Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pulling It All Together-The Cluttered Corkboard Kitchen

Today we have Tina from Cluttered CorkBoard.  You know how some kitchens just say come in, sit down have a cup of coffee and enjoy, I think that is exactly what Tina has done with her wonderful kitchen.  It is so warm and inviting, the perfect spot for the whole family to gather.

First of all, a big Thank you to Marty for having me over today.
It is certainly an honor to be here sharing a part of my home with you.

Next up let me say Hello...
My name is Tina, and I blog over at Cluttered CorkBoard.  A blog
about budget friendly DIY projects, Thrifty finds, Home D├ęcor,
and Organization.
Of course there are some occasional ramblings involved as well. :o)

Today I would like to introduce my kitchen.
The kitchen is centrally located in our home, and a room that we spend
quite a bit of time together in as a family.

On one side of the room we have an abundance of furniture ya might say...

I actually came across this dining room set by accident while searching for a
hutch on craigslist.
We don't have a lot of storage in our kitchen, or a designated pantry for that
matter... so I had been on the lookout for a dining room hutch for extra storage
for quite some time.

Well, I had just about given up, and decided to look for a buffet or large dresser
to DIY instead.   So I changed my keyword from 'hutch' in the search box,
and that's when I came across this beautiful Ethan Allen set.
I contacted the seller to see if it was still available, and it was. Yay!

Initially we were going to just buy the hutch. However, it was such a great deal,
and such a beautiful set, that we changed our minds.
It was ours for less than $200.00.

We weren't for sure if it would all fit in our kitchen, but thankfully it did.
And it has worked out perfectly for us.

The hutch holds the extra table linens, large mixing bowls, mason jars etc.
and the sideboard is our 'pantry' storage.  Together these pieces added a lot
of much needed storage.

Of course they also display some fun and decorative pieces as well.
Like my Chess/Checkerboard, a floral arrangement that I simply
placed in a soap dispenser to use as a vase, and I have to mention that tiny
tricycle that I picked up at a flea market for a couple dollars.
How cute is that? :0)

The other side of our kitchen has quite a bit of function to it as well..  and these cabinets
hold all the regular items... from dishes, to bakeware, to small appliances, to food items.


As you can see, we have a lot of wood tone going on... so to give it a little more color
I chose to add in shades of peacock blue, as well as touches of burgundy. They coordinate
really well with the two main shades, which are: Cinnamon stick (deeper orange shade), 
and Warm Caramel.

By adding in the pops of color here and there, like making a simple Vinyl Decal 
to go on my kitchenaid mixer, adding Placemats that I made from shelf liner, and 
painting my shoe storage that is located near the back door... 
it really adds a lot of interest, and tends to draw your eyes around the room.

While storage wasn't exactly ideal in this room, the furniture pieces have 
definitely made a big difference.    
However, I also think keeping things organized is important.
So I try to keep like items with like items, and to minimize any wasted space.
I recently Organized my Kitchen Spices, and I ended up building risers for my
Spice rack using a dowel rod that cost less than $2.00, and it has worked out
 great.   Also by utilizing the cabinet door's interior space for hanging the oven
mitts, it freed up some much needed drawer space elsewhere.

Sometimes the small details can make such a difference in how a room looks, but also
the functionality of it. (and it doesn't have to break the budget to do it) :o)

I hope you enjoyed seeing my kitchen today, and if you'd like to check out another one of my rooms,
I recently just gave my Craft Room a makeover.

 I'd love to have you stop by my blog sometime or follow along...
 you can find me at the following places:
Cluttered CorkBoard,  Facebook,  TwitterBloglovinPinterest, & Instagram

Thank you again Marty for having me over.

Thanks so much Tina for giving us a tour of your kitchen, it is fabulous.  Kitchens always beccome the heart of the home and yours is such a fabulous space to have family and friends.  I love it.  Now there is so much more to see at Cluttered CorkBoard so be sure to jump over there and hit the follow button so you can keep up with all of her fabulous projects and see more of her gorgeous home.

Now I want to know how you PULLED IT ALL TOGETHER.  If you would like to showcase one of your rooms, send me an email at

Don't forget to sign up for my French Grain Sack Giveaway.  

 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
  The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
 No Minimalist Here for Open House Party, Posed Perfection for All Things Thursday Hop
 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things, The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things 
 A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden,  
 Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
 From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
 The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
                                            French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Fri, Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri ,Rooted In Thyme Simple & Sweet Fri.
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party,

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  1. what a wonderful kitchen... yep, I'd feel cozy and welcome there... Love your writing style also. Makes me feel like I could hear you talking and thats a great quality to have...

    thanks Marty for featuring this blog. goin over to join up now.

    hugs to ya both

  2. Love that she uses her space wisely!! I love small spaces where everything is functional!! Nice job!

  3. Thank you Sonny what a nice compliment...
    and Thank you again Marty for having me over.

  4. I enjoyed touring Tina's pretty kitchen. I have the same issue with having to store some food items in a piece of furniture because I don't have a pantry either.

  5. WOW...Tina sure did get a super bargain on her dining set! That's Great! Thank you for sharing Tina with us Marty. Blessings, Cindy

  6. You made out like a bandit! I love it when a bargain (like yours) works out and fits the need.

  7. It all came together beautifully - and so thrifty! Wonderful kitchen! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,