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It is no secret that pegboard is about as versatile as it gets when it comes to storage and organization. Most commonly found in the garage for storing tools; it typically comes with a reputation of being basic and unnatractive. However, any kitchen can benefit from the endless variety of organizing options that pegboard offers.

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Pegboard is slender, can be customized with pegs, hooks and baskets and takes advantage of vertical space. In fact, pegboard is a prime solution for small kitchen spaces and even rental homes. I am here today to convince you that pegboard in the kitchen can be fabulous, beautiful and endlessly functional.

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Paint it! Just because pegboard comes in a white and brown finish, does not mean it has to stay that way. A quick coat of paint and it becomes a shining storage star.

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Another painting option is to do a chalkboard finish. This allows you to trace the items you are storing to be sure everything finds a way back home.

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Frame it! By adding decorative moulding to the outside of pegboard, it offers a nice finished edge and instantly becomes artwork that doubles as storage.

bookcase pegboard

Don’t be afraid to tuck small pieces of pegboard in small nooks and crannies to truly maximize your storage opportunities. Think about the backs of bookcases, behind shelving, on the sides of cabinets and behind doors.

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Bring the kids into the kitchen by installing a wall of pegboard paired with pockets, baskets and organizers to create the ultimate crafting zone.

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Are you a big coffee drinker like I am? I love the idea of adding pegboard to display mugs above a kitchen coffee station.

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Selecting pegboard with larger pegs and holes creates an entirely different feel, yet still offers the same amount of storage and flexibility.

Pegboard Inside Cabinet

If you are still not convinced that you love the look of pegboard out in the open, consider adding small pieces to the interior of your cabinets. This is a great solution for creating hidden memo stations, hanging keys or storing small baking tools.

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Another way to conceal pegboard is to put it on casters and create a tucked away rolling system. It slides out when you need to access your items, and then hides away in-between uses.

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Pegboard really does make the most of wall and cabinet space, but did you know it can also maximize your drawer storage? Add pegboard to the floor of the drawer and when paired with pegs, you can create an endless combination of drawer organizers.

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Cleaning is chore enough! Adding pegboard to your kitchen cleaning closet will keep all of your supplies right within reach each day.

So what do you think, are you ready to add some colorful pegboard storage to your kitchen space?


They’re finally here: my first actual home tour photos! I took advantage of the decent sunshine we had a few weekends ago (and a freshly cleaned house) to snap a few pictures of our new kitchen. Without further ado (and also, people who take gorgeous pictures of home interiors must know magic!)…

white kitchen subway tile and exposed shelves

We knew from the start that we wanted a white kitchen with some dark accents. When you’re picking out finishes and fixtures for a house, you just have to cross your fingers and hope that everything looks good together, and I think we really lucked out! The shaker-style cabinets are painted with Benjamin Moore White Dove, a gorgeous, creamy white that always manages to look amazing. The floors are porcelain 12×24″ tiles in a running brick pattern. We considered natural slate at one point, but were pretty easily talked out of it because it is hard to install and needs constant maintenance. We love the tile we went with instead. It looks just like slate (A friend of ours who is an architect was just saying yesterday how fantastic it looks!), hides dirt and crumbs, is a breeze to clean, and never needs to be sealed.

white subway tile stainless steel range

Because we do a lot of cooking, we chose a professional-series Blue Star gas range with 8 burners, and its been wonderful so far. We are really happy with the stainless steel finish, and love being able to cook so many things at one time. This particular range has both a grill and a griddle that can be swapped in for two of the burners, but we almost never use those features. Have we used all 8 burners at the same time yet? No, but we bought this baby with canning season in mind, so ask me again at the end of the summer!

white kitchen stainless steel range spice cupboard

Right next to our range is one of my favorite features in our kitchen: the pull-out spice cupboard. As you can see, we have a lot of spices, so many, in fact, that when I see a spice in a recipe and I don’t already have it, I’m shocked. I’m looking at you, Marjoram! In our old kitchen, the spice cupboard was a regular upper cabinet, and it was so deep and narrow and dark that spices were constantly going missing in its vast recesses. You always had to take everything out of the cupboard to find the spice you were looking for. We are all in love with the pull-out spice cupboard in the new kitchen! It has room for all of our spices, and they’re all easy to find and grab. I highly recommend it!

white kitchen subway tile nordic white leathered granite

For a long, long time, we weren’t sure what we were going to put on the kitchen counters in the Dream House. To me, the counters kind of set the stage for the whole kitchen style, and we just didn’t know what surface material would give us the look we wanted AND be durable and easy to care for. We considered marble, quartz, wood, soapstone, concrete, and more. We liked the durability/affordability of granite, but didn’t want the counters loud, colorful, or super glossy. And then we stumbled upon the perfect solution at the home of an acquaintance: leathered granite. I think our fabricator uses the term “antiqued” instead of leathered or honed, but the top is basically roughed up just enough not to be high-gloss. I was worried that it would be uneven or jagged or rough, but the leathering gives our granite a soft, satin finish. And we lucked out and found a granite that was a really neutral gray with just a hint of flecking and movement, and it was on the less expensive end of the spectrum. It’s called Nordic White granite, and we couldn’t be happier with it.

