Wednesday, February 13, 2013

35 Reader Space: Beautiful Inside & Out

Today is yet another example of how you all inspire ME all the time.  And when I say all the time, just know I blame you all for 99.9% of the projects that we tackle around here.  Wink wink!  Seriously, once you see this kitchen, you will know why I dove head first into my pantry the second I laid eyes on it!


My pal Jessica over at Cape 27 blog, gave her kitchen one heckuva makeover.  You can check out the story and before and after photos on her home tour page, but let's just say that the final product is absolutely stunning!


I could sit and take in drool worthy inspiration from this kitchen all day long.  And so what if I have... sigh... It was love at first sight.

And then it happened.  Jessica shared the goodness behind all of those pretty cabinet doors and drawers.  The inside was just as beautiful as the out.  This kitchen is a keeper.  So I had to know...


What is the main function of the space?

Our kitchen is the heart of our home. With the appetites of our two year old and 10 mo old girls, I spend more time in here than I care to admit. We were in desperate need of a kitchen that could keep up with their pace.



Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"We made sure to eliminate any extras that would just get in the way, eventually creating more clutter.  Everything was assigned a home with a purpose.  Keeping pieces not only organized, but in locations that make sense has made all the difference in the functionality of the kitchen."


 
What items did you find were essential in organizing the space, and why?

"Drawer dividers that fit the drawers.  We had a few dividers previously, but they lacked any customizations, leaving empty usable space.  We gained so much storage space with the new dividers!"



What did you do to go the extra mile and "make it pretty"?

"A previous tip from Jen - using clear dividers and pretty liners!  We used extra fabric that we had on hand, with peel and stick contact paper on top.  I've never been so happy to open the silverware drawer!"




 
What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?

"We looked into buying drawers for our pantry cabinet from IKEA, but it was going to cost a pretty penny.  Instead, Ricky picked up a few pieces of wood and drawer slides and made them by hand!"





How has it impacted your life for the better?

"Oh man.  You really can't put a price on knowing exactly where the sippy cup is with a screaming toddler ;)  I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!"





I have a giant sized crush on this kitchen!  Like I said, beautiful inside and out!  Jessica and her man did such an insanely great job making this kitchen work hard for them, and they should be high-fiving one another day after day.

I mean seriously, did you see those DIY slide out drawers?  They look so professional!  And the functionality and storage benefits gained by installing them is off the charts!  I also adore how she uses a pot lid organizer for all of her baking pans!  And don't even get me started on the smarts behind the fabric + contact paper = drawer liner process!  Incredible.

You can snag all of the glorious details behind the entire kitchen organization process, over on Jessica's blog here, here and here

What do you think?  Were you able to snag an idea or two {or twenty}?  Are you already halfway through cleaning out one of your own kitchen cabinets?




ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous kitchen, indeed! I HEART WHITE SUBWAY TILE!!!! I finally talked my husband into it for our kitchen in our new house, and I love finding pictures where people have used it in theirs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. This kitchen is upsettingly beautiful! Mine is so small, but I'm trying to revamp it and make the most of what I've got.

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  3. I have seen her kitchen before!! (I think I was perusing her blog from your link on the side a few months back). It is amazing!!! Such a transformation!!! We don't know anyone who has bought IKEA's cabinets. We have looked at them several times for that someday/dreaming of replacing ours. We are wondering how they hold up. Seriously great job with your kitchen transformation!!!

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  4. This is unbelievable! My mom's been wanting pull out drawers in her kitchen for ages - I'll have to check out her blog to see if she did a tutorial! Maybe I'll convince her we could take on a project like that :).

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  5. Oh my goodness! That is kitchen heaven! I love every part of it!

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  6. Wow, everythin looks so clean and organized. Very jealous.

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  7. Oh geez, this is gorgeous. I love all of the drawer dividers especially! Could I just borrow this kitchen for a weekend? Or a few years?

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  8. I'm definitely jealous when I hear someone can DIY something as functional as the rolling drawers! Seriously such a fresh, clean, and organized kitchen. And we have the same toaster!

