Friday, March 25, 2016

Freestyle Friday: Bed, Bath, & Beyond Haul + Sink Makeover

Hey Y'all!

It's finally Friday! :) Today I wanted to share a kitchen haul with you all. I went to BB&B a couple of weeks ago and picked up a few items I had been wanting/needing for a while. The best part was that it was all free! I had a gift card from my birthday last year and a gift card I found leftover from our wedding almost 2 years ago that still had $20 on it! I made my list and headed to the store for my items. I was determined to not use any spending money on this trip (I can get a little carried away in BB&B ;) ) and had actually put several more items in my cart but had to remove them and wait for a later time. It's crazy how fast everything adds up! If I had not had any gift cards, the items below would have come to about $65. Is it just me or is that crazy?? Obviously, I was very grateful to have the gift cards and also very pleased with the items I purchased. Read on to see what I bought . . .

The first item on my list was a soap dispenser for my kitchen. We had a sad little Softsoap brand soap bottle that we had used for the past two years and needless to say, it was pretty gross and just generally unattractive with all of the writing on the front of it. We chose a cute little mason jar soap dispenser to replace it and I love it! So much better.

The 'before' . . .

I also purchased some trivets. We have never had any trivets. We had pot holders and they worked fine, but I wanted actual trivets. They look better than messy pot holders anyway! I bought a set of 3 cork trivets and I also decided to try a silicone trivet. So far I'm happy. :)

Kitchen twine. My goodness, kitchen twine! With as much cooking as I do, can you believe I had never purchased kitchen twine in the almost two years I've been married?? Ridonculous. I know. My roast chicken and stuffed pork loin will greatly appreciate this. ;)

For those of you who don't know this, I'm a somewhat picky person. Particularly when it comes to kitchen dishes. When I got married, I did not put any serving plates or bowls on my registry because those are the sort of things I like to see and feel in person before deciding if I like them enough. I don't know why I'm so picky with serving dishes, but I am. So, I don't have very many serving dishes but I want to start purchasing some so that when I have company over, there are pretty dishes to serve food in, not just pots and pans. :) This platter is perfect for so many things - a pork loin, cookies, bruschetta, bread, appetizers, etc. 

For my sink area, I bought a sponge holder and a dish rack. I previously had a sponge holder with suction cups to stick to the side of the sink, but they became unstick-able after a ridiculously short amount of time, so I opted for this style now. I'm very pleased with it. It's small so the sink area doesn't look too cluttered, but it still holds all the sponges/scrapers that I use regularly.

As for the dish rack, we were gifted with a dish drying mat when we got married, but it isn't always the best option for sitting dishes out to dry and it takes up a lot of counter space. (Cluttered kitchen counters stress me out. Actually, cluttered anything stresses me out. ;) ) Instead, I bought this dish drying rack to sit in one side of my sink - it fits like a glove! I like this set up much better. :)

Finally, here is the picture of my 'made-over' kitchen sink area. I'm quite pleased with it. Even my husband noticed the difference that just switching out a few items made and said it looked like a whole new sink. :)

Sorry, there's no 'before' photo of the sink area - probably a good thing!

That's it for my kitchen haul! Hope you enjoyed the read/photos. :)

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