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Hanging Pictures in the Kitchen

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The last time that I shared pictures of the kitchen, the walls were still bare.  I wasn't quite ready to hammer nails into freshly painted walls and wanted to get a feel for things before jumping in.  Until recently, art was propped on the floor collecting dust.

One area that definitely called for art was the area to the left of the sink.

I am not one to hang a picture in every empty spot.  I like for art to "make sense" and feel right in a room.  I try not to force anything which is why it took me a while to commit. 
I thought butterflies would give a graphic punch and  I love that they have a touch of citrus and a bit of blue that I am using in the room.  Sometimes art is the best jumping off point to start the process - now I can pull a blue from the butterflies for the sideboard and trim the shades with the same blue.
Another area that needed  help was the spot behind the stove.  Adding the beaded board back splash left us with a lot of white and an easy place to hang pictures unlike the tile that was there before.
Last winter, I chose this one from a shop on etsy and love it.  We spend a lot of time in the kitchen so having a loving reminder "Southern style" is nice.
Another change was adding this chalk board to the pantry door.  If your house is like mine, you will open the door and find an empty box of whatever you were planning to have for lunch.  This board is here to hopefully eliminate that.  When we run out of something we write it on the board.  Easy - and so far it works.


Just in case you are new to my blog, the long pieces to the left are growth charts.  We have always kept them in the kitchen in this spot.  I love that they blend in with the decor and don't have monkeys and fairies on them.  Find out how to make them here

I have missed having pictures of the boys ever since adding the plate wall.  These pictures have been leaning in our bedroom since last year.  Having those reminders of our little ones was always a bright spot in the kitchen so I decided to bring them back on a side wall. 
This time I used the toothpaste trick for hanging pictures and it worked like a charm.  One hole per picture instead of twenty seven.  On the opposite wall, I am considering making some sort of sign.  Have you ever made one?  I really like this one...

35 comments:

  1. I love your kitchen! So many great ideas (like the chalkboard on the pantry door and little touches like that towel bar on the empty spot under the sink). I'm new to your blog and love it!

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  2. everything looks wonderful- love the butterflies and the etsy print!!! and i love the signage inspiration- go for it!

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  3. Looks beautiful, I really like the butterflies!

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  4. I love how clean and fresh your kitchen looks! The butterflies add a nice pop of color and I must make a chalkboard for my pantry. Great idea!

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  5. Your kitchen and new butterfly artwork are beautiful. It looks like a very crisp and pretty room.

    I read the links to both the toothpaste trick (genius!) and the growth chart tutorial and will be tucking those ideas away. Love the simplicity of the growth chart.

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  6. Ohhh, I make signs! I fake the Sugarboo ones in my house!

    I pick up old pallets and my hubby breaks them up and then uses a strip of wood to nail them into a large plank for me. Sometimes I rob trash piles of old houses and steal their boards :-) Then it's just stencil, craft paint and patience time!

    Looking good in there!

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  7. Such a beautiful kitchen - love all of the art work. The piece over the range is wonderful!! Can't wait to read about the toothpick trick ~

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  8. Just perfect Rene, the right amount of "pop" and interest yet not overdone!

    Cathy

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  9. I love seeing more of your kitchen! Love the art over the range! It's just right. The butterflies are so pretty, we have some that the boys caught mounted like that. Do the frames interfere with the cabinet opening? Or is there a spacer there? Love that last sign! You could totally rock a DIY version. Can't wait to see what you end up with.

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  10. What a great tip with the toothpaste, I'm certainly going to try it! Love your pictures of the butterflys they look great on your wall!

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  11. Thanks everyone!

    laxsupermom, I was worried that the shadow boxes would interfere with the cabinet door opening which is another reason it took me a while to decide. Surprisingly they open freely. Wish I had hung something there sooner.

