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Kitchen Decor: Adding Plant Shelves and a Rug = Character

It’s no secret that our kitchen is a work in progress.  It took us a year of living here for me to gain some type of vision for the room.  It isn’t big, but when I am working alone in there, it is the perfect size.  I feel like kitchens are often seen only from a functional standpoint.  But my goal is to add some character to this space with unique kitchen decor.  I am excited to show you how I repurposed a mantel into plant shelves and my newly acquired rug!

This first little project was in honor of the fact that I’ve kept two little ivy plants alive since I purchased them in March!  I can keep kids alive, but plants are another story.  I felt like they needed a special place of honor and the kitchen needs a little greenery.

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First up, was my hubby cutting down the ends of two mantel pieces that I have been hoarding for at least 4 years.  I kept waiting for the “perfect” project and inspiration.  Well, I am done waiting for something that will win me a home decor of the year award and just decided to use them as kitchen decor.

vintage mantel

In my haste, I did not take an during pictures, but really, there isn’t much to show.  Here’s the Cliff Notes: I painted them white with Amy Howard at Home’s One Step Paint.  And then the hubby hung them up on the side of a cabinet.  Quick and simple!

plant shelf

plant shelf

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The current showstopper in our kitchen is my new rug!  I am in love!  It’s gorgeous and so soft!  And I just know that my toes will now be warmer as I work in here this winter.

farmhouse vintage rug

I did a ton of research to find a rug that would fit the space, not have too much pile, and look vintage.  Of course, there were some authentic Turkish vintage rugs that absolutely stole my heart.  But…they would of stolen my kids Christmas too.  Yikes!  Since those are currently out of my price range, I thought, “what’s a girl to do?”  Well, she buys one in her price range that she loves just the same.

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white farmhouse kitchen

white farmhouse kitchen

Two other ways that I have added some character to our kitchen is by opening this upper cabinet and my herb drying rack.  These were easy DIY kitchen decor projects that were completed in under an hour!

farmhouse kitchen

kitchen decor

And…did you notice that it has color?  I really am a color lover at heart.  Maybe someday I will show pictures of our previous homes and all the color I used to decorate them.  This farmhouse has brought out the neutral girl hidden away.  And while I love the neutral, I am mainly drawn to it as it allows me to add pops of color in things like rugs.  As well as decorate seasonally!  This rug has so many different colors lightly sprinkled throughout that I can go with any color scheme in this kitchen and it will be be complimentary.

Here is the link to this exact rug: Frilly Corinthian Medallion Rug.  I have the 2’8″ x 8′ runner, but there are many sizes available.

And in case this one isn’t your jam, here are some others that may fit your taste better:

Vintage Bohemian Navy and Light Blue Distressed Area Rug

Bohemian Vintage Cream and Multi Area Rug

Blue and Multi Vintage Distressed Silky Polyester Area Rug

Traditional Oriental Vintage Royal Blue and Brown Area Rug

I would love to see how you add character to your kitchen!  And if you add one of these rugs…you’ve got to send me a photo!


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