One of the first things I did when we felt settled into our new home was make a “house bucket list.”
Essentially what it is, is a list of all of the things that, in a perfect world, I want to do in our home while we live here. Some of the items are small (ex: paint the bathrooms and update the fixtures), some are medium (ex: sand and re-finish the hardwood floors) and some are large (ex: re-do the kitchen). Who knows what all we’ll be able to accomplish, but a girl can dream, right?!?!?
The kitchen in our home was recently updated and looks perfectly fine, but now that we’ve lived here a few months, there are things that definitely need to be changed to make it more functional.
Currently, the cabinets do not extend all the way up to the ceiling so there is about a foot of empty space above our upper cabinets that drives me nuts.
There is a peninsula that was added during the last kitchen update that makes it impossible to open the freezer all of the way, so we have to put everything at an angle to fit it in. Likewise, we can’t open the fridge door enough to take out the drawers in order to clean them enough to my liking. Annoying! And not something we realized until we moved in.
Additionally, the cabinets are made of MDF and not hardwood. This is a big deal for me since my dad is an incredibly talented custom cabinet maker (who, in his career, has re-done too many kitchen to count) and I know quality kitchen cabinets when I see them.
One of the biggest things for me, though, is that our kitchen is dark. It’s not lacking in natural light – we get plenty of through the large patio door – but the cabinets are dark and so are the granite countertops. Since the kitchen isn’t huge, this makes it seem smaller than it really is. Maybe I’ve just watched too much Fixer Upper, but I’m a gal who loves a light and bright kitchen. Oh, and another thing that makes our kitchen dark? The light fixtures that need to be upgraded. That’s another thing on the bucket list.
In order to brighten my kitchen up a bit, I wanted to add some green and spruce up that area between the sink and the upper cabinets that can turn into wasted space if it’s not filled by a window.
To complete this project, I turned to the IKEA Fintorp. The fintorp can be used to hold utensils, sponges, towels and so on, but I now use it to hold some gorgeous succulents.
The fintorp is sold in two lengths (22 1/2″ and 31″) and in two finishes (black and nickel). The hooks I used to hang the white bucket holders are sold in packs five and the buckets are also sold in two sizes, so there are lots of possibilities for this great find.
I love that this simple item turned into an easy project that spruced up and brightened our new kitchen!
Yay for IKEA!