GUYS. Here I am totally pumped/psyched/in-hyper-drive to do my kitchen reveal. You can see the full before here, what I didn’t like about the space and what I wanted to do. But for now, I’m going to just show you the pictures BECAUSE I’M DYING FOR YOU TO SEE THEM.
I photographed this over a few days so there’s a plant I changed here and there so don’t freak out if you see a couple of things swapped. It’s all under control.
Full resource list at the end of the post.
Unlike my bedroom that I wanted to have a moody, dramatic vibe, I wanted this to be a bright, cheerful, pumping-with-color space (because it’s shared with the living room). I hated the drastically open layout and the fact that it was always in my face and after trying to ‘hide’ it in some way and failing, I decided to embrace it and make it part of the whole setup.
Just for fun, here’s the before.
And here’s the after.
One more, before.
And one more, after.
Although not completely a lost case but I didn’t like the dark cabinets or the counter-top. It was too dark and giving me mood swings. Painting was out of question because the landlord wouldn’t have been able to deal with it so I completely contact-papered the hell out of it. And it worked.
After doing the cabinets and the counter, the refrigerator started asking for a makeover (I swear). And so we discussed it’s future for a bit and then duct-taped it – easy to do, easy to remove. I really feel this became the statement piece of the room.
The backsplash was a sad beige and while I would have ideally painted it white, this was tile and there was no going back after doing that so I decided to do artwork all along it and draw focus away.
I found these amazing food illustrations by Sara Zin and they went super perfectly with the kitchen while being something fun to look at from the living room. She has a ton of such illustrations and also sells them online; purchase link right at the end. (I’m going to talk about these next week in more detail, by the way). I love them.
Because the counter space is super limited, I’ve kept all my regular essentials on top and the rest I completely shoved into the cabinets. I wanted some styling but also not so much that it all end up in a mad chaos if I ever tried cooking (I said, tried).
I always have my glasses out next to the sink because they’re used so frequently. I picked up these retro-esque ones just a few days ago and currently crushing on them. Drinking water has never been so fun.
This apartment has really limited space and we had a lot of books from our last place that had no place to go suddenly when we moved in here. So we stacked them one day above the kitchen cabinets to get them out the way and then both N and I looked at them a couple of days later and said, those look good, they’re staying there. Happy accident.
I bought this cabinet second-hand when I realised I needed more storage. This was a really dark brown and since I was feeling happy vibes inside my brain, I revamped this too. Initially I had a crazy pattern picked out for it (and even painted it another color once) but after the refrigerator I felt things needed to be subtle so I decided it had to be kept minimal.
But I didn’t want all white as well, so I turned to these pom-poms (pom-poms are the answer to everything, remember that) and they made me happy.
I did a mix so the cabinet would stay minimal but have bursts of color to break the white.
DIY-ed most of these pots.
We got these colorful knives a while back since our regular ones died. But they had a really tacky stand so I just shoved them in the old one I had. And while there are empty slots, I’m keeping it this way because imperfect is also pretty great sometimes.
Nearly all plants from Dubai Garden Centre by the way, never forget that. Guys, their plants are so insane, how do I explain this to you? I love them.
To break up the pom-poms, I also did a leaf tassel by the way.
And that is ALL. Let’s have a look one more time?
This was the before.
And this is the after.
Now tell me your thoughts. WAITING LIKE A PSYCHO.
Resources: Rug: IKEA; Plants: Dubai Garden Centre; Food Illustrations: Sara Zin; Contact Paper: Ace Hardware; Tea Tins: IKEA; Mugs: Alfatah Lahore; Glasses: Home Centre; Green Mug: Warehouse; Plates: H&M Home; Soap Dispensers: H&M Home; Duct Tape: Ace Hardware; Sideboard/Cabinet: Dubizzle; Knives: Ace Hardware.