This was the before picture that I sent Chris the day that I started to give our kitchen a much needed makeover. Our kitchen was stuck in the '80s, but to be honest.. I liked the challenge that this kitchen gave me.
The first thing I did was take off all of the cabinet doors (except the one in the middle - because that one has a full circle shelf inside and is not the most flattering open). The doors were actually really easy to takeoff, I just used a screwdriver to unscrew the hinges and they came right off.
Once all of cabinet doors were off and the shelves were open, I started thinking about what to put in there. I wanted to at least try and make sure that most of what I put in the cabinets wasn't just 'for show' and was actually practical. We had a lot more than I thought of cute, practical items to put in the cabinets (mason jars, beer + wine glasses, cupcake pans, a pie dish .. you get the point). When it came to storage, I wanted to keep some of our food (almonds, oatmeal, rice, and pasta - we are really boring eaters) stored in glass jars, courtesy of Hobby Lobby! I also found a bread box from Home Goods and we store all of our spices in there. Lastly .. my favorite part (with some help from my Mom), I filled in the empty spaces with some decorative items.
Now, onto our formica countertops... I wanted to add a bunch to our counter without cluttering the kitchen. The first thing I added was a tart warmer - which I should really start getting paid to promote because of how often I tell people to buy these but, that's another story. I added the tart warmer, a chalkboard serving tray (to cover up the outlet), and some seasonal decor in one corner of the kitchen.
I added our toaster oven and on the other side of the kitchen, I created a little coffee corner with our coffee maker, coffee bean grinder, letter board (which currently has a below average Christmas themed quote on it), a cheese board (to cover up the other outlet), and a mini faux plant.
THE CHANGING OF SEASONS
I'm obsessed with seasonal changes when it comes to the weather and even more obsessed when it comes to changing our apartment decor. We have a breakfast bar that is a little bit long for our two bar stools, so I moved the chairs over slightly to the right and I use the left side of the bar as a seasonal corner in our kitchen.
ANNNDDDDD, finally... here is the fall themed after picture of our no reno apartment kitchen makeover.