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  9. Do we know where all of the organizers in drawers and pantry are from?

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    1. The clear drawer dividers are from The Container Store and the white bins in the pantry are from Ikea. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  10. Just love this post. I love all the drawer dividers. So much! Can't wait to do some of this myself. My utensils drawers are nothing short of a wreck!

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  11. I would LOVE to know how she organizes her measuring cups and spoons. They are so awkward in the drawer.

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    1. Our measuring cups and spoons are all in the 'baking drawer'. I think it's the fifth-ish picture down? They're all in dividers! Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  12. I love the countertops that they used. What material is it? Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. The countertops are a soapstone :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  13. I'm in kitchen envy!! It is heavenly!! I wish I had that many drawers..we have a very small kitchen. In my next house, maybe I'll have a kitchen like that!

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  14. WOW! so beautiful and fresh... and organized of course! Love it!

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  15. Oooh so cute! I am going to use that idea of fabric plus contact paper, it's an awesome idea! I've used paper draw liners but they slide around and get damaged, thought about fabric but then decided it would move just as much and get grubby but with contact it wouldn't move and it would be wipe able for those random spills of cereal when the littlens help themselves. Ha. And I great way to use those fat quarters that I love but can't find the best use for. :) win win win

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  16. I love this kitchen. And I'm always amazed at how much a kitchen freshes up by choosing white and combining it with bright colours.
    And I love the before and afterwards pictures. I take lots of those myself. Just have a look at my blog: www.inhaalslag.com

    And what a great solution for the drawers. Unfortunately we are very low on drawers. Otherwise I'd copy this idea in an instant. (-:

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  17. I can only dream of being this organized! I think I need to attempt at organizing my brain first. ;)

    xoxo,

    Jules of Canines & Couture
    www.caninesandcouture.com

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  18. Thanks for introducing me to a great blog. Her space looks great! Love your blog!!!

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  19. So inspirational! I need to bite the bullet and take one cabinet a time and start organizing.

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  20. Ok, Jen, in honor of organized kitchen month, I'm going to throw the gauntlet. If anyone can think of a DIY way to create this, you can!

    I first saw a photo of the pullout organizer for pots and pans on Pinterest. But when I checked, it's $125 - $150. For just wire, that seems a little pricey. Any ideas on how to recreate this in a DIY way? Could you just attach drawer slides to wire shelves & figure out something to use to attach to the shelves to make the pots & pans stand up.

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  21. Wow! I either need more cabinets or less stuff! I'm drooling over those drawer organizers and little food bins in the cabinets!

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  22. DROOLING TOO......... I LOVE THE BAKING TRAY STORAGE!!!!

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  23. I love the drawer dividers where are they from? I dream of being organised

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    1. The drawer dividers are from The Container Store. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  24. I'm drooling! I loathe my kitchen--I'm in an apartment and the kitchen is just terrible. I am inspired to give it a makeover after seeing this--amazing.

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  25. WOW! I am totally impressed. The organization inside those drawers is just insanely awesome! I never even thought about making my kitchen so organized, since it mostly works just all lined up on the shelf. But dividers...I may go for it!

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  26. Love Love Love

    Going to show this to hubby tonight. This is soooo doable in our space.

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  27. Wow! This is so beautiful. I love every inch of it. The stools are beckoning to me, too. So impressed with how well organized it is. I am so envious of those pull out drawers. LOVELY.

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  28. Okay, you got me pinning pictures of the insides of drawers. Really good ideas.

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  29. Could I get the kitchen dimensions? I have a very similar kitchen layout I am remodeling, including wall removals, to try and make as beautiful as this. Thank you so much!

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  30. I am in awwww of this space. I don't know if I could have more Kitchen envy. This is a beautiful space, I dont' know if I would ever leave the kitchen. Maybe carve out a cute nook and I would sleep in it. :-)

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  31. LOVE this kitchen. The organization is fabulous & everything is so lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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