Hello sweet friends! Today I am talking about what I hope to be our next big house project.
I really have to psych myself up for this one since it is such an undertaking…the kitchen!! I am finally starting to think about this space, so I thought I would share my initial thoughts and get some feedback from you guys! I want to say also that I know we are blessed to have a nice kitchen to start with, and I am extremely grateful for that. It is just time to make it feel more like us. 🙂
First, here is how our kitchen looks now:
Our kitchen is at the back of the house and that is the view entering from the front of the house. The only thing I have done in this space so far is painted the walls and trim. I used the same color I used throughout the rest of the downstairs: Campfire Ash by Behr.
This is looking in from the living room:
I haven’t added any decor at all really since I have been waiting until its big makeover to add my own personality.
I did buy this sugar crock from the booth next to mine for only $12 though:
It is perfect for holding a ton of kitchen utensils! I keep it turned it around so “sugar” faces the back. And you can see in that photo that our cabinets are not in the best shape, and the undersides have all yellowed.
To left of the island is the fridge and more cabinets:
Just past the fridge through that doorway on the left is a small butler’s pantry:
The dining room is through that doorway.
Our kitchen has great bones so we are going work with what we already have for the most part. The cabinets seem to be nice quality so they will be painted white to match the trimwork. (I won’t miss this dark red color AT ALL.) The black granite counters are in good shape so they will also stay, and the appliances are all updated so we are all set there. However there are a few things I might be willing to part with and hopefully you guys can offer some input..
Before I can start on anything, I need to decide what to do, if anything, to our existing tile floor.
Do we keep the existing tile floor or replace it with the same wood we used in the rest of our downstairs?
Currently we have these 16″ tiles:
I’ve never been a big fan of this tile floor, and had originally wanted to replace them as soon as we moved in in the same wood flooring we used in our front two rooms and living room. You can see a peek of them and how they transition into the tile floor below:
We decided to live with them for a while and then see we feel about them. So now it’s decision time. Do we replace the tile with matching wood flooring? OR option #2: Do I give the grout a good cleaning (I have put this task off since there was a chance the tile would be going.) like I did in our downstairs bath and keep them?
The tile looked so much better in there after the grout got a good cleaning:
See how I cleaned the grout with no harsh chemicals HERE.
Here is a better look at the wood flooring we already have downstairs:
I know I will love the floors flowing continuously throughout most of the downstairs like we had in our last house, but I feel like the tile might be more durable in the kitchen for the long haul? I would love your thoughts!
Also I have resisted buying any rugs for this space until our big makeover, so I know they will add a lot to the space as well. Currently we have nothing on the floors in here:
We still have some of Brennan’s balloons up from his birthday lol.
I already know the cabinets will be painted white.
However for the island…
I was thinking of adding beadboard like I did to our last island and painting it in my favorite blue, Sunken Pool by Behr. It is similar to the color of the curtains in our living room in the background:
You can see a dresser I painted in that color HERE. Just to add a pop of color, and it is easily paintable if we decide to sell down the road. What are your thoughts?
The next item on the agenda that I could use your help with is this narrow cabinet to the right of the window:
Can I remove the cabinet to the right of the window without it looking unbalanced?
It really bugs me for some reason. It is so skinny and honestly doesn’t hold very much. But would it look unbalance if I removed it?
Maybe I need to remove both on either side? I will be adding some sort of tile backsplash and I thought I could add it all the way to the top where those cabinets are. Maybe I could add a few small floating shelves instead? They would have to be super short though.
Or do I just keep them and live with them? Maybe ya’ll don’t think they are that bad?
I haven’t chosen what I want to use for the backsplash yet, but I’m pretty sure it is going to involve tile.
Should I remove that existing piece along the back and take the tile all the way to the counter?
Also do I remove this stainless steel thing behind the stove:
I’m not a huge fan of it and the racks that hang from it just gather dust. What do ya’ll think? Do you like it?
I am also planning to add glass to the doors of one of the existing cabinets…probably this one to the right of the stove:
Just like I did in our old kitchen. See how I did that HERE.
I will change out the drawer and cabinet pulls and replace them with ones similar to what I used in my boys’ bathroom.
I also want to replace the faucet:
This one is very functional, but I’m leaning towards more shiny nickel finishes instead.
I am also hoping to add some sort of window treatment to this big window above the sink:
Maybe a roman shade?
These barstools will be staying:
I like how they tuck under the counter, but I will probably look for something to replace the material on the top since they are starting to show some wear.
And finally, I would love to do something different with the pendant lights:
These don’t have a whole lot of personality.
And just so you can see what is on the opposite side:
That door opens to our pantry. We added a French door to our pantry in my first house…that might be fun here too, but I am in no rush to replace this one.
And that is a very in-depth look at our kitchen!
I’ll be following the exact same painting method I used in our last kitchen. I shared a complete step-by-step tutorial HERE.
Here is a before and after of our last kitchen:
I also shared a three-year follow-up that you can read about HERE.
I am SO ready to get this kitchen started!! I would love to hear any and all suggestions ya’ll have!
UPDATE: Operation Kitchen Update is under way! See my first progress post HERE!
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