It’s (Finally) Time For An Update On Arlyn’s Rental Kitchen: Here’s Her *Actual* Design Plan

What do you get if you combine 5 months with some elbow grease, snafus, design pivots, and a variety of interruptions from a really cute toddler? Effectively, my cherry rental kitchen redo, that’s what! That’s proper, I’m again with an replace…the ultimate replace as a result of SURPRISE! The house is definitely executed and I LOVE IT. It really makes me so comfortable. Keep tuned within the subsequent few weeks for the reveal however for as we speak, I’ve a variety of in-between progress to share to catch you up.

First, let’s remind you the place we began, which I shared again in June on this publish.

The Unique Cherry Cupboards In My Rental

My greatest hurdles to leap in bringing this place to life a bit had been as follows:

  • One way or the other lighten the heaviness of the cupboards with out truly altering the cupboards (once more, it is a rental so I’ve a variety of limitations and every part must be reversible).
  • Replace a number of the early 2000s vibes of the {hardware}, lighting, laundry closet doorways, and so forth.
  • Create a breakfast nook so we might eat in right here.
  • Add extra storage so I might clear off the counters some extra.
  • Deliver some cohesion to the mismatched home equipment.

Usually, it was a completely high quality house, particularly contemplating I’ve had means worse as a renter. Nevertheless it was simply bland. As personable as a sack of bread flour. And if you already know something about my design fashion, “bread flour” is a far cry from what units my coronary heart ablaze. I like sample, coloration, and attraction. Somebody as soon as requested me to explain my aesthetic (wait…it may need been for my bio on this web site), and I feel I mentioned one thing like an English grandmother’s cottage after her hip grandkid got here in and pared it again just a bit.

In my unique publish about how I used to be going to modernize my cherry Shakers, a variety of you thought it simply couldn’t be executed, however then the moodboard I offered modified a variety of your minds. My product selections developed since this summer time (preserve studying) however the *vibes* are nonetheless fairly dead-on.

Evolution of a Moodboard

Right here’s the very first design plan I shared and admittedly, I nonetheless like it. It’s impactful, colourful, lived in.

Brass Cup Deal with | Brass Bar Cupboard Pull | Inexperienced Tile Backsplash | Paint | Curtains | Pinstripe Material | Checkerboard Flooring | Brass Rail | Brass Hooks | Wicker Hanging Baskets | Rug | Eating Chair | Eating Desk | Burgundy Cupboard

After ordering six completely different peel-and-stick backsplash choices (extra on that in just a few scrolls), together with the one proven above, I made a decision on a unique product and in addition discovered a bistro desk that was simply the correct measurement for my eat-in space. Moreover, I sourced two secondhand wood eating chairs similar to those proven beneath on Fb Market for about $60. Right here’s that board up to date with these picks:

Bistro Desk | Peel & Stick Backsplash | Eating Chair

As a reminder, my plan for the curtains was to take out the laundry doorways and change them with panels. I’d color-match my remaining selects for a paint coloration for the partitions in order that all of it felt seamless and visually cohesive. I beloved the thought of bringing a touch of burgundy on the opposite aspect of the house by way of the cupboard to steadiness the crimson of the kitchen cabinets. And effectively, who doesn’t love a checkerboard flooring proper now?

However then just a few issues occurred…

Selecting Last Materials Choices

I do know I already revealed the backsplash I went with, however let’s check out a number of the different samples I thought-about.

The left is a thin tile that carefully matches the sage inexperienced of the counter tops (it doesn’t appear like it within the picture as a lot because it does in actual life). I preferred the colour variation and the way they felt fashionable however timeless. The 4 on the correct are all by an organization referred to as Good Tiles. It’s onerous to see in my picture however the prime two do appear like zellige tile simply…very shiny. They had been lovely, and the fabric was form of gel-like and felt sturdy. Neither coloration labored for me (too darkish, too blue in undertone), and neither did the penny tile or the opposite subway. They had been very minty and in addition learn “2004 glass tile” which I did NOT need.

Bear in mind my “cohesive paint and curtain” plan? Yeah…no. The second I laid eyes on Jenni Yolo’s Chasing Paper assortment that launched earlier this fall, I knew I needed to have it. (P.S. You would possibly discover there’s a inexperienced cupboard within the picture with the wallpaper samples…the crimson one I wished went out of inventory and stayed out of inventory, so I settled on the emerald model as a substitute, and actually, it’s one of the best comfortable “inconvenience” that occurred as a result of it’s excellent in right here.) Whereas I used to be deadset on the yellow and inexperienced colorway, the great group at Chasing Paper despatched me samples of your entire line in all of the shades obtainable and I pivoted as soon as once more. The mustard felt too heavy in my small house however the lighter tones of the underside paper had been lovely and gentle and comfortable.

This Ruggable rug was one of many first issues I picked out for the entire house. I LOVE the Blackthorn sample from Morris & Co. in concept, however when the rug arrived, I couldn’t shake the sensation that it wasn’t proper in right here. It had slightly an excessive amount of vintage-esque fading, and the darkish inexperienced I assumed comprised the rug once I noticed the picture of it on-line turned out to be extra of a darkish blueish black.

