Living in a 100 year old tiny house is difficult. There is always something breaking, not working or needing updating. While I have advocated down sizing before (and still do) it can pose quite a problem for a cook. There are many things I don’t need in other rooms of the house but the kitchen is one of those where I still don’t have every thing I need, much less every thing I want. One of the problems posed by this little space was where to hang our nerdy artwork. Because there was an empty wall in the kitchen placed where nothing could go against it if you wanted to maintain any sort of emergency exit plan (read here: between two doors) it ended up this was the art wall. From there the kitchen project began.
For most people, I am sure I don’t have to explain the importance of paint colors. You CAN use dark colors in small spaces but it has to be the right dark color (see my bathroom below). This tiny house was painted on the main floor in awful pink tinted beige with dark burgundy accent walls. The result was a house that was dark and depressing at best. Marry this with really badly done mint green cabinets and it just got worse. When we first moved in, we weren’t really sure where to put all our pieces because clearly cooking had to take place but there was so little prep space that it became a chore. We tried several configurations, none of which helped. We finally started a couple of months ago, one project at a time, until we finally arrived at the finished project this weekend.
Yes those are comic books and Daleks. You don’t have to like it but it is quite representative of our household. While the old table we gave a facelift isn’t quite Tardis blue, its close enough for you to get it. Someone, solely the fault of Halo, we went down a deep rabbit hole into very specific nerdy art with candy and/or cupcakes involved. It’s sad. I have added a great print from Amy Houser and I fear I will never stop looking for them. Currently paint and glittering a sign to hand that says “Make Cupcakes Not War.” See what I mean?
As a side note, the master tiny bath was redone as well. It was previously a God-awful shade of blue that did not “brighten” anything. Combined with a poorly hung mirror and a light fixture above it hung 8 inches too far to the right made for a depressing bathroom. Though I went with a darker color, it ended up looking much richer and simply repositioning the light and mirror properly, results in far more light reflecting and a happier room.
Shades of orange, chalkboard paint, take some cabinet doors down, add Big Foot fabric and BAM! Shouldn’t all rooms be happier?