July 27, 2012

✥ Ammo Box Storage {+ other finds + my real life} ✥

This is a post about making do. About being happy with what you have, when you have it and about trying to make the most of, well, everything. 
You may have noticed, I hardly ever post pics from our kitchen. For those of you new to my lil blog, I am currently renting a condo. I know- rent the 4 letter word of decorating. It limits our design options and choices. It stiffles our vision for our space.
It's basically like throwing a DIYer in the corner for a time out and telling them they can't play!
And although I have wondered on countless occasions if my landlords would even notice if the cabinets were mysteriously painted white {because, would they??!}...Instead I decided to be grateful for what I have.
To be brave, and share a few images from my space. To share how I've given myself a few vignettes that allow my eyes to rest on something beautiful, instead of something honey, oak!!
There are a few other reasons for this post. 
I wanted to share the reason why why rent in the first place. We moved to Utah with the intention of going back to school. Both Zack and I wanted to go get our MBAs. So this last year we applied to school and we are A GO to start a fantastic, highly ranked, full time program next month!
I guess selling our home and down-sizing was worth it- because the plan worked! I am so stoked to be starting school with my best friend beside me! {Because, let's be honest, I probably would be freaking out if I had to go it alone!!!}

And although I said I've decided to be grateful for what I had, you know, rather than the alternative of being an ungrateful brat blogger, I can say I have a project up my sleeve that could do a little something awesome to this little room. It would not change the color of the cabinets and actually does NOT involve paint- but I've purchased the necessary materials and I'm feeling optimistic. :-)
So let's just call these pics- the "before" shots. Cross your fingers for me that my crazy, ridiculous idea turns out awesome. Cause I hate to have to come back and share a project FAIL!
Maybe you've noticed my "new" storage boxes above the cupboards? I used to have some Ikea crap boxes up there. It's where I store extra ziplock bags and foil and spices, since we have no pantry. They are military ammo crates and they come with authentic dirt, I mean patina! ;-) The wood is all gray and they are crazy sturdy. One of them is stenciled explosives, while the other says mortars.  Did I ever mention that Z was in the Marine's for 6 years?  So this is a little nod to his past and I love them. 

I grabbed this cute owl butter dish from West Elm the other day. {clearance}

Remember the vanilla I made 2 weeks ago?
And below- a new soap dish, also from West Elm.

Although this kitchen will never look like Karianne's or Kelly's. I guess, for now, it is mine.
And anyway, instead of looking at Pinterest all day, I'll be looking at text-books instead. I think I'll decide to be grateful for that! Wish me luck on the upcoming school adventure and with the zany project I am starting next!!

I'm also linked up here.


  1. it looks great- much much MUCH better than mine! :) i love the ammo boxes and can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  2. Awww. You rock! I think renting with spaces that you are limited in, must make you more creative, because your place is BEAUTIFUL!!! and all your projects are awesome! LOVE that butter dish and am excited to see what you have up your sleeve!

    Excited for your new adventure! I didn't know your hubs was in the program with you. That is so cool!

  3. Yay! Good luck, I'll still be following along so be sure to keep the blog going with diy and some school/life updates:)

  4. Those ammo boxes are the bomb - literally!

    Contrats on starting a new adventure in your life - and you have the perfect study buddy!

    And I love those owls - West Elm here I come!

    I know you'll do amazing things with your kitchen - I'll be cheering for you (now get back to those books)!

  5. Good for you for following your dreams! It will be worth it in the end. I admire you for taking this leap!

  6. I love the boxes. You have such a beautiful home. Good luck on embarking on your classes. I am going to be finishing up my final two classes for my MPA next week. It's been 18 months since I started, but it's worth it in the end. Megan

  7. You have created a lovely kitchen - especially where you feel limited because you are renting. Love the ammo boxes and the butter dish is just the cutest. Look forward to seeing the changes you have planned for the space and good luck with your new schooling adventure.

  8. Hey friend, even if you can't do much to that kitchen, you have added some beautiful pieces to make the space so unique. I love your style. And one day when you have a kitchen that you do whatever you want to it, it's going to be amazing. Enjoy the beginning of school, so exciting!

  9. WOW! So exciting! Congrats on going back to school. Can't wait to see what you have in mind :)

  10. Can't wait to see what you are planning, judging from your other projects I'm sure it'll be wonderful!

    Congratulations on going back to school. I've been working on getting my bachelor's and have only 9 classes left! WooHoo!


  11. Hi there! Congrats to you!! I'm back from an extended blog break and so is Potpourri Friday! Hope you will link up a thing or two!

  12. Becca,

    You are such a rock star! I love that you are following your dreams. Seriously. I read every word and I know that this is going to be such an incredible journey.

    My husband is starting to work on his MBA, too! So I can understand the stress (just a little) and I know you will be so happy that you took a leap of faith.


  13. Love your guts! Can't WAIT to see what you come up with, cuz I'm pretty sure my honey oak cabinets are going now where, too. :)

  14. I love the look of your square clock atop the boxes. Cuteness!


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