howto Hello all you beautiful people! It has been quite a while, and I have missed you. There has been some craziness goin on over here the past couple of weeks, which I will elaborate on in a post to come. But first, I wanted to share one of my favorite projects that Anthony and I have done in our new(ish) place.


As you can see, we had this AWFUL water heater just chillin in the corner of our tiny kitchen.

I was not into it.

There used to be a door there, actually, so I think the idea was that when the door was open, it sort of covered the water heater. But we were like, “Um, guys, why the hell is there a door to the kitchen? Unnecessary.” So we took it off (along with another one opening up to the “hallway” from the living room. Why?) and are storing them under our bed…because we rent and we’ll have to put them back someday. It made a huge difference though, and I highly recommend it if you are in the same situation.

So I started brainstorming about what to cover that dang thing with. And where do you brainstorm about random DIY projects? Why, Pinterest of course! I knew that someone on there would have solved this exact problem – because that’s just how magical Pinterest is.

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And BOOM. Room divider. That was the solution. Thank you pinners.

But then I couldn’t find any cute/cheap ones on Craigslist and most room dividers just didn’t go with a kitchen. Then, wandering in Ikea, we saw a build-your-own room divider. So we bought the frame to put together at home, with the idea being we would cover it with fabric. 14703246007_1c8f98a6a5_o I was thinking we could get cute fabric and maybe some string/wire and clothespins? And make it this cute place to put to do lists, cards, and pictures? But THEN. Emily was like, “Um, why don’t you do chalkboard instead?” MIND BLOWN. To Home Depot we went. 14888288682_296fbd9896_o TIP: If you do this, don’t buy the cheapest particle board in the world. A smoother surface would probably have been better for this. But whatever it’s still awesome. So we picked a bright and bold color (after much hand-wringing and texting to Em on my part) and painted that sucka. IMG_0368 And there you have it. As you can see, we only got two panels for the room divider from Ikea. Remember to measure, measure, measure – or you might get screwed. It has become a really fun part of our kitchen. People come draw genitalia on it all the time (unlike my blog-appropriate and adorable giraffe) and we can write what’s on tap in the kegerator. IMG_0339 It also acts as a great place to stick brooms and mops and stuff. IMG_0336 The only downside I’ve seen is that people’s clothes end up having chalk on it after hanging out with us. But who cares. And now, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about our bar. IMG_0358 IMG_0366 Look at these cute straws Em gave me for my birthday: IMG_0346 IMG_0332 We got this tap handle at a fun vintage store downtown. Handy since this is the keg we get a lot. IMG_0327 I got his whiskey/scotch bottle at a thrift store for nothing. I love how blingy it looks. IMG_0347 IMG_0353 This beautiful ice bucket was found at – you guessed it! A thrift store as well. I’m pretty obsessed with it. What is it with antlers? I kind of want more heads with antlers around… it makes me feel like, majestic or something. IMG_0348 IMG_0356 Do you have a bar? What is your favorite part about it? Or, what is your favorite part of your dream bar that hasn’t been created yet?




2 Comments on {How To}: Hide your ugly water heater

  1. Tina
    July 8, 2017 at 6:53 pm (7 months ago)

    Beautifully done!!!

  2. Diana
    October 24, 2017 at 2:28 am (4 months ago)

    Thanks for an awesome idea!


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