April 7, 2015

Kitchen and Exciting Future Plans

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me in the past talk about wanting to make changes to our kitchen one day, including painting the cabinets white! Well I'm excited to say that I've been able to talk Paul into that idea and we have started making plans for a kitchen renovation that we plan on starting this fall. When we bought our house we knew that we would want to eventually change the kitchen because it doesn't utilize the space very well and nor does it have the aesthetics that we want. So that said, within the kitchen renovation we want to do more than just paint the cabinets, we also want to reconfigure the current layout of the cabinets using the existing cabinets, add an island, replace countertops, appliances, sink and floor, and add hardware. Pretty much do the whole shebang! I seriously couldn't be more excited!! We plan on hopefully doing a lot of it ourselves (and maybe the help of family members) in order to reduce the cost of the project. We aren't starting the project until the fall so that we time to save for the renovation while also giving us plenty of time to make decisions on all of the finishes. Also, we want to enjoy summer without having our kitchen torn apart! 


Here is our kitchen soon after moving in. This is how the kitchen currently looks, the only thing that is different is the color on the walls. The walls are now painted in Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. Also, when we moved in we also replaced the dishwasher right away since the other one wasn't working well. This space is nice and functional, but as you will see in the next photo it does not utilize the space very well.  The part that we don't like is the peninsula part that comes out. As for looks, we aren't extremely fond of the green/gray countertops and honey cabinets and floors. 

 As you can see in this image, there is A LOT of space behind the bar stools. We can't figure out what that space was intended for. Hmm, want to take guesses? That said, we want to re configure the cabinets so that there is no longer the peninsula, and instead the cabinets will be a large "L". A new stainless steal oven would be relocated against the wall next to the dishwasher and spacer, and then the microwave would go above it. The cabinet that is currently to the right of the oven would stay to the right of it but instead against the wall. That said, the only cabinet that would have to be replaced  is the current upper cabinet that is shown in this picture in order to accommodate the microwave. The microwave currently sits on the counter so it will be so nice to get that off and free up more space.  Ideally I wouldn't have the dishwasher and oven almost next to each other, but in order to make this project more affordable we have to use most of the existing bones of the space which leaves us with just this option. If you are having a hard time visualizing what i'm saying, no worries, I will have a mock up design of the space for you hopefully soon! 

 Once the peninsula is relocated against the wall, there will be plenty enough room for an island. Since we are getting rid of the peninsula that means we will also be loosing the area where the barstools currently sit. I'm hoping that the island can be big enough to seat at least 2 barstools. 

 
The other large modifications to this space is changing the cabinet color, flooring, and countertops as well as adding subway tiles. Paul also wants to get a new sink and has already bought a new faucet. For once he seems as excited about a project as I am!! We are in the process of deciding what materials and colors we want to go with, and I will be sharing all of that information along the way during this project. Tomorrow I'll be sharing the two main styles that we've been looking at. I want these existing cabinets to be white, but I don't want a sterile white kitchen so I want the island and subway tiles to be different colors in order to make the room feel more warm. Hmm decisions decisions! This is the largest project by far that we will be tackling in this house so I'm excited to share this whole process with you! Along the way I will also be sharing other kitchen design ideas as well, beyond what we will be incorporating in our space for those of you who are in the process or want to make changes to your kitchen as well! 

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18 comments :

  1. Our kitchen is very similar, but the island is in the middle (no seating area ��). I have been compiling ideas for our reno and look forward to seeing what you do with yours.

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    1. Thanks for following along, and I hope I'm able to give you some ideas for your own reno!

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  2. I work in the kitchen industry in GR, so I love seeing kitchen renos. Do you know what brand your cabinets are? Can't wait to see what you do to change it up!

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    1. Hmm.. good question. I would have to ask my husband.. he knows that information:)

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  3. Ooooohhhh!!! Your plans sound so amazing. I can't wait to see your sketches! This is going to be a fun journey. :)

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  4. FUN! Can't wait to see you color plans
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