you think?  Do you like it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools

I just have to say that I have been wanting to do a post on modern farmhouse bar stools for.EV.ER!!! and I am soooo excited to finally get the chance.  There is just something about the modern farmhouse style that draws you in with it’s clean lines and no-fuss approach to decorating, and the bar stools follow these same guidelines.  12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools.

Once the bones of the kitchen are set up in the modern farmhouse style, the bar stools actually accent and personalize the space.  And this is what makes each person’s kitchen sooooo unique- love this!!!  

***Follow my pinterest board for more inspiration.  Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools Love. I am constantly updating this board with new pictures. 

***NOW LIVE:  BLOG – 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools pinterest board for bar stools to purchase.  All of the pictures with links are now available in ONE pinterest board.  Check it out & follow to keep up with new additions.


12 BEST MODERN FARMHOUSE BAR STOOLS

 

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When scrolling through pinterest for kitchen inspirations, 3 things immediately catch my eye:  bar stools, light pendants, and the color of the  kitchen cabinets.   These are the 3 elements that seem to move the eye around, and give the most interest to a plain kitchen canvas. 

Since most of my kitchen inspirations have a little farmhouse style in them, I knew finding the 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Stools wouldn’t be a problem.   It’s just that I didn’t know if I could edit all of  these bad boys into a cliff notes version post (yep- I said cliff notes…remember those)? 

So, I will try to do my best and scale it down the best I can…which means….grab a drink & some snacks.  You’ll be here for awhile!!

***NOTE***This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small compensation if you purchase from these links.  This helps me to be able to write free content, and to support my blog.  I only choose items that support the content of my blog topic, which is intended to help you, the reader.  Thank you for your support! 🙂

 

***UPDATED:  MAY 21, 2019***

Updated links are now available with pictures. So scroll down to the END of the post to shop bar stools with pictures of all of the items..

 


12 MODERN FARMHOUSE BAR STOOLS

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FIRST THINGS FIRST:

Here are some guidelines to help you with measurements and spacing when purchasing bar stools.  The main thing to look at is your counter height:

counter height (35″ – 37″) = counter stool

bar height (41″-43″) = bar stool

extra tall bar height (44″-47″) = extra tall bar stool

So, don’t forget to measure!  Let’s get to the good stuff – the styles!!!

 

 

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12 STYLES

  1. Round
  2. Modern Round
  3. Modern Industrial Chic
  4. Square
  5. Metal With Back
  6. X-Back Wood
  7. Modern Industrial
  8. Upholstered Backless
  9. Bistro
  10. Upholstered With Back
  11. Modern Miscellaneous
  12. Modern Saddle Back

1.  ROUND BAR STOOLS

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Shop this Look:  Round Bar Stools

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5

 


2.  MODERN ROUND BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Modern Round Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6

 


3.  MODERN INDUSTRIAL CHIC BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Modern Industrial Chic Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4,

Option 5, Option 6, Option 7, Option 8, Option 9   

 


4.  SQUARE BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Square Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4Option 5, Option 6

 


5.  METAL BAR STOOLS WITH BACK

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Shop the Look:  Metal w/Back Bar Stool

Option 1 (more colors), Option 2 (more colors), Option 3, Option 4, Option 5                                                               


6.  X-BACK WOOD BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  X-Back Wood Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4Option 5, Option 6                                                     

Option 7 (more colors), Option 8 (unfinished), Option 9 (swivel)

 


7.  MODERN INDUSTRIAL BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Modern Industrial Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7, Option 8, Option 9                                                           

 


8.  UPHOLSTERED BACKLESS BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Upholstered Backless Bar Stool

Option 1Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5,

Option 6, Option 7Option 8, Option 9, Option 10, Option 11                                                                   

 


9.  BISTRO BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Blue/Black French Cafe Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7 

 

 


10.  UPHOLSTERED BAR STOOLS WITH BACK

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Shop the Look:  Upholstered Bar Stool with Back

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7,  Option 8  

Option 10, Option 11, Option 12, Option 13, Option 14, Option 15, Option 16                                                           

 


11.  MODERN MISCELLANEOUS BAR STOOLS 

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Shop the Look:  Modern Miscellaneous Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7,  Option 8Option 9                                                                          

 


12.  WOODEN SADDLE BACK BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Saddle Back Bar Stool

Option 1Option 2Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7,

Option 8Option 9, Option 10, Option 11, Option 12Option 13 

P.S…… The Last bar stools (OPTION 13) – white w/gray top are mine!!  LOVE them!!  Scroll To the End of Post to see them. 🙂


So many to choose from- right??  It’s amazing how one bar stool style can look so different depending on how it is made:  color, fabric, wood/metal, and shape.  The style not only changes the look of the kitchen….it also changes the feel of the kitchen.  Love that!!

