Well I think it’s safe to say that Colorado is really, really confused about what season it is right now. Since Friday we’ve seen snow, rain, and the weekend ended with 60 degree temps yesterday afternoon. Crazzzzzzzzzy! But I guess it’s pretty typical for this time of year—spring is always a rollercoaster in Colorado. Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind. Anyway, enough about the weather. Let’s talk about today’s post! It’s a fun one because I want to share two easy peasy updates I am loving in the kitchen. The first one is a simple little improvement to our kitchen island that has made it so much more useful and functional. And the second is an easy fix I did to cover up our old tile that I am honestly so tired of looking at. I’m also sharing an important lesson I was reminded of in the process of doing these two projects. Ok, let’s get started with the kitchen island. You might remember that our island was pretty simple, but full of character because it was made from reclaimed barn wood. We actually had it made for us about nine years ago after we moved into our first home, so it has lots of sentimental meaning. But it wasn’t exactly the most functional piece. I mean, there was zero storage space. None. Zilch. Nada. Here’s a shot of it in our kitchen from a few months ago:
See? No storage whatsoever. We talked about replacing it with something new, but since this island has so much sentimental value I really wanted to hang on to it. Plus it’s the perfect size for our kitchen, so I decided a little shelf would be a great fix. My sweet father-in-law was kind enough to whip one up for us and I took a couple photos so you could see how he did it.
BOOM. A little shelf in a matter of minutes. I added a coat of stain to match the top and that was it. A much more functional kitchen island in one step. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Soooo much better, right?! This was a small change, but it’s totally transformed this island into a functioning part of our kitchen. And I know it may sound silly, but just having our plates so accessible has been a game changer. Whether it’s unloading the dishwasher or making lunch for the kids, I LOVE having a stack of plates on the island and ready to go. I never realized how convenient that would be! Ok, so that’s the update on our little island. Let’s move on to the simple way I hid our ugly kitchen tile, which you might have already spotted–an area rug!
Now I realize it may seem a bit odd to put a 5×8 jute area rug in the kitchen, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this change. Like I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of our tile. I actually hate it and I’m dying to replace it, but that’s probably not something we can do for a while. Soooooo this jute area rug was the PERFECT solution to hide the tile for now. I actually tried to do this little trick a few weeks ago with this area rug, but it was way to thin and it kept sliding around like crazy on the tile. I tried again with this jute rug and it worked so much better. This rug is heavier, so it doesn’t slide around as easily and it totally warms up this space. Plus I’ve had this one for a while so it didn’t cost a dime. And best of all, now you don’t notice the old, ugly tile quite as much. Yaaaay!
I know these are simple little changes, but I think the lesson here is that sometimes you don’t have to make big, huge, expensive changes in your home to love it. It’s a good reminder that sometimes all you have to do is get a little creative and a little resourceful to work with what you already have–especially when you’re on a budget like most of us are. The island is such a good example of that. Sure, we could’ve bought something new and fancy, but this one is special to me and I love that we were able to change it up to make it work better in this space. And the rug too–it’s an easy fix that works perfectly until we can update our tile some day down the road when we’re ready to spend the money. Until then, this works just fine. Anyway, these changes were a really good reminder for me and I hope it inspires you to work with what you can and love the home you have. Because at the end of the day that’s all that really matters!
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