One Room Challenge, Week One

When my husband recently told a colleague that I had started an Interior Design business, she remarked that our home must be beautiful. Wisely he didn't contradict her, but he did share that it is full of projects.  Truth be told, our home feels like my lab. It is always evolving and I'm often planning the next project before the first one is finished.

I've followed Calling it Home's One Room Challenge for a while now. It is a 6 week challenge where 20 design bloggers transform a space from start to finish and share their tips along the way each Wednesday. It's always fantastic to watch the evolution of these rooms take shape.

  This time around I've decided to join CIH's Linking Event, where any blogger can take part. I thought it was the perfect motivation to complete a room that has been nagging at me for a while, my kitchen. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you that a facelift is in the works.

For those of you new to the blog, here's a recap of my starting point.

This room is pretty lackluster and uninspiring. It gets a ton of natural light all day long but feels washed out in a grey-blue that might be better suited for a different space. 

Initially I planned to give the kitchen an update just by accessorizing and making new window treatments with this fabric I found.
Until I found this picture and fell in love.
via Pinterest
Now, I'm up to my elbows in paint, quite literally, (four coats to be exact)
but I'm excited for the change. 
I'm envisioning a much cozier and more pulled together space.

Like these examples from Pinterest:
Dining Room

Sneak A Peek // Kate’s Industrial Chic Living Room

So here's the plan:
Finish painting and touching up (a.k.a. torture for me)
window treatments
window hardware
new light fixture
create a gallery wall behind the table
accessorize/re purpose artwork etc.
a new table runner/linens
rug for under table (budget willing)
update drawer pulls
give the back splash a little TLC (more of a wish list item)

I'm working with a tiny budget. I'd like to spend no more than $600 total. My husband would like me to spend no more than I already have, so this project will be about thrifty shopping, keeping things simple and looking at what I already own with news eyes. Realistically, it will be about prioritizing and determining what can be saved for down the road as well.

  Wish me luck and stay tuned. I'll be sharing my progress each Thursday. 

Please stop by Linda's blog, Calling It Home and check out all of the talented bloggers who are putting themselves out there.

What's on your to do list?