Peter and I have talked about renovating our kitchen from the day we moved in. The very first thing we wanted was a WHITE KITCHEN and ours is not. We asked numerous painters if they would be willing to paint our current cabinets white, we received 3 no’s. After that, we got discouraged and decided to wait until it was time to fully renovate.
We moved in September 2011, 6 1/2 years ago. Peter, shockingly, pushed our master bedroom/bath/closet renovation more than me (you can see it here). The bedroom was very small for a master and the closet was just not big by anyone’s estimates. So, that pushed the kitchen renovation back a bit as we have one that works just fine 😉
We (I ;-)) have pretty much had the same ideas, thoughts and taste since Day 1. White, bright and CLEAN lines. Today I will focus on my general idea of what I want and then move into specific details like hardware, floors, backsplash/countertops, cabinets, cabinet organization and so on.
This one image gave me so much inspiration. Obviously the white and bright cabinets and natural light, but the gold hardware and the butcher block island top really spoke to me. The layout is very similar to our layout which got me excited because it gave me an actual image/vision of what our kitchen will look like. Before this picture, I don’t think I would have considered a butcher block island top. It adds warmth and I adore it.
This picture also inspired me to add 2 large windows beside our (to be) French doors out to the deck. Any and all natural light is welcomed!!
This picture inspired me because of the farmhouse sink, countertops, backsplash and gold hardware. We are going to use a duller gold (technically light bronze) throughout the kitchen on the cabinets and drawers (the same ones from our bathroom – Top Knobs Aspen – can be purchased here and seen here and here in our bathroom) but a brighter gold for the faucet at the sink.
I adore the solid backsplash. Peter really likes and wanted subway tile for the backsplash. I LOVE subway tile as well but we have used it in both bathrooms for the kids and will use it again for the guest bathroom downstairs when we eventually get to that. So, I want something different in the kitchen. It’s a lot of white, but with the gold hardware and natural elements from cutting boards and wooden bowls, it will warm things up.
And the farmhouse sink is a definite!!
THIS WINDOW!!! So, imagine Image 1’s layout, with the window above the sink. But I don’t want just 3 window panes, I WANT THIS WINDOW!!! I showed Kate and our contractor this picture and it’s happening!!
The hood is what spoke to me in this kitchen. The range is very similar to what we are getting and we are doing a tapered hood as well. I personally like the stainless steel of the range but do not want it on the hood. So ours will be covered like this one.
We are truly in the midst of planning it all. In the next couple weeks I’ll keep you updated on our journey. I’ll focus blog posts on hardware, backsplash, cabinet organization, floors and anything else we are making decisions about.
I would LOVE to hear your ideas, suggestions and experience involved with renovating and/or designing a kitchen. Peter made a comment at a meeting yesterday “why do you ladies make these decisions seem like life and death?!?!” I said “because I don’t wnat to look back and say ‘why didn’t we think of that’ or ‘what the heck were we thinking with that cabinet placement?!?!'” Men 😉