For this eighteenth flaunt, I'm happy to introduce Susie to you. She's yet another of my mom friends from my little online moms group that I've mentioned... I'm telling you... tons of fab ladies! She has quite the talent for all things design related. Over the last six years I've been able to see all the wonderful transformations she's done in her home. They are skilled DIYers and while she's currently on a break from blogging... you should pop over to her blog, W Designs, to see some of these projects for yourself! Watch out, nothing is safe from her and paint! Plus she does it all with four little ones, I think she wears a super cape ;) Oh and I often seek her out for support and ideas when it comes to purging... this gal needs her own show, I tell ya. Today she's sharing with us her kitchen, and you're going to love it!
Hi Everyone! I’m Susie. I’ve been married to my Dave, my high school sweetheart, for almost eleven years, and we have four children. Greta is eight, Charlie is seven, Francesca is five, and Louisa is three. We live in a little tiny town in Wisconsin right where Dave and I grew up. Dave is a pharmacist, and I’m a stay-at-home mom. Between dance class and baseball practice, church, school, and friends, we’re busy – crazy busy. And to add to the fun of six people and a Shih Tzu named Roy, we bought our hometown pharmacy last December. Dave worked there in high school and throughout college and took a position as a pharmacist immediately upon graduating from pharmacy school and passing his boards. It’s been a long time dream of ours to own this pharmacy, and we’ve been blessed more than we can say.
We’re finding little time left for much of anything after balancing business and home life, but we’re always up for something fun and sometimes even a project or two. I love to decorate and organize, and I’m always dreaming of a new space to make over. When Tyson asked me to think of something to share on H Family Happenings, my mind jumped to one of my favorite projects ever: The Chalkboard Kitchen.
I love chalkboard walls. I love their old-time charm, that they provide a permanent doodle pad for your home, and the little bit of drama they add to a room. I also love open shelving. Oh my, do I love open shelving. Open shelving forces a person to cut down on clutter, to pare down to the essentials and display them in a way that makes art. I also love a little bit of bling – a little sparkle and shine (what girl doesn’t?). I like to look for ways to introduce a little unexpected glamour to a room. So I’d been drooling over open shelving and chalkboard walls and adding a touch of sparkle to our kitchen and finally convinced my husband to see the light. Last Fourth of July, he saw the light. That was when we removed our upper kitchen cabinets, painted our walls with black chalkboard paint, installed stainless open shelving, and added two crystal chandeliers to our happy home.
We started by taking every last bit of everything out of our kitchen cabinets. And we were starting with a lot of kitchen cabinets; years of stuff had found its way into hiding behind all those cabinet doors.
|A before shot of this open shelving madness|
Having open shelving was going to force us to have only our must-needs on hand and to abolish any excess. That sounded awesome to me; I’m known as a heartless purger by family and friends. Most of the cabinets’ contents went to camp out on our son’s bedroom floor while we completed our kitchen makeover.
|Charlie had to maneuver through dishes and kitchen odds and ends for a couple of days. Payback for all of those Legos I stepped on?|