Here’s the thing. We are big fans of budgeting. Anytime we are about to start a big project around the house we talk
The first time we saw our house, I knew I wanted to renovate the kitchen. The light wood builder grade cabinets and green Formica counter top weren’t quite the style I wanted. This photo shows what the kitchen looked like right after we moved in.
About a year into living with it this way, we decided to paint the cabinets white. I have always wanted a white kitchen. It took us about a day to finish and it completely transformed the room!
This little change has held me over until we have been able to save up some more money to make some bigger changes. More on our budget soon, but first I wanted to share our design inspiration and plans for the kitchen.
1. Black Bottom Cabinets. Most of the kitchens that I have loved, have black bottom cabinets and white top ones. So yes, we are painting the bottom cabinets again, and this is something we have actually already done. We had the paint on hand and a free day so we got it done. I also have already added cabinet hardware. I really wanted gold or brass, but opted to save a little money and went with black.
2. Open shelving. We plan on taking the two cabinets on either side of the sink down and install some shelves in their places.
3. Countertop height peninsula. This is the first project we will begin working on. We will be lowering the bar to be counter height. That way we will have one big peninsula instead of the awkward skinny bar that we had before.
4. Stainless steel appliances. This will probably be one of the last things we do because all of our appliances work fine now. I am looking forward to having a more cohesive look among them. We are also planning on removing the microwave from above the stove to the pantry and adding a range hood in its place.
5. Front apron sink. We bought this sink from Ikea. We will have to modify the sink cabinet for it to fit.
6. White concrete countertops. As soon as I saw this post on white concrete countertops I was sold. I can’t wait to see how much of a difference it makes.
7. Subway tile backsplash. This will go all along the sink wall under the bottom shelf and around to the oven wall.
We’ve broken up the process of our kitchen renovation into two phases. The reason for this is because the one thing I want more in our house, besides a new kitchen, are new floors. Do you see that tile up there? It’s something I would have never picked out and doesn’t go with the style I want. We will be completing phase one of the kitchen before we lay new flooring, then complete phase two later. Today we will be talking about phase one. I’m going to list this out in bullet form because that is just how my brain works.
After completing these few steps we will start the process of laying our flooring! Of course we will be sharing this whole process and can’t wait to get started!