I’ve wanted a white kitchen for more than twenty years! The last time I renovated a kitchen I was talked out of it by a contractor who advised that it was just a trend. Twenty years later that trend shows no signs of slowing and this time, older and wiser, I’m rock solid in my vision for my kitchen renovation plans. No wavering this time…
Over the next several weeks, I’ll be revealing the progress and realization of that vision as part of the One Room Challenge, which happily coincided with my renovation project. By following the ORC link at the bottom of this post, you can see other bloggers transform their chosen rooms over the same period of time. The challenge never disappoints!
So let’s talk about my plans for this space for the upcoming weeks. The photos above are the before shots and while this is really more of a refacing than a full gutting of the room, I hope to reveal a completely transformed room by the time we are done.
What I most dislike about the current space is how dark it is, despite the fact that is faces a wall of windows. This is exacerbated by the dark wood cabinets, the black granite counters, the steel grey backsplash and depressing floor.
Because the layout is really fine, the plan is to keep the existing cabinets and just have them refinished. Sure, it would be nice to have brand new ones designed to our specifications, but that felt wasteful given the age of this room. (This was how the kitchen looked when we bought the house a year ago. The kitchen is only 6 years old.)
The breakfast room was particularly dark, due to the wall paint, the window coverings, the fixture, and that truly awful floor. You can see it already lightened up somewhat below, as we painted the walls in anticipation of where the kitchen was headed and replaced the lighting. I also removed the dark window coverings to enjoy the light and lovely view. But the dark floor and remainder of the room still drags down the general feeling of the space.
If you’ve been reading the blog for a little while, you’ve seen the transformation of our storage closet into a butler’s pantry. The design of this area serves as my muse for the kitchen and is exactly what I’d like to achieve, although I do have some parameters I’ll have to work around.
For starters, I’m working with existing cabinets, so while the color will be the same as my pantry, the door fronts will not.
I’m planning to use the same tile for the backsplash but I won’t be replacing all of my black granite countertops. Only the island will be changed to a lighter look. I’m looking at brass for the cabinet hardware but it won’t be the same as these exact ones.
The photos below show some of the visuals that inspired me. These are not my photos so please click on them for the original source.
If I had my way the entire room would be white. I love the lightness of the photo above and the way the pops of natural color look so wonderful against all that white.
But in reality my kitchen will look more like this space above. Black counters around the perimeter and white in the center, with white cabinets and brass hardware. My floor will be much lighter though, like the floor below, a greyed over distressed wood look.
I also plan to add glass fronts to much of my upper cabinetry. I love the clean look of white dishes behind all that glass.
The very first step will be the center island counter, so stop back next week to see how that turned out. The look I’m going for is the look below.
I’m also looking for an unlacquered brass faucet, although I won’t be changing my current sink.
The photo below shows the black counter against the marble backsplash. This is very much how one section will look, although my cabinet finish will be flat white without distress.
I hope you’ll follow along in the next few weeks as I reveal each piece of this renovation journey. Next week… the center island counter.
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