Last week I announced that we’ll be redoing our kitchen for the One Room Challenge. If you’re expecting demo pictures, well, we moved back in yesterday for our winter as snow birds so we’re not quite there yet. But I’m going to share the mood board, inspiration pictures, and I need your help with a few decisions.
the current kitchen
Here’s the current kitchen. She’s cute, but this is IT. All the storage in one sad row. When we unpacked our stuff yesterday, I remembered how bad the functionality is. We normally have a dish dryer out (since there’s no dishwasher) and so we have one section of countertops to do kitchen prep. It doesn’t work. And the cabinets are chewed to pieces by termites.
So it’s got to go!
Then, as a reminder, here’s the floor plan. We’re moving the fridge around the corner and adding an L shaped bit of countertop. It’s little, but will be mighty. The cabinets will go to the ceiling so that’ll give us more storage too (goodbye scary fluorescent light!
If you’re wondering why we don’t take down the wall between the kitchen and living room, go here.
If you want to make a floor plan, I use the free software floorplanner.com and love it!
Yesterday we moved the fridge to what will be it’s new home. We wanted to see how it felt and if it would crowd the dining table. But everything feels good!
With adding a dishwasher and the extra little corner of cabinets and counters, we should have some usable counter space for prep. It’ll be a game changer!
Here’s a (messy) view of how the kitchen flows into the living room. I don’t like it. Why? I want more differentiation between the kitchen and living room. So my plan is to put up a beam where the wall ends and have it go down to create a doorway.
This will create a clean line where the wallpaper ends and it’ll make it so I can do crown molding in here without having to add the molding in the living room (and hall) right now.
It’s a little hard to see, but we added a ceiling beam in our first kitchen renovation so that we could add crown molding and bead board to the kitchen ceiling. Back then, we put this in so we could make these changes without having to do the living room and hall at the same time. It’s actually a pretty similar situation. Except my first kitchen was bigger- lol.
I’ve been wanting to add a range hood over our stove. My idea is to add an under cabinet hood so that the cabinet storage above the hood is still functional. I’d add scalloped trim and it’d be SO cute! To keep the storage functional, I’d do something like this.
BUT the issue is that our stove is right by a window and so we can’t have a range hood that’s wider than 16.5″ or it’ll cover the window. The smallest size I can find is 18″ wide. So it might not happen, but I sure want it to!
The other hard part is that my husband is NOT a fan of range hoods. He’s never really lived with one and so he doesn’t see the point. Do you like having a hood? I like how it looks. And I figure it get’s rid of smells and grease. Between the size and this obstacle, we’ll see if I get the hood.
what to put on the shelves?
In the corner where I’m adding cabinets, I’ve decided that I want to add L shaped open shelving. I just worry that too many uppers in that area will feel crowded and the corner ones won’t be very functional. Might as well as have a fun moment for displaying stuff!
Of course, I’m thinking this may be the one rainbow moment I might have in the kitchen!
Isn’t that kitchen fun?! I love that it’s all white on white and the rainbow accents add fun pops of color!
But what should I put on the shelves? I’ve been thinking of a few options. And by thinking, I mean obsessing. I love really thinking out these details out and finding special touches that really finish up a space. Help a girl out and tell me your favorite.
Option one is Blendo vintage 1950’s glass. It comes in pastel colors and has a gold rim. I’d LOVE to collect a bunch of glasses in different colors and arrange it in rainbow order. The only issue is that they are pricey. Plus shipping them is expensive since they’re glass. I think to do a full shelf of these would be a few hundred dollars (at least $300). So I’m not sure…
Option two is Bolero Therm-o-ware from the 1960’s. Again, it comes in fun colors. I love that there’s bowls in addition to the cups/mugs. But still- pricey! Probably a little less expensive then the Blendo.
The last option is to use latte bowls. Most (or maybe all) of these in the image are vintage from France (and are hard to find and the most expensive option). For this one though, I’d buy new and go with the beautifully colorful Anthropologie Latte bowls. That’d be a little over $150 to fill the shelves.
Which option is your favorite? I’m probably leaning towards the latte bowls unless I can find a good deal on one of the other vintage choices. Maybe I’ll stumble on a set in a thrift store!
Well, with all that rambling, let’s look at the mood board!
I’m going for a vibe that’s light, bright, sweet, and soft. I want a combination of traditional and modern with high end finishes. For the lower cabinets, I still want to go pink with white uppers. A mint sink will coordinate with the retro fridge and stove. I’ll do quartz countertops, white subway tile with a fun twist and soft pastels. For the floor, I’m planning peel and stick tiles.
I’d love to redo the floors, but the tile goes from the kitchen to the living room to the bathroom. We just aren’t ready for that big of a renovation in addition to the redo of the kitchen at the moment. It’ll already be tricky to have the kitchen done in time for Thanksgiving. So after thinking hard on it, the tile floors will stay for now. I can’t wait to show you the peel and stick tile!
Here are my inspiration photos. They go with the light and bright and colorful and fun and sweet look I want. These make me so excited! It’ll be such a cute kitchen. And I hope so much more functional too.
K- I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts on the hood, what to put on the shelves, and if you like where the design direction is headed. Hopefully next week we can buy the cabinets and start on demo. Am I ready to not live without a kitchen? No. But I can’t wait to have a space that really works for us!
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