***Now, that you’ve scrolled all the way through….. which one works best for your style?   Let me know which one you try.***

Need more kitchen inspiration?  Check out 15 Easy Solutions – Kitchen Organizations 2018, 12 Kitchen Upgrades You Can’t Live Without, and 5 Tips- Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made)

Love all things farmhouse:  Try:  55 Incredible Barn Doors, 28 Incredible Barn Doors, The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls (Part 1)  41Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls (Part 2), Modern Farmhouse Staple:  Antique Black Bed, and Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

 

Have a Great Weekend!! Love & Hugs – Jael 🙂 


***SHOP BAR STOOLS*** 

(CLICK ON PICTURE FOR LINK TO WEBSITE)

1. ROUND

 

Orvelle Reclaimed Pine Adjustable Barstool by Kosas Home

Denise Austin Home Brixton Adjustable Swivel Bar Stool, Brown Leather

 

Kendall Counter Stool, 24"Modern Industrial Design Adjustable Seat Height Bar/Counter Stool


2. MODERN ROUND

Mayworth Chrome 19-inch Barstool (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home

 

 

Aimes Wood and Metal Adjustable StoolDonington 27" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

Donington 27" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3. MODERN INDUSTRIAL CHIC

Charlie 24" Bar StoolShea wood and iron rustic Swivel Bar Stool , Set of 2

 

Shop for Albia 32-inch Swivel Barstool (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home. Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 12091240Carbon Loft Ewart Scooped Seat Stool (Set of 2)

 

 

 

Shop for Moka Solid Wood and Metal Counter Stool (Set of 2). Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 16341602Coan 30" Bar Stool (Set of 2)

 

Industrial Driftwood StoolShop for Burgos 31-inch Rustic Barstool by Christopher Knight Home. Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 11643279

 

 

Gonesse 30.75" Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. SQUARE

Fortuna 24" Bar Stool

24" Antique-Style Clear Brush Distressed Counter Stools Wood Seat, Set of 4

 

24" Vintage-Style Antique-Style Distressed Metal Brush Bar Stools, Set of 4

Lompoc 24" Bar Stool

 

 

Spur Metal and Wood Bar Stools, Set of 4, 30"Hartwell Metal Bar Stools, Set of 4, 30"

 


5. METAL WITH BACK

 

Cercis 30" Bar Stool

 

Ellery 26" Bar Stool

Bowery Hill 30" Metal Bar Stool, Distressed Copper

 

Fortuna 23.5" Bar Stool

 

Fortuna 30" Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6. X-BACK WITH WOOD

Roxy Gray Wash Stool, Counter Height

Safavieh Eleanor Counterstool, Weathered Oak

 

Myrtle Counter Stool, Wire-Brushed FinishSafavieh Franklin Oak Wood Barstool, Hickory

 

 

Non Swivel Stool With Criss-Cross Backrest, Counter SeatBistro Barstool

 

 

X-Back Counter Height Stool, Antiqued Almond and Espresso

Finley Home Marlo 31 in. Bar Stool

 

 


7. MODERN INDUSTRIAL

Rustic Metal Swivel StoolEdison Adjustable Height Stool

 

 

Ashland Low-Back Adjustable Height Bar Stool

Molinaro Adjustable Height Bar Stool

 

 

Kosas Pennie 30" Counter Stool

Gracie 27" Bar Stool

 

 

Essonnes Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Abbyson Lamar Industrial Iron Bar Stool

 

Henson 25.5" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8. UPHOLSTERED BACKLESS

Harper Counter Stool, Stone WashLyda 26" Bar Stool

 

 

Ashford Sean Counter Stool, Dark Moon Canvas

Varville Backless Barstool, French Beige by Kosas Home

 

 

 

 

Cortesi Home Sadie Backless Swivel Counter Stool, Solid Wood and Beige FabricStolz 26" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

Cirque 26" Stool, Set Of 2, Gray

 


9. BISTRO

Rattan Bistro Bar Chair, White and Blue

 

