Here it is on inspection day. Oh bright shiny neon yellow. What a terrible eyesore you were.
Once I painted and cleaned the floors, I tried using our existing glass shelving but that just didn't look right.
So then we hung our pot rack that we had in Connecticut and moved the glass shelving to the living room. And that looked better.
Which leads us to what the nook looks like today. I did a lot of pinning on Pinterest and knew that I wanted more pantry storage. I wanted pretty jars to hold baking staples, baskets to hold spices, chocolate, and baking utensils. It had to be functional but pretty. I also wanted a cabinet with drawers to store kitchen towels, rolling pins, wine glasses, and special serving dishes.
I went to Ikea last Friday night and they delivered the two units this past Tuesday. The bookcase went up in about two hours. Not too bad, but it is pretty cheap pine and not as sturdy as oak or another solid wood. But that's Ikea. The glass cabinet - oh lordy - that's another story. After three hours, I finally got that thing erected sans glass doors. I've never attached doors before and even the pictures weren't much help on that one. Hubby had to take care of putting on the doors for me.
And I absolutely love the units! It feels much brighter and spacious in the nook now. Makes the kitchen feel bigger, too. I just love it!
I'm hoping to get rid of the boob light in the next month. I have my sight set on a flush mount light from Home Depot.
Here's where I got my stuff:
- All furniture - Ikea (Hemnes bookcase and cabinet; baby Stenstorp cart - that's what I call it but I'm sure it goes by another name)
- Glass jars - TJ Maxx and The Container Store
- Spoon and Fork - Target
- Baskets - Home Goods
- Chalkboard tags - The Container Store
- Chicken wire basket - Sur La Table (on sale for $3.99)
- EAT blocks - Michael's $2 bin (they were turquoise, pink, and purple and I watered down black paint and repainted them)
- Wine box - Total Wine ($4.99)