For the last 3 years, I have been staring at a blank wall. Not exactly, but almost! In our kitchen, we have a wall between the eating area and next to the family room that has been bare since we moved in. I have a bench there (which we’ve actually used a lot for toy repository, sitting on to put on shoes etc), but I have been stuck with what to do with the wall. I didn’t just want to hang a piece of art or a mirror, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
Here is what it looked like before. A plain, bare wall. Pretty boring, right?
I decided it was time to do something with it, so I started to think about what I wanted to do. Lately, I have been loving wallpaper, or the temporary wallpaper, so that was an option. I also love the look of tiles. I almost went with the vinyl tiles, but I was worried that they may not stick to this wall (I saw some others had some trouble with them sticking to the wall).
I found myself drawn to the warn tile look, so I started looking for some wallpaper like this. I found this one from Wayfair:
I just love how pattern can transform a space. I also love that this looks older to give it a vintage-y feel. I recently had someone tell me they thought this was tile on the wall!
I have wanted to put some open shelves in our kitchen for a while now, but I just couldn’t justify ripping out cabinets that we just put in this new house a few years ago. So, I found some open shelves from Wayfair that were the perfect size for this space.
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here is the finished space!
What a difference, right! I love it, and it now makes me happy every time I walk past it, which is very often! I am on the hunt for a new bench. I would love to do something old, like some stadium/movie seats. Stay tuned for that. It might take a while to find what I want, so I will just need to be patient.
Ever since I decided what I was going to do with this space, I have been collecting some accessories that I wanted to put on the open shelves. One goal that I had was to be able to move a few things from my pantry to these open shelves to make more space in the pantry and to have the shelves be somewhat functional, and not just pretty. (and to save some $ and not have to buy everything new).
For Fall, I wanted to add some elements of copper. The glass containers that I had in my pantry had silver tops. So, I decided to spray paint them copper (If you saw my Fall Home Tour post, you will see that I also spray painted some pumpkins copper too).
I am very happy with how this space turned out. Here are a few close up images.
So, when you are stuck with what to do with a space, I recommend:
- Look for inspiration pics and see what you gravitate towards
- Once you close in on a type of décor (wallpaper, paint etc), look for inspiration on Pinterest or Houzz and on Shopping sites like Wayfair etc
- Be patient. I often want to rush to figure it out, but I find when I sit with it for a while, the ideas start to form, and it becomes clear what I want to do.
- Then when you think you have your direction, start shopping. I like shopping online because you can see a lot of options all at once.
As a side note, the wallpaper that I purchased from Wayfair was a pre-pasted wallpaper. I had never used a pre-pasted wallpaper before. I have hired people to hang regular wallpaper, and I have used the temporary (peel and stick) wallpaper in 3 other areas in my home. The pre-pasted wallpaper was fairly easy to work with. The process was to dunk the whole sheet (after you measure and cut it for your wall), into about an inch or so of water, and then put it on the wall to adjust. You can move it around for a few seconds before it sticks. Then you need to use a flat edge tool (best if you have one made for wallpaper, but mine wasn’t) to smooth it out.
Let me know if you have any questions about how to hang this type of paper, or if you’re stuck for ideas for a space, let me know, I would love to offer some ideas!
Thanks for reading.