I’ve never been SO happy for a room planning post. IT’S KITCHEN PLANNING DAY!
To be honest, the plan has been in my head for 2 years now, but since we’ve been saving up for this big overhaul, I’m finally able to share. Woo to the hoo and spirit fingers galore!
(If you’ve been struggling to save up for a big room re-do at your place and have felt overwhelmed with it, I shared my 5 steps to budget for a room makeover last week, and they’re super helpful.)
Envisioning our future kitchen in my head is exciting to me already, but seeing all of the pieces together on a mood board makes me feel even more confident about it.
Right now, here’s how our kitchen looks:
Really, we’re very thankful for this big space with lots of storage and plenty of room to move around. Our kitchen was one of the biggest reasons we bought our house.
But since figuring out my style these first few years, it’s becoming more and more obvious that it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of our house. The reddish wood tone is not meshing well at all with that wood beam doorway.
So, here’s what’s gonna happen. (I’ve numbered this list based on the mood board above to hopefully make it easier to follow.)
- Those leather bar stools are going bye-bye and being replaced by something more industrial like these aqua ones.
- We replaced our basic flush mount light last year with this one. I love how it looks like a vintage cage fan.
- We’ll be upgrading our current knobs with hammered bronze cup pulls and knobs. I’m hoping to score an awesome sale at some point since those can really add up fast.
4. My parents surprised me with a stainless steel Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas that is capable of making some rockin’ pound cakes and looks mighty fine sitting on our counter.
5. I’ll be throwing in more greenery in here since that’s my favorite way to make a room come to life.
6. Our bar pendant lights have already gotten the DIY treatment with these inexpensive industrial cage lights I made.
7. We’re doing DIY concrete countertops! The plan is to keep our existing formica ones and just apply concrete on top of them, so we’ll see how that works out. (Design Dining and Diapers has a really great tutorial about it here.)
8. Our rinky dink faucet drives me bonkers all the time when trying to wash cookware, so we’ll be replacing with a high-arc type faucet.
9. I would really love a farmhouse apron sink to replace our existing stainless steel one, which is the worst to keep clean. But an apron sink would be much more expensive and would require cutting the countertop and part of the cabinet, so I’m chickening out on that one and sticking with a white cast iron drop-in instead.
10. White subway tile backsplash! I’m scared of this one but also really excited. I’ll be pairing dark gray grout with it too. I thought about painting our existing tiles white to save a bit, so that’ll be plan B if the budget gets tight (but I really hope not).
11. I just recently discovered that you can paint your range stainless steel! I might be crazy enough to try it. Or I might just try to snag a spring appliance sale and sell our black one. The mix and match black and stainless steel appliances in our kitchen is no bueno.
12. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting white reclaimed wood on the backside of our kitchen bar. It might be more durable against kicking feet and smudges than white paint. And it would add some extra texture.
13. The cabinets are going to be white! I’m thinking Benjamin Moore White Dove.
14. I’ve wanted a cute vintage kitchen scale for two years now. I’m on the hunt! (For one that doesn’t cost $100…sheesh!)
15. I picked up our French drying rack at World Market two years ago and love it! It’s awesome to set out at a coffee station when guests come over.
16. We won’t be replacing our kitchen floor since it’s still new and in great shape, but we’ll most likely be bringing in a jute runner to warm up the room a bit.
As for the chalkboard, I’m on the fence about whether I should keep it or paint over it and mount a roll of craft paper for our weekly menu instead. The chalk does get messy sometimes, but I don’t know if I’m ready to part with it.
I’ll probably make an oversized “reclaimed” sign of some kind to hang above the top cabinets too.
Oh, and I don’t show it very often but this is our butler’s pantry that in reality is basically two junk drawers and our insanely large collection of coffee cups. Because…coffee.
Are you starting to envision it yet? This is one room I’m sort of dreading, but I’ll be so happy when it’s finished. This space feels like a cave with the dark cabinets since there are no windows in our kitchen, so I can’t wait to see how much the white will brighten up everything.
As for the other two room makeovers currently in progress, we’ve made a lot of headway in our home office that I’ll be showing you guys soon. And the master bedroom will be getting its final DIY in a couple of weeks. Yay! Chuggin’ right along.
What do you think of the plans? Any changes you would make? Or must-haves in your own dream kitchen? I’d love to know if you’ve ever attempted DIY concrete countertops or painted your own cabinets!