Every year summer surprises me. I’m in a rush to catch up with all the end of year events and after all the graduation parties and wedding presents, it’s suddenly July. This year, I had an inspired idea. Before summer arrived, I decided to refresh the kitchen for the season. Things felt a bit stale and I wanted a new look to get us through these summer months. First stop: the kitchen.
First, I did a deep clean. Amazing what was hidden under the stove after all the outdoor Spring fun my kids have dragged in. My five year old was thrilled to find several marbles, a bouncy ball and a purple toy car. I was alarmed by the monster sized dust bunnies.
Then I went shopping the free way. You’ve heard of staycations? This was stayshopping. I explored the house looking for objects that I could use differently.
In the garage I found a an old red egg basket. Next to the wood stove an old Bauer crock held kindling. Two of my favorite kitchen drying towels were grabbed. I moved some cookbooks from the bookshelf to over the baking counter. Practical and eye catching!
I decided to stop fighting my toddler’s desire to play in the kitchen while I’m cooking. Now the found egg basket holds several of his favorite toys, tucked away under the butcher block.
I took the old Bauer crock and filled it with my cooking utensils. It was bigger than the little container I had before and a much more user friendly choice.
The two towels became a bright new sink skirt thanks to a few clips. Just these few minor switches made my kitchen feel more inviting and renewed me.