Saturday, March 7, 2009

Kitchen update

I finally managed to add a little something to the kitchen wall in order to make my life easier and more organized when cooking. As you can see the walls are still that seafoam green shade that I wanted so desperately to change. We didn't get around to painting the kitchen walls before winter set in so we plan to definitely paint them this summer.

Ikea is so great for providing a wide selection of inexpensive, decorative accessories to jazz up your living space. And make it functional too! These kitchen wall organizers have been extremely helpful in freeing up some drawer space. The knife magnet is especially fun as it makes me feel one step closer to becoming a better chef. Yeah, wishful thinking! I think Jamie Oliver has one too in his kitchen.

On my next trip to Ikea I plan to pick up one of these shelves to store some often used cookbooks, hang some additional kitchen utensils, a cluster of dry chili peppers, a strand of garlic bulbs, and perhaps a pot of fresh herbs.

It's a painfully slow process of making a kitchen become functional when you can't afford to totally gut it and start from scratch. And don't get me started on the existing, unimpressive kitchen appliances that came with the house and the lack of modern ones like a microwave and a dishwasher.


kickpleat said...

my kitchen is SO NOT functional. i hate it but i make due. i love those ikea racks but because we have a galley kitchen with cupboards we don't have the space for those. sigh. looks great!

Bijoux said...

Thanks kickpleat! I think I have seen some pics of your kitchen and it looks great! Very organized, colourful and fun (i.e disco ball!). Just keep your kitchen ideas on the back burner (no pun intended) for when you do get a higher wall in your kitchen. Craig's List is great for inexpensive kitchen finds. I just picked up a utility closet for the kitchen from CL which was initially from Ikea.

cserdan said...

thanks for sharing!

I'm looking forward to having a "dream" kitchen one day. maybe one day!

Bijoux said...

You will very soon Charlene!
It's amazing how important kitchens are to people. They are the hub of the house and families spend a good deal of time in them.

kickpleat said...

Bijoux, that was my old kitchen! It was colourful with lots of cupboards, windows and a disco ball. My current kitchen? Not so much. Dark, ugly and totally tiny. Sigh!