Counter Stool FURNITURE CLASSICS PEARL

 

Tobias Black & White Rattan Bar Stool - Black

 

Adeline Backless Bistro Bar Stool, Black and White

 

Safavieh Kipnuk Blue/ White Indoor Outdoor Stool - 20.5" x 20.5" x 30"Safavieh Kipnuk Grey/ White Indoor Outdoor Stool - 20.5" x 20.5" x 30"

 


10. UPHOLSTERED WITH BACK

Abbyson Living Hudson 43" Fabric Nailhead Bar Stool, WhiteBaltimore 30" Bar Stool

 

 

Castana Beige Fabric Backed Bar Stools, Set of 2Cleveland 30.5" Bar Stool

 

 

Remy 25" Bar StoolSixtine Bar & Counter Stool

 

 

Westland Bar & Counter Stool

Cayman 26" Bar Stool

 

Stones & Stripes Park Avenue Beige Linen Counter StoolShop for Memphis 30-inch Brown Birch and Fabric Bar Stool by Greyson Living. Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 12799953

 

Cormiers 26" Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melrose Swivel Stool, Driftwood, Bar Height

Epernay 26" Bar Stool

 

Taube 26" Bar Stool

Celeste 26" Bar Stool

 


11. MODERN MISCELLANEOUS

 

Vero Barstool 24"

Natural Wicker Loren Counter Stool

 

 

Rattan and Metal Hairpin Flynn Barstools Set of 2

Mid Century Y Wood Counter Stool, Natural Beech Frame/Natural Seat

 

Bentley Bar Stools, Set of 2, BrownLafayette 30.5" Bar Stool

 


12. WOODEN SADDLEBACK

 

 

Whitworth 24" Bar Stool

 

 

 

Harper Square Stool, Bar StoolHayden 25" Bar Stool

 

 

 

Gaucho 24" Counter Height Stool, White, Set of 2

24" Counter Height Solid Wooden Saddle Seat Stools, Set of 2, Walnut

 

Sharman Counter Height 24" Bar Stool

 

 

 

Bryd 28.9" Bar Stool

 

 

Faux Leather Saddle Seat Stools, Set of 2, White

And here they are in my house – what do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 TIPS: Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made)

White kitchen cabinets have been trending for several years now, and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.  It does seem like there has been a slight shift toward other colors such as gray and navy, but white still remains to be the most popular choice. 

If you have been wanting to paint your dark kitchen cabinets white but still can’t seem to commit,  you are not alone.  It took me 5 years (yikes!!) to decide to have our cabinets painted white, and immediately I wished I would have done it so much sooner!!  Let’s Get to It:  5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made).


5 TIPS:  PAINTING DARK KITCHEN CABINETS WHITE

(And The Mistakes I Made)

***Just wanted to give you a FYI for this post- these are NOT my best pictures. *** But I am kind of happy about it because there is absolutely no staging here- just real life.  I took these pictures before and after we had our cabinets painted, and then we flooded during Hurricane Harvey. 

So, I never had the chance to go back and “stage the kitchen.”  In fact, some of the pictures are actually after we flooded….I just cropped the pictures to take out the missing sheetrock/walls.  I am thinking I might show that part too.  Anyhoo…..just trying to keep it real.

Here are some before and after pictures to help you visualize.  BEFORE…… 

and AFTER…..


5 TIPS:  PAINTING DARK KITCHEN CABINETS WHITE

(And The Mistakes I Made)

TIP 1:  HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COLOR

MY PAINT COLOR:   Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)

How do you decide on color?  Look through pinterest & houzz.com and make inspiration boards……. or ask friends what color they used.  It will give you a starting point so you can narrow the paint color choices down to 3 colors.  Then get samples of the 3 choices and paint them on your existing cabinets (or paint poster board, etc… and hang them up on your cabinets).   

If you are still having problems deciding…..go back and look at your inspiration boards.  What accent colors are in the pictures you saved?  Do the accent colors lean more towards warm tones (yellow- based like oranges, cinnamon reds,  & golds) or cool tones (blue- based like pinks, purples, & silvers)?

Look at the flooring color also.  Hardwoods and tiles with reddish or gold tones will pull out more yellow (warm) tones, and white tiles will bring out blue (cooler) tones.   You saved all those inspiration pictures for a reason….it’s YOUR likes.  Trust yourself- you got this!!


