This is an unusual post for me. Generally, I love to share the parts of my home I like the best, the renovations that are complete or the decor I feel expresses my personal aesthetic most. But in a new home, it’s difficult to get everything done at once. Since we’re all in this ‘decorating thing’ together and I’ve had quite a few requests to see my kitchen, I decided to bite the bullet and reveal the space as it is now, a room I might add, that I
utterly hate can’t wait to change. You can participate from the beginning as my vision takes shape and help me decide what to address next to renovate my kitchen.
Now, to be fair, the room has quite a bit of potential. It’s well laid out and relatively spacious. The storage is excellent and its placement at the center of our home is just perfect. The materials are of reasonable quality with cherry cabinets and granite counters. This could very well be someone else’s dream kitchen. So why do I hate it so much? Well, it is simply not my taste. Or, more specifically, it’s not white.
I’ve had my heart set on a white kitchen for the past twenty years. When I renovated my last kitchen in my previous home, I was talked out of doing white. I will not make that mistake again. I was advised that white would become dated quickly. Well, here I am twenty years later, still pining for white. (For a peek at my former kitchen, which I very much enjoyed – despite its not being white – you can look at this post.) But this new kitchen I inherited as is, and have only made small modifications thus far. The bigger changes will have to wait
as long as I can stand it for a little while.
So what changes have we already made? What we’ve done is most evident in the breakfast area. We painted the space a pale warm grey (it was a deep mallard blue), removed the heavy window coverings and replaced dark masculine light fixtures with crystal and brass. Up next, at the very top of my list is ripping out the
hideous not so lovely floor. I’d love your feedback in the comments section on what you might like to see there instead.
It’s honestly hard for me to add any decorative elements because I look at the room and see something completely different than what is currently there, but I did add a few small touches for both functionality and warmth. A tiny painting of my beloved teapots shares real estate with a sweet rattan mail holder.
I’ve tried to bring in some of my favored French touches in the practical objects that sit on the counter. The backsplash is also way up on my list of areas to
Over the island we added three great mini fixtures from American Brass (#affiliate link). They added much needed light and a feminine touch that will work much better with the room when the rest of my vision is realized.
The island lends ample opportunity to display seasonal delights, but the darkness of the room proves challenging to style. I look forward to the day when I can post these photos as my “before pics” to an updated kitchen.
Canisters in cream ceramic and antique silver help bring a little vigor to the somber backdrop.
So what are my plans to attempt to realize my vision? Well, that’s where I can use some help from my readers. Feel free to weigh in, in the comments below. The single most effective change will be to refinish the cabinets. While I’d love to pull them out and put in a more refined style, that’s way too costly an update and a waste of perfectly good cabinets that are only a few years old. I hate that they don’t extend to the ceiling and that the drawers are flat and bland, but once they’re painted white, I’ll learn to live with the imperfections. I may add some glass fronts to a few of the doors and will have the most fun selecting drawer and door pulls, as well as other hardware.
The biggest question at this point is what to do about the countertops. My heart says white marble but I’m trying to make my peace with the black granite. At the very least I may change the island alone and leave the black on the perimeter. You can view my Pinterest inspiration boards to see what I’m loving in kitchen design. (Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, too!) Perhaps if the black on my counters was solid I’d be happier with it, but it contains little gold flecks that sometimes appear like crumbs. How lovely would gorgeous white calcutta marble be?
And finally I’d love your feedback on what floor you think would go best? I’m thinking maybe limestone but I’m not entirely sure. The adjoining rooms are wood, so it’s unlikely I could get wood that would match. The existing ceramic tile is as dead looking as any I’ve ever seen, so a happier choice is definitely what’s needed.
Once some of these changes are added, my vintage pieces will look much more fitting. I envision white linen chair covers and, of course, fresh flowers on the table. The reflection in the mantle mirror will be so much prettier once it’s lightened up.
Thanks for following along as I begin the quest for the elusive white kitchen. It will certainly be a long term project, but in the meantime, I have several exciting projects in the works. Starting this Saturday I will be co-hosting a link party with an amazing group of bloggers, so stay tuned for that. I’m also working on a few other things in response to your answers to my reader survey, as well as a big project to be revealed in the not too distant future.
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