I recently posted about my kitchen (click here) and many of you chimed in with ideas to make my space more functional on a $0 budget. I've been watching episodes of HGTV's Spice Up My Kitchen online. I haven't seen them do a new kitchen for less than $50,000. Let me wipe the drool off my keyboard. But back to reality... a dream kitchen won't be happening in my near future.
(the kitchen "before" is what it looks like now)
With everyone's help, I did a mini kitchen makeover in Photoshop with some new colors on the cabinets and minimal structural change.
(the "after" version)
This photoshop fun is addicting. I tried all sorts of colors and ended back with beige and brown. I took out the soffit and added a pendant light over the sink. The tiles are updated with stickers designed specifically for the kitchen (nifty). And check out those roman shades. I found them while searching "roman shades" through Google. I took the picture off someone's blog post. Selecting the shade and deleting the inverse left me with a shade I could work with. I used the skew tool and made the shade fit the window. Then I duplicated the layer for window #2.
Easy, right? I really love these shades and the blog I took them off of said they were $24 each at JC Penny. I went to JC Penny's site and they are discontinued. Ahhh! I've search a bit and have found nothing even comparable.
My idea is to set my readers to the task of finding the shades for me. The incentive is coffee. Or at least a coffee shop gift card of your choice. Post a comment with a link (or links) to an affordable substitute to the window shades shown above. Did I mention an affordable substitute? I'll announce the winner once I've made my selection from your links (in a few days). Keep the ideas coming!