BEFORE….

and AFTER…..


TIP 2:  HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PAINT TYPE

MY PAINT CHOICE: Oil-based

I know there are people who have used latex paint, and I have seen some people even using chalk paint, but I (personally) prefer oil-based paint for the cabinets.  The look of the cabinet is clean and smooth, plus you can wipe grime right off.   Latex paint seems to “hold” onto smudges more than oil based, and is less durable with scratches, etc. 

I think chalk painted cabinets are fine to do if you are not looking for long term results.  Since we have 2 kiddos AND 2 dogs, choosing oil-based paint was an easy decision for that reason alone.  Now with that said…..the SMELL is horrible!!  And I mean for about 2- 3 days horrible- really!! 

And the cleanup is much more difficult with oil based paint (turpentine clean up) vs. latex paint (soap & water clean up). Then in about 2 weeks, you have forgotten that it was done and all is good again.


BEFORE…..

and AFTER….. (area under the oven is part of where it shows the flood damage).


TIP 3:  HOW TO CHOOSE TECHNIQUE

WE CHOSE:  Sprayed Technique

I chose to have our cabinets sprayed (by a painter who used a high grade paint sprayer), not hand painted.  I have seen cabinets painted with both techniques, and I personally prefer the sprayed look better (***for me***).  I do not want to offend anyone here. 

The hand painted cabinets are gorgeous, especially if they are aged or antiqued with dark glaze.  The hand painted technique gives the cabinets a more authentic look and seem to fit more in a traditional style home.  I feel the the sprayed technique gives a smoother, cleaner look and seems to fit more in a transitional or modern home. 

The sprayed technique doesn’t look “painted,”  looks like they were manufactured that way.   Really it’s just a personal preference – they are both great techniques.  Either way you will finally have your white cabinets 😉


BEFORE…..

AFTER…..


TIP 4:  COVER EVERYTHING/MAKE PREPARATIONS

WE DIDN’T:  Mistake

Move or cover all of your kitchen contents.  If not, you may get over spray (with sprayed technique) or paint splatter (hand-painted technique).  Bottom line:  if you even THINK that something will get damaged or don’t want to clean the inside of your cabinets afterwards, make the necessary preparations.

Move your contents out or have your painter put something to block your contents….AND double check their technique.  I asked our painter, and he said that I did not need to move everything out of our cabinets and I ended up with this (see below)!!! 

This is NOT DUST, IT IS PAINT.  It took me 2 weeks to clean EVERY. SINGLE. THING……and I mean EVERYTHING!!  I had to soak it all for about 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub gently with the scouring part of the sponge- BRU-TAL!!! 

When I asked our painter about it, he said that for some reason, our cabinets were made differently than other cabinets (he had done) and the paint got through.  He should have checked…..AND I should have checked also. 

So, now I am strongly encouraging you to check.  It will be worth your time in the end.

Those rings (below) are PAINT rings….not dust rings.  Just thought it was important to show you so this does not happen to you too 🙂


BEFORE…..

 


TIP 5:  TIME WITHOUT KITCHEN

OUR TIME:  One week

This is an important consideration when planning your kitchen cabinet paint job.  You will be completely out of your kitchen if you get your cabinets sprayed, but will still have partial use of your kitchen if you have your cabinets hand painted. 

When they spray the cabinets, they will have to put plastic/tarps up to protect appliances and between the connecting rooms…. so you will have little to no access.   If you choose to get your cabinets hand painted, parts of the kitchen will still be covered to protect things, but you will have access into the kitchen.  You don’t have to worry about over spray with hand painting either.

***FYI*** If you are going with the sprayed technique….have your painter put plastic or covering up on BOTH SIDES of your connecting rooms/openings.  Our painter covered/taped up from the inside of the kitchen opening, and it STILL went through. Have them put plastic on the connecting room side also (like living room or dining room sides). 

That way if the over spray passes through the kitchen side, the connecting room side will block it.   It’s just an extra precaution, and so worth it.  Otherwise you may end up like me. 

The picture below is a PAINT LINE, not dust- again!!  The problem with this, is that I couldn’t even tell until I moved our couch and rug back.  Just trying to save you any headaches before they happen by sharing some of my nightmares!!  The PRICE we pay for gorgeous cabinets- right??!!

 


BEFORE….. 

AFTER…..  

(I don’t have the exact picture – sorry)!

