Lots of new stuff happening around here! I’ve been going room by room making renter friendly updates, including my favorite easy wall treatment. Yep, more peel and stick temporary wallpaper!
As soon as I saw our bright white kitchen I knew I wanted to do yellow and lemons. I found the most perfect vintage looking wallpaper from Wallflora and was so happy that it was peel and stick. This stuff is seriously SO easy to install it actually becomes addictive.
Here’s a look at my kitchen when I moved in:
As you can see I also covered the refrigerator in a peel and stick wallpaper for a mid-century inspired look. You can view that here.
I still have a few things I want to do like hang something on the back wall to break up the pattern a bit, and get a new rug and tea towels, but here’s what it’s looking like after the wallpaper installation!
I also dyed white cafe curtains the perfect shade of yellow with a half and half mix of Rit’s lemon and golden yellows.
You can find this lemon peel and stick wallpaper from Wallflora, they have an AMAZING selection of prints. Use the code MELODRAMA at checkout to receive 25% off the lemon print!
That’s it for now! Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow on Instagram for the latest.
The only thing that really bothered me about my new kitchen was the way the refrigerator looked in the space.
Now don’t get me wrong it’s a nice brand new refrigerator, but the way the side of it created a big black rectangle in in the middle of everything bothered me.
I bought a peel and stick wallpaper a couple of years ago with the intention of covering my old refrigerator, but never got around to it. Luckily I found the paper when I was unpacking and since I’m still renting I decided to put it to use!
I like the shape of the refrigerator door and I don’t mind the stainless, so I decided to only apply the wall paper to the sides and top to cover all the black. I was also inspired by the two-toned refrigerators that were popular back in the day.
The paper I used is a light minty blue with a metallic silver cross-hatch pattern. It looks very vintage to me and reminds me of mid-century upholstery fabric. I knew it would work perfectly for what I wanted to attempt.
All I had to do was pull out the refrigerator and apply the peel and stick the paper, carefully matching the seams and making sure to smooth out any air bubbles. This type of paper is very easy to work with and made the job extremely simple.
To finish off the edges I used a thin washi tape in the same color and similar pattern. This gave it a more finished look and helped make sure all of my edges were properly secured.
What an improvement! The refrigerator no longer stands out like a sore thumb and adds a nice subtle color and more retro flair to the space. It also gives it a nice smooth texture which makes it way easier to clean than the bumpy texture that it had before. I love it!
Now I’m going to use a different peel and stick wallpaper to cover that back wall as well. Stay tuned!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat you’ll probably remember that I installed a white tile backsplash in my rental kitchen a couple of months ago. I didn’t want to post details about it right away just in case the product didn’t live up to its promises, but I’m happy to finally report that it has been great!When deciding on a backsplash I had some important requirements that had to be met. I’ve mentioned before that I rent so anything I decided on needed to be temporary, easy to install, and easy to remove. I also didn’t want anything that looked too fake and wouldn’t hold up over time. I came across the Metro Blanco peel and stick tiles from SmartTiles that met all of my criteria and decided to give them a try.
They’ve been AWESOME. We use our kitchen a lot and I was worried they wouldn’t stick for long with all of the cooking and cleaning we do, especially behind our stove. So far they’re holding on strong and have held up to steam, 500 degree oven temps, pasta sauce splatter, and daily cleaning.
I could have taken progress photos but honestly, SmartTiles has wonderful installation videos that do it better than my photos could. All you need is a utility knife and a ruler. It’s really that easy.
They really have transformed my kitchen for the better. It no longer looks super basic and boring. My kitchen doesn’t get a lot of light, but these add some reflectivity and brighten up the space. (I had before photos but they got lost on my dead computer. Sad.)
My friends and family couldn’t tell that they weren’t real until I told them. They’re usually brutally honest with me so I can trust them.
If you’re looking for a temporary, easy solution for your kitchen definitely check out SmartTiles Peel and Stick Tiles.
It should be no surprise that we love food around here, so when the holidays roll around I often find myself discovering a lot of food related gifts. Luckily most of the people in my life enjoy being in the kitchen too. I give them gifts like this and then they cook for me. It works out for all of us.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s under $60 for the cooks and food lovers in your life, here are my top picks that will get you an “OOH THANKS!” instead of an “Oh. Thanks…”. You’re welcome!
1. Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker –
I own and regularly use this ice cream maker. Every ice cream recipe you’ve seen here has been made with this baby. For $60 it’s a steal. It only has 3 pieces and is pretty compact compared to other models, so it’s easy to store in any size kitchen. The ice cream freezes in 20 minutes and produces a smooth, creamy texture. It also comes with a recipe booklet to get you started.
2. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Boxes and Cards
When you cook a lot you end up developing your own recipes. Obviously you need a place to store those recipes for ever and ever. These recipe boxes are the perfect solution and refill cards are available so you can trade hand written recipes with your friends.
3. Butter My Biscuit Kitchen Towel
Kitchens need towels and this one made me laugh. They’re hand screen printed, 100% cotton, and durable for heavy kitchen use.
4. Foodie Dice
I LOVE THESE. I was tired of living in perpetual “What’s for dinner?” hell and Foodie Dice came to the rescue. If you’re stumped by what to cook, roll the dice and get the answer. It’s like magic. Each dice has ingredients and cooking methods to get the ball rolling.
5. Lodge Cast Iron Combo Dutch Oven
We’re huge fans of cast iron cooking in our house. Our dutch oven combo gets the most use. It’s 3 kitchen staples in one: a pot, a skillet, and a dutch oven. You’ve probably seen it make a cameo or two in past recipes. Highly recommended.
6. Groceries & Shit Tote Bag
If you love to cook you obviously have to shop for ingredients and whatever. I particularly love this tote because it’s exactly what my answer would be if someone asked me what was in my tote.
Sometimes I go shopping because I need something simple for the kitchen, like a pot holder or napkins, and I then I find myself getting frustrated because either everything is totally not what I’m looking for or just plain meh. Like these wooden spoons from IKEA. Borrring zzzzz. Cheap, but snoooozefest. I’ve seen cute wooden spoons in stores before, usually for like a million dollars, or at least more than I’ve been willing to spend on them. I knew I could totally DIY what I had in mind, so I did what any crafty betch would do…
I dug into my collection of Martha Stewart Crafts products and grabbed my gold leaf pen.
This is so basic, you guys. Just tape off the handle and start painting however you want!
I used Martha Stewart Craft paint in Camellia Pink and Wedding Cake white, Krylon gold leaf pen, and a good two coats of Martha Stewart’s high gloss decoupage to seal it all in. Just let dry thoroughly between coats. This decoupage is dishwasher safe and non-toxic so it’s perfect for kitcheware projects like this!
Easy peasy! Now you never have to let your serving and cooking spoons be boring again. Yay!
You guys, I have slacked on updates for you. I am the worst. Remember that banquette I made awhile back (last year)? Remember how I wanted a different fabric and planned on changing it? Yeah I changed it…like…forever ago. The new canvas goes so much better with my original vision inspired by my favorite cafés in Paris and my own personal style. I’m hoping to score some new furniture and accessories for the new look too.
I got this fabric at Ikea for $8/yard. It was fantastic to work with and is exactly what I originally intended for this piece.
Head over to the original tutorial for instructions on how I hacked this Ikea Expedit bookcase.