Kitchen

SMART ART

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been fine-tuning some new art prints for the Etsy store. This weekend, we finally got a chance to hang some of the new prints in the kitchen! We wanted something fun and simple with a dash of vintage flair. And this is what we came up with…

We’re really digging the art and the fact that the dark frames (which are from Target) really help break  up the mass of subway tile – which brings us a bit closer to the look we’re aiming for in the kitchen. Just by adding the artwork, we killed three birds with one stone: added color (which coordinates nicely with our “stack of books color scheme“), broke up the wall of subway tile, and added a dark element to ground the otherwise all-white kitchen. We plan on adding even more dark accents to the kitchen by way of window treatment and the light fixture over the sink. By the way, noticed the clothespin herb planter on the counter? Yep, the herb died. Honestly, I’m not surprised. Until I get the nerve to try again, one of the planters is being used as a candle holder – which has been nice to have in the kitchen.

When it was time to hang the art, I was gung-ho about drilling a few holes in the grout (like we did when we hung the artwork in the hall bathroom). After all, grout can easily be patched up. Greg, on the other hand, wasn’t too keen on the idea. I guess he knows how I am about changing my mind down the road. Since the kitchen doesn’t get much humidity (like the bathroom), I decided to go along with Greg’s idea and see how it went.

As the directions on the package said to do, we first cleaned the surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol (the package specifically says to not use any other household cleaners). We used five strips on the back of each frame. The package says you only have to use four sets for this size frame, but we did five just in case. Though now that we see how good they hold (which is like super duper well), we think four sets might have been just fine. The concept of the Command Strips is pretty smart when you think about it!

We really like how the art looks in the kitchen, and we can’t wait to add other finishing touches throughout the space. Next on the list: a window treatment and light fixture. We’re getting there… one day at a time.

Click on over to our Etsy store and check out the new art, including the kitchen series above. For 10% off your order, use the code “7thHouseReader” at checkout!

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27 Comments

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    Melanie
    April 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Those prints look fantastic! Awesome job. 🙂

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    goldensarah
    April 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Love the new prints, guys! And they look fantastic against the subway tile.

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    Staci @ My Friend Staci
    April 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Looks fantastic! Love the black and white.

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    Sarah S
    April 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I love it!

    I love your house, kitchen, and everything! I’d love to see a zoomed out shot of how your kitchen is coming along!

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    Beth
    April 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Prints are super cute! Very pop-art and you’ll be able to do a lot with their inspiration down the road!

    Your herb on the other hand – may not have been the result of a ‘black thumb’ — If you didn’t have the herbs in a separate container within the clothespins, the stain you used on the clothes pins may have leached into the soil.

    Maybe try a plastic liner/smaller pot hidden inside to prevent it?

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      Ashley
      April 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, that’s what Greg suggested too! I’m going to try to put them in a smaller pot this time around. Fingers crossed! : )

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    Christin
    April 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I absolutely LOVE those prints! I want them for my kitchen!

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    Christy B
    April 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Love love love these!! They are fantastic-you all did a great job 🙂

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    Mckae @ Kaes Corner Design
    April 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Love these! Great job! I need them for my kitchen.

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    Lindy
    April 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love the new prints, is the detail more of a gray or brown?

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      Ashley
      April 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks! Well, it’s like a mixture of the two colors. It’s mostly gray, but there’s a tad of brown tones in there to help it go either way.

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    casacaudill
    April 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I really love the prints and the placement of them. Such a great vintage + modern element in the space!

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    Jen
    April 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, it is absolutely LOVELY! <3 Crushing on it like crazy, and inspired!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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    Lori
    April 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    They look great in the spot! I love the dark frame (and the artwork inside!).

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    Carrisa
    April 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    LOVE. I want all four.

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    Kate
    April 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    You must not have too bad of a “black thumb” the other plant on your counter looks great! Do you know what kind it is?

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      Ashley
      April 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks! But it’s from Ikea. And fake, ha ha! ; )

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    Kyle K
    April 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    OMG! I LOVE THESE PRINTS!!!

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    Nicole
    April 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hi! I want to order the whisk from your etsy shop, but am wondering if you could change the whisk to the same colour as the rolling pin? I will order it if you can!!

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      Ashley
      April 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Yeah, I can do that. Just make a note to what color you want in the “note to seller” box when you place your order!

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    nicki
    April 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the prints, but when I had them in my cart shipping was $7.00. Is that correct??

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      Ashley
      April 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks! : )
      Hm, that’s odd. Try refreshing the page…?

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    Cheryl
    February 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

    What size frames did you put these in? if the prints are 11×14, and you have them matted and framed that would be pretty large, especially to hang three together. do you offer other sizes?

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      Ashley
      February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

      No, we don’t offer other sizes at the moment. These are 11×14 frames from Target (which overall size comes out to about 16×20), but you can find other 11×14 frames with smaller mats at places like Micheals, AC Moore and other craft stores. You can also frame them in a 8×10 frame with the mat taken out. Hope that helps!

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    Melanie
    April 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    So I have been reading for awhile and I have NO IDEA how I missed that you have an etsy store and you make these prints! I have been trying to figure out where you got these from! My heart is so excited!

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    Michelle
    August 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Such a smart idea! Do you think these would work on a brick wall?

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      Ashley
      September 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      I’m not sure, though for security, I’d stick to using a screw. Just make sure you place it in the mortar so you don’t run the risk of cracking an entire brick and so it can easily be patched if you were to move the artwork later.

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