Kiii—iiiit—chen Dreaming, on such a winter’s day….. This of course should be sung to the tune of “California Dreaming” by the Beach Boys. I can’t imagine why that song would be stuck in my head on this cold January afternoon. Maybe the single digit temps outside or the snowstorm forecast for tomorrow has something to do with that? Or could it be our frozen master bathroom pipes, frozen shut garage door, or the fact that we’ve lost power three times so far this winter?? We need a generator, like yesterday. We live in NH and the majority of our neighbors have one, and we have somehow never lost power all the years we’ve lived here….until this year. And it hasn’t been one and done – the hits keep coming.
So, I guess if we have to buy a generator, that means other fun decorating projects will have to be done on a very tight budget. And I’ve got lots of exciting plans brewing in my mind. Thankfully, I’ve spent a lot of time brainstorming (and trying to squeeze as much savings as possible out of any projects to spread the wealth…literally)…so I plan to share all of my money-saving suggestions and DIY tutorials here!! First project that I am putting on the TO DO list for 2018 is a kitchen refresh. My vision will have it looking completely different than how it currently looks – but I am going to be very practical with my purchasing and attempting to DIY as much possible for aforementioned reasons. And, our kitchen is relatively new. It was renovated by the previous homeowners right before we bought the home (4 years ago), BUT there isn’t a lot of storage even though it’s a rather large kitchen, and the style isn’t one I would pick.
Above are pictures of what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house. It stayed relatively unchanged for the first 2 years, and then after my younger daughter was born I decided I couldn’t wait a moment longer and I painted the cabinets (Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter). My rationale was, if I’m already up all night as it is, why not do the painting now. When the babe finally does sleep through the night, I’m sure as heck not going to want to give up any sleep. I also swapped out the hardware for an aged brass I’d been eying for awhile, and switched out 2 of the 3 lighting fixtures. My long term goal is a white kitchen, but I needed to work with the existing Venetian Gold granite and limestone (??) floor tile.
So, another 2 years have almost come and gone, and the kitchen cabinets have held up great. But, the storage (or lack thereof) is really getting to me. We currently use our garage, basement and foyer closet for overflow kitchen storage. All you moms out there know how hard it is to cook with young children in a functioning kitchen…..but a kitchen that is sorely lacking on space just adds even more time and stress to cooking (at least for me). I talked to my husband about doing a kitchen renovation to increase the kitchen’s functionality – specifically just increasing the amount of kitchen cabinets we have, but with new cabinets comes new counters, and if you’re getting new counters why not relocate and/or replace appliances….you can see where I’m going here. This idea quickly snowballed into a much bigger project than we want (or are financially able) to take on right now. We have hopes of one day adding a large family room that opens to the kitchen, so it seems foolish to pay for a big scale renovation now, when in 3-5 years we are likely going to renovate and/or rip off part of the kitchen walls for a family room addition. However, I’ve dedicated so much time to the kitchen renovation planning that I’ve come across some very useful and budget friendly ideas to maximize and increase our kitchen’s function without spending much $$$, and some really exciting, innovative new products to utilize for some DIY prettying-up.
So to recap, the goals of this DIY kitchen facelift are:
· Increase and streamline kitchen storage and function, working with existing layout and cabinetry, by investing in cabinet organizers (think “Rev a Shelf,” etc.)
· Switch out our current leaky faucet for a new (and pretty) faucet.
· Makeover kitchen countertops…this is my first big DIY project that I’m planning to share on the blog and I am so beyond excited for it. I think it’s going to make my kitchen look beautiful and that many other readers will find this tutorial to be one they can easily try in their kitchens (and bathrooms!)
· Repaint cabinets to a creamy white.
· Repaint tan tile backsplash OR cover with beadboard.
· Switch out current breakfast nook table for a round table (I already have the table and it was purchased for the kitchen when we first moved in. I’m always moving things around in my home and shopping from room to room.)
· Re-grout the kitchen fireplace.
· Buy new breakfast nook chairs and possibly new kitchen island stools.
· Install a floating cork floor for added warmth and comfort underfoot.
· Switch out semi-overlay cabinet doors for custom inset doors. If I can talk my husband into it, this just might be a DIY…
As you can see, most of the to-do items are all DIY aside from buying new chairs/stools. And, the cork floors and inset doors might be hired out…although I do believe they are within our skill set as a DIY project so we will see how things progress!
Let’s end this post with some pretty pics. The color palette I’m planning for my kitchen is very neutral as I like to add in color with seasonal decorating – blue hydrangeas in white pitchers in the summer, baskets of red apples in the fall, Christmas greenery with red bows in the winter…you get the idea. I also want to lighten up the kitchen as much as possible, as we are surrounded by trees on our property, and while it makes for a beautiful view, it also makes this room pretty dark. So, after almost 8 years I’ll finally return to a white kitchen with creamy white walls and cabinets and the countertops will be also lightened. Warmth will be added through the cork floors, wood chairs/island stools and round pine table in the breakfast nook. I will have a mix of finishes (black iron, aged brass and a polished nickel faucet, along with existing stainless appliances) for interest.