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5 easy ways to shake the winter blues in the Kitchen

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Happy Monday Y’all!

Lasts week I shared how I lightened up our Living room after the holidays on a very tight budget, and this week I thought I would share the 5 easy ways I spruced up our kitchen to shake off the winter blues.

Step #1: Textiles

 I changed out the darker Fall and Winter colors with brighter neutrals. An easy way to do that is with rugs and dish towels.

I found 3 great throw rugs at a local store and used two of the same print on either side of the island and a nice stripe in front of the sink. They improved the feel of the room immediatly.

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Because I have dogs and a husband that don’t wipe their feet, they have to be machine washable for me to buy them. It’s a deal breaker if they aren’t. These are all a nice washable cotton.

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Step # 2: A new faucet! Yippee!

This is the third house my husband and I have bought together and in each one, we have changed the kitchen faucet. It’s such a great and easy way to freshen things up, and it’s so nice to have one that works for you the way you want it too. It’s the simple things y’all.

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Depending on your budget, you can make a simple change or go all out with a top of the line style. We stuck to a midrange option with this lovely Moen Lindley faucet. It has the form and function I wanted and resists finger prints and water marks. That sold me right there! No more wiping down and windexing the faucet hundreds of times each week! Genius.

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Step #3: Cabinets

To break up the walls of boring, dark wood cabinets, I took the door off the smallest corner cabinet. A simple change that allows me to display some of the white Ironstone China I have collected since moving here. This was as easy as me & a screw driver! A cost free, 5 minute update.

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I love the way it looks, but I’m not used to it yet and catch myself walking over to shut the door several times a day…

Those silver shelf brackets show up with the camera, but in real life, you really can’t see them. Some snowy day I will go over them with a brown marker.

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Step #4: Declutter

I decluttered the counter tops by putting away all the extra things that we were no longer using for holiday decorating, cooking, and entertaining guests etc…

Then I added one small new item to freshen things up. An Ivory Farmhouse Hen Canister I found on sale at Pier1. So cute and affordable. I use a lot of white on my kitchen counters to help bring light into the space.

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Step #5: Flowers

I added some fresh cut flowers with lots of greens from Trader Joes and a pretty little counter top flowering plant from Home Depot.

You can grab some flowers at your local market or put together an arrangement of your own, either way, I highly recommended doing this. They will help you feel happy when it’s gloomy outside or when the temperatures drop like that are expected to do this week.

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Well, there you have it, 5 easy ways to give your kitchen a “pre-spring” update.

Stay warm this week everyone and remember, better weather will come eventually!

Karen

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32 thoughts on “5 easy ways to shake the winter blues in the Kitchen

  1. Your kitchen is beautiful Karen! I am always inspired by your decor! And love the rugs and your faucet! We are replacing our flooring in the kitchen and entry way in Feb so that’ll give ours a whole new look! Thanks so much for sharing at our party… I LOVE when you link up your beautiful posts!!!!

  2. LOVE the idea of removing the cabinet door! I have a corner cabinet, too, and just took the door off, thanks to this tip, BUT my hinges are different and I have a hole from them. Did you have to do anything to disguise the removed hinges or ideas for what I can do, as just want to keep the door off.

    1. Hey Patty! You know, I was expecting to have a visible hole but it turned out I didn’t. But my plan originally, was to try some wood putty that is sold for hard wood floors or something similar. I’ve used something like that before for a headboard that was damaged and I just picked it up at Lowes.
      I hope that helps and I’m so happy you tried this and looked it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sandra! I can say, I am really pleased with this faucet so far! It is really great about not showing prints!

    1. Thanks Leesha! I am not a winter girl so I have to do all I can to not get depressed! Every little bit helps!
      Thanks so much for visiting the blog!
      K

    1. Thank you for stopping by Lynne! I hope you did get some flowers to brighten your spirits!
      Thanks so much for stopping by when I posted this!
      K

  3. The new look is fresh. I find myself really paring down after the holidays. I’m want simple. I, too, have six dogs and nothing comes in my house that is not washable!

    1. Thanks Peggy! I try not to go too over the top with the farm stuff, but I couldn’t resist it!
      Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. Looks great very sharp, bright and refreshing the perfect “lift up” for the winter. Love following all of your posts!!! Where did you purchase your throw rugs they are beautiful, love them, they add that little bit of warmth for cold winter floors too.
    Have a great day!

    1. Thank you Candy! I picked up those rugs at TJ Maxx/ Marshalls, so they were very affordable!
      Thanks for reading the blog!

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