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Kitchen Island Ideas

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I’m in the process of updating the kitchen island. (I’ll have pictures soon.) The thing that is keeping me from finishing completely is color. I don’t know what color to paint it. While white would look clean and fresh, the kids sit there and the wall ends up with marks on it.

Now I’m thinking I want to repaint the sunroom and kitchen while I’m at it.  Amazing how one thing leads to another!  The island is seen from both rooms, so if I repaint the walls, then I may have more color options for the island.  😉

Here are some pictures I found for inspiration.  My cabinets are a honey color.  Any suggestions???

Painted Kitchen Island

Custom Designed Stove Hood Doubles as Pot Rack

Country Combination

Timeless Traditional Island

Arts and Crafts Kitchen

Small kitchen

Chandeliers Add Glamour to Classic White Kitchen

Kitchen with Triple Tier Island

kitchen ideas with island


Wood Wall Planks

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Have you ever walked around a home improvement store and see something you didn’t even know you wanted?  A project you hadn’t thought of before and suddenly a light goes off and you think “Where have you been all my life”?

It happened to me.  What was the object of my desire you ask?  Wood wall planks!

I know, they’ve been around forever, but it never occurred to me to think about the possibilities.  I have a couple of projects on my radar at the moment; redoing my son’s bathroom and doing something with the kitchen island.  I think I just found my inspiration!

Dark wood paneling

I absolutely adore navy blue! How beautiful is this!?

Love the horizontal paneling

Horizontal! Oh the possibilities.

an idea of what i am looking to do with beadboard paneling in the bathroom - like the trim on the top

bathroom mirror ideas for a small bathroom

full bath after remodel with MDF on sides of tub

Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

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Have you started Christmas shopping yet?  Are you finished?  Or somewhere in between?  Check out these creative ways to wrap those gifts!

Kid’s artwork as gift wrap

Wrapped in canvas or duck cloth for a coastal look

Clever Cans

Gifts in a can

Use a bigger box to hold an assortment of smaller gifts

Kraft paper gift wrap

Vintage linen wrap

Fabric Wrap

burlap and lace

Burlap and lace

Newspaper and single-letter gift tags - love.

Newspaper gift wrap


Gifts wrapped in kitchen towels

Wrapping with the Sunday comics

Entryway Curtains Revealed

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About a month ago I did a post on Entryway Ideas.  I was looking for ideas and inspirations to update my empty foyer.  And I asked you to give me your opinions on the pictures I found.

The majority of you loved the idea of using drapes at the front door.  It was a look I never would have thought of had I not seen a picture on Pinterest.  I loved it too!

Entryway Curtains

Houzz via Pinterest

Entryway Curtains

Southern Living via Pinterest

I picked up a set of drapes at Ikea.  Ikea sells curtains/drapes at crazy, ridiculous, cheap prices.  And they come in a package of TWO!  A pair!  You don’t have to buy two packages to cover one window.  They come long and unhemmed so you can customize the length to fit your window.  It’s brilliant!  These look like linen and were only $20.00!

Entryway Curtains

The “Welcome” wall art came from Hobby Lobby. $14.00 with a coupon.

Entryway Curtains

I bought the rod at HomeGoods for $14.99. The knobs holding back the curtains were $2.00 at Hobby Lobby.

Entryway Curtains

Entryway is complete. The console table is a DIY creation. More on that soon. 😉

What do you think?  Something you might try?

Ideas for Old Books

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Old books can be found everywhere.  From Goodwill and Habitat Restore to used Book Stores and garage sales.  Libraries even sell out of date books for very little money.

I have been wanting to make my last name initial from a book to put in my bookcase.  I had seen it on Pinterest, where they used a jigsaw and a template made from a large cutout printed font.  While looking for that particular project, I came across oodles of  ideas for projects using old books.  They are so clever!  Who knew??  Many of these would make great gift ideas.  The holidays are just around the corner, ya know.   Take a look…

Click on pictures for source and instructions.

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

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Book Binding Wall Art

Repurposed Book Frame

Re-purposed Book Frame

Wreath Using Book Pages

Book Shelves

Recycled Book Clock

My Favorite… Book Initial

unconsumption:    Here’s a tutorial from Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on how to make a stacked-book table lamp using hardcover books, a lamp kit, lamp shade, drill, and screwdriver.   (Even though new uses for old books is a recurring theme here on Unconsumption, if you’ve got books you no longer want, but think could be of interest to other readers, then consider selling them or giving them away instead of using them as raw material for lamps or other projects!)

Book Lamp

Simple Fall Crafts - Book Pumpkins

Book Pumpkins

Re-purposed Book Letter Storage

Book cover purse

Book Cover Purse

Creative Ideas for Maps

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Before I was married, maps were never a part of my life.  I guess because I never went anywhere that required visual aide to get there.  Not that I would have actually been able to read a map anyway.  That would mean knowing if I were headed North, South, East or West.  I’m lucky to know my left from my right.

