I ended up taking a little break last week from the blog. Ever feel like you've just hit a major creative block? That was me last week. I was unmotivated, discouraged and all together lost. But I used the time to brainstorm and pick myself back up. I did a lot of browsing in blogland (this is totally a word, spellcheck!) and now I have more ideas than ever!
Today I want to share a couple of the bigger ones.
On the top of the list is getting rid of our glass display case in the dining room. I bought it shortly after we got married so that we would have somewhere to showcase all of our wedding memorabilia.
But that was before this little stink came around!
So I've decided that it's going on Craigslist and getting replaced with some awesome floating shelves like these that Whitney at Shanty 2 Chic made.
Then there's our fireplace. When I look at our living room this is the only thing that really bothers me. The tile surround is very blah and it doesn't have a real mantle. We put up a shelf but it's still a big thorn in my side.
I found this tutorial of a really simple (and cheap!) way to build a mantle. I was way impressed with what Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane created! She made it look so easy, yet it turned out perfectly.
And then there's our kitchen. Oh boy the kitchen. You can see the before pictures here. I worked my butt off painting the cabinets espresso but every time I see a picture of white cabinets I kick myself. They are so cheery, bright, clean...and everything I want in our kitchen! I've tried to live with the espresso but I've come to the conclusion that I just can't. So I'm going to be painting them again :)
It also kind of bothers me that there's this one lonely set of cabinets on this wall. I've always thought that shelving would look better here.
By the way--did you know how difficult it is to create a perfect diagonal layout on a staircase gallery wall? It took me about a week haha!
If you're still with me, I must thank you for listening to my random babblings. You all deserve a cookie! Can you tell I've been a little stir crazy this past week?
I created a list in my phone to keep my ideas all in one place, and these are just 4 of the 25 that I have so far. I definitely have enough to keep me busy for a while.
I'll be back on Wednesday to share a project that took me the whole weekend to finish but I'm pretty darn of. Stay tuned :)