Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Filling My Kitchen's One Blank Wall

I'm still plugging away in my kitchen, but this whole "budget" concept seriously cramps my style, so today I'm sharing my zero dollar kitchen art! I think kitchens need art, even if it's not Art with a capital A. So in the spirit of having no budget left for the month, I got creative with a couple frames I already had in a closet.

First, I sat down and created a little graphic using a favorite lyric from a Leonard Cohen song called "Anthem." The lyric reads in part, "there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." I love the sentiment behind this, I feel like it's about how imperfections are everywhere and that these imperfect things are beautiful and wonderful because of their flaws, not in spite of them; perfection is overrated and stifling. It's a freeing, lovely thought and one I wanted on my wall.

I also printed off a photo from a creative commons set I found on flickr a while ago made by a lady named D Sharon Pruitt. I like the colors in it and so it will work for now, while I'm looking for something more permanent. Something like... this painting, maybe. My birthday is coming up soonish after all, and if I must turn 30 I might as well pick my own presents!


While I was working on my little budget art project, I got an idea, stemming from my bizarre half-height upper cabinets...

What do we think? Would a shelf under that cabinet look too country or maybe even out of place on its own? I'm not sure how I feel about the wooden brackets... I like them in other kitchens but wonder if floating shelves would be better in mine. Let's discuss.

20 comments:

  1. cute! I really do have a crack in just about everything..looks so good!

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  2. I like the brackets, but I think it might look better floating in your kitchen. You could do floating first and then add the brackets later, right?

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  3. Great kitchen art! I vote yes on the shelf but I think a floating shelf would look best. Maybe more streamlined than with the brackets.

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  4. What about a wine cubby? Or "build" the shelves to look as though they are part of the cabinet... like an extension of open shelves with cabinet doors on top.

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  5. I love DIY artwork - to me, it's just more personal :)

    I vote either floating shelves or built-ins/add-ons to the upper cabinets.

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  6. I agree with Becca & Brittney above-floating shelves would look great! More storage/display space is always a good thing, and if you choose a modern style shelf you won't get that 'country' look.

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  7. I think float shelf or crown moulding looking shelf would look best. I also like the idea of putting up a rod and hanging a basket or two from it and using that as an organizer.

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  8. Love the quote, and the shelf idea! Go for it!

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  9. I love the wooden shelves in this post. The white ones are nice as well...http://www.housetweaking.com/2012/11/01/kitchen-backsplash-tweaked-shelves/

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  10. Pretty! I love floating shelves. Saw this on Pinterest and though of you. http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/storage/organization/spice-storage/?sssdmh=dm17.561569&esrc=nwhi111711&email=3572277304#page=11

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  11. I love the new art! Yes, floating shelves would be really nice there... can't wait to see what you do!

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  12. I love the idea of adding a shelf there. I think brackets or floating would both look great.

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  13. I think that most of the "art" in my house has been printed off my computer!

    I think that a shelf would be great -- I'm in agreement with the posters who advocate floating shelves.

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  14. Do the shelf most definately! You could always go for an "aged" wood shelf with iron brackets. Very Pretty!!!!!

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  15. I have a great idea for shelf in that space.

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  16. I think the little shelf you pictured definitely has a little bit of a country vibe going on. If you like a more industrial look you could hang a couple of metal crates sideways... it looks like you have the space. Or look at the metal shelving available in home improvement stores. Otherwise, a floating shelf option would be great too.

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  17. I am also in the process of transforming my kitchen. I have a green tile countertop that I don't like. You can see it here (http://tobirdsofafeather.blogspot.com/2013/01/kitchen-update.html)... what would you do with that? any ideas?

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  18. Hi Anna! I've just run through all of your house DIY posts on your homepage {visiting from the giveaway} and it's got me so excited and motivated! We will be buying a house this spring and it will likely need a lot of work! Love all that I've seen so far :) One random question: What program did you use to create your framed graphic. I'd like to invest in a graphics program for my blog and personal use! Thanks for any help!

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