Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kitchen Facelift: Part 1

I love our new house. We are so blessed to own a house at all, let alone one as nice. I feel the need to preface my post this way as I sure don't want to sound like I'm complaining, or ungrateful......

But if I were to complain one teeny, tiny bit, it would be about our kitchen. If the rest of the house wasn't so perfect for us, this kitchen may have been a deal breaker for us. Having just completely renovated our old kitchen, we were much more aware of what we are looking for in a kitchen, as well as more aware what to look out for as far as quality finishes.

our old kitchen
Considering the price and quality of the rest of the home, the previous owners (and builders) of this home cheaped out big time in the kitchen.

Our new kitchen this past Christmas. It actually doesn't look too bad in these pictures, but look closely at the grainy cabinetry wood.

They used inexpensive stock cabinetry in a grainy oak-like (it's actually some 'exotic') wood, and didn't trim out the island or cabinetry as I would have done.

Gutting the kitchen is not an option: we'd never regain our money from doing so, and I think there is enough 'good' about this kitchen to work with what we have.

The good:

-Light fixtures
-counter tops (my dream kitchen would be marble and butcherblock, but I sure am not going to replace this nice granite)
-Appliances are decent.
-Love the glass cab's on the top
-the cabinet shape is fine. It's pretty close to shaker style.
-Faucet and sink are fine.
-general layout and island size is great.
-slow close glides on all the drawers (love this feature!).

The bad:

-grainy honey-oak type of wood
-The range is very small, and you can't put a large fry pan on it without interfering with the knobs. Also, I looooove this look for over ranges, but ours is a downdraft, so no range hood is necessary. My ideal range would be gas, but doing so requires running gas lines and cutting out the granite/reworking the cabinetry, which is perhaps more than we'd like to take on right now??

From Hooked on Houses, via Pinterest. Notice the beadboard on the island, but more importantly, the style of the range 'hood' and the gas range.

-would love double ovens (we do a lot of cooking and baking)

What we plan on doing:

1. Painting out the cabinetry in a cream colour (Marble White, by Benjamin Moore). We actually plan on hiring this out so we are able to get a super durable sprayed on finish.

2. Painting the island black, with light distressing.

3. Trimming out the side panels of the lower cabinets and island with beadboard, and adding beefy corbels.

4. Lining the back of the glass cab's with beadboard wallpaper, and painting the inside of the cab's either the same cream or the blue/grey of our wall colour

5. Looking into re-working the stove top area, and if not too costly, perhaps replacing the stove top with a full gas range (thus giving us double ovens and allowing me to incorporate my pretty range hood =)

6. Replacing the knobs and pulls.

I have done one mini project already, and will show you all soon!

In the meantime, I couldn't help including a picture of Madelyn looking so proud holding her baby sister =)

Check out Madelyn's do...yup, I let her do her own hair =)

ps if you have any ideas for our kitchen facelift, I'd love to hear them!


Deb said...[Reply to comment]

Your girls are so cute!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea painting your cabinets lighter and having the black distressed island is going to change the whole look of your kitchen! It's going to look fabulous!! Your girls are beautiful:)

Kelly said...[Reply to comment]

Your ideas for your kitchen reno sound great! I love light colored cabinets and beadboard. They're such a great combination. Can't wait to see it when it's done. Your daughter looks so happy to be holding her baby sister too!

Cheyenne said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, the photo of your girls is so very sweet. Precious, precious moments!

I think the cabinets being painted & hardware being changed out will be HUGE. Even better that you're hiring it out. We've been looking at cabinets for awhile now...ours are old & nasty...and I'm feeling like crying all the time trying to decide on what to get! It stresses me out so much cause it all costs so much money (and don't get me wrong, I'm super happy to have a kitchen too! :) )

Looking forward to hearing about how it all goes.

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, Great plan for your got awesome "bones" to work with...once the cabinets and island are painted it will be gorgeous! Love the picture of your girls...they are precious! :)

Pamela said...[Reply to comment]

Love your ideas Andrea! I agree with you on these cupboards though... I hate honey oak and this type of light cabinets. Maybe the kitchen was not important to the previous owners.

Your daughters are beautiful!

Blondie's Journal said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is going to look lovely, as did your previous one! Best wishes on the project!

Your daughters are precious! :)


Mama Sue said...[Reply to comment]

I loved your old kitchen very much! I prefer black appliances personally. I think these changes will really look great!

Mama Sue said...[Reply to comment]

...and I love the pictures of the girls!

Ange @ A Cream Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

I'm currently contemplating doing the same with my kitchen so your post has given me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing! Ange

Diane said...[Reply to comment]

Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you, but well worth it. I think cream with black would look perfect in your kitchen. Can't wait for the changes to start. Love the pics of the girls. Diane

Becca said...[Reply to comment]

I love the "vision" you have for your kitchen ... it's going to be fabulous, and I can't wait to see!!

Dear Lillie said...[Reply to comment]

Love your ideas for the kitchen. And oh my, the picture of your girls is darling. LOVE her hair-do! =)

EDH said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea,
I realize this is a very old post, but I found your blog through Holly Mathis and realized that your kitchen might be the answer to my prayers! Our house was built in 1994 and all of the trim and doors are oak. They aren't terrible honey oak, but closer to the fir you have. Our house is in New Mexico and has some Spanish mission features, and the doors/trim go well with this style, so we won't change them.

However, I'd really like to paint our oak cabinets a cream color, and have been conflicted about painting them since they would no longer match our doors and trim. I see you have the fir door in the kitchen with your white cabinets, and it looks fantastic! Do you have any thoughts about matching cabinets and door/trim? Yours still looks cohesive... I hope ours will too!

Thanks for your great blog!