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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What do Ikea and milkglass have in common?

They're both lightening up my kitchen!


Huzzah! I'm so glad this came out as well as it did in my head (b/c you know sometimes that just does not happen!)  Happily, this had already been my plan before the May issue of Country Living came out, this just solidified that it was a wise decision.


Initially i had thought this would be more storage than display (attempting to free up some cabinet space here) but the boyfriend said he didn't trust the heavy bowls and other items i was planning on putting there. 


So instead i took all my whites from my dining room closet, made more room in there, and lightened and brightened all up in here.   It's the perfect modern yet classic improvement.


Yep, there's a lot of tweaking and adding to this display.  I just can't stop buying more whites!  If we de-soffit, i want to add some up above the cabinets, so you see, it's very necessary and completely justified that i continue down this path.  (Hope S is buying this...)



The order of the day was de-theme, de-coffee, but not rid completely.


Don't you just love all the ridgey, bumpy, hobnaily goodness??


This au-natural shot is for perspective.  I sit on the right hand side there, and being 5'3 means nothing hits me in the head.  The boyfriend, at 6'3, would probably be a little less comfortable there. 


In addition to the theme of de-theme, the mission was also to sleekify. 

Sleekify one.

Sleekify two. 

Can you believe for four years, all that was on this wall was that coffee poster?  Talk about wasted space!


Yowza.
Themey ruffley before.  Yes, those are coffee mugs in greens.  In my defense (because i feel one is necessary) there weren't many light colored curtain options and this is one hella dark space. 


Prettiness.  Brightness.  Sleekness. 


And also, sneakiness.  Cats on tables.  Not allowed.


The less dreamy side of things. 

Materials:

2 Enje roller blinds in white
4 Ekby Mossby (7.5 as opposed to 11 deep) shelves and 2 bjarnum connecting brackets-this was better on the budget and was more customizable for the room. 
2 sets of bjarnum end brackets found in clearance section, which inspired the whole project.

Operation make-do until realistic dream kitchen?  Success!  I really think it's the littlest project with the biggest outcome we've done in quite a while.  Whadya think?

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49 comments:

Brandi said...

Love the change! Milk glass and Ikea, who would have thunk it! LOL!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love it! Love shelves and displays and milk glass! It's an all around win!!! I have been looking for cute kitchen curtains and they are hard to find. I could sew some? ha ha, not! Oh well, you making small changes until you can make the big one's! Great job!
hugs, Linda

Kerry said...

I really love the shelves with the milk glass. I've been looking for some floating shelves for our kitchen as well where I can display a few of my pieces as well. I think they would look great between my tea poster and garden window! Thank you for the additional inspiration! :)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

I love your milk glass collection! I like how the white pops against the bright green wall. Looks great!

Lisa said...

Nice update! How funny that the magazine covered COPIED YOU!

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh How cute! That looks really awesome. What a great collection you have there my friend!:) I am so glad you shared this with the copy cat party...you done good. Have fun! XO

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Looks great! I love milk glass too!

Jill said...

Very sleek and chic! Love the knobbly white vases!!! :)

Hope you're keeping well!

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

The new shelving looks great!!

Dara said...

I like the idea! I wonder if I could hang shelves high enough that my kids wouldn't knock anything down. :) too bad we don't have an ikea here!

Maria Elena said...

Beautiful! Your milk glass collection looks gorgeous on the shelves!

Emma said...

Love the shelves and the collection of vases and bottles! The coffee cup print is awesome.

CSI girl said...

Looks great! I hope you will link that up this week to the CSI project. The challenge is Kitchen Makeover and Decor week. The competition starts tomorrow night.
Come see the tutorials before the party begins.
www.thecsiproject.com
Come on over!
PS I am going to feature this on the FB page

feltsocute said...

Looks terrific!!!

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

I love it! I am also a milk glass junkie (although I tend to do the fake spray painted kind) plus I currently hold a special place in my heart for open shelving.

Yours looks awesome!

Debbie said...

Oh yes... I DO love bumpy hobnaily goodness, and I think this copy cat is wonderful. I happen to have a copy of that magazine and loved the inspiration too.

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I love what you did here! Thanks for sharing. Your shelves look wonderful.

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

I really like how your milk glass shelves turned out. I have a bunch of those vases that I've been overlooking... perhaps it's time to give them another glance. And your cat looks just as "sneaky" as mine- on the table in full view, not caring that it's not allowed!

: )

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

Looks great!

