It's a chalkboard!
The thing on the wall to the top left, I found inspiration from Pottery Barn. They had this huge linen board. So I found a cork board from Goodwill and covered it with this really cool fabric that was a $1 a yard at Walmart.
Shout out: when we moved in, back in 2006 the awesome slate tile was put in by my own personal handy manny and his brother, my bro-in-law, uber talented Ivan. (and the new dry wall covering hideous wood paneling and the crown molding, the cabinets were painted and we added that small strip of molding- it's black- to the top of the cabinets to make them more interesting, and purchased the formica countertop).
One of my favorite things about the kitchen is the shades. They are this amazing green hue and they were soooo cheap. Like cheap blinds from Walmart cheap! They are modern and traditional, masculine yet shabby chic, at the same time (in my mind at least), which I decorate by the seat of my pants, but whatever.
We did NOT want to have to get a desk and lose that space (what little space in my house the kids haven't taken over).. but with G studying and doing school work every night, mostly on the computer, we had no choice. I shopped and shopped craiglist until the light shined down from Heaven and God blessed us with this perfect desk, for $25 bucks. The computer was free, monitor from Quintons, and computer from G's old work!
I was totally inspired by a "milk glass" decor wall in a magazine and I decided I wanted to use milk glass in my kitchen. I love the vintage, yet modern look of it and I'm going from loving black in my decor, to loving white. Since you can only get milk glass used (it's vintage, not sure if they have started reproducing it yet), I asked my family to be on the quest for milk glass. My sweet sis, Rebecca found some amazing pieces from the dirty dirty (of course, where the best shopping in the east coast is) and I found a few pieces from antique shops around here. And it's super reasonable too! The few I found were about $8/piece.
So this is my favorite wall in the kitchen. I got this huge decal from Etsy and the milk glass along with some other fun decor items.
All in all, after selling items, I'd say out of pocket expense for us on this kitchen was around $150. Cha ching.
I Loooooove decorating... now that this is done, what project can I work on next?? ;)