3 Quick Decorative Updates in the Kitchen

So after we moved the bakers rack from this wall


to this wall


it left the entire area totally bare. I love the paint color but wow, every time I would look from the kitchen into the dining room I would just stare at the vast and open space thinking, “What I am I going to do with THIS now!”


I really wanted to use what I had on hand first and what I had on hand was this Suwannee Sugar Cane Farm sign I made in September of 2013. It was back in the “coastal” days when the kitchen was painted in a pretty color called Green Tea. I had used that same color to help accent some of the letters on the sign. The sign was the perfect size for the spot but the Green Tea portion wasn’t working for me anymore.


I took out my black craft paint and painted right over the Green Tea.


Once the paint had dried, I lightly sanded the entire sign with a 220-grit piece of sandpaper. As you can see the green tea had been slightly uncovered in the sanding process.


I wanted a more aged look without the use of color so I put a small amount of Annie Sloan Dark Wax on a cloth and rubbed the wax into the letters. This gave the sign the extra layer of patina I had envisioned.


I hung the sign up last weekend and I love the way it looks in the space. It’s the perfect size and it reminds me of home every time see it.


You may remember this vintage chalkboard sign that was previously in the dining room.


Well the beverage cart sold while I was at the cabin, which meant everything on it, had to be relocated. The chalkboard was hanging around the house waiting to be used again. Once we had the sign in place, I knew the chalkboard would provide the perfect pop of black to tie the letters on the sign with the black granite countertops. It has the recipe for Snickerdoodles on it right now but I hoping to put our weekly dinner menu up there. I really think it will help cut down on the “What’s for dinner?” conversations that happen every. night. from 5:30 to 6:30.


With both the Sugar Cane Sign and the chalkboard hung up I was ready to move on to my next mini makeover. Since I still had the black craft paint out, I decided to give the chair of the built in desk in the kitchen a makeover too. I had painted the fabric on the chair seat and created a grain sack like appearance in January of last year. I also used stencils to personalize it. The paint on this chair has held up really well.


I painted over the chunky stripe down the center, filled in the color on the stenciled letters and highlighted the thin stripes on either side of the stencil. The black gives it a totally different feel than the Green Tea.


It was really exciting to be able to finish the both of the painted projects in an afternoon as well as hang the chalkboard up. Even more exciting was that making these little changes to the kitchen costs me zero dollars to complete!

See you guys back here tomorrow – I finally finished a small bookcase project that I’ve been putting off for a while.

Many blessings,


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  1. Wow…you have been a busy bee! I love how you revamped your existing decor to create harmony with your style and design. Beautiful job, especially the sugar cane sign. You are truly talented!

    1. That sugar cane sign is one of my favorite things in the whole kitchen. It reminds me of home every time I look at it. Thanks for all of your sweet comments, hugs, Coco

    1. Thank you Angie, that sign makes me happy every time I look at it! You and I could have a craft weekend based on nothing but making signs 🙂

  2. Coco, WOW you are a whiz with that paint brush!! I can’t believe how much you have done this week and the sign is darling!!! have a great weekend, Lisa

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Lisa, I feel the same way about you when I see your sewing machine!

  3. Love all of these updates ~ and they definitely fall into the category of “small change, big difference” CoCo! You have been so busy, and these updates are great to freshen up after the holidays 🙂 I’m inspired to make some SCBD updates myself now! Bwg ~~~

    1. Thanks so much Bobbi! It was so excited to have these completed in an afternoon.

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