I love the pictures showing the opening to the dining room side.  We decided to open that wall up (had a small doorway), and it opened up the kitchen and let so much more light in. 

It’s amazing what paint and a little remodeling can do to make a space feel bigger and brighter.  Want more info on the this, Click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room.  Want to see what it looks like now click:  Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.

BEFORE…..

AFTER…..

Would I do it all over again….YES,  even with all  of the mess.  I LOVED how much brighter our kitchen looked.  There is just something special about a white kitchen. 

UPDATE:  We are making all kinds of changes to our kitchen right now, and I can’t wait to show yall!!  Stay tuned for more details and pictures coming soon!!

***POSTS ARE READY***  Click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room, Hurricane Harvey Flooded:  The Makeover (part 2), DIY Bar Stool Metal Foot Rest Tutorial. 

So, what is your preferred choice?  What was your experience like- good or bad?  Shoot me a comment- learning is living.

Have a Great Week!! Love & Hugs 🙂

Need more kitchen organization info or tips click:

12 Kitchen Updgrades (You Can’t Live Without)

15 Easy Solutions-Kitchen Organization 2018.

 

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12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without)

We all have that dream kitchen in mind with like a zillion inspiration pictures to support it…..for that one day when dreams become reality.   But for most of us, that dream might take longer than we would like.  Plus, by the time we get that dream kitchen, there will be new upgrades and inventions that have replaced our awesome ideas.  Ring any Bells? 12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without).

So, until that day, why can’t we add some upgrades to our existing kitchens right now?  We’ll get a little taste of what is really important to us, and know what works best and what doesn’t work at all.

So let’s get to the 12 incredible, jaw -dropping kitchen upgrades that will have you drooling….. the ones you just can’t live without 😉  If you’re joining me from 15 Easy Solutions- Kitchen Organization 2018 or Get House Organized:  Top Ten List, welcome!! 

Want more kitchen inspiration try Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room or Opening Kitchen Wall to Dining Room.


 

12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without)

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1- Utensils Pull Outs & Drawers

Cooking utensils have a way of cluttering up a drawer very quickly.  To avoid this, use an existing cabinet or drawer and have it turned into storage for utensils, measuring cups, bowls, etc. 

Use crock/canisters for frequently used utensils in an upper tier shelf & store other supplies in lower tier shelves.  The canisters make grabbing utensils much easier and the drawer ensures that all clutter stays hidden under your counter.

 

 

 

 

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2- Floating Cutting Boards

Attach a wooden cutting board with a hole cut out to an existing drawer, or use it as a pull out shelf (all by itself).   The key is to make sure it is installed over a pull out trash can – like picture below. 

The hole is a great idea so that you can wipe peelings & other scrapings directly into the trash can.  Can’t get any easier than this!!

 

 

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3- Hinged Cabinets

Use these hinged cabinets to hide appliances you use everyday, or ones you leave out on top of the counter.  These work much better than cabinet doors, drawers, or the roll down bread bin versions, and still keep counters from looking cluttered.  You can attach a pull out shelf also to gain additional surface space.

 

 

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4- Storage Drawers at Sink

Instead of cabinets and/or hinged doors to store supplies under the sink, try using drawers.  You won’t have to worry about products falling down on each other, and you’ll be able to see all of them at one time. 

Use a u-shaped drawer to go around the dimensions of the sink.   Use a small drawer for items like sponges and brushes and a large drawer for detergent and cleaning supplies – genius!!

 

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5- Pet Center

We can’t forget about our furry friends either.  Use a larger pull out drawer for food, toys, leashes, etc….and a smaller drawer for food containers/bowls. 

Both designs can be pushed back in (under the counter) when not in use and helps to keep walkways clear.  Plus, all of their goodies will be stored in one place.

 

 

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6- Spice Rack Pull Outs & Doors

Store spices under the counter in small or medium sized pull outs for easy accessibility.  You can have this installed right by your stove so you don’t even have to leave your area while you’re cooking. 

You can also store a ton of spices and other products in pantry doors.  This definitely will save space in the kitchen by freeing up cabinets and drawers.

 

 

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7- Charging Station

These are becoming more popular and important than kitchen appliances- LOL!!  Designate a drawer and have electrical sockets added for computers, phones, i-pads and more. 

Use it with or without partitions depending on what works best for you and your family.  Choose an area in the kitchen that can handle a lot of traffic.

