Lately I’ve been feeling as though I’ve had so many things going on that I’ve had trouble crossing the finish line with any one of them. I’m a knitter (a great stress-reliever) and right now I have at least four different projects on the needles, none of which I seem to be able to actually complete. Some may say that I’m a “process knitter” — that I simply enjoy the process more than the finished product. When I say that, I know I’m just fooling myself — I love the finished product, too! The truth is, I guess I just like having multiple things going on at the same time. The past six months have frankly been like that, too. With a kitchen and bath design business, a son applying to college, and a fledgling blog that’s received almost no attention at all, I seem to be busy all of the time and yet I keep putting off things that simply can no longer wait. Last week I checked two boxes off my growing list of to-dos, and when I completed each one I felt like a million bucks. The first one was to create an ad for my son’s senior yearbook. Going through pictures and thinking of the past eighteen years has made me both wistful at this milestone and excited about what lies ahead for him. When I finally selected the photos that I would use and the caption that would accompany them, I felt a tremendous sense of relief. Why had I waited so long to get that done? And then, propelled by the momentum generated by that achievement, I decided to tackle the biggest weight that had been sitting upon my shoulders since December…my Christmas cards! Yes, I mailed my Christmas cards at the end of February, much to the amusement of many of my friends. A post on Facebook that I wrote shortly after mailing day acknowledged that perhaps sending my Christmas cards in February is a measure of how out-of-control I must be feeling lately! Well, at least it’s done — another box checked off the ever-growing list.
Truth is, I do enjoy being busy. The past six months have been exhilarating, and I’ve met so many terrific people and learned so much. Lately I’ve been helping several people to refresh their kitchens which after several years have simply become dated. With cabinets and countertops in good shape, sometimes the best way to give your kitchen a face-lift is with a change to several key materials. Re-tiling the backsplash, changing the plumbing and light fixtures, painting the cabinets and changing out the hardware can all have a meaningful impact on the overall look of your kitchen. In future posts I’ll show some before and after photos to demonstrate how these changes can dramatically affect your kitchen’s overall appearance.
In the meantime, the images that I’ve selected for today’s post should simply serve to get you to begin thinking of which elements in your kitchen you could change that would make your space look just a little bit more current. Could it be the cabinet hardware or the backsplash tile? Or would simply replacing the light fixture over your kitchen table be enough to refresh your space and reinvigorate one of the rooms in your home where you likely spend the most time? Stop putting it off and consider changing some basic design elements in your kitchen — it can have a lasting impact. Think about it!