Don’t overthink it.
Easier said than done, but that is my goal as we get started on this mini kitchen remodel.
This is about sprucing up. It’s about making things feel clean and fresh again. It’s about improving functionality without spending a fortune. It’s about making the most of what that kitchen is already giving us to work with.
We got this. 😀
No matter if it’s a big, shiny kitchen or a cute, quaint kitchen – I love the same basic elements either way: white cabinets, butcher block, hardwood floors, farmhouse sinks, subway tile, vintage inspired lighting. Timeless and classic and always in style.
I also love marble…and pot fillers…and built in appliances…and fancy range hoods – but that ain’t happening this time around.
So nothing shocking or amazing in the plan here. We’re going to let the charm of the original details do the talking and keep the rest simple and quiet.
The farmhouse sink and original faucet will stay.
The contact paper countertops (buh-bye!) will be replaced with Ikea butcher block.
The cabinets will be getting a fresh coat of white paint and new hardware. I’m really loving the warmth of distressed antique brass at the moment so I think I will be going that route with the hardware. We talked about removing the upper cabinets and doing open shelving (which I love), but then we’re dealing with plaster repair and who knows what else. The less we tear apart, the less trouble we cause in here. And yes – we have considered removing the cabinet doors. I’m still making a pro/con list on that one – right now I want the doors to stay, but that could change.
The ceiling will get a little texture from some planks (painted white, of course).
The walls will get a fresh coat of paint too (something light), and I’m tossing around the idea of adding some sort of beadboard to the portion of wall below the original existing trim. If we go the beadboard route, I will likely use that in place of backsplash on the cabinet wall (I think). If we don’t, we’ll do subway tile.
We will have one big expense – and that’s in appliances. Right now we have a standard size dishwasher that we installed in a really awkward location just to be able to have one to use, and a giant refrigerator and range that came with the house. A smaller dishwasher would make a world of difference in layout/useable space, and the refrigerator and range are so oversized for the wall they are on that our refrigerator door hits the wall before it can even open all the way. Long story short – we’ll be getting something more appropriately sized.
We have our fingers crossed the entire kitchen is covered in beautiful hardwood like we found by the back door, so that will be refinished and stained to match the rest of the house.
A pretty vintage inspired light to replace our lovely bare lightbulb, some woven shades to add a little texture over the windows, and a couple of minor (very minor) tweaks to the layout and that should just about do it.
Super easy, right?
That’s what we think too.
We should be done by the year 2025. Kidding!