If you follow me on snap (autumnhachey) or even on IG (yay for stories!).. You might have heard that … drumroll…… I’m giving my kitchen a mini-DIY makeover! *happy feet*.
I’ve been living in my humble basement apartment for five years now and after completing my diploma in Interior Design I’ve been dying to put some of my skills to work. I took the program online, so there wasn’t much real world application. I’ve given some advice and put together some plans for friends, but I figure the best place to gain some real world experience is in my own house. Unfortunately, I’m a renter- so I don’t have the luxury of just going ham on my place and investing $$ to renovate it how I would like. On the other hand- it’s already been five years and I don’t have any immediate plans to purchase my own house- so enough is enough. I’m tired of living in this half in-half out world where I am not, settled.. if that makes sense.
I made a convincing proposal to my super-star 80 somethin’ landlady Rosa and THANKFULLY- she agreed! She’s given me a modest budget to work with- and anything above and beyond will be coming out of my own pocket. Again- as I am renting I am not planning to put a lot of my own $ into it- so I’ll be doing er’thang on the cheap. I’ve been pinning like a madman and I have some ideas for what I’m looking to do. I’m also highly ADD so I’ve already ripped down the top set of cupboards before I even finished my plan. They don’t teach you that in the program, I promise.
For me when I’m decorating, there’s always a jumping off point. One item that really starts to get the brain ticking and get your creative juices flowing. Sometimes it’s a rug, or a piece of art. For me this time, it was the backsplash of all things. I found one pin on Pinterest and it put me into a whirlwind of ceramic tiled pins. I did a little bit of research on my “dream tiles” and unfortunately for me, they are a bit too far out of my budget. Maybe for my real home someday ;).
Through my pins, I have been finding that I have a bit of a heart for dark grout. This was not something I was considering in the beginning stages of planning, but as I was pinning I’ve really been finding I love the almost vintage feel you can achieve with the contrast of a darker grout.
Without further ado, dip your toes in or dive right in to this sea of pins that are currently inspiring me.
You can follow along on Pinterest for real-time updates (sometimes at warp speed, you’ve been warned!) **