Like most of the rooms in our house, our kitchen is small. Not only is it small (I don’t even think it is 10’x10’), but it has all the awkwardness typically found in old house kitchens, with a window or doorway on every wall. Not exactly conducive to that desirable kitchen triangle people are always talking about.
When we bought the house, the kitchen looked like this
And today, it looks like this
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. It’s pretty much the same as when we bought it. It might even be a little worse actually. See the peeling plaster on the ceiling? We’ve lost one chunk already, and it looks like another one is ready to go any day. Isn’t that lovely?
And you can’t see our countertops in these pictures, but they are particle board covered with blue contact paper. The contact paper is now ripped in multiple places – it’s a nice touch. You’re all very jealous right now, I can tell. 🙂
Needless to say, our kitchen needs a little love and attention. And while I desperately want a new kitchen, I’m not ready to start tearing into it until I am 100% certain of what I want to do in here.
We’ve played around with the idea of opening the wall to the dining room, but the ductwork runs up that wall and would have to be re-routed. Plus, I’m not the biggest fan of open spaces – I tend to like the coziness that comes from having individual rooms. We have also talked about removing the side window and adding a double window above the sink, but then we’re messing with all the siding that we just finished, so I’m trying to focus on making a functional room that won’t require a lot of structural changes.
Since there isn’t any progress to show you in here, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into what I’m thinking design-wise.
As far as we can tell, the same hardwood floor that runs through the rest of our house is under the linoleum, so we’re hoping it will be in good enough shape to refinish and stain like we did everywhere else.
I’d like to cover the ceiling in painted wood planks (to add a little cottage-y type charm), similar to this
I really like the look and feel of this kitchen with its simple white cabinets, butcher block countertops, and deep farmhouse sink
For a backsplash I’m thinking simple white subway tile with a light gray grout for just a little contrast
I haven’t decided on the upper cabinetry. I know I want them to go all the way to the ceiling similar to how they do now, but do I want glass front cabinets, or solid doors? Or maybe just open shelves? Or possibly a mix of all three? I’m not sure, and let’s be honest – we’re only talking about 3 or 4 cabinets here so the options are kind of limited, but I need to have a solid plan in place before we start.
I’m also not totally sure on the layout. Right now our refrigerator and stove are squeezed together on the wall opposite the sink, and I know this needs to change, but I haven’t exactly decided how to maximize the space and determine which one needs to move where yet, and that’s probably the biggest thing holding me back.
I do, however, have these pretty little pendant lights picked out for over the sink – at least the most important decision for this kitchen has been made! 🙂
What do you think of my kitchen plans so far? Any suggestions?? Let me know below!