I want to start this post by saying that I love our house and am super grateful for the wonderful roof we have over our heads. We bought our house brand new about 6 years ago and it really is a beautifully constructed home. I love the craftsmanship, the size, the location, and all of the wonderful memories we’ve made as a family in our home.
However, there are some design elements that I probably would not have selected if I had been given the choice when the house was being built. Our kitchen, for example, looks fine and functions well, but it is definitely not my style. The cabinet style and color, the light fixtures, the counters, the island shape, and the sink/faucet are not even close to what I would have chosen for my home.With that being said, remodeling our kitchen seems like a huge waste of time and money, considering everything in it is brand new. But after living with a visually unappealing kitchen for 6 years, though, I think I’m finally ready to make some changes. So I came up with a design plan that better suits our style but does not require any major remodeling.(This post contains some affiliate likes, which are denoted with an *. Please see my full disclosure policy here.)
For starters, those pendant lights over our island have got to go. The lights and cabinet color are the two biggest eyesores in our kitchen, in my opinion. I’d love to replace the pendant lights with something larger and less ornate. My favorite light for over the island is this rectangular chandelier from Ballard Designs with its’ simple, clean lines.This one* is a good option too.
I don’t have anything against wood colored cabinets, but the the stain color on ours is way too orange-ish for my liking. I’ve always loved white kitchen cabinets, even before they were the “in” cabinet color and if given the choice, I would have put white or cream shaker style cabinets in our kitchen from the get-go.
Obviously, replacing our cabinets would cost major bucks, so painting ours would be the most economical way to change the look of them. I’ve done lots of research over the years on painting kitchen cabinets and I think using General Finishes Milk Paint is the direction I am heading. I really want our kitchen to stay warm looking, so I want to go with an off-white instead of a stark white and use a color like Antique White or Linen (both are General Finishes colors).I’d like to add some dimension to our kitchen with a tile backsplash and remove the short little granite backsplash we currently have.I love the classic look of subway tile and really like the look of a light grey glass subway tile with white grout. I think it would provide a nice contrast against the white cabinets too.Our counters are granite and while they aren’t what I would have chosen, I like them okay and can’t justify spending the large amount of money it would take to replace them. Fortunately they are pretty neutral so they will work well with almost anything we change in the kitchen.
I love farmhouse sinks and would absolutely love to have one in our home,but putting one in would require cutting into our granite counters and retro-fitting our lower cabinet to hold it. That just doesn’t sound like something we are willing to tackle or hire someone to do at this point.
A suitable alternative is a drop-in single basin sink*.It doesn’t have the exact same look because it doesn’t have the apron front like a farmhouse sink, but the single basin is so nice for washing larger items like baking sheets. We installed one of these in our last home and I absolutely loved it! An added bonus is that they are a lot less expensive than farmhouse sinks too.
While we are replacing the sink, I’d also like to change out the faucet for a larger one that makes more of a statement, like this one.*
I’m a sucker for stripes and think this rug would look great on the floor in front of our sink. With three kids, our kitchen rugs get LOTS of spills on them, so it’s important to me that they are washable and reversible.We already have three of these stools* (in counter height), which I absolutely love and plan on keeping. They are super sturdy and I just love the rustic industrial look of them.
I am obsessed with the Chenoncheau fabric in charcoal from Schumacher and really want to have some drapes for our sliding door made out of it, but at $140/yard (I’d need about 12 yards), it’s way out of our price range. So I will be on the hunt for something similar that’s more affordable. Please let me know if you see something similar!Other accessories pictured in the design plan:
Wire 3-Tier Glass Drying Rack*
Realistically we probably won’t start any kind of makeover in the kitchen until after the holidays, but since I’m such a planner, I like knowing what direction we are heading so that I am prepared for what lies ahead.
This makeover isn’t going to break the bank, but it is going to cost some dough, so it’s nice having a plan so that we can watch for sales and save up our money.
And of course once we start, I’ll be sure to take you all on the journey with us!