My current kitchen is fairly lame in my opinion. I’ve made some changes over the 17 years we’ve lived in this house. We originally had builder’s grade oak cabinets (blech) and vinyl floors that were horrifying. Oh and a parquet entryway. DOUBLE BLECH.
I have painted the cabinets a couple of times. The first time was an off-white color with lightly distressed, sanded edges. Then repainted them bright white. Then I added some industrial handles. We also added dark, cherry hardwood floors back in 2005 and put in high-end stainless steel appliances.
Now over ten years later, the floors need to be refinished, the cabinets need repainting and the appliances aren’t quite as new and shiny as they once were. And the sealer we used on the butcherblock countertops (installed 3-4 years ago) is not holding up.
It’s just sort of a mess. Like it’s kind of nice but not really. You can see the age poking through. In my opinion the whole thing needs to be gutted and we need to start over. But we’re not really in a position to do that right now. And maybe that’s a good thing. Let me explain. I tend to jump in to things without fully thinking them through. I’m a doer. Planning isn’t so much my thing. I like to jump in. So the financial reality of re-doing a whole kitchen is allowing me to really fully think about what I want and how it will all work together.
Pinterest helps me visualize, come up with ideas and figure out what I definitely don’t want. Here are some of my favorite recent Pinterest Kitchen Pins. These are my almost ideal kitchens.
What I Love:
- Large sinks – I have one of these and I could not live without it. You can put a whole Thanksgiving Dinner’s worth of dishes in there and not see them. It’s amazing.
- Light and bright. Windows. We have one sort of bay window in our kitchen that faces the front of our house. Who puts a kitchen on the front of a house? Seriously. And we face north so we don’t get much direct light coming through there.
- Painted cabinets. I like the idea of the gray kitchen cabinets but I think I lean toward white. And guess what, they’re all that shaker style.
- Industrial elements: Light fixtures, cabinet hardware, stools, appliances. I’m a huge fan.
- Interesting lighting details. I think that recessed lighting is probably necessary but I also want some fun light fixtures over a bar area or island. Sadly I don’t think a kitchen island would fit in our space at all.
- Dark hardwood floors – got ’em. Ours are cherry and stained a pretty dark, shiny reddish brown. When we refinish them, I’d like to stick to the natural cherry color of the wood and keep the finish a bit more natural or matte. The combination of really dark and shiny shows every single piece of dirt, dog hair and dust.
- Rugs in the kitchen. Love it. I have a small area rug in the middle of my kitchen and it really makes it feel homey.
- Stainless, industrial appliances. I’ll never go back to a “normal” oven/stove. Love my gas burners and convection oven (Jenn-Air).
- Simple backsplash. Love subway tiles. I have subway tiles now in my kitchen, but then I ruined it by putting some other tiles along as an accent. I liked that for about a year. Now I’m over it.
- Simple black and white color palette with minimal things on the counter and maybe some plants to liven up the place.
Some of these ideas I’ve attempted to do piece meal but it doesn’t all fit together quite right. The next go around with the kitchen will be the real deal.
What does your dream kitchen look like?
(All photos in this post from Pinterest.)