white kitchen maple butcher block island

And that brings us to the center of the kitchen–the island. We considered putting bar stools at the counter, but we wanted to keep the island open and free of clutter, and we wanted everybody to eat together at the kitchen table in the breakfast nook, so we decided not to go the bar stool route. There are cabinets and drawers down the side facing the range, and bookshelves down the back (more on that later!). And other than a very useful prep sink on top, there’s nothing on that counter but 40 square feet of beautiful, uninterrupted maple work space. It doesn’t usually look splotchy, but I decided to oil it right before I took the pictures, and that was a mistake!

I think that’s enough kitchen tour for one day. But don’t worry, there’s more to come–we’re only half way around the kitchen!


Hi, my name is Alexandria Szwarc, and I’m so excited to be with you at Style Spotters! I am a DIY home improvement blogger at DIO Home Improvements (the DIO stands for “doing it ourselves”). Being featured in Better Homes and Gardens was a dream I never thought would become a reality!

How it happened.  In January, I received an email from a Better Homes and Gardens remodeling editor asking me if I would be interested in having my kitchen makeover featured in the May issue. I had to re-read the email a few times before it hit home and I determined this was real!

After exchanging a few emails, a photo shoot date was set for two weeks later. The night before the shoot, two BHG photographers arrived at my home to do a walk through and unload their equipment for the following day.  As one can imagine, I didn’t get much sleep that night with too many thoughts running through my mind.

The following morning a stylist arrived at my home. After helping to unload her car full of props, she got to work on setting the kitchen up while I got ready. A short while later, the photographers arrived and started setting up their equipment.

The day was a whirlwind to say the least!  Everyone made the shoot so much fun and put me at ease since I much prefer to be behind the camera! A few hours after arriving, they had their shots and my interview was over.  I sat down still not believing that in a few months my kitchen would be in the biggest home magazine there is!

A couple of weeks after the shoot, I received an email of the photo proof that would be used in the May issue. It was so hard not to share that with everyone!  In April I received a package with my copies of the issue. I was beyond excited! I couldn’t wait for it to hit the stores for my family and friends to see it!

 

A little more about my kitchen. When I looked at my house before buying it, I cringed at the kitchen and both bathrooms, but I knew these rooms had potential. Growing up in a house that was 100 years old and full of character, one of the things I missed most about my current house was the charm that’s lacking in newer homes.

The first project I did in my kitchen was the wall opposite the door to my yard. I added interest to this area by attaching craftsman-style wainscot and making a new air return vent cover. When asked how I came up with the idea for the door on my refrigerator surround, I explained the air return vent cover I made. I loved the Union Jack sheet metal that I used in that project and thought it would look great above the refrigerator. I was also on a very tight budget and wanted to use what I already had in the house!

Another project I did in the kitchen before redoing the cabinets was building a plumber’s pipe bench.  I have been obsessed with all things plumber’s pipe for about six years now.

I’ve often been asked how I came up with the idea of redoing my cabinets. The house I grew up in had 12-foot ceilings, my previous home had 10-foot ceilings, and my current home has 7.5-foot ceilings. I felt claustrophobic when I first moved in here. I wanted to make the kitchen feel taller. I was able to accomplish that by adding height to the cabinets. It worked because now I feel short in the kitchen!

I wanted to add the refrigerator surround because I felt it would make the kitchen look more custom and expensive than it actually is. After the cabinets were finished, I painted my refrigerator and range hood with appliance paint. Yes, you can paint your appliances! I also had some leftover fabric that I used to make a faux roman shade and matching roller shade for my kitchen window. You can see more of the cost breakdown and how-tos of my kitchen makeover here.

Being a part of the Better Homes and Gardens experience has been a dream come true and so much fun. You are invited over to DIO Home Improvements at any time to follow along with my projects or  talk about your own projects. I love seeing readers’ before and after photos!


Trend: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Every time we hit the New Year, I have this crazy obsession with organizing everything in my home. I feel like the best place to start this year is the kichen. We spend a lot of time in there and it can get messy fast. Below you’ll find 10 great ideas to get your kitchen cleaned up and organized for the New Year.

 

Storing food in clear jars and containers looks so much nicer than a bunch of boxes, from The Paper Mama for Home Depot.

With some small pieces of wood and a bit of glue, you can easily create an organized drawer, from Lapsus Humanus.

Use a pegboard to organize your most used kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess.

Make and attach a spice  rack to the back of a pantry door, Shanty 2 Chic.

A tabletop paper towel stand could be use for cookie cutter organization, from BHG.

Meal Plan Board DIY, The Paper Mama for HP Create.

Tension rods are the perfect solution to prop up those awkward trays and cookie sheets, BHG.

Take advantage of that unused space above the refrigerator with a DIY cubby, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Under the cupboard recipe book/tablet holder DIY! It folds right up under the cupboard when you’re done, from Sawdust and Embryos.

