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kitchen decor on the cheap

Slowly but surely we’re adding things to the walls in our house.  Fixing up the house has been quite the long process and will probably never end.  However, it feels good to finally be personalizing things a bit more.

Recently, I’ve been gathering a few kitchen odds + ends to hang on one small wall in the kitchen.  My main goal was to cover a phone jack, since I’m pretty sure we’ll never be connecting a “real” telephone to it!

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pan = $4 thrift store

kitchen tools below = $4/each antique fair

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grater from my grandparents = free!

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muffin pan = $2 thrift store

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I hung them with picture hanging hooks and twine.  Pretty simple.  This was up + done in 20 minutes.

For the two pans I simply nailed them to the wall.

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For a little location perspective I’m standing in the doorway of the 3rd bedroom/laundry room.  The door you see to the left is our back door.

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And here you’ll note my least favorite chore ever, located in the 3rd bedroom.

It’s not the actual act of doing or folding laundry…

It’s the putting it away part that I loathe!

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chalkboard paint = $0 already had it

I applied a few coats of chalkboard paint to the pan for a fun little sign to have in the kitchen.

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So that’s it! 

I’m more than excited to have that phone jack covered and am loving the latest addition to our house.

It doesn’t get much cheaper or easier!

Total cost = $18

Comments, emails, tweets, etc. will all be answered next week when I return from Costa Rica!  Thanks for your understanding.


Reader Comments (24)

I LOVE it, Ashley! We have some items like these that we found at the Salvation Army, and people are always commenting on how much they like it :)
The chalkboard paint on the pan is such an ingenious idea! Such great way to liven up a wall, nicely done!
September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
The chalkboard paint on the pan is pretty awesome. My grandma had to move from her home to an assisted living facility and I got so many of her old kitchen items she couldn't use anymore. I have quite a few on a mirrored display shelf, also from my grandma, in our dining room. Hopeing to display more at the next house. Somebody needs to make dry erase board paint (who knows, maybe they do) since chalkboards freak out my husband. Looks great. I love antique paired with modern and the contrast against your modern tiled backplash and whit cabinetry is lovely.
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna @ Midwestern Bite
Putting away the laundry is my least favorite part too!!
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
i really like the rustic look of all of the antique kitchen tools! i love that you used calkboard paint to make the little sign. very creative & cute! :)
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah @ sarah learns
I love it! So cute and fun. I love the idea of collecting antique plates and doing a similar wall collage of them--unfortunately, I don't have a ton of thrift/antique stores super close though, so I don't have a lot of opportunities to find these sort of things, but when I do--I always can't help but grab stuff. Hopefully when I have a real home one day (as opposed to rental apt), I can put them to use!
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)
We totally understand what you mean about putting the laundry away - we always put it off until it's finally necessary!
You are so creative! Come decorate my house in your spare time? ;-)
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
That looks great! I think would have a hard time not just taking those tools off the wall and using them. :)
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
I love it! The chalkboard paint on the pan is such a great idea! I've been slowly collecting old kitchen tools too, and I would love to do something similar in my kitchen. I had the same problem with the ugly phone jack in my kitchen and I finally just hung a telephone there (not connected) to cover it up. I like your way much better!
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
Have an amazing time is Costa Rica! The kitchen looks great :)
I love it especially the chalkboard paint on the pan. Your post gave me an awesome idea on how to redecorate my kitchen. Thanks for this!
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLilia Rhodes
I love that you turned a sheet pan into a chalkboard, great idea!
September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
I love it especially the chalkboard paint on the pan. Your post gave me an awesome idea on how to redecorate my kitchen. Thanks for this!
September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLilia Rhodes
Yea, your guest room is just like the nursery! And what's even funnier is that my dining room table cloth is the same pattern/colors as the bedspread. Great minds, huh?!
September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbby
How rustic looking! I love the personal flair you can add with the chalkboard, too :)
September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
i loathe putting laundry away as well. it usually sits in piles ONTOP of my dresser or stacked near the closet. Drives my husband nuts. lol. I really like your kitchen wall decorations. If I had more wall space I would like to try doing that as well. :) especially the chalkboard paint.
September 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
I just love your style! So simple, homey and beautiful. Can't wait to hear all about Costa Rica - I've been thinking about taking a trip there next year. love ya!
September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeri {a foodie stays fit}
I absolutely LOVE that wall, amazing what you did Ashley! It is beautiful!
September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAna
i really like your white walls and cabinets! i'm patiently waiting (i.e. saving up) to do our kitchen. when it happens, i know i want lots of white. right now, it's a bit too dark for my liking! love the wall decor too!
September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa@ohhhsolovely
Thank you all for the comments!! So glad you liked this little kitchen decor project. :)
September 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I also hate putting away laundry for some reason! I love love love the kitchen decorating! Thank you for the tips!
September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBritta
I love the chalkboard paint on the pan - great idea!
September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
I love the creativeness of the designer of this kitchen. It is simple but so adorable. Antique decors catch my eyes most. Thanks for posting this. It's a big help.
October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLilia Rhodes

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