Sometimes, what you’re trying to do in a certain room in your house just doesn’t…work. Have you ever had that happen? It doesn’t happen to me too often, but when it does…boy, and I STUCK. And I hate that!!!
Here’s a very non-artistic photo of our kitchen:
Why this photo? Because it shows the color of the cabinets and granite, and the colors of the appliances. And here’s where I was trying to go in my kitchen:
When we moved to our current home, I decided I wanted to paint our cabinets. Oh yes, it made the list of house things “to do”. I loved the countertops and the layout, and the appliances are still pretty new, but I wanted those cabinets changed!
Once I started researching the work needed to paint cabinets, I second-guessed myself! So, while I’m leaving THAT for last, I figured up a few other things I can do to update the look!
What about you? Ready to start a kitchen remodel? Stop right there! Before you go knocking down walls and busting up your existing cabinetry, take a second to really look at that space. There’s a lot you can do to improve the look of your kitchen, all while spending less. Here are three simple kitchen upgrades that are not only easy to do, but easy on your wallet, too.
Pretty-Up the Kitchen With Paint
Is your kitchen painted in hue that is more retro than right now? Dated kitchens can greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Lighter shades of blue can create a clean and crisp look that works well on cabinets, walls and even the ceiling. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room and is said to make people feel happy. As for neutrals, gray is the best choice as it is a great color to build on, and it also works well as a countertop or cabinet color. And if you’re looking to really energize the room, choose white. The color white gives the room a fresh and clean feeling and will instantly wake you up the moment you step into it. Plus, it’s easy to play with other colors in the kitchen when you choose white as a base.
As much fun as it is to pick a paint color, when painting your kitchen you must also consider the right paint finish. The kitchen is a high-grime, high-traffic area of the house that will require a total scrub-down every now and then, which means you need to choose a finish that can handle a little water, soap and of course, elbow grease. Satin finishes are a solid choice and can resist mildew, dirt stains and scrubbing. Semi-gloss reflects a lot of light and is very durable, which makes it the best option for backsplash.
You’d think that after so many years of eating food, I’d be able to create Pinterest-perfect masterpieces. This simply isn’t true and there’s been more than once that I’ve succumbed to serving dinner parties with takeout plated on my own dishware. (The blog IS called The Road TO Domestication – I most certainly haven’t reached my destination yet!) Throughout all of my trials and mishaps in the kitchen, I have come up with several common errors. Here are five cooking mistakes we all need to avoid:
Using the Wrong Tools
Have you ever successfully hammered a screw in? Me neither. It simply doesn’t work. The same is true in the kitchen: you always need to use the right tool for the job. (You can’t use a meat thermometer as a candy thermometer. Personal experience? You betcha.) That is why it is important to invest in top quality cookware. You will be amazed at the difference that good cookware will make to the ease, speed and quality of the fare that you’re producing in your kitchen.
Not Reading the Instructions Beforehand
Let’s face it: none of us like to read directions. We’d prefer to think that we can figure things out on our own. (Or if it’s something similar to a dish we’re familiar with, why bother actually reading the instructions in the recipe, right?) Sometimes this can work, but often you will end up with a product that would better suit your dog’s palate than your own. To avoid potential problems, take the time to review the recipe in detail before you ever turn on the oven. This ensures you have the right ingredients, equipment, and have all the steps in the right order. You don’t have to rely on recipes found online alone. Modern cookbooks are still a valuable resource in the kitchen that can help you take your meals to the next level.
My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.
Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA!
But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.
So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!
The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.
Happy July 1, everyone! Are you ready for the 4th?! We plan on seeing some fireworks and celebrating with family!
In reaching the beginning of a new month, we realize that the previous month is now gone. As always, it went quickly! Let’s see what went over best here on the blog.