Welcome to the new Sincerely, Sweetpea y’all! This new website has truly been a labor of love, so I thought why not kick off this new website with a good ole room reveal. After moving into our apartment in Cincinnati, I decided that I wanted to tackle our kitchen first. Like many of you, we spend a lot of time in our kitchen, but the limited storage and lack of character made it dysfunctional and simply put, boring. (If you missed the plan and before photos, you can see it here.) Now, we have plenty of storage space and it’s not just a boring ole apartment kitchen anymore! Ready to take a look?
No reveal would be complete without a “before” photo, so here she is.
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That huge, awkward, open space under our cabinets mocked me every time I walked into our kitchen. I knew that we would never use this as an eating area, so I decided to make a skirt for it. Now we have an area where we can hide things like the trash can, storage bins, and microwave which is so so nice in a small kitchen like ours.
This chalkboard was a last minute decision, but weirdly enough after I put it up, everything just seemed complete. Such a good feeling!
To hang it to the refrigerator, I stuck this adhesive magnetic tape to the back. So far, it’s held it up no problem!
Adding a rug to this space was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did it ground the entire space, it made it cozier and more comfortable.
Remember that storage problem I told y’all about? Thanks to these open shelves, that is completely fixed now! Not only do I have extra storage now, I also have a space to display some of my favorite kitchen ware.
Originally, I had planned to hang two shelves on each wall, but we have plaster walls, so hanging anything is an absolute pain and we wanted to limit the amount of holes we put in the wall since this is a rental. And, let’s not forget this makeover was totally on a budget. Hanging two shelves on each wall would’ve doubled our bracket count and cost. No thank you.
And, if you missed the post on how I installed my totally removable, apartment friendly backsplash, you can see it here.
I think the one thing that makes this kitchen “me” is all of the pops of pink! Makes my heart so happy!
One of the biggest challenges of this kitchen makeover was that huge blank wall opposite the cabinets. I love adding personal, sentimental elements to a space, so I started asking around for old, worn family recipes and decided to frame them and create a gallery wall. Turns out, it’s just what that big, boring wall needed!
To y’all this may seem like just another room reveal, but to me it’s so much more than that. I’ve worked tirelessly on this new website for gosh, I don’t even know how long. There were many a nights I thought I would never finish it. It was a lot of work. But, this is also more than just a launch of my new website, this is the reveal of the first room I’ve completed in our first apartment as a married couple. Aahhh! After living with my mother-in-law for the first year of our marriage (which I’m completely and totally thankful for by the way), it is so incredibly rewarding to have a space of our own for me to decorate, to share with y’all, and for us to just live our lives together.
Anyway, thank y’all so much for hanging in there with me, I so much appreciate it!
White Backsplash Panels (c/o)
Clear Hobnail Glasses: Wal-Mart
Marble Cutting Board: TJ Maxx
Faux Ironstone Pitcher: Hobby Lobby
Pink Tea Set: Thrifted
Bamboo Tray: Hobby Lobby
Wooden Pineapple Dish: Thrifted
Brass Planter: Thrifted
White Tray: Michaels
Utensil Holder: Meijer