Yesterday I showed you my new oven and microwave, and it’s got me thinking about what exactly I want to do in the kitchen. Mind if I do some wishin’, hopin’, plannin’ and dreamin’ with you today?
Here’s the kitchen before we moved in:
and here’s what the kitchen looks like today:
Or at least it did look like this until the kids got home from school. Once that hurricane came through, things were not so tidy.It’s already looking much more pleasant, wouldn’t you say?
There’s a whole lotta yellow wood going on in here, so I want to paint the cabinets white or use gel stain and go super dark. It depends on what flooring choice we decide on. We want to install wood in the kitchen, dining and living rooms and down the hall and on the stairs. If we go dark on the floor, I think the white cabinets would look better. My only reason for considering dark cabinets is that gel stain is SOOO much easier than painting. But I don’t know what color of wood we’d do if we had dark cabinets, so it probably won’t happen.
The old blah overhead light needs to go. Currently the dining room has a fan over the table (see the picture below). I’ve been toying with the idea of moving the fan to the kitchen and installing a chandelier over the table. Is it weird to have a ceiling fan in the kitchen? I don’t know… still thinking that one through.
Eventually I’d like a new countertop and definitely a new backsplash. Why did they only install it part of the way up? That drives me bonkers! The countertop is granite tile and it’s so poorly installed. None of the edges line up and lots of the corners are different heights. And the real travesty is that the tile was installed on top of a grey speckled solid surface countertop. Why?!?
We’ll add crown moulding once the pantry is done. Then we can do all three spaces at the same time, since they are all connected. I’d also like to add moulding to the tops of the cabinets when we paint or stain them.
The hunter green, beat up bar stools definitely need a makeover. I’m thinking either black or white legs and a restained top.
I am also thinking about removing the cabinets that stick out over the bar area. It would help open up the space, plus I think those kind of cabinets are just outdated, right? When we get our pantry done, I’ll decide if I can do without the extra storage. There’s also a corner in the dining room part of the space that we could add a corner hutch to, which might make up for losing cabinet space. See just left of the door?
Perfect space for a corner hutch to hold all my serving dishes. If the bar cabinets go, we’ll add some pretty pendant lights there instead.
The current kitchen floor is a nightmare. It’s actually tongue and groove wall paneling that was never meant to be installed as flooring. The cracks are impossible to clean. If we don’t change the flooring soon, those cracks will just fill in with crumbs and gunk and then the floor will be smooth, but really, I hope it doesn’t come to that.
The last plan I have is to paint the wooden column and the beam a nice, crisp white.
So what do you think? Would you remove those floating cabinets? Paint or stain? A ceiling fan in the kitchen? What color of wood floor? Ack! So many choices!
And just because it’s nice to have the two photos together, here’s a little BEFORE and DURING shot: