[[ There are definite foot-in-mouth moments from me on this blog. Like one when your mother calls you to tell you she went to go show some friends of hers her daughters blog, telling them about the recipes and such. And the first thing that pops up …. “sex tape” from my post last week. I’m fairly certain she nearly fainted – and thought Dan and I really did make a sex tape. So sorry mom! I definitely know how to make people uncomfortable – but like to keep it real 🙂 ]]
I can’t fight this feeling any longer.
Everyday – all day, I stare at my kitchen and feel like I have been sucked into a time machine back to the 70’s and I cannot get back to 2014. The orange countertops!! While they may be fitting for this past Halloween season, they are a fright to be standing next to. The cabinets are old, and each one has their own unique grease-induced fade to them. We’re stuck with the orange tiled flooring – there is not enough cash on our money tree to take those out just yet.
I spend a TON of time in my kitchen. Like any mother – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks in between – and add to that a girl who likes to bake and experiment with new recipes, it’s is my most lived in room. I need a space that I WANT to cook in. A room that I do not want to whip something up and rush out of. A kitchen I want guests to hang out in and not always ask us when were renovating it next.
With that said …
We have a few things to fix – and a tight budget to do so.
resurface the countertops
create custom shelving
Those are the projects to tackle on our list before the holiday season – fingers crossed this can all happen before Thanksgiving.
For those of you who are interested in giving their kitchen an affordable facelift, this will surely be one you’ll want to be checking in on!
Our goal? A fresh new look that will hopefully last 5-7 years until we are ready to do a full-blown renovation. I think it will be the smartest decision since we are far too impatient to let the time pass – and it will be good to live here a bit longer until we know how we really want to put money into this space. Plus – let’s face it, kids wreck things. So putting in finishes that will likely be colored on, broken and banged up is just not the smartest of choices right now.
I have always loved the look of two toned cabinets. Mainly in the form of the island being a different color than the cabinetry. In our kitchen we have that “L” shaped counter space that sticks out – therefore we would have to paint the entire base of cabinets a separate color to achieve this look. Whether it be navy or taupe base cabinets, and white on top – I am always drawn to the dual look.
The cabinet to the left of the window, along with that odd scroll going across tempted me each day to tear it down when Dan was not looking.
We started to unload the cabinets to prep for the renovation – and thankfully Dan jumped right on board with ripping those two pieces out! I didn’t even have to beg or bribe, he seemed to finally realize how much losing a bit of cabinet space would open up more options for that area.
The spot to the left of the window will now be the new home for our custom shelves.
As soon as those two pieces came down I felt SO much better. I cannot explain to you how much they drove me crazy. The bulky cabinet blocked so much light, and as you can see – it is a dark kitchen already.
Next we have our nook – you can see how much brighter the room feels after we knock out the cabinet.
I LOVE this area – I am looking to add a fresh coat of paint to the base of our table + chairs – and add a lot more decor to the walls and window treatments [leaning towards getting new roman shades like we had in our old home]. We spend a ton of time in this space, so I want to it feel cozy!
As you can see we already tested the wall color + the base cabinet color a smidge. We really just went with our gut on the color choices – tried to not over think it. Which, I do all the time.
ANYTHING will make this space look better and more updated than it is now – so we just jumped right in!
I spent the entire weekend taking the cabinet fronts off – deglossing the surface- and painting coat after coat [4 on each surface and 4 more to go]
I have so much more painting to do – and we have an extremely exciting collaboration to share with you all in a few weeks for the BIG reveal!
Any projects you want to tackle before the holidays? Big or small? We are hosting a small gathering for Thanksgiving and a much larger one for Christmas Eve – I am SO anxious to get this done and have a fresh new space for everyone to celebrate in!