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Fall Into The Holidays | The Kitchen

Does anyone else start to feel exhausted and a little grouchy by Christmas, after all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, cleaning, socializing and making the holidays magical for everyone else? Sometimes those preparations sneak up on me and suck the joy right out of the most wonderful time of the year.

How about instead, we knock some things out in advance and actually ENJOY the holidays without all the frenzy at the last minute! For the next few weeks I’m teaming up with an amazing group of bloggers to share some do-able ideas and projects, one room a week, and we’d love for you to join us!

Make your house holiday ready, week by week and room by room.

This week I’m talking spruce ups for the kitchen with these lovely ladies!

Pam of Simple Details •  Julie of Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss • 

Shelley of Crazy Wonderful  • Becky of This Is Happiness • 

Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles • Katie of Miss Dixie

So, the kitchen! While we do enjoy the little seating area in our kitchen,

…on the other side of the room we have our dated 80s kitchen featuring sweet boloney-colored countertops. They are not my favorite element in our home but I work around them and try to make the space functional and pretty anyway until the day we can say sayonara.

There are lots of little things you can do to improve a not-so-dreamy space….paint and fresh flowers go a long way and are my go-to!


Let’s chat about that less-than-functional space in your kitchen. A kitchen desk that you never use perhaps? A messy drop zone that drives you crazy?

How about a COFFEE/BEVERAGE STATION instead?

If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, a designated counter with space for storage nearby would be useful every day AND at Christmastime guests can help themselves (and it can double as a cocoa bar for the kids!)

When we first moved here I painted the cabinets and took the upper doors off of these cabinets by the fridge and I loved having our drinking glasses and some of my crystal in here. However, this has become the spot we drop everything – mail, school papers, keys, random tools, bits of projects I’m working on, charging cell phones – you name it, it migrates here. Having a lot of barware in here really doesn’t work so well because we don’t use most of them often and they get dusty.

I have often wondered if I could just take out that center piece with a jigsaw.

YEP. I can!

You don’t have to go to that extreme but just removing cabinet doors in one small area of your kitchen will give it a whole new feel. You can always put the doors back on down the road if you tire of the look.

(Wear safety goggles if you go after your cabinets with a jigsaw!)

Fresh paint on the shelves…..

….and it’s so much better already! I removed the key hooks,

and stocked the shelves with the drinking vessels we use frequently.

Blue glassware (similar)Copper mule mugsLife Begins With Coffee Mug 

Copper mule mugs are one of my favorite decorating accessories, especially now that these ones have developed a bit of a patina on them. Aren’t they perfect for fall, and for a kitchen with boloney countertops?

Free printable from Jenn @ My Fabuless Life

I cleaned out one of the drawers for coffee filters, etc., and the cabinet underneath has the elixir of the gods right there.

Stainless steel coffee and tea canisters

The coloring is a little off but check out the kitchen when we first moved here (dubbed “The Peach Pit”), to today. Paint is miraculous isn’t it?

I’m happy all the supplies are in one place, and when we have overnight guests this holiday season I’ll set the timer on the coffee maker and they can help themselves in the morning. Nothing like waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee!

Let’s go visit all these clever ladies to see what they’re up to in their kitchens!

Simple Details •  Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss •  Crazy Wonderful  • 

This Is Happiness • Dimples & Tangles • Miss Dixie


Next Tuesday we’re all talking about projects to get your bedroom or guest room holiday ready, and I have a super quick and easy spruce up for you! No paint or power tools required!

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Linda Terry

Monday 30th of October 2017

Lisa, what a fantastic update! Such a great idea for that nook! Sweet baloney LOL!


Tuesday 31st of October 2017

:) Thanks so much Linda! I'm enjoying that little spot in our kitchen so much more now!


Friday 27th of October 2017

Lisa this looks amazing!!!! I love what you did with the cabinet. That was brilliant and the blue glass is stunning!


Friday 27th of October 2017

Thanks Jess! I'm enjoying this little area so much - it's a big improvement to the disaster that was there! :)

Jennifer Griffin

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Lisa, what a perfect solution for your little nook! I love this idea and the shelves look beautiful!


Friday 27th of October 2017

Thanks so much Jennifer! It's a big improvement - I don't know why I didn't utilize that space sooner!

Ellen from Ask Away

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

You have SUCH a beautiful kitchen!!! XO Ellen from Ask Away


Friday 27th of October 2017

Aww thanks so much Ellen!

Pam @ Simple Details

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Oh wow, another smart idea!! I love the open shelving, it always makes such a difference, and removing the center support was perfect! I also love the mule mugs front and center for easy access! Haha! :)


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

I do love a bit of open shelving to break up cabinetry a bit. And yes - it's good to have that mule mug nearby as needed!