You know those closets that seem to hold an endless supply of throw pillows and bins upon bins of long forgotten clutter? Well we have one off of our 3rd floor guest room. It’s big… bigger than a typical closet, but not quite big enough to be a full room. The previous state of the space was alllllll the kids outgrown clothes, many of my craft supplies, and a load of ‘miscellaneous.’ One of my resolutions this year was to declutter and to make sense of these spaces that feel a bit like a black hole.
A full kitchen renovation was never in our budget and, honestly, I don’t mind the layout. I love having the working part of the kitchen tucked away a bit from the site lines of the family room. The open area is plenty big enough for a table around which we can all sit, there’s great counter space, great storage… so the aesthetics were really the biggest problem.
I’m not gonna lie… this project almost got the best of me. Almost. Our kitchen backsplash *was* a dated assortment of fruits and vegetables. I gave it a two year grace period by painting it. The paint definitely did the trick, but after a few other updates in the space (painted cabinets, hard wood floor…), the backsplash started to look more and more shabby.