[Interestingly enough, it's 23.9 miles from my house to San Marcos, which is an entirely different city; and 30.2 miles from my house to Ikea...which is actually in Round Rock, also a different city, but going to Ikea doesn't really feel like traveling to a different city, since I have to cross all of Austin to get there and there's no open space in between. This largely irrelevant digression brought to you by Google Maps.]
Anyway, I didn't take a "before" picture because I was just SURE I had one somewhere online, except, I totally didn't. Which makes sense, given how crammed full of STUFF my kitchen cabinets were - I didn't exactly want to show them off, you know? And since I don't have the doors on my cabinets...yeah. You see where I'm going with that. So in addition to getting new dishes, I also spent a couple of nights this week culling through the old, storing some stuff away and donating the rest to Goodwill.
Plus I broke a wine glass the other night, so that's even less clutter. *facepalm*
So that now...
Thaaaaat's better. :) I'm not entirely crazy about the end result, but I'm still playing with the balance of things in there.
The dishes are Corelle "Dazzling White" and "White Flower", at $3-4 apiece at the outlet store - clean, smooth, simple, and inexpensive. (The "White Flower" plates have a...wait for it....flower on them, but the soup/cereal bowls are solid white, and a smoother shape than the bowls that went with "Dazzling"). Also practically Laura-proof (shatter/chip resistant). I bought about half as many as I actually want to keep on hand; I'll get the rest after Thanksgiving after all the holiday weirdness is over.
Also pictured above:
- the cutting boards I made
- Ikea's VARSAM serving trays in white
- Kitchen cabinet interiors that are actually a pale, muted chicken-egg blue and looked exactly that way against the old sand-colored wall color, but which now appear to be almost exactly the same gray as the walls when viewed against them. Thankfully, I like the effect. I am SO not painting all that over again.