Amanda said...

I LOVE milk glass and have a large collection. It's very pretty (and cheap-bonus). At Christmas or a special occasion you can put tea lights in the bottom and they will glow beautifully. YOur newest follower!

Michelle said...

Ikea and milk glass-- what a great combo! I do love all that bumpy, hobnaily goodness. Milk glass is just too tempting to pass up whenever I see it for sale.

keri @ shaken together said...

Hey lady ... thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE milk glass and have been slowing snaking pieces from Goodwill, the Salvation Army and unsuspecting neighbors' garage sales ... now I need some sweet shelving like yours! New follower and fellow FL girl!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I will tell you what I think: It is a fantastic project, and I really love the look of open shelving. Great copycat! :D

Linking from Debbiedoo's,
xo,
Ricki Jill

Lisa said...

I love milk glass! I've been scoring tons of it at Goodwill lately and using it to brighten up my kitchen too!

The Single Nester said...

I love the milk glass. I have some but am always looking for more.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I adore your milk glass, and kitty is pretty as well. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Shabby Creek. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Brenda Kula said...

Adds the perfect touch!
Brenda

Healthy Branscoms said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love the milk glass! :) Erin

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

Love the whites on display! They look perfect against that pop of green! And I just went to Ikea yesterday...so many fun things there!

Kimberly @ A Night Owl said...

I'm a big fan of milk glass too! Looks great on the open shelving.

Kimberly
CSI Project Guest Judge

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This looks great. I love the stainless shelves, too. Great way to display those pretty pieces.

Winnie said...

Lovely milk glass
and the cat is SUPER cute (LOL)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Really pretty! I love milkglass and the fresh pops of green are beautiful!

Chance @ Designed by Chance said...

That looks great! I love whites it has been such a fad these last couple of years, but sadly i do not have any. I'm really tempted to just paint all my vases white.

Liz said...

Love the way you organized all your whites. Also love the cupcakes drawing. But what I love the most is the Longboard Bottle!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment on my Black Cat Pin.
Liz

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

sleekify? love the new look!

gail

Connie said...

If you could hear me, you would know that I am laughing, and I needed a good laugh today. I love your profile and your sense of humor. That is from one cheap-ass to another. I believe that you can create a beautiful and charmingly cozy home without spending your hard earned money on designer junk. I prefer my junk from the thrift shops and yard sales. Your shelves are lovely. . . I like them better than the Country Living ones. I think your touch of green is beautiful.
I am your newest follower #490.
I would be honored if you would decide to follow me back. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your new found craftiness. Have a marvelous day, Connie :)

Scribbler said...

Great idea! I wish I had a bank wall large enough to put some open shelving. I have too much crap is the main problem.

Scribbler said...

That would be "BLANK" wall...

Kathie said...

Love all your hobnaily goodness! lol Seriously, it is much better than just a poster. I love the shelves and your eclectic mix of milk glass, vintage bottles, etc. It does make it lighter and brighter! Cats don't care about rules, you know that! Thanks for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

Diann said...

I love the coppycat. All the wonderful milkglass looks great. Thank you for sharing at TTF and have a terrific day!

Kim said...

Love the milk glass!!!! I think I might try something similar in a green... try to put some color to my tiny kitchen :)

createwithcents said...

I love the milkglass! I have a ton of small vases that I have been spray painting white to get a similar look but this is amazing! Great job!

-Meghan http://www.createwithcents.wordpress.com

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a lovely milkglass collection you have, perfectly showcased with a bit of dreamy green on your shelves--I like it, as well as the fuzzy companion helping you! Thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving a nice comment--I appreciate it.

Danavee said...

I looooved the front cover of that particular issue! Love your take on it!!!!

Lauren @ mercy(INK) said...

Love 'em both (the Ikea & the milk glass, that is)!!! Nice job!
Feel free to come link up at www.mercyinkblog.com for our weekly linky- love to have ya! :)
xo,
lauren

Julie@chiclittleshop said...

OH. I love, love your milk glass.
I have a few but want what you have (lol)

They are so pretty.

Thank you for stopping by at my little blog.

Julie from Down Under.

Julie@chiclittleshop said...

OH. I love, love your milk glass.
I have a few but want what you have (lol)

They are so pretty.

Thank you for stopping by at my little blog.

Julie from Down Under.

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

your milk glass collection is very beautiful. what a great idea to display it all out in the open
cheers Fiona (lilyfieldlife)