How to Easily Decorate Above the Kitchen Cabinets with this simple book page art tutorial.
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Let me just start off by telling you a little bit about my Ex. We had quite a history for a long time. That was before I knew better. So many memories, sprawled out in front of the fireplace, across the mantle, heck even on the dining room table, but the most awkward place was on top of my kitchen cabinets.
What were you thinking? This is a family show, let’s keep it clean.
That’s right, that fake green ivy that always looks dusty no matter what you do. Then when you finally do get all the grime off, you have to figure out how it fit up there in the first place. Plus, let’s just face it- it is so ugly. Really, I’m sorry I have to be the one to break it to you, but it’s time you cut that cord. It’s time to get rid of your dead beat Arti.
Okay, so now that you’ve done it, you’ve broken it off clean, what are you going to do with all of that wasted space? What should your rebound be?
I’ve hand picked a couple of my favorite, simple, over the cabinet ideas that anyone can do. After we look at those beauties, I’ll show you my super simple over the cabinet transformation and give you a little tutorial to recreate at your will.
I’m a huge fan of keeping like with like, especially above the cabinets. Otherwise, they end up cluttered, unorganized and confusing. Now this would be easy to achieve for anyone who has a beautiful silver collection or a bunch of enamel pitchers, but what about the rest of us who do not? Well, here are some examples that we, the budget conscious, can totally recreate for super duper cheap with out it looking like it.
Ready? There are plenty of fish in the sea, so to speak. Let’s see some shall we!
|Somewhat Quirky Design|
Okay, so here these plates are surrounding a window, but how amazing would this same sculptural effect be over your cabinets? Plus, ALL thrift stores carry a ton of cheap-o, mis-matched plates and saucers. A couple trips and you could fill your whole wall for $20!
|Photo: Scott Fazzini|
My kitchen is pretty neutral- black, white, wood, autumn haze and an occasional dash of aqua. I wanted to incorporate something that goes with the vintage look I like so much. Also, if you haven’t noticed, I love book pages.
I completely disagree with the idea of using another artists work without their permission. I recommend purchasing your images instead of attempting to just use any you find on the internet. Not only will the quality not be as good, but ethically, it’s just wrong. Just ask Napster.
- I chose these particular sketches because I knew they would look beautiful on a vintage book page. Again, I took out my trusty vintage dictionary (thanks Mom), and carefully removed a few pages from the binding.
- Open the image on your computer, whichever program you prefer, I use a Mac and Preview works just fine for me. I don’t use any fancy program or anything. Depending on the picture your using, remember to adjust to portrait or landscape for printing. Mine are all landscape so they will fit the frames that I bought.
- Basically, all I’m doing is printing the images onto the book pages. To do this it may take a couple tries, all printers are different. Mine works great as long as I do one page at a time. I do not have a fancy printer by any means. It’s a $30 copy/printer model and they still come out lovely.
There, now you have the images on the book pages.
Here are the links for each image I chose:
Artwork by Laura Herron of Bleu Herron:
Bleu Herron: The Coliseum, Rome
Digital Design Vault:
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