My kitchen needs an update!
I'm forever stuck in the '90s...or maybe farther back than that!
We built our home in 1979 & it is not the open floor plan that is so popular now.
But it has good "bones" & I don't want to toss it all out the door.
And I am going to have to try to do what I can on a budget
since Mr. Fix It decided he is retired & our income took a nose dive!
What I have is a hodge-podge of probably mostly country decor. Ug...that is a lot of clutter.
I told you I was stuck in the '90s!
But try as I might, that is what I go back to.
Our cabinets will have to stay. I did recently change out the ceramic handles with the blue & mauve hearts on them, to the more up to date Venetian bronzed pulls. It made a world of difference.
Counter tops have been replace once (originally the Formica butcher block!), and are now almond flecked.
I would love, love, love to have granite, but may have to settle for Corian or some lighter weight material as we do have a span problem with the floor.
This shows the other side of the kitchen...and some problem areas I would like to correct.
Notice how the frig is in a corner by the wall.
The right hand door only opens as far as the wall allows...& that keeps me from being able to remove the bottom 2 drawers. I realized that problem one time when someone spilled orange juice!
My thought is to jocky the cabinets around & move the frig away from that dead corner. Wouldn't a stainless French door frig look lovely there?
Then notice the 2 black appliances--the top one is the microwave & the lower one is my oven.
After living here for years, I finally realized that my oven is NOT full sized, will not hold a very big bird at Thanksgiving, & limits my ability to bake more than 2 dishes at once. On holidays & special occasions I have to do a lot of shuffling & reheating.
Then there is the flooring...
Armstrong vinyl that was installed about 15 years ago,
thankfully has kept it's no-wax appearance..but needs to go.
I'm torn between ceramic tile or wood floors.
This island is where most of the cooking is done.
Originally the cooktop had the coil electric burners. The ceramic top was put in several years ago & I love it. My idea is to redo the island & include a full sized range, with a large oven & ceramic top...maybe even a down draft vent, if such a thing exists. I've always wanted a bar area but don't know if I want to take up that much space out of my kitchen. Would I use it? I know I could use the counter space!
The border definitely has to go!
Trouble is...I remember putting this border over one that was already there--
& I dread to even think about stripping the border & wallpaper off!
My dream kitchen has a "farmhouse apron" sink!
The problem I have with this sink is the disposal is in the small side--
& for some reason that is where I do my dish washing. Let me tell you...large pots don't fit!
As you can see, I'm a Hobby Lobby/junk collector & I love my shelf.
But I can see this being replaced by a plate rack.
Do I want a plate rack enough that I would give up my shelf?
I have begged hubby to knock this bay window area out & extend our eating area. Nope...Mr. Handy Dandy builder says it can't be done. (I bet he could do it for someone else!!!)
The sun shades are only 2 years old & I like them.
I thought I liked them without window treatments but I'm thinking it is too plain. Not sure what type of window treatment to go with though. We do have a beautiful view of the back yard & flower garden, so most of the time the shades are rolled up.
Maybe I just need a valance???
The table will have to stay--but the chairs may be replaced.
Table has 2 large leafs that enlarge it to seat 8.
Almond colored/dirt colored wallpaper has to go.
This wall & the bulkhead (with border) will be only areas to be painted.
what color do I want?
This faces the west so I do get a lot of bright afternoon sun.
I was thinking about "restrained gold" or maybe something a shade lighter.
Then I found "rainwashed" & fell in love with it.
I'm getting more confused the longer I put this project off!
This may never turn out to be the kitchen of my dreams.
But I'm ready to start doing some shopping & making some decisions.
I know I want ceramic tile between the cabinets-
under counter mounted lighting-
new flooring/maybe a distressed wood
a new sink!
new counter tops
and possibly a redesigned island.
Your thoughts and suggestions are more than welcome!
Hubby has built houses for years,
but when it comes to doing something at home,
it takes a while to get done.
I don't even know where to begin!
(It may be a very long winter....)