Our kitchen is ugly.
I mean UGLY. In case you think I’m exaggerating, here’s some proof…
Check out that linoleum! We purchased a new fridge when we moved in and the guy who delivered it accidentally ripped a chunk out of the flooring when he was scooting the fridge into place.
It adds character.
This handle was missing when we moved in and it’s still MIA.
The countertops are white Formica and stained with who knows what and the cabinets desperately need a fresh coat of paint.
Then there’s the sink. Don’t even get me started. It’s just…yuck.
We moved into the house a year ago in May and things immediately started going wrong. The air conditioner was the first to go. Then the waterline to the sprinkler system (thankfully not the main line to the house like the city first thought!), then tree roots in our plumbing, and this week the water heater rusted out the bottom and the water leaked out.
Any money that would’ve been used for remodeling has been spent on the not fun maintenance stuff that comes with homeownership. All that to say, it will be a long time before that kitchen gets a facelift!
A Lesson in Contentment
It’s easy to look around in there and become discontent. Do you ever struggle with being content? I think we’ve all been there at one time or another.
I’ve been thinking about it more lately and I had a thought…what if I was blind? Would a pretty kitchen matter to me if I couldn’t see it? It was a reminder to me that the things of this world were never meant to fulfill us.
The Lord recently brought this verse to my attention:
For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh, and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father, but from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:16-17
Gut check! The phrase desires of the eyes kept popping out at me. In our Pinterest- and Instagram-driven world, it can be easy to get caught up in the picture-perfect homes, decor, clothing – all the stuff. But it’s not from God.
Obviously, none of those things are wrong on their own. It’s when they become our focus and take the place of Jesus in our lives that it becomes an issue. It can begin to breed discontentment, which leads to envy and jealousy and more unpleasant, soul-consuming things.
I love being creative. I love to makeover a piece of furniture, paint a room, and decorate. I believe creativity is a gift God has given me – but I sometimes have to be reminded to use it for Him and not allow myself to fall into the comparison trap. Anyone else?
Ok so back to the ugly kitchen!
Even though it’s ugly I’ve found a few budget-friendly ways to make it a little bit cute by adding some fun touches that distract from the not-so-great parts. I’d like to share them with you and maybe give you some inspiration if you have an ugly kitchen, too!
I found these cute tea towels (I’m a sucker for navy and white) in the dollar section at Target! They always catch my eye as soon as I walk into the kitchen. Plus they remind me to be grateful!
I purchased this bowl to go with my KitchenAid mixer, but you can use any decorative bowl. I store it on top of our built-in oven when not in use. It draws your eyes up and focuses attention on the decor instead of the cabinets!
I love this simple cake stand I scored at Marshall’s for $12! When I’m not using it for cake, I can add some seasonal decor like these pumpkins to bring some color to the space!
This juicer was a sweet HomeGoods find and it looks super cute on the counter when we’re not using it to make fresh-squeezed orange juice or lemonade! I love the robins-egg-blue color!
Pitcher and Cutting Board
Most of us probably use pitchers and cutting boards on a regular basis. Instead of hiding them in the cabinets, display them on your countertop to add a decorative (and practical!) flair.
My parents found this beauty for a sweet deal at a garage sale. I stripped and re-stained the top, painted the base, and added new hardware. It’s one of my all-time favorite pieces. Right now it’s our coffee bar until we have the money to makeover our wet bar (see pic) and it looks really cute next to my hubby’s grandma’s vintage table set!
My hubby bought this for me for Christmas last year because I like to bake – a lot! It holds my recipe books or iPad when I’m baking and looks cute when it’s just sitting there!
So those are a few ideas for making your less-than-desirable kitchen a little more pretty! If you have some ideas you’ve used, we’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments!
And the next time you’re starting to feel discontent, I pray that the Lord will help you (as He has had to help me!) to remember to focus on Him and not the temporary things of this world.
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