Five Inspiring Photos to Break You Out of Your Design Rut

So many of us get stuck in ruts. Life ruts, relationship ruts, career ruts, but most importantly (clearly), design ruts. You see the same interiors over and over, or get used to using a ladder for just one reason, or seeing a kitchen that is all too typical. Sometimes, all it takes is a visual “punch” to bring you back to life and get your creative juices flowing again. Even if these photos don’t represent ideas you’d incorporate into your own kitchen or bathroom, they’re bound to shake up your day a little, and spring you on your way towards a freer, less inhibited aesthetic.

Ladder with pots and pans hanging on it in the kitchen

Ladders are for climbing and reaching high places…right? This ultra simple metal ladder doubles as a pan holder. Simply buy some S-shaped hooks and you’ll have an instant storage unit. What a beautiful, rustic way to display your cast iron pots and pans.

Ladder in a bathroom using closet for storage

All too often we see shoes and accessories stored together with clothing. In this bathroom, storage space that would normally be reserved for toiletries, extra linens, and cleaning products make way for accessories. Simply unhinge cabinet doors and cover with a coat of glossy white paint for a clean, boutique feel.

Nautical themed kitchen inside of an Airstream trailer

This is an Airstream trailer. How freaking awesome, right? The “kitchen” is tiny – it actually consists of one burner, a convection microwave, and a teeny-tiny sink. But, it’s brought to life with it’s all white look, and pop of contrast in the graphic wallpaper. Also, if you’ve got a tiny space, a theme might be handy. This Airstream is nautical themed, so furnishing it in accordance, down to the porthole window, makes a small space light, airy, and fun.

Bathroom with multiple round mirrors hanging

Can’t find the perfect mirror for your vanity? We love that this modern, minimalist vanity was paired with simple mirrors of various sizes, arranged haphazardly but still stylishly on the wall. You can also achieve a similar look by pairing mirrors with different frames, some modern, some more ornate. Think a gallery photo wall, but with mirrors instead. The key is to not look too done!

Bathroom with chalkboard paint, pastel rug, and paintings hanging

Lastly, there are so many elements in this bathroom that I wouldn’t normally think of putting in a bathroom, but somehow it works. First, the rug. A little random, but you have to admit that it’s so much chicer than those terry bath mats that come in pastel colors. Also, the black chalkboard paint. It’s sometimes too much to paint an entire bathroom black, so you’ll notice 90% of the walls are covered with hanging photos, prints, and paintings. They predominantly have white backgrounds, which makes for a lovely contrast, and echoes the white toilet and sink.

Did these photos “disrupt” your design aesthetic and get you out of that rut? Share your most inspirational ideas below.

(Photos via Design Sponge, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy)

This post entitled Five Inspiring Photos to Break You Out of Your Design Rut is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen and bathroom cabinets on the internet.

15 Lite Interior Doors 

I am very excited about this week's door shipment. We just received a pallet of 15 lite primed interior doors. These doors can add a classic county look to any space and at only $89 a slab (normally $145 and a two week lead time) it makes sense to get them now. For information and availability call us at our Maple Valley store at 425-432-5189. Here are a few inspirational pictures to get your creative juices flowing. For additional ideas see our Pinterest page!

1. Build an Enclosed Porch or Sitting Area 

2. Create a Garden Room 

3. Make a Picture Frame 

4. Stylize an outdoor wedding

5. Use them for a seating chart 

6. Use them as interior doors to create privacy and/or intimacy. 

Chicken Coop Items 

If you have been to any of the local farm and ranch stores lately you have probably noticed it's chick time again! Backyard chicken coops are becoming increasingly popular and this time of year we always have quite a few customers flocking in (excuse the pun) looking for chicken coop items. This year we have practically everything you need to make a chicken coop on the cheap cheap (hahaha)! We still have a few shipping containers left from last year that make great chicken coops and are already built, you just have to have a little creativity and decorative touches. We also have cedar vents for decorative ventilation. We have a pallet of pine 2" x 2" spindles that work great for building roosts. And we have a variety of small windows and glass units that can be stopped in to add some daylight (it is recommended you install chicken coop windows on the south facing side so your chickens get sunlight all day long). Below are some pictures of the items we have in stock as well as some finished product ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Happy Building! 

Tip #1 - Use Millwork Outlet shipping containers ($55) as your structure base. 

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4' x 4' x 8' Shipping Containers are only $55
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Turn the containers on their sides, cut doors in the sides and lift with 4x4 posts.
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Turn the containers on their side and use the door to gather eggs every morning.

Tip #2: Create a Rustic Chic look with Millwork Outlet rusty metal roofing ($2/foot)

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Rust patina adds character.
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Get a rust patina without waiting year and years!

Tip #3: Use Millwork Outlet cedar vents to create ventilation and security ($15-$65)

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Vents are necessary in promoting proper ventilation and can double as a door.
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Normally cedar vents would be too expensive for a chicken coop, but he have LOTS of overstock so add a touch of class to your coop!

Tip #4: Use old window sashes as doors and windows ($15)

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Use old wood or vinyl window sashes as doors or venting windows by adding a surface mounted hinges and latch.
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Using sashes increases the cute factor, helps with ventilation and provides a light source.

Tip #5: Use Millwork Outlet closeout pine spindles to build roosts ($1 each) 

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2" x 2" Spindles used to build roosts.
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Only $1 each while they last!