While innocently shopping and brunching with my girlfriend, I found an apron. Not one to actually wear protective gear while cooking (and really, who am I kidding – Scott makes the grub in this casa), I thought, How perfect! I’ll wear this when I paint. Omg, it’ll be soso cute! Done. The black and yellow stole my heart (a favorite color combo, with my family being from Pittsburgh), and the $15 clearance price, from Anthropologie no less, made the decision easy. But, you see, this seemingly simple choice spawned a series of events that not even I could imagine would happen. (Luckily, said events weren’t strenuous, nor did they create any oh-no-moments.)
It started with this thought: where would my apron go? My psychotic tendencies means that everything in our home has… well, a home. And we didn’t want a homeless apron. So it only made sense that I also purchase a hook. And for $3, this clearance knob (while not a hook), made it to the checkout line, too.
Excited to show Scott the day’s finds, he – pulling a Kim, smarty pants! – wanted to know where the hook would go. Well, duh, I said. Naturally, it’ll hang to the left of the kitchen window, within arm’s reach of my painting table, next to the fridge.
In turn, another problem was created. Those curtains were bulky, and we surely didn’t want them hiding my pretty, frilly apron. After all, the black and yellow must shine in the room! That apron will make the room! So, down the curtains came.
But, gosh. Remember that time we painted the kitchen and we didn’t bother with the window casing? Actually, come to think of it, in the two colors this kitchen has seen, we’d never once painted inside the sill. Remaining there was the last bit of contractor’s beige in our home. That is, until, our paint came out.
And then we were almost ready. Because, of course, I couldn’t just leave the knob as-is. After a makeover with white and coral paint (plus a spritz of satin sealer), it seemed we were in business. And because the original intent of my apron hook was actually a drawer knob, we crossed our fingers in the hopes that a regular ol’ anchor would accept the fine threading. This meant a preliminary puncture with the fattest screw in our Grandpa Jar, but phew. It worked.
The apron that started it all is happy. (Me too.) And while he doesn’t care why or how, our little man’s favorite people-watching-perch is no longer constricted by curtain views.
The funny (or maybe not-so-funny) thing is that I forgot to wear it during my last painting session. I mean… I just… I don’t know. Just plain slipped my mind. Huh. But it sure is cute, and I’m thinking it does, indeed, make the room! At least, that’s the story I’m sticking to.
Y’all can relate, yeah? Let’s hear about your project that started a project that started that other project.
There is NOTHING about this post that I don’t love! Honestly. From the amazing apron (that looks super cute on you, Kim!) to the fact that you guys had never painted the window casing to Jack benefiting from you removing the drapes (but only on the one window?) to you forgetting to actually WEAR said apron when you next painted, I love the sorta ADD twists in this story.
And as far as stickin’ to your story that the apron makes the room – I agree. It does! It’s like a fabric sunbeam!
Susan, thank you! I love your description of a fabric sunbeam. That’s exactly what it is!
So do you ever get paint on your clothes? Do you wear an old tshirt or something when you paint? I have a hard time believing you’d still hang that sucker up with paint splatters on it. You silly nilly nutbutt! And I’m also perplexed by the ONE curtain-less window. haha
Jill! I don’t get crazy with my paint (since the canvases are so small), but sometimes I’ll splash watered down paint on my jeans – bummer! Also, yup, just the one window. The other curtains are part of the living room! Maybe I should have clarified that. In our tiny home, it’s our way of dividing up the different zones and rooms.
If I cooked, I might wear that apron. But the OCD side of me wouldn’t want such a pretty apron getting dirty, so it would stay on the wall, as art. I love that you’ve customized the wall to fit your needs, and for clearance prices! Great work, Kim! (and Scott).
Oh, and I love the AT post about your media wall. :)
Thank you, Amanda! I was surprised to see that on AT; very exciting!
ok, the window room division makes more sense now, and wearing the apron to save your jeans from watered down paint splashes does too. ;) what are you going to do with those curtains now? storage?
I love this! The apron is so cute, and that sounds about like how my thought pattern goes!
Jill, I knew you’d understand! As for the curtains… yard sale!
Pretty as a picture! But I hate the idea of that lovely apron getting paint on it. Which is why all my cooking aprons (because I need protective gear just to wash the dishes) tend to be less-than-cute.
So cute! Can I just say I’m a newbie here and I’m lovin this blog! You’re beautiful dog melts my heart with that face!! I know you prolly have it posted (I’m lazy) but what is his/her name?
Thanks, Jen! His name is Jack. You can find out more about him and his 2 sisters, right here: