I am re-posting this amazing write-up I read on Meta Picture, which I thought all of you should see, if you haven’t already. Here’s how a man, who claims he has no drawing skills, transforms a boring wall into a room with personality – with some impressive wall art that he paints all by himself. It’s so clever and yet so simple, and I bet it’ll make you want to try it yourself! Read on!
I’m not going to be mean to refrigerators. I don’t think they’re particularly ugly, but they can look drab if the rest of your kitchen is spectacular. Seeing all the different ideas people have used to camouflage the refrigerator makes me aware that I’m not the first one to go down this road. I do have my reservations on many such ideas though. A popular way to make a refrigerator vanish seems to be to build it into your cabinetry (click here to see what I’m talking about). So the same laminate that’s used for the the cabinets is stuck onto all the doors of your inbuilt fridge to make it look like just another cabinet. Here’s my problem with it. Your kitchen cabinets are very likely to outlive your fridge. Will refrigerators be the exact size, say, 10 years down the line? A salesperson at a modular kitchen store told me that the standard sizes of refrigerator have, in the past, changed by a few inches. So when you do buy a new fridge later, it’s either going to make room for dust if the fridge is a tad smaller, or it might just not fit into the space dedicated for the fridge. And will you still have extra laminate lying around? Even if you do, since your existing cabinets have been out in the open for a while, they’re definitely going to be a few shades darker (or dirtier) than the laminate that’s going to be stuck on the new fridge.
I’m also averse to the concept of an under-counter refrigerator. It makes your fridge disappear, alright, but the convenience you’re trading off is simply not worth it. You will not only have to bend to reach out for the vegetable pan, but for everything else too! And a full-fledged under-counter fridge would necessarily mean that you have three or four separate fridge units. When you can’t remember where you’d kept that bowl of lasagna, you’re going to have to open all of those units to find it. And of course, under-counter fridges are definitely more expensive than the regular ones. I’d be happy to pay a premium on an innovation that makes my life easier, but that definitely isn’t the case here.
So today’s post stays clear of ideas that involve structural alterations to your kitchen. I’m just focusing on the fridge! Can’t there be ways of prettifying your fridge instead of tucking it away somewhere? Of course, there are! If you can draw fairly well, then you should definitely think about sketching on your fridge with a permanent marker. And it’s not as risky as drawing on a wall or using paint. A swoosh of thinning solution or a nail-polish remover is all you need to wipe away your mistakes and start all over. This one’s the most amusing fridge sketch I have seen!
Another option is to turn your fridge into a sophisticated chalk board. I love this idea for so many different reasons. Chevron stripes on my fridge is like a dream come true! The dull colors are just right if you don’t want to draw attention to your fridge. And when someone does notice it, you’re sure to be flooded by compliments! If you like the idea, click on the photograph to check out step-by-step instructions on how to make this your fridge!
Now, this fridge sticker has given me a sketching idea that I’m giving a very serious thought to. If you like an organized fridge, then you probably have a floating idea of what kind of food goes into which row in the fridge. How about drawing that out on the fridge door to make it easier for the hubby and kids? I’m talking about drawing three rows of food art. So let’s say you draw a milk carton, bread, cheese, and desserts on the top row. Fish and meats on the second. Salads and pasta on the third. You not only have an artsy fridge, but written instructions for the rest of the family to follow when they’re putting things back in! Two birds with one stone, I say!
If you can’t sketch or paint for nuts, then look towards full-size sticker! There are shops and people selling fridge stickers, and you might find interesting ones like these!
I haven’t ever lived with wallpaper, so I’m not sure if it’d be very high-maintenance around food. You don’t usually make much contact with any part of the fridge besides the door handles, a food stain from a spill doesn’t seem far-fetched. But wallpaper definitely throws open a whole world of decorative patterns and prints for your refrigerator.
With all that I can do to beautify my fridge, I am convinced never to go in for an inbuilt or under-counter fridge. For anyone who thought fridge art is just about fridge magnets, I hope this has been an eye-opener! But, sure, you could have art and fridge magnets too! Fridge art will surely need a touch-up at some point of time. But if it’s just about darkening a sketch with a permanent marker, how hard can it be? So what’s stopping you from grabbing that permanent marker?!
Product design is usually all about combining functionality with aesthetics. On rarer occasions, it offers the designer a chance for some tease and mischief. They say that opportunity comes knocking at our doors in all forms, and clearly, even in the form of a humble milk bottle. With some etching cream and a stencil, this would now be a fairly simple DIY project. But I continue to be awed by the kind of ideas and thinking that go into these products the first time they’re rolled out. I sometimes envy the deviously creative minds, and I wish I could rent it from their owners just once in a way!
