Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets- Before and After Pictures and Tips

decorating above kitchen cabinetsDecorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, before picture

I am always amazed at how different my kitchen looks when it is bare above the cabinets.  Simply adding some plants, stems, baskets, and vases can make such a difference in the coziness of the room.  I get a lot of compliments on the flowers that I have used recently so I thought I would share this post on decorating above kitchen cabinets and show you exactly what I used.

Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, flower assortmentOK, here is everything I thought I was going to use with the exception of the one container that you will see on the cabinets above my fridge.  So with that exception, you can  see here that I used…

One red berry garland, six olive branch stems, 2 yellow daisy stems, 3 large red sun flower stems, a branch with pears (see below, how I made this), one purple and green leaf stem, two small red leaf stems, one ivy plant, curly twigs, one basket with grapes, and two silk cabbages.

When I thought I was finished I realized I had a few bare spots and added 3 whispy pine stems with red berries that I layered on top of the red berry garland and then I added 2 more daisy stems above the fridge with 2 red hibiscus stems.  I added these items a few days later.  Some times you need to come back with fresh eyes and reassess.

For some reason, I just love decorating with pears.  For this project, I didn’t have any pear stems so I decided to make one…

Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, Making pear stemsMaking Pear Stems

Pear branch

First I found a nice size twig and then I gathered some fake pears.  I poked a hole in the bottom of each pear with a protractor because it looked like it was the right size 🙂 and then I squeezed some hot glue into the hole and then applied it to branch where I wanted it.  I held it in place for about a minute for the glue to cool and harden.  I did this until I had added six pears.

I added the garland above the middle cabinet first and then added the three red sunflower stems on the side.  The three whispy pine stems I added a few days later.

Decorating above kitchen cabinets, berry garlandsDecorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, adding red sunflowers

Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, adding Pears and OlivesDecorating above kitchen cabinets, left of sink

Next I added three olive stems , bending them a little to hang over the side.  Then I added my lovely pear branch and gently intertwined it with the front olive branch.  I also added the stem with the purple and green leaves and two daisy stems in between the pears and olives and the red sunflowers.

Decorating above kitchen cabinets,daisy stemDecorating above kitchen cupboards, daisy stem bent

Above shows an example of how I bent the daisy stem before adding it above the cupboards.  Sometimes people make the mistake of just tucking in stems and they just lay flat.   A lot of silk stems have wires in them so you can manipulate which way they go.

Decorating above Kitchen Cabinets, adding cabbages

Above this small cabinet I just added the basket in the corner and then placed one cabbage in it and the large cabbage beside it.  Oh, and I added a small piece of clear Tupperware under the small purple cabbage to get it to set right . 🙂

Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, above fridgeratorDecorating above kitchen cabinets and fridge

Here I started again with three olive branches, gently cascading off one side of the cabinet. Then I poked in the two small red leaf stems on one side and then two yellow daisy stems on the other side.  I also stuck the curly twigs in behind the daisies so they could cascade out on to the decorative pot on the lower cabinet.  To finish it off I just added the ivy plant in the corner leaving a few of it’s stems hanging down above the fridge.

Well, needless to say, I completed this project in a few days.  I wasn’t thrilled with how it looked above these cabinets (picture above on the right) so I gave it a day or so and then added two more daisy stems and the two red hibiscus stems.  There, much better. 🙂

DSCN9666Decdorating Above Kitchen Cabinets, Before Overview

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