Ignoring all the insinuations about my Kitchen Indecision (don't try to deny it!)- I would like to announce that I am done moving furniture in and out (in and out.. in and out) of my kitchen.
The finished product is a tad more cramped than I originally envisioned - but it's extremely functional (apart from the fact that you can't actually eat in it.)
We are already wondering what we ever did without a large upholstered chair and a desk in our breakfast nook.
This first picture shows the infamous chair, along with the white cupboard I used as a china cabinet in my old house's foyer. I love using things in different places and different ways than "the norm". This cupboard could be used as a pantry, or in a bathroom, or for books. It's an inexpensive pine piece that was painted during my White Spray Paint Phase. I am currently in a Black Spray Paint Phase, as you will see in the coming weeks.
Pretty much nothing is safe from me when I am armed with Rustoleum.
I've even spray painted bunk beds while my children were in them - sleeping (it was just a touch up - and I covered the children with sheets first.)
But shhhh.... My husband would totally freak out if he knew about that. He's a typical "haul everything outside, cover anything within 100 feet, sand first (ridiculous, I know!), two-coat kind of man.
I like my results a tad quicker than that. I'm a Nike painter :)
Not to brag on myself, but I love the way the black side table just kind of blends into the black bead board. It makes the room look less crowded. The table is from the patio shop at Target. Outdoor furniture is perfect for inside. You wouldn't necessarily want to replace your love seat with lawn chairs, but glass top tables, wicker furniture, and even metal tables like the one pictured, all are inexpensive ways to decorate. Benches are perfect for all sorts of places. I have a white coffee table/bench under a window in my living room - piled high with books. You could also use one at the end of a bed to stack quilts on.
So..My kitchen niche is finally and completely finished. I won't have to give it one more thought for a long, long while.
Now, I can simply concentrate on USING the kitchen for its God intended purposes. Cooking food, building relationships, writing encouraging emails at my kitchen desk, planning nutritious meals, reading to my children while they make their school lunches. It feels good not to have to focus on decorating it.
Do you think it needs a rug? And I should definitely spray paint the ceiling fan black, don't you think?