Get the fruit off the counter with this DIY hanging fruit basket, from Living Simply.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Proper pantry organization can impact the functionality of the entire kitchen.  The pantry is important for storing our daily nutrients, and keeping it organized will ensure meal time goes off without a hitch.  Organizing the pantry can also assist with meal planning and grocery shopping, proper food storage and quick access to the items used most frequently.

What is better than an organized pantry?  An organized pantry on a budget!  The pantry above is quite effective, and many of the items purchased or used were found on the cheap.  Let’s take a closer look.

 

 

  1. Use cork tiles on the inside of the pantry door to pin up favorite recipes.
  2. Store dry goods in clear, air-tight storage containers to extend the food’s life and freshness factor.
  3. Shelf risers allow you to double your shelving space.
  4. Tiered shelf risers are great for allowing you to see jars, cans and spices that are stored towards the back of the pantry.
  5. Attaching a clipboard to the inside of the pantry door provides a space for a grocery list.  When something runs out, just pop it on the list and always be ready for shopping day!
  6. Simple clothespins work great as bag clips.
  7. Installing drawers in a pantry is always a great solution for ensuring nothing is lost in the back.  However, custom wooden options can be quite pricey.  Inexpensive storage bins can act as a sliding drawer, allowing you to store like items together, while still offering the pull out functionality that we all love.
  8. Lazy susans are fantastic for corralling smaller jars and bottles.  A quick spin and you can see all of your products in a jif!
  9. Shelf baskets clip onto shelves, giving you extra vertical storage where there once was none.
  10. Clear cereal containers allow you to quickly see what is remaining before heading to the grocery store, while preserving the freshness of the cereal for longer periods of time.

 

And a few bonus budget busting tips:

 

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When it comes to wire pantry shelves, cut foam board (found at the dollar store) to the size of your shelves and cover it with shelf liner.  This is an inexpensive way to ensure nothing falls through those wire grates and provides a streamlined appearance.

 

 

Use mason jars as inexpensive food storage.  And you can never go wrong with making your own labels!

 

 

Magazine files work great for corralling recipes, magazines and cookbooks.

 

 

cork tiles / lazy susan / shelf basket / labels / shelf liner / shelf riser / magazine file / clothespins / tiered riser / food storage

 

 

New Kitchen Storage Ideas


Hi, y’all! My name is Jenna and I write the home decor, DIY, and craft blog, Rain on a Tin Roof. Besides loving all things home related, I also have an infinite love for good country music and 80′s rock. If I’m not attempting to keep the kid from doing acrobatic moves off the dining room table, I can usually be found painting something either navy, red, or kelly green. My style is mostly a combination of vintage, modern, and rustic elements, with a touch of fun thrown in here and there.

I recently had the honor of having my kitchen featured in Better Homes & Gardens I Did It section – a real life dream come true. Today, I thought I would share some details of the kitchen renovation.

In 2011, my husband and I purchased a 1960s brick rancher, that also happened to be a foreclosure, but was in our perfect neighborhood. We had to tour it with flashlights – the electricity wasn’t turned on and neither was the water. My mother-in-law cried when she saw it and really I can’t blame her. She was quite certain that us selling our brand new construction house to move into a not-so-sure-what-works brick rancher was the worst decision we could make. Luckily, as it turned out, there wasn’t much wrong with the rancher – it just needed some cosmetic updates.

At the top of the to-do list was the kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation via RainonaTinRoof.com

Kitchen Renovation {rainonatinroof.com}

The first major thing we did in the kitchen was open up the walls between the kitchen and living room and kitchen and dining room. This created one large open main living area. We did call in pros for this one. One of the walls was load bearing, so we didn’t want to risk damaging the structure of our house.

Before & After Kitchen via RainonaTinRoof.com

The kitchen cabinets were in good condition – they just didn’t look good. Instead of replacing them, I painted them white and replaced the hardware.

I wanted to go for marble on the countertops, but I knew I wouldn’t be committed enough to the upkeep they would require. Instead, we went with a white Silestone that has some gray in it to mimic marble.

For the backsplash, we went a classic white subway tile that wouldn’t easily date.

By knocking down the walls, it made room for an island, which is my favorite thing in the space.Before & After Kitchen via RainonaTinRoof.com

We built the island ourselves from salvaged porch columns and barn wood from my great grandfather’s barn. The bar stools add a fun pop of color to the space.

Another favorite, but small feature I love about the kitchen is our vintage locker basket shelving.

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We simply mounted the baskets to the wall and they have held up great – perfect for your favorite cookbooks.

The total cost of the renovation cost right around $3000. This included the walls, countertops – everything. We completed most of it over the course of two months, but it was fully done within six months.

You can see more of the kitchen renovation here or tour our entire renovated rancher here.

Thanks so much to BHG for the magazine feature and having me over today! I would love to have you stop by my blog sometime to say hello or connect with me on Facebook, InstagramPinterest or Twitter.


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