It’s officially official. We’re doing a kitchen remodel! It’s been over a year since we’ve done any major remodeling work—after 6 straight years we were feeling a bit burned out and took a much needed break. In this case, absence certainly did make the heart grow fonder—we are back and better than ever!
This isn’t our first kitchen remodel…this will end up being our fourth, which is crazy town! This time will be different for one reason—we are designing this kitchen for us, not anyone else. The other three times were for houses we were living in while flipping and selling (see them here: house number one, house number two, house number three). This time, we are staying!
I don’t want to be foolish and claim a lifelong allegiance to this kitchen—who knows where we’ll end up. But this is the first time in 7 years that we are putting roots down—and that feels really, really good.
As far as plans go—I have a pretty good idea of what I’d like to do. I’ve pinned about a million and ten photos on Pinterest. More importantly, Scott and I have talked through the most important parts of the function of the kitchen itself. We entertain a ton and love to cook—but we are working with a relatively small space and a limited budget.
Here’s the kitchen as it was when we bought the house 2 years ago:
As a quick fix, we painted the upper cabinets white and the lower cabinets navy—the painted two toned look really helped brighten it up!
We always knew that was a temporary fix, which allowed us to take time to think about what we really wanted to change.
The main issues we had with the kitchen were:
- Not enough counter space
- Outdated appliances – I couldn’t even fit a cookie sheet in our oven because the oven was too small.
- Poor lighting – there’s no window in the kitchen and the two tiny lights in it are not very good lighting.
- Nearly impossible to entertain—it was completely cut off from the living room and dining room
- Small pantry that was non functional—it is very deep…I couldn’t even reach the back with my entire arm stretched out!
- Weird layout—we don’t need an eat-in kitchen since we have a dining room.
- Extremely narrow – the dishwasher could barely open before hitting the other cabinets!
- “Not us” – the floor tile, backsplash, counter…everything was so orangey-beige. Even the grout. Blah. Orangey-beige just happens to be my least favorite color ever.
With all that being said, here are some ideas I have!
I’m 90% sold on a white kitchen, and 100% sold on gold accents—is anyone surprised? I love how bright and airy this one is.
I’m also 100% sold on counters that look like marble. I say “look like” because I know I’m not up for the task of caring for marble counters, even though they are so gorgeous! I’ve been looking at some quartz options that look like marble and have been really impressed! They actually cost MORE than real marble, but they are the most durable, low-maintance option out there, and I’m about that life.
Our floor plan has both a peninsula and an island in it! The peninsula is about the size of the photo below, but it will give us the benefits of a little more counter space and a little bit of extra seating.
I’m strongly considering only having open shelving on the top instead of upper cabinets. I’d love to hear any personal experiences you guys have had with them!
So, I can’t add a wall of gorgeous windows but I can add a gorgeous undermount apron-front farmhouse sink!
And, of course, a gold faucet. This sink has so many accessories (is that even the right word?) I can’t figure out what some of these even are!
Another decision we are trying to make is what color of appliances to go with. I’m a big fan of white appliances and am 80% leaning that way—but there are so many more options in stainless steel!
So, that’s where we’re at. We are in a flurry of choosing cabinets and flooring and finding plumbers and whatever else we are supposed to do. Phew.
What projects have you all been working on lately? And if you have them, tell me about your experience with open shelving in the kitchen?!