I lived with it for months and someday simply determined I didn’t wish to settle. They graciously let me donate it as a substitute of getting to mail this massive, heavy factor again and I went on the hunt for a secondhand rug on Fb Market (spoiler: I discovered a tremendous wool Armenian rug for $80 and grabbed it IMMEDIATELY and it’s beautiful and makes me very comfortable).

My Largest Spend: New-to-Me Home equipment

My absolute greatest problem in right here was determining these home equipment. Earlier than we moved in, we swapped the white electrical coil range for an excellent GE Profile glass-top range I discovered on (you guessed it) Fb Market for $350. That’s what you see within the unique pictures I shared, however right here’s what it regarded like after we first received the townhouse:

The fridge was white, the range was white, and the dishwasher was black. So after we introduced within the new stainless vary, we had three colours occurring in right here. It was wild and no quantity of backsplash or fairly wallpaper was going to resolve that downside. I thought-about including some stainless wrap or contact paper to each however the fact was, the dishwasher was historic and barely washed the dishes we put into it (to not point out how inefficient it have to be from an power standpoint), and the fridge was too small for our wants being that I prepare dinner most meals right here. Plus, the freezer door was at all times popping open randomly and we’d come again hours later to an open freezer and every part gentle and squishy.

Charles and I checked with our landlord about changing them, which she was okay with so long as we footed the invoice (and put again what was right here after we ultimately transfer out). We didn’t wish to spend $5,000+ on a brand new fridge and dishwasher, so I hunted for weeks, nay…MONTHS for the correct product on the proper worth on Fb Market.

Guys, this was my EVEREST. I discovered a virtually new LG good dishwasher for $125, and a GE profile French door fridge (in a hyper-specific measurement that needed to be each counter depth AND no wider than 33″ as a result of the opening didn’t match a full-size fridge) for $400.

All in, we spent about $1,000 on the vary, fridge, and dishwasher after supply, and to us, it was cash effectively spent. We are able to deliver these home equipment with us to our subsequent house or presumably even go away them if our landlord is keen to pay us for them.

Plus, the plain win of trying significantly higher than our mismatched monstrosity from earlier than.

A Final-Minute Lamp Snaffu And A DIY Pivot

So, we’re lastly close to the tip, and earlier than I present you my lastly FINAL moodboard, I wished to additionally let you know of one other shift I needed to make on the absolute final minute. I discovered this lovely woven pendant for the breakfast nook from Lulu & Georgia on Fb Market (my BFF) for $125. It was initially about $400, so it was a TOTAL rating. Besides {that a} week earlier than my scheduled photoshoot, it arrived damaged. The vendor claimed it occurred within the mail, I feel he bought it to me damaged as a result of there was nothing within the very sturdy field that would have induced this injury.

Lengthy story much less lengthy, he supplied me $50 to maintain the (damaged) lamp, or a full refund if I despatched a video of me additional destroying it and throwing it within the trash. My coronary heart couldn’t deal with that, so to this point, I’ve saved it. I don’t know what to do with it (any concepts?!?!?) however trashing it feels immensely wasteful.

All of that, after all, meant that I wanted to discover a answer for my shoot with solely days to spare. I regarded on all of the secondhand websites to search out one thing, however every part was both out of my funds (contemplating I used to be already out $125), or simply not what I wished stylistically. So I contemplated someway making one thing myself and went on the hunt for inspiration. I’m very into the pleated lampshade pattern so after some analysis, I landed on simply shopping for an affordable Empire lampshade and attempting my hand at including some cloth to it. I discovered fairly patterned sheets on clearance at Goal (less expensive than cloth most occasions!!), watched a handful of YouTube tutorials, and the completed product is one in all my product DIY moments. I can’t wait to point out you it! The day earlier than the shoot, I purchased a mini pendant equipment, strung it via the highest a part of the lampshade, and wired and hung it myself.

The Last Moodboard

I’ve come a good distance with a variety of close to misses, and bobs and weaves, however that is the place I lastly landed:

Brass Cup Deal with | Brass Bar Deal with | Pendant Gentle | Striped Material | Paint | Peel & Stick Backsplash | Peel & Stick Wallpaper | Yellow Chair Material | Desk | Eating Chairs | Show Cupboard | Rug (classic)

Effectively…aside from with a unique pendant. I picked a inexperienced paint that coordinated with the wallpaper to color the laundry doorways as a substitute of taking them out (they supply good sound buffering which curtains wouldn’t do), and as talked about, modified the show cupboard to emerald. That’s a (very dangerous) picture of the rug I purchased so forgive me however you get the gist. I’m realizing now I didn’t even start to debate what I used to be doing with the striped cloth however I’ll get into that within the reveal publish as a substitute (trace: a really low-cost DIY for anybody who loves a Roman shade). And since I beloved the mustard of my unique wallpaper choose, I introduced it into the material I used to reupholster the seats on my used chairs (thanks Max Humphrey for sending me a few of your Pindler & Pindler cloth, it’s excellent).

And that’s it. That is the place I go away you. Once more, I’m so, SO excited to point out you the completed product as a result of the change is so good with out being wildly over-the-top by way of effort. Sure, it took me 5 months however that’s simply because life and cash received in the best way. The Web loves issues to be immediate, however actual life takes time. And I’m glad I put within the time to get all of it sorted in a means that excites me day by day once I stroll via that kitchen door.

Keep tuned.

Your good friend in “make it work” design, Arlyn

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