 

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8- Pop Up Hinged Shelf 

These are something else!!  The hinged shelf goes from under counter storage to out of cabinet shelf (and work center).  The shelf fits onto very sturdy hinges so that it can hold the weight of heavier appliances, and then pops up to create additional work space. 

They can be designed with or without an extra storage bin underneath (see picture to the right).  Use a pull out shelf for the area at the bottom of the cabinet for additional appliances.

 

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9- Toe Kick

Use unused/wasted space under cabinets with toe kick drawers for storing items that can lie flat.  Have them installed with pressure sensor (toe touch) so that you can release drawers for easy access. 

These work great in smaller kitchens or when extra storage space is needed.

 

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10 – Corner Cabinet

Corner cabinets are tricky because there always seems to be wasted space in such a big storage area of the kitchen.  If you’ve tried a lazy susan, but are wanting something different, try one of these. 

Each design uses the entire space, and makes getting items in the back of the cabinet so much easier.  You’ll be able to see everything in the cabinet without sticking your whole body in!! 😉

 

 

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11- Under Cabinet Ideas

Use the space under upper cabinets for more than just lighting.  Cookbooks, tv’s, & charging stations work well on hinged devices, and lighter items like spices, measuring cups, & mail work in racks or bins. 

Try storing knives in pull out drawers to keep them out of little one’s reach.  Don’t like to see clutter?  Try the hinged design, or pull out shelf.

 

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12- Built In Appliances

Coffee built in – I love this built in coffee unit with pull out tray for coffee fixins.  What a genius idea so you can save much desired counter space, and you don’t make a mess with sweeteners and creams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Microwave Drawer –  How did we live without this? This is a great idea for  the trending under counter microwave craze.  The drawer makes it easy to drop things directly into it, instead of bending down and breaking your back to put things into it. 

Plus, you will save space by not having the swing door option.  This saves a lot of room in a cramped kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wine fridge – Add a wine fridge to a beverage station or to kitchen island.  They give the kitchen a modern look, and a more custom feel. 

You can also add a wooden wine rack built in to keep your “extra” bottles in – LOL!!

 

 

 

 

 

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What do you think….which one is your favorite?  My favorite is the coffee station because I LOVE my coffee, but we are adding the microwave drawer for function (of course), spice rack pull out, and electronics charging station. 

I also love the utensils in the canisters pull out drawer- such a genius idea.  Let me know which one you try – I’d love to hear from you!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

Want more kitchen inspiration, try 15 Easy Solutions- Kitchen Organization 2018 or Get House Organized:  Top Ten List, 

Want more decorating inspiration, try  10 Ways to add Buffalo Check , How to Staining Banisters Dark with Java Gel, and The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls (Part 1)

 

 

 

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15 Easy Solutions- Kitchen Organization 2018

We have all heard the phrase that the kitchen is the hub of the home.   It not only holds cooking utensils and essentials, it is a memo station for important activities, a linen closet for table settings and entertaining, and a utility closet for cleaning supplies and tools all rolled up into one area. 

So it’s no surprise that having an organized kitchen will help you  have an organized lifestyle (or at least get you one step closer).   If you’re looking to start fresh in 2018 to get more organized, start here….yep….in the kitchen! 

Here are 15 EASY solutions for kitchen organization you can try without spending a ton of money, or hiring a carpenter to do.   *** Stay tuned for Kitchen Upgrades & Remodeling Ideas – Post coming soon!!! ***

***UPDATE*** If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look is now ready!


15 Easy Solutions – Kitchen Organization 2018

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1-  MEMO STATION

Add an area with cork board or dry erase board to the inside of cabinet doors or wall.  Add hooks to hold keys or pet leashes, and containers to hold pens/markers/pencils. 

Create an area to hold mail or other important documents, and a notepad when you need to write a quick note to take with you on the run.  Don’t forget a NEW calendar for 2018!! 

Go with a small station, medium station, or large station depending on your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2-  SPICE DRAWER

Choose one drawer or cabinet to hold all of your spices.  Place a foam spice liner, wooden spice rack, or plastic spice rack in it to keep them from rolling around. 

These organizers will help cut down on time searching for the spice you need while cooking, and alert you when the spice is running low. 

Plus you will be able to see the front of each label. Sometimes oregano looks like basil, or maybe it’s rosemary….LOL!!!  You get the idea.

