Better Renovations: The Kitchen, After

One of our big tasks at Better Farm was to make the kitchen pristine. That meant doing away with the old, cracked, mismatched wallpaper, sanding down the walls, washing off the discovered boot print on the sheet rock underneath, taking down old musty bookshelves covering up gorgeous reclaimed barn wood, patching (a lot of) holes, and washing all the blinds (bathtubs work best for this—really). It's amazing to work on a house last renovated in 1970 by a bunch of 20-somethings (lots of newspaper stuffed into crevices and random, jerry-rigged solutions never meant to last 39 years).

We were finally ready to paint by the end of Day 1. To keep things basic, we went with plain white paint from Olympic's green line (only $15 at Lowe's—who said going green had to be expensive?), and hung fresh lace curtains reclaimed from storage. And, voila:


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.