Easy DIY kitchen cabinet update for renters

I was tired of looking at my outdated, oh-so-brown cabinets in our rental. With only one tiny window above the sink the space gets very little natural light which makes me not excited to cook in when I’d rather be outside in the sunshine.
Rather than spending lots of time and money painting or putting up peel-off vinyl on my cabinets I went for a much quicker and easier route – wrapping paper!

The entire project took less than 2 hours and cost less than 10 dollars! 

Heres how I did it

  1. Remove cabinet doors from hinges. Leave the hinges attached to the actual cabinet, this makes it easier to re-hang them. Only take down a few doors at a time to prevent them from getting too mixed up.
  2. Wipe down the doors as you go! I know-cleaning, boo. But trust me, you don’t want to have grime under the paper.
  3. Remove any handles/hardware from the door.
  4. Unroll your wrapping paper and lay the door, outside down, onto the paper. Give yourself at least three inches of paper on each side of the door. Cut the paper to size.
  5. Using Scotch tape, fold up the sides of the paper and tape them down. Fold the corners in the way you would a present and tape them down next.
  6. Re-attach the handles.
  7. Re-attach the door to the hinges still hung on the cabinet. I did some of these on my own but it was much easier to have an extra pair of hands to hold up the door.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the doors.

This was a super quick, easy, and cheap way to make my kitchen more beautiful and unique. I’ve had this paper up for a few months without a hitch. Luckily, I do not have any doors above my stove which could make the paper grimy, more quickly. If you do, I’d still put paper up but just buy enough wrapping paper to switch it out if it gets too bad.

Get creative with your paper choice! At my old apartment I used maps I had collected form roadside stops. It made for great conversation about my travels when friends came over.

Let me know if you try this and how it works!



Embroidered baby bib 

So my dear friend from college announced he and his wife were expecting! I was so, so excited and immediately could picture what I could make him for a baby gift.

I’ve used this bib pattern many times in the past for shower gifts. Friends and family have told me that it is the most absorbent bib they own (good for teething babies).

After using the Sew She Sews pattern, to make the bib, I sketched out what I had envisioned using a quilting pencil. Then I hand stitched using three strands of embroidery floss in teal and orange. My friend was a huge political activist, and still is, and I would bet his future mini me will be too. The bib is reversible so double the usage!
What do you think?


This Week in New York City

If I haven’t said it before, never in my life did I imagine New York City to be on the map of “places I’ve lived”, but it indeed happened, and I’ve been making the most out of it since my husband and I moved here unexpectedly over a year ago! Although the city can be very busy, loud, and quite overwhelming for me at times, I have been trying to embrace this change by using my camera (or I should say more recently my phone camera) as much as I can to capture the things that make it so great.

While there are those iconic shots that first come to mind like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, or even one of my favorites, the expansive skyline as seen from the DUMBO waterfront; I have found that what has captivated me most in the short time I’ve called myself a New York transplant, is the simple moments of beauty that stand out in the hustle and bustle of my daily life. Whether it be on a quick walk to the Union Square Greenmarket during my lunch break, from my ride home on the Q train, or on my evening walk with the pup; I have been challenging myself to step out of my day-to-day routine to capture moments that inspire me and that I otherwise take for granted.

Similar to Kate’s recent post on finding a #quietmomentinrome, I will be sharing a series of simple and inspiring moments from my daily life as a New York City resident. Here’s a look into what inspired me this past week:

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Chinatown at sunset as seen passing by from the Q Train.

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Baby heirloom tomatoes from Cortelyou Greenmarket in Brooklyn.

This girl walked by me on 3rd Avenue while on my way to work one morning. I really loved her style.


Cotton candy skies from an evening walk with the pup in our Brooklyn neighborhood.

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