Eeeeeeeekkk! You guys have no idea how incredibly excited I am to be rolling out this project! Ever since we moved into our house six years ago, I have been dying to do something about our kitchen, and it’s finally time! We are embarking on a full-blown kitchen renovation, and I can’t wait to share all of the details with you!
You may have noticed that the kitchen is the one room that I hardly ever show on the blog, and for good reason. It’s not pretty. Like, at all. But as not pretty as it is currently, it was once even uglier. Here is what it looked like the day we moved in:
I mean, just LOOK at all of that faux wood. Are you so jealous right now?! 😉 It’s true. The cabs weren’t even actual wood. They were laminate. Lots and lots of laminate. So being on a tight budget, we did what we could. We painted them. And things in the kitchen actually looked a little better…
A little bit. If you don’t look too closely. 🙂
What We’re Changing
Even from afar, there were a few things that always bugged me. That half wall with the spindles, for example, always seemed like such an odd way to separate the spaces. That will definitely be coming down.
I wish I could blame the builder or the previous owner for all of the things I don’t like about our kitchen, but I am just as guilty. That boob light? I picked that. Ugh. In my defense, it is better than the big, long florescent light that was there before. Knowing my
cheap thrifty self, I probably just went into the home improvement store and picked the least expensive flush-mount light they had, but still. That light will be going.
The pea green paint color was also my pick. For some reason, that was my absolute favorite color for decorating when we first got married– our couch covers, dishes, curtains, pillows, and so many other things were that color as well. And I think it could be nice in certain situations. Somewhere. But it just doesn’t fit with the rest of our house right now, so it will be leaving as well.
As you move closer into the kitchen, I’m sure you can spot a few other things that need to be addressed as well. Like… oh, I don’t know… the fact that a bunch of the drawers are chipping and even falling apart?
Apparently, even with a super-strong primer, painted laminate doesn’t exactly stand the test of time. The bottom cabinets in particular are kind of a mess. And I don’t know if it’s having two wild little boys running around all the time or just natural wear and tear, but several of the drawers have started to sag in the back and are barely hanging on. Lovely.
As much as I would have liked to avoid it, we are going to be replacing some of the appliances as well. The range is old and on its last leg (plus it doesn’t match, which drives this type-A mama crazy 😉 ).
The fridge is actually still in great shape; however, we bought it to fit our rental in Arizona which had a HUGE refrigerator opening. And while it was nice to have so much space, it was so wide (36″!) that it was severely affecting the new kitchen layout, so we will be donating it to a non-profit we’re connected with and replacing it with a narrower one.
And finally, of all the things I wanted to change about the kitchen, my most un-favorite feature has got to be that backsplash. Even just plain white blocks would have been okay, but that fruit? It kills me. Plus it has a bunch of little nooks and crannies, which makes it a bear to clean. Buh-bye, ugly fruit backsplash!
So with all of the “stuff” that’s going, what will be taking its place? Oh I’m so glad you asked!! Here’s the plan:
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Yippeeeeee! Can you tell I’m just a smidge excited? Like just about everyone else on the interwebs, I have fallen in love with the look of a clean, white kitchen, so we will be going with white cabinets (I guess they’re technically off-white, but they look more white in person.) with pretty cup pulls and matching knobs. We also chose a white sink with an AWESOME faucet that I cannot wait to play around with. We haven’t finalized countertops or backsplash tile yet, but you can see what I’m leaning toward on the mood board. I love the white/gray marble-y look, so we will probably be going with that. With all of that white going on I had to bring in color somewhere, and a pretty rug and curtains should do the trick. Since this is still a small space, organization is extremely important to me, too, so I’m planning on lots of dividers and containers to help me keep things under control.
What We’re Not Changing
Whew! That was a lot. And while it may seem like nothing is going untouched, there are actually a few things we are keeping. Our initial plan included ripping up and replacing the flooring, but since it is in good shape and isn’t bad looking, just not our first choice, we decided to leave it alone. Had this been our “forever” home, we probably would have put in the extra work and expense and done it, but since realistically we’ll probably only be here another year or two, we left it.
We also kept black appliances rather than changing everything to stainless steel for similar reasons. We’ll see how it all comes out! (If you want to see what’s going on with the reno in real time, follow me on Instagram to get all of the sneak peeks! 😉 )
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
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