1.22.2013

bringing art into the kitchen + how i solved the problem of displaying my son's art

i really enjoy art in a kitchen.  it brightens a space up and instantly adds personality.


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i'm slowly adding art into my kitchen, and knowing me, things will get moved around a few more times before i feel at peace.  if that makes any sense!  :)  my son is creative, or at least, he is acting like a normal two and half year old.  what i didn't know about him and his age was that he was keenly aware of when and how is art is displayed.  i would secretly throw away his art. (gasp! call me an awful mother, but i just know when to throw stuff away and when to keep things as a keepsake.)  when i thought owen wouldn't take notice to his missing art, he actually did.  that meant i would have to dig through a lot of trash searching for his masterpiece and after wiping off ketchup and mustard, hang it back up on the fridge.  can i tell you how annoying it is for me to hang art on a fridge?  can i tell you how many times i have knocked his art down?  can i tell you how many times we had to stick a million magnets on his art to keep it from sliding down the fridge?  and you may know about my fondness towards magnets. i seriously don't know what made me think to place his artwork above our cabinets.  i'm not even a decorating-above-the-cabinets kind of gal.   but something really cool happened when i cut his art to fit above my cabinets.  it extended the height of my kitchen!  in a visual way of course.  it seriously added an extra foot to our 8' ceiling.  amazing.  but not amazing enough that i could capture it quite accurately with the camera lens i own.  sorry about that.  you'll just have to take my word on it. the kitchens seriously feels a lot bigger.   can i also tell you how happy i feel when i am in the kitchen?  it's like i can't wait to do the dishes or make a pot roast.  just kidding.

i made an embroidery hoop saying "hello sunshine," a watercolor of my state, and placed some paper into a white frame.  got to love free art.

Update 3/13:  The art came down. Sorry Owen!








are you a fan of art in a kitchen?  how have you solved the problem of displaying your children's art in your home?

and please, keep your fingers crossed for owen's sake that i don't trash his artwork.  he will be a very sad boy.


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12 comments:

  1. Love art in the kitchen! How about getting cheap scrap books with sleeves from ACMoore and transitioning the art to there. He could have it to look at and 'read'

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  2. I really like it up around the tops of your cabinets! Brings the eye up, adds color, and is out of the way so you won't be knocking into it over and over again.

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  3. Great idea to get it off the frig!! I still have a framed watercolor my oldest daughter did in 2nd grade and she is 33 today! I still have it hanging on my wall and it gives me great pleasure and memories to see it there!

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  4. Great idea! I throw away art every.single.day. My boys must draw about 10 pictures a day and they always fall down beside the fridge! I actually just bought a blank sketch book each for them so they can draw to their hearts content and I don't have papers floating around!

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  5. Nancy...i look at your kitchen and it's so amazingly clean for having a 2 year old! Looking at these pictures is like looking at a kitchen decorating magazine! Love your kitchen! :)

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    1. Haha. Thanks! I clean all.the.time. It gets messy during meal times, but Matt and I are generally pretty good about cleaning up after prepping and meals. And sometimes, I just get too lazy to do the dishes or clean off the countertops right away. :) Thanks so much!

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  6. I LOVELOVE LOVE your white kitchen..that is my dream kitchen! I'd give up quilting if I could have a kitchen like that...and that's saying something BIG!!! Enjoy it!

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  7. It looks so good displayed above the cabinets! That was a genius idea. I've got many, many art display ideas up my sleeve since that's a main part of my job at work. I've seen some really cool ideas in magazines, too. Do you ever read Family Fun? I love it. A coworker gives me her copies when she's done with it but I think I'll subscribe now that I'll have a babe of my own. I saw a display wall in an issue where empty frames (all different sizes, shapes and colors) were hung on a wall and a bulldog clip was screwed to the wall inside each frame. That way art could be clipped in place and then switched out as new stuff is made. It looked very cool.

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  8. It looks really great. I love having art up everywhere too, and you have such a nice bright kitchen for it!

    xox Lilly

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  9. If you want to include his art elsewhere in the house, you can try a frame like this: http://www.dynamicframes.com/store/c/159-Kids-Art-Frame.aspx, which allows you to layer in up to 50 pieces of paper!

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  10. Love it! Thank you for sharing. It's a great idea!

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  11. Your kitchen is too cute! I can't wait to redo ours.

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