Let the challenge begin! Today marks day #1 of the One Room Challenge and the day my project list officially goes off the charts. I feel a little better knowing what to expect because I participated in the ORC last year and gave my bedroom a face lift. In case you are new to ORC or just forget what it is here is the idea...
20 design bloggers
Well technically 20 rooms since we each do our own room, but just one room for me. Linda (from My Crafty Home Life) so generously invited me to join the madness again and with my kitchen begging for a face life I couldn't say no. After all I am joined by some pretty talented ladies
So, back to my kitchen. My ORC might be a little different from the other 20 bloggers in the simple fact that I am a renter. I won't have brand new cabinets, new appliances or even new hardware (mine are PAINTED on, ugg) at the end of this challenge. As much as it pains me, it's just not possible. But like lots of other renters out there I still want to make my apartment feel like home and have some personality. A one year lease quickly turned into 5+ years so take my advice, make that rental your own ASAP.
Here is what I'm currently working with...
Not great, but not horrible. At least I don't have those oak/laminate cabinets like many Boston rentals have (Landlords, WHY??).
The table and chairs aren't new and they aren't getting replaced, I still love them. You can also see the back door in this photo, it never gets used and it's a great wall for more storage.
and the most important cabinet in the kitchen....
...needs a makeover BIG time.
Here the plan:
-more storage: Yes I have lots of cabinets but there still doesn't seem to be enough.
-new window treatment
-give the bar cabinet a makeover
-organize and clean under the sink: I need to make use of this storage space better (hey, every inch counts in a rental)
-recycling and trash center update
-color and more color: I'm technically not allowed to paint, so I've got to be creative on how I add it.
-personal details and other small projects to be named later
I've got my work cut out for me and I can't WAIT to be finished and enjoy my updated kitchen. So join me every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks to see how my challenge is going. Be sure to check out the other 19 amazing bloggers on their progress as well