As many of you have read on Instagram and other places, my husband and I just moved from a house into a new flat. I won't go into all the details of the jankiness we dealt with in our previous home in the "Springfield slums," but I will say the straw that broke the camel's back was
a cat living in the attic and peeing directly on my husband's head through the ceiling while he was reclining on our couch.
Yes, true story.
SO OBVIOUSLY, we moved to a cleaner apartment that I have been slowly but steadily organizing and decorating for the past few weeks. This is the third house my husband and I have lived in since we married two and a half years ago (accidentally practicing for our future military life I suppose!), and the kitchen is always an unpacking priority. The ability to cook at home means we can save our budget from eating out all the time and recoup moving costs. Also, having a place where I can find a cup of coffee or tea amidst the chaos makes it all much more bearable.
|Our beverage supplies are stored on an old chip display that can fold up. I sanded it down with steel wool and spray painted it navy|
As you can see in the pictures, I haven't perfectly, BH&G-curated the space; this is our real, lived-in kitchen. I'm sharing this as an encouragement and hopefully inspiration to those of you that, like me, do not have a cute vintage home or healthy budget to start with. You can still have a cute home with a bit of creativity, treasure-hunting, and patience. Here are some of my top tips for decorating a vintage kitchen on a budget and in a rental space:
1. Pick a color scheme and stick to it. The main colors of my whole home are red, navy, sea foam, and pops of yellow. Sticking to these colors brings cohesion to small spaces.
|hanging fruit basket|
2. Don't be afraid of color. Rental homes are notorious for bland, neutral color schemes in paint and carpet. Don't be afraid of brightly colored art and even furniture to add spice to your space.
|Royal Albert "Polka Rose" design, vintage crystal, and vintage jadeite, Hoosier cabinet|
|I've reused giant kimchi jars for my flour, sugar, and rice|
|reusable "paper" towels, my chore card box, spoon rest, jadeite shakers, small Mexican pottery piece|
|upcycled vintage handtowel by Mona Carrier, our framed wedding invitation|
5. Paint, paint, paint, paint, paint. Paint is a renter's best friend. I keep a supply of spray paints in my home colors (red, yellow, navy, sea foam, and gold) on hand, particularly Rustoleum paints that are made to cover rust. This allows me to customize pieces I find to perfectly coordinate, and colors are the same throughout the room.
|I added blue quilt binding bias tape to plain red curtains. These used to be in our living room (1 and 2).|
|vintage aprons and headscarves for keeping my clothing nice while cooking and cleaning|
|The middle pie plate was used for our wedding pie|
P.S. For my bloggers/photographers out there... I majorly struggle with indoor lighting when windows don't allow a lot of natural light in. Do you have any tips/links to help account for yellow indoor light?