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Monday, October 1, 2012

Simple Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrade

It's October 1st!! Yeah to cool weather. I definitely need to get my warmer clothes out. Fall and Spring are my favorite times of the year!

I've spent the last month working really hard to finish up a few projects we've had on our "To Do" List around the house. What a difference they've made.

We were blessed to have found our home that was pretty much move in ready for us.  The previous owner had done a lot of work such as tiling, installing new counter tops, and lot's of internal work to the house. Her taste was beautiful and really worked well with our personal style.

That left us with painting, having to buy some new furniture, and little projects here and there. We do have a desire to redo both baths, but not on the top of the list right now. The oriental wallpaper in our guest bath is not something you see everyday and has grown on us:) We'll keep it for awhile longer.

So to the kitchen we go and Lowe's of course. These shutters for me, really dated this kitchen. I love the idea of shutters, but these just didn't work for this window.

{Before with Shutters}


First thing we wanted to do was remove the shutters. They really didn't serve much of a purpose and took up counter space. Also, they blocked part of the window. We wanted to OPEN IT UP!!

Off to Lowe's I go!! I love options! Lot's of great options at Lowe's in Levolor products.

{Which color to choose..went with Fruitwood}

I am so happy with how it turned out. Really updated the space and opened up the window more so than I thought it would. One of my favorite designers, Candace Olson loves using these natural shades with or without drapery treatments and I've always loved the look. A really beautiful and clean look..also super inexpensive!

{After with new shade}

{Nice and Open}


So what do ya'll think?? Again, it's an inexpensive look and really easy to install. I thought of doing a valance or possibly cafe style curtains. In the end, I went with the woven shade and so happy with the finished product. It's simple and keeps the main focus on the beautiful view of the backyard!

Have a great week!!

1 comment:

  1. a very clever move for those who don't want to spend more money to upgrade their kitchen! but i think adding a little accessories for a modern touch would be nicer :)



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