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 


 

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3-  TUPPERWARE

Put tupperware in storage bins or baskets to keep lids and containers together.  The bins will keep the lids from sliding down and help match container to it’s lid. 

They will also help save room in your cabinet or drawer by stacking them vertically rather than horizontally.  Go with small/medium/large bins, or multiple sizes to work with all drawer and cabinet dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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4-  PAPER/WRAPS

Attach a paper/wrap organizer to the inside of a cabinet door to hold saran wrap, foil, wax paper, etc….  It saves space and is easy to grab quickly when needed. 

You can also do the same thing with ziploc bags.  The boxes stay upright when grouped together, and can be seen through the mesh screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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5-  TRASH PULL OUT

Keep trash out of sight (and smell) by storing it under the counter.  Use one can pull out or two cans pull out, depending on your needs, and keep extra trash bags in the same area. 

Plus you can roll out the drawer and wipe food items from the counter directly into the cans.  Gotta love that!!

 

 

 

 

 


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6- BAKING SHEETS

Gain more space in cabinets by arranging baking sheets vertically versus horizontally.  Use a wire organizer so the pans have something sturdy to lean against, and room for stacking multiple pans in small sections. 

This also would work for muffin pans and broiler pans.

 

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 


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7-  DISHES

With the growing trend of open shelving being used  more and more in the kitchen, there is a greater need for under counter storage.  Use large drawers for dishes and and glasses with wooden partitions. 

These partitions will help dishes from sliding around, and the wood helps the dishes from breaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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8-  SPONGES

Instead of having wasted space at the sink, use  hinged doors with plastic containers to store cleaning sponges and brushes.  These containers hold water that may leak from sponges and help to keep wooden cabinets dry. 

They also also allow porous sponges to dry (lying vertically) instead of lying flat (lying horizontally) on top or inside the sink bowl.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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9-  UTILITY CLOSET

Attach doors to side of unused cabinet walls for laundry and cleaning supplies.  Make a long section for taller items like brooms and mops, and a shorter section for cleaning products. 

Add storage hooks to hang items on the wall in the longer section to free up space, and add shelves to the shorter section to hold multiple products and refills.

 

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 

 


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10- WATER BOTTLES

Use a wine rack- type of organizer to store water bottles, thermoses, etc… that can’t be stacked one on top of each other. 

Laying them horizontally helps them from rolling around or falling over like dominoes, and you can see the exact bottle you want to use.  You can also stack more bottles because you are utilizing the entire cabinet height.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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11- CUTTING BOARDS

Attach a wire rack to the inside of a cabinet door to keep cutting boards all in one place.  The rack keeps them from sliding (if stored upright), and allows you to see the one you want to use (because it is facing you). 

If you store them shortest to tallest (like the picture) you won’t have to dig around looking for the one you want to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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12- COOKING UTENSILS

Use a ceramic crock (new or old) to hold cooking utensils and store on top of your counter.  The crock holds the utensils upright to so they are easier to see and grab. 

You won’t have to dig through a drawer to find the one need, and you can put your favorite utensils in it .  Plus, it’s super cute!!  Try stainless or ceramic.

 

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 


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13- POT, PANS, & LIDS

Attach top and bottom wire wracks to inside of cabinets or drawers to store pots, pans, and lids.  Use narrow dividers to hold lids, and wide dividers to hold pots and pans. 

These racks help utilize the height of cabinets and drawers to gain the most out of these spaces. Use a pot & pan organizer and a lid organizer also.

 

 

 

 

 


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14- UNDER SINK 

This area seems to get the most congested since it is a “catch all” for a variety of cleaners and supplies.  Add racks with shelves to sides of cabinet doors for frequently used items, and a lazy susan (that is sturdy) for less frequently used items. 

Use a plastic bucket to fill with products you can take with you for cleaning areas of your home.  All of your products will be ready to go (for a quick grab), and any drips from cleaners or sponges will drop into the bucket.

 

 

 


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15- FLATWARE

Store utensils in organizer that fits the entire drawer.   You won’t waste unused space in the drawer, and you can add more utensils or serveware.   

Try out this DIY project or use this flatware organizer – it expands to fit any size drawer.  Since utensils are used every day, keeping them organized causes less wine drinking when cooking -LOL!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know which one (or two) you try- I’d love to hear your feedback!!  If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look.

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!  Love & 2018 HUGS!!! 🙂

 

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