When we looked at this house, the first thing we did was look at the kitchen and realize that it wasn't going to work long-term for us. We know there is a remodel in our near future because there just isn't enough counter space and the eat-in section of the kitchen is big enough for a small bistro table and not much else.
Another thing I noticed was that the basement door was smack-dab in the middle of the kitchen. I had been wanting to have a nice big chalk board in my kitchen for awhile, so I decided to turn the basement door into a giant chalk board. While it didn't quite work out to my expectations, it does, in fact, serve the purpose of putting that door to good use.
So far we've used it for a nice Thanksgiving motif, which I can't believe I do not have a picture of because it was so cute, an Advent and St. Andrew novena calendar
and a spot to count the 12 Days of Christmas.
It has sparked a lot of creativity (as you can see above) and has been a fun thing to have in the kitchen.
Now, however, I find myself with this:
a blank door and no ideas for what to put on it. January means, what? Ordinary time? How do you draw that? It's too soon, in my book, for Valentine's designs so what can we do until then? Ideas appreciated :)
Another thing I've added to the kitchen to kind of spruce things up a bit is a craft my oldest daughter did at the library one evening. This idea is so cute that it inspired me to want to have a coffee theme in our remodeled kitchen. They are pages from a book that they painted coffee/tea cups on.
She did four of them, so she found some frames in the basement and we decided to hang them up to help brighten up the kitchen. It doesn't take much to bring some zing to a room.
Sometimes you just have to take a few minutes to look around your house and find something you could switch to a different room to make it brighter, or, in this case, take a craft someone did and put it in some left-over frames. I like this kind of decorating; it's cheap and easy!
Need something to brighten a part of your house during these dreary days of January? Walk around and see if you can't make a small change like this one.