Before & After: A Quick Fix for a Struggling Corner

Before & After: A Quick Fix for a Struggling Corner

Kate Wangsgard
Apr 26, 2011

The corner of my kitchen — or I suppose what could be called my entry way — needed a little pick me up. While not looking dreadful, the small shelves were constantly getting overloaded with keys, mail, winter gear and pretty much anything else that happened to be in our hands when we walk through the door…

It also has an unfortunately placed phone jack that we don't use. I have been wanting to spruce it up for a while now but it was never a top priority. One morning I spotted a small, black pub mirror on the sidewalk and knew that with a little paint, it would be just what my kitchen needed.

With some paint I had on hand for other projects, I quickly added some color and stripes to the mirror. I love the way it turned out and that it adds some visual interest right when you walk in the door. It is nice to have a designated spot for our key and a little mirror there to take a quick look before walking out the door. It also has the added bonus of perfectly covering up the ugly phone jack.

I got rid of the other pictures and slimed down our winter wear to the few things we will need over the next several weeks as spring struggles to arrive. I may have to come up with a better spot for our gear next winter, but for now I will appreciate this cleaned up little corner of my kitchen. It makes me smile every time I come home, especially since it didn't cost me a dime.

Images: Kate Wangsgard

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