The kitchen - the heart of the home, the gathering place for friends and family & the first project we tackled after closing on our new home. Let's check out the before & after as I breakdown what we did to the space.
The original flooring in the kitchen was linoleum tile in several different shades of orange that had begun to peel. So regardless of our personal feelings on the style, it needed to be replaced. The house overall had three different types of flooring throughout the downstairs. The original thin hardwood floors in the front of the house, this lovely linoleum in the kitchen and a thicker laminate in the family room. Unfortunately we were unable to save the original hardwood, so decided to get rid of it all and start over! We selected dark hardwood & love it!
Knowing the house was built in the '90's, the cabinet selection did not surprise me. But it's 2019 & this gal needs a white kitchen! Since the cabinets were still in good condition, we selected a budget friendlier version to getting the look we wanted. We removed the cabinet doors and ordered new, shaker style doors unfinished. Not only did it cost less to order the doors unfinished, but by painting them ourselves it allowed us to ensure the white of the cabinet bases matched the doors.
Interested in where we ordered the doors? The North Carolina based company is Cabinet Door World. It was easy to order & they have incredible customer service. They manufacture everything themselves and have a TON of different options. This is not an ad, we just really liked our experience & the end product!
When we first toured the house with our realtor, my initial reaction was WHY?! Who put the island in this position & why is it so tiny? If you watch too much HGTV like myself, you've heard the phrase "work triangle". If not, the work triangle is the distance between the sink, refrigerator and oven. Well the island was placed directly in the middle of the work triangle. The first thing we did after closing was get rid of it! When selecting the new island, I knew I wanted to break up the white of the kitchen cabinets and do something a little trendy. We custom designed the piece at Home Depot with soft-close drawers in the color dove gray. My favorite part of the new island is the built-in double trash drawer!
BACKSPLASH & COUNTERTOP
To tie together the cabinets and island, we selected a white, gray and black granite. I had my heart set on a white quartz, but granite was the more budget friendly option. I'll just add that to my list of things I want in my next house! :) The backsplash was an easy selection: white subway tile! It's classic, great for resale and not expensive. The countertops were selected through Home Depot and the subway tile is from Floor & Decor.
Check out the lighting we selected for the kitchen in my post Lighting Selections | Downstairs!
There was nothing necessarily wrong with the top cabinets, but I wanted to give the house more character and thought they would be the perfect place to start. I'm so thankful to have a handy husband that immediately jumped on board with the idea. After deciding on the design, Matt demoed and hung the shiplap. You can read more about the finishing details of this project in the post Open Shelving & Styling Tips.
As you can see in the before photo, there was a poorly placed ceiling light that dictated where table & chairs would be placed. However, the bay windows created the perfect little spot for this round pedestal table my husband found for $20 on Facebook Marketplace (score!). So we removed the light all together. With the natural light coming in from the windows and by moving the island/pendant lights, there was enough lighting without it. The four chairs around the table were the chairs my family used growing up. They were originally a natural wood color, so I painted them white to match the table. Since the area is now being used as a breakfast nook, standard curtains would have been too much. So I created the window treatment seen in the after photo. For more details on that project, read more in my post DIY Window Treatment. I love the pop of color it provides the space!
Changing the color scheme from dark to light makes the space seem so much larger and taller. Of course we learned a ton throughout the process and there are things we would do differently next time, but we are still extremely happy with the final product!