    The toothpaste trick is so helpful - you all are going to love knowing this! It is a life changer.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this morning! I am going to be doing chalkboard on the outside of my pantry door too! I haven't tried the toothpaste trick but I will try it now. Also, love the sign, I pinned it on pinterest as well and am thinking of putting it in my family room! Thanks for sharing your beautiful spaces this morning!

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  13. I think kitchens are such a tough place to know just how to decorate. The wall space is usually small and sometimes oddly placed or oddly shaped. I struggle with wall decor in my kitchen... to the point that I haven't really even done much and it frets me.

    This post has helped me get some ideas flowing! Thanks!

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  14. Oh they all look great. I just love the growth charts and your comment about no monkeys or fairies! Priceless. That sign is fantastic as well . . .I love everything it says. May have to bust one out for our house.

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  15. The artwork is the perfect 'finish' to your kitchen, and I love your choices. I have a bird print on the one wall with picture space and I love how it warms up the room.

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  16. Rene, all your choices are spot on. I love that you took your time and felt out where things really fit and felt right. Looking great! Oh, love the growth charts too!

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  17. Hi Rene! Oh, your kitchen looks wonderful! I love your choices of art and where you put them. Love your 'wall of china' too! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  18. Beautiful! Did I miss this--where did you find your framed butterflies?

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  19. Love the print above your stove. We a a sign that said "Bakery" above our stove before we renovated. That's one thing I miss:(

    I like the homemade sign idea too. You got my wheel spinnin' now:)

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  20. Ashley, they were a little DIY project. Maybe I will post about them soon.

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  21. Loved all
    of your new
    hanging sweetness.
    I'm the same
    way about living
    "bare" with a
    new space until
    inspiration strikes.
    I'd say it was
    worth the wait : )
    xx Suzanne

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  22. Your kitchen looks wonderful! Love the runner you have in front of your sink, too! What's the "toothpick trick"?

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  23. Rene, It is always so interesting to see what people choose to hang on their walls. You have chosen some lovely art and you are so tasteful in your placement. I love the chalk board~ pretty and useful. And of course, everyone should have tons of pictures of their family!
    Yvonne

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  24. You're home is so beautiful! I love that chalkboard on your pantry door. Such a good idea! And that light in your dining room is gorgeous! Such a pretty space.

    http://kellyhicksdesign.com/blog/gl

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  25. I may have missed this along the way, but where did you get your wonderful spice rack beside the stove?

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  26. Very pretty with a tranquility about it. Thanks for sharing your style with us.

    Di

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  27. Beaufort Belle, the spice rack is from ikea and you can read about the labels here http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com/2010/01/spice-rack.html

    I hope this helps.

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  28. Your new additions look perfect in your kitchen! I've been waiting forever for the right piece to hang on my stove hood, I was debating on cows, just like I saw peaking out from your adjoining room! I just love those guys!

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  29. I heart that etsy print- like a lot! Love the growth charts in the kitchen - they add a personal touch! I pinned that same sign - I want one for my house too!

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  30. Great job Rene. I love your cow painting! That painting and the growth charts really caught my attention! I am going to copy you and make one of those growth charts for my grandson. I too like their simplicity and how they blend in. My kitchen is still bare. I have gathered what I want, now it is just a matter of placement.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~ Tracy

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  31. I love the new art! I must say though, every time I see your kitchen, I envy that bay window over your sink. Beautiful!

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  32. Your kitchen looks amazing!(I pray one day we'll be able to have a functional kitchen space; right now our 1860s kitchen is bare bones with no counter space).
    I got a glimpse of your (jersey?) cow painting in a room off the kitchen. Can you tell me where you got it? Ive always wanted one!

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  33. Handbags, one day I came home and found the painting on my front porch. It was a surprise from Mom and a nice reminder of our time in the mountains. She bought it from a florist in her home town.

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  34. Somehow I missed this post! Love your kitchen...and I have just painted over my chalkboard door so I need to do something like yours. I am really missing my reminders....

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