I didn’t think that Easter eggs could go much beyond polka dots. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the North Dakota Senate considered it an art fit to subsidize! And when I saw this photograph, I couldn’t help visualize how nice it’d be to have competitions and exhibitions to display works in this rather quaint artistic medium. Although I doubt it’d see much activity during the year, besides Easter week. I’ve seen these kind of patterns on expensive gift-wrapping paper, but I must say they look pretty darn neat on Easter eggs too!
If selecting the right door knobs can seem like a matter of life and death, then you and I are probably on the same, whimsical boat! For me, good door knobs should draw otherwise-hard-to-get attention towards doors and cupboards. The whole world moved away from boring metal or wooden door knobs, when ceramic ones suddenly rose to fame with their pretty, floral designs. They were surely a welcome break, but for me, they lost their charm when I was seeing them in every other hardware store. I still like them in ceramic, mind you, but I wanted to see something besides floral patterns. Something quaint, something that would catch the eye, even from a distance. But I didn’t want to experiment with shapes, considering it’s usually round for good reasons.
I have a strong feeling that men are going to love this one! It is, by far, the most innovative design I have seen on a door knob. Whoever had the imagination to think up something so creative and delightfully unexpected must be a bit of a genius!
And now for some pansy stuff (yes, I love pansy too!). I wish someone could give me a DIY lesson on how to cover door knobs with cloth like they’ve done so beautifully below. If it’s not too hard to do and re-do, I wouldn’t even mind that they’re inevitably going to get dirty. In fact, I’d probably consider myself lucky to have different door knobs for every season!
And here comes another favorite. I know I said wooden door knobs were boring, but then I’m going to wiggle my way out with the fact that these aren’t just wood! Unless they come in different shades of wood, I might buy these first and then go shopping for a door to match! Oh c’mon! These exquisite door knobs deserve nothing less than the best!
The charm of black and white doesn’t just apply to photos, but works just as well with door knobs. I think these would stand out and stun on a dark, wooden door. And I have a good feeling about them on a chest of drawers because I can just picture them doing wonders with the contrast of colors.
I try not to pick more than one photograph from the same source for a single post, but I must confess that I cheated a little today. And happily, too! See, it’s not my fault that shops on Etsy, particular this one, have possibly the best range of door knobs online. Vintage mostly, but such a very wide range that you really need some serious stamina to get to the end. So if you’re up for a door-knob-marathon, then click away!
A trail of websites and blogs led me to the world of stencil art today. It had me thinking about the limitless possibilities in which it could find its way into homes. Paper, cloth, wood, metal, ceramics are just a few mediums that take to stenciling. And stenciled walls? There’s so much I want to say about them, but I’ll save it for another post at another time!
Mint green. Gold. White. I would never have dared use these colors in the same sentence, let alone on the same piece of wood! This one photograph changed my whole perspective of wood and paint. From being vehemently against painting wood (and depriving it of its woodsy glory), I decided to make two exceptions to this rule – for bad wood, and stencil art like this! A few brilliant minds behind Design Love Fest stenciled three different designs into planks of wood, transforming them into the most gorgeous open shelves I have ever laid eyes on. And in my opinion, an art piece too! I would so love to show them off as drawer fronts – that would do truer justice to these beauties. Just think of how art like this could break the monotony of wood, say, in your kitchen.
The next photograph is the best evidence I have seen of stencils and their reformative power. See for yourself how simple Chevron stripes transformed a rusted iron desk into one that could fetch you many a compliment in your house!
I don’t think there’s a better way to add color to a kitchen, bathroom or even a reading corner with a pretty shelf like this from Lines Across. Notice how they’ve made it a tad more interesting to look at by keeping two sides stenciled, the insides yellow and other sides white. I have an old, boring white bathroom cabinet (of low-quality wood) that I’m now dying to do this to!
And now if I’ve got you thinking that furniture is as far as stencils can go, prepare yourself to be blown away with what you’re about to see next! When Berlin sang their famous track, ‘Takes My Breath Away’, I didn’t know these stair risers were what they were talking about!
And planters. Any plant would grow twice as fast if it only knew what its home looked like! The chalkboard used to identify the plants is pretty sweet too.
If you’re tempted to give stenciling a try, here are few things to think hard about. Painting a piece of furniture and then changing your mind is painful. It will cost you either time or money to chip all that paint off for restoration. Also, have no doubt that stenciling is labor intensive; it is rewarding only for those who experience constant joy seeing the fruits of manual labor (or can afford to hire labor). If that doesn’t describe you or what your pocket can fetch, give wallpaper a serious thought. You’d probably be surprised to see the similar results it could get you.