But when I met my Hubby, one of the first things I learned about him was is love of maps.  Whenever we went anywhere, here or in another country, his favorite phrase would be “Let’s consult the map”.  And he would hold it in the palm of his hands, up to the sky, like it was a little piece of Heaven.  🙂

Now maps are in my life too.  Not to read them of course, but to use them as inspiration for DIY and decorating!  (You didn’t really think I have learned which direction is which, did you?)  😉

I found some very creative and inspiring ideas to do with maps.  Some of which I can’t wait to get started!  Click on the picture to see the source and directions.  (If there is not a link, it’s because I could not find one.)  Enjoy and create!

Map Projects and IdeasHubby loves maps and I love pillows. It’s a perfect match!

Old world home office, A home office/den. We faux finished the walls w/ a distressed look and had a custom canvas map mural made by Primal Colors installed on the ceiling by our local wallpaper guy., home office with distressed faux finished walls and custom canvas map on tray ceiling. We had Primal Colors make the map and our local wall paper guys installed it., Home Offices DesignThis is beautiful!

Map Projects and Ideas

Map Chandelier

How cool is this?

Map Projects and IdeasMap on a canvas.

Map Projects and IdeasThis is HAPPY on a wall! I’m doing this!!

Map Projects and IdeasDecoupage dresser.

Map Projects and IdeasI posted this fabric map before. Still on my list of crafts to do! It’s one of my favorite ideas!

Map Projects and IdeasMap letters.

Map Projects and IdeasThis is from Etsy. A perfect piece to store all your travel treasures.

Map Projects and IdeasLight fixture cover with circles of maps.

decorating a door with maps.

Map Projects and IdeasLove this table. I think I have found my unfinished round table inspiration!

More Old Door Ideas

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Doors, doors, doors!  I love them!  I have collected more of my favorite door ideas here.  (Most obtained via Pinterest.  Click to see the source.)  Scroll through.  You never know when inspiration will hit!   These doors are fabulous.  Enjoy!

I am currently working on a couple new projects that I will post soon.  At the moment I am painting my French doors a dark chocolate-brown.   You will see the before and after pictures as well as hear about all the exciting details!  Just a note… the “exciting details” part was sarcasm.  : )  Hasn’t been one of my favorite projects, but the outcome is looking good!

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Homearama – Model Homes Tour

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Today was the start of one of my favoritest times of the year… Homearama!  What’s better than an open invitation to walk through beautifully decorated model homes just to get decorating ideas?  Of course the builders are hoping for a sale or two, but let’s be honest – it’s all about me, my bff and my camera. : )  The homes were gorgeous!  So many inspiring ideas, wishful thinkings and “in my next house” thoughts.  The color schemes in all 5 houses were very similar.  Lots of blues, greens, creams and different shades of gray.

I took so many pictures that I thought I should put them in categories.  I’m starting with kitchens.  After showing hubby all the pictures, he asked what would be the one thing I would change in my house (really??  ONE thing?  ha!).  I said the kitchen.  I love the look of white/cream cabinets with a contrasting dark island.  Have fun checking out the kitchen pictures.  I will get more up very soon!

Love the farmhouse sink and the dark wood island

White Cabinets

Loved this! “Drawers” for herbs

How cozy is this?

Beautiful backsplash and counter

Details, Details!

Painted beadboard backsplash


Love the white cabinets against the dark floor


Lovely lighted display cabinets


Turning a Dining Room into a Home Office

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Dining rooms.  Really?  I wish I could say we have elegant gatherings around a beautiful dining table serving five course meals to friends and family.  Nah, I really don’t mean that.  We are not a fussy group here and family gatherings mean hanging out in the kitchen, snacking of appetizers.  “Formal” rooms aren’t my thing.  Dining rooms, I believe, are becoming a thing of the past.  But every home I’ve owned has come with a dining room, and that poor room just stays empty.  I never felt the need to buy a dining set just to fill the space.  So my dining room is just a walk through room.  We walk through it to get to other parts of the house.  And if a dining room set was sitting in the middle of the room, it would still be a walk through room, except we would have to walk around the table to walk through the room!

Unfortunately, like a lot of “traditional” homes, the dining room is the first room you see then you come in the front door.  I’ve tried to make it look like a useful room, but have failed miserably.  It’s a room with a hodge podge of unused furniture I don’t know what to do with.  So after fifteen years of an empty room, I really, really want to make it not a wasted space.  I’m thinking home office/library.  As a family of multiple computers, we would use an office much more than a dining room.  And maybe my kitchen wouldn’t be a dumping ground for bills and papers if they had a home to go to.  I have scoured the internet for some inspiration.  Here are some pictures I have come up with.

Better Homes and Gardens

House Beautiful





Window Treatment Ideas

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Have you ever model home hopped?  Just walked in and take a look around?  I love it!  It’s a great place to get design ideas.  When I first started looking at model homes, I use to tell the sales person I was house hunting.  But now, instead of leading them to believe they have a live one, I’m honest and tell them I’m just looking for decorating ideas.  I’m left alone to browse and they aren’t trying to make a sale.  A win-win, for me anyways. ; )

I have a thing for window treatments.  I adore them!  I’m always looking for something new to sew.  Most of the window treatments are pretty easy to duplicate even if you don’t have a sewing machine.  (Stitch Witch is a wonderful thing!)  Valances in particular are quite easy to make, especially the ones attached to a board.

So go ahead, check out model homes.  It’s fun and inspiring with oodles of ideas.


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