The kitchen has been (and continues to be) the biggest undertaking in the house. When we found this house, I was captivated by every detail-I was totally smitten. Which is why I totally ignored Josh as he kept saying “this kitchen needs work,” “there is no counter space,” and my favorite “there is only one drawer in the whole kitchen.” It’s like when you’re really in love with someone and you ignore all those annoying things they do like how they’re always late or they chew with their mouth open. I was blind to the kitchen’s faults.
So this is what we started with (again, these are all iPhone photos from before we moved in so they are poor quality, messy photos)
Charming right? ;) So yes, some glaring concerns like the color of that wall, total lack of storage and counter space, and some interesting layout concerns. Our original goals were this:
1- paint walls: As much as I’m all about a bright teal kitchen (I’m not), this room needed to be white. It was one of the only rooms I was able to convince Josh to let me paint white. The kitchen actually has the least light in the house (sadly), so white was the best way I could brighten it up.
2- add some storage and counter space: this was Josh’s big project, and I’m so grateful for a handy man because it has completely transformed the kitchen. We added a bookshelf, bar counter, kitchen counter, space for a microwave and toaster, and (soon to come) DRAWERS.
3-build kitchen table: We had so little furniture moving in, and we were a bit particular about what we wanted (and had limited funds to spare), so Josh built a lot of it. This includes our kitchen table.
Here is where we are as of today:
A total transformation right? I have to digress for a few minutes to praise Josh because he spent every single night in our little backyard shed putting the add-on bookshelf/counter top together. He completely designed it, put the plans together, and did all the manual labor. She’s a beauty, and so much more special because he built it for us. I’m a lucky girl.
We still have a pretty long check list left to do:
-finish kitchen table and build bench: We need to stain the kitchen table to match the counters and Josh is going to build a bench in the corner. I’m pretty excited about this, that was one of my big goals when house hunting-find a kitchen that we can build a “built in” bench. We’ll also need a few chairs or stools for the other side of the table.
-build shelves/drawers in built in: I should have included a picture, but right now, under that counter top is just empty space. We (by “we,” I mean Josh) need to do some electrical work for the microwave and toaster oven and install the drawers. Fun stuff I hear.
-switch out knobs: I bought some that I loved and were perfect, but not actually perfect because they were gold and I realized the hinges were silver. Of course, I could switch out the hinges too. But this is a rental. When you’re working on a rental, there is this fine line between “reasonable spending on updates” and “remodeling for your landlord.” Sadly, switching out the hinges just goes too far. I’m learning to embrace silver, but I still want some knobs that aren’t so…dingy.
-minute shades for above the sink: Trying to decide what we want to do design-wise here. Do we go subtle or should they have a pop of color? I don’t want them to be too dark because we need as much light as possible in that room.
-style the bookshelf: Obviously, the shelf needs work. It has to be functional and pretty. Right now, it’s only function is storing the massive amount of wine we have left over from our housewarming. Who wants to come over and help finish?
-find a coffee/smoothie solution: The Keurig is in the attic right now while I’ve only been drinking iced coffee. The Ninja is taking up valuable real estate on our tiny counter. What I want is a coffee/smoothie station. The question is WHERE! The wall by the door to the hallway? Or by the window? IS there room? Is it cluttered looking? Realistically, I should wait until the table/bench is finished to get the sizing right, but I’m desperate for a solution, so I might do something with wheels so we can move it around until we find the perfect spot .
-art: I want something on that big blank wall where the kitchen table is, but WHAT? It’s such a big wall, so there is a lot of territory to cover.
-misc: There are a few other things we’ll probably cover, like possibly curtains/blinds above the kitchen table, something above the fridge (Josh’s request, not mine), a solution for that wasted empty space next to the oven, etc.
Same as the living room, we’d love to paint the trim and the ceiling, but it seems like such a big task (again, the renters struggle). We’ve resigned to the bowling alley-esque counter top (do we have any choice?) Other than those little nuances, I think our kitchen is shaping up pretty nicely :)
Here’s where I need your advice! 1-where should I put the coffee/smoothie station? 2-any suggestions on how to fill that wall above the kitchen table??
Catch up on our living room progress here.