Decorating a Kitchen Wall & Window Frames

I got an e-mail from my adorable sister, Natee asking me for help with a little project of hers. She has this very large, empty wall in her kitchen that she doesn't know what to do with. She says she has an old window pane down in her basement that she was thinking of white-washing and hanging there and maybe hang a wreath or a vinyl saying above. I soo wish I lived closer, I would love to drop by and help her decorate it but because we live in different states, I figure I'd show her a few options of what I would do.

Here is a picture of her wall. Don't you just love that Celery Green? and I love what I can see of those curtain's.
So It's a pretty big wall.

I think Ideally she needs a big piece of furniture, like these shelves from pottery barn.

Or how about this large wooden beauty?

A big White hutch would be Lovely. I just found this one here on Miss Mustard Seed's blog, It belongs to Sarah and Drew B

Or instead of a hutch, she could go with bead board walls with pictures above it like here at the Lettered Cottage (although we all know her wall no longer looks like this. She has tore it down to the beams. but I love it both ways)
I know my sister didn't want to spend a lot of money, but those are just some fun ideas to think about.
So here are Natee's window frames. I'm In Love!!! She told me I could have one. (she's so sweet) and as much as I really really want it, I kinda think she should use both of them on her walls and do something like this......

I love the idea of white washing the windows (which by the way I've never done, so if any of you know how or have any tips please let me know in a comment below) and then hang a piece of molding with a bunch of hooks above it. ( I did the same thing here in my entry way. It was super easy to make.) Then from the hooks she could hang her wreath and tea cup's or other kitchen apron perhaps.

This beautiful Kitchen belongs to Secret Garden Cottage. As well as the next picture.

I just want to know where she found all of her lovely window frames.
So what I'm thinking for Natee's window's would be to put a few photos behind some of the glass panes, like the one above the couch in this picture.

And then use the rest of the panes for memo's. You can write on the glass with just a dry-erase marker.

I just came across this photo here on My Lovely Life's blog.
This next picture is a great idea too. You could add a little wall shelf above the window frame, and add some hooks to mimic this one here.
I love the idea of a mirror in the window frame too. Here is a very large one from Me and Alice.

And finally just a few more ideas. You could use it as a large picture frame.

Or Paint it with chalk board paint and use it for a writing notes.
I hope this was helpful Natee. You have a great big wall to work with so don't be shy. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.
And if any of you readers have any ideas you would like to share, please do so.


  1. What a sweet way to help your sister from afar! Lovin' all the ideas!! I'm sure she will be inspired after reading this!!

  2. How nice that you were able to give her so many great ideas! I certainly enjoyed seeing them all. Now I just need to find some awesome windows (I gave two away to my neighbour a few years ago when I returned from the yard sale I bought them at. She was practically drooling over them and I didn't know what to do with them at the time.) Thanks for sharing the great ideas all in one place.

  3. I am lusting over these photos! I may have to ask for your help come time for our move!!

  4. Hi Emily,
    First, all the best for you and your family in 2011! It's great that you help your sister this way. My favourite is the big wooden beauty! Love it!
    Hope she can decide, take care,

  5. Oh Emily, I love all of these ideas! You are the bestest sister! I would love to buy an old white-washed hutch with lots of character, or those beautiful shelves from Pottery Barn. Maybe, someday. I really like the idea of turning my window into a chalk-message board. (And I am reserving the 2nd window for you. I know you will do something very cute with it. No arguing!)

    So, after looking at all your ideas, here's what I'm thinking about doing... White-wash the window and use the chalkboard paint on the glass. Also, I'd like to install a heavy molding strip and add some fun hooks (maybe all mixed-matched to keep it authentic). I have an old battered berry wreath I want to hang from it and a cute old apron, too. I will send you pics when I get it all done.

    I love you!

  6. And I was inspired by the pic with the molding strip, that a new light would do a lot for the room. I found an old railroad station-type chandelier by Pottery Barn. I'll have to keep my eyes open to find a knock off that I can afford. Where did you find the light you put in your entrance? It's beautiful.

  7. Thanks for the feature, Emily! I love your blog!

  8. Those are all great options. I think she should use both frames, too. I think those with a big shelf and a few other accessories, and she'll be set!

  9. I love all of your ideas.
    Have a wonderful mirror on our website for sale if anyone is interested.

    Thanks for all of the inspiration :)
    Emily @ Crisp Interiors

  10. so cute! I do love that green- I was hoping you weren't going to say it was awful and it was going to be painted over! :)
    What a fun project- great inspiration pics!

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  13. Did she heed your advice? A glass window pane sounds like a good idea, or she could place a large chic mirror to adorn this bare wall. Well, I’m sure whatever you came up with was a better idea than leaving it empty.

    Lynne Hollaran @ Suburban Glass

  14. Wow! Those window ideas are lovely! Each design is very stylish and has the potential to turn a plain-looking house into a fabulous one. I'm sure many people will follow these ideas of yours. Thanks for sharing and keep on inspiring us, Emily! :)

    Darryl Smith @ Franklin Window And Door

  15. Simple, yet elegant. I love that your kitchen redesign has an Old Country feel to it. I'm a big fan of classics myself. Looking forward to future projects! Cheers.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express