Please note that I'm making up for my lack of
post-frequency with post-size.
This one's long...here we go.
So those posts I did about my 2012 Home Goals?
That's going to be IT for goals for this year.
I figure just those goals give me PLENTY to
do for at least the next few months
(and I've already started on some of them...YAY ME!)
So maybe I'll do mid-year resolutions for
the rest of the house later. But we'll see.
One BIG project I want to take on this year
is re-doing our kitchen. We can't afford a
total reno at this time, but I figure with
some new (not too expensive) flooring, painted
cabinets and some detail work,
we can get a lot of bang for our buck.
Here are some kitchens that I love...
That blue painted hutch? To die for!
The wall color in this kitchen is exactly like mine.
I like the combo of the wall color, white
cabinets and dark wood (or laminate flooring).
I love the look of a big bowl full of limes on the
counter, but lord, who could ever eat that
many limes??? And plus, counter space is not
plentiful in my kitchen, so no limes for me.
My countertops are currently occupado with mountains
of homework and artwork and books and
magazines and grocery lists and receipts and
notes from teachers and goodness knows what else.
I love to see photos of picture-perfect homes,
but lordy, where is all their STUFF???
They obviously have housekeepers and chauffeurs and nannies.
But I digress.
More counter-hogging citrus. Love the TV at the
end of the island (though my kitchen is too
small for that). And again with the white
cabinets and dark-ish floors. Love.
Oh, and to the folks over at KitchenAid?
If you want to send me a stand mixer,
I will shamelessly promote you every day.
I like this color:
Limes would look good in this kitchen,
but this homeowner chose lemons instead.
Love these light pendants. But my ceilings are
really low (like you can reach up and touch them.
Really...it's like a cave in there) so pendant
lights would be impractical. These homeowners
chose to go citrus-free. HA! We'll have the last
laugh when they come down with scurvy.
We have a roughly U-shaped kitchen that
looks like this (do not be intimidated
by my mad graphic design skillz yo)...
There are cabinets over the breakfast bar that make my kitchen look like this:
But look what happens when we take down the cabinets...cue angels singing...
Much better, yes? Of course it is...this kitchen
is from one of the HGTV dream homes (or idea
homes, I don't remember which).
Apples, not citrus. I'll stop now. But it's lovely, yes?
But...if we remove the overhead cabinets,
what do we do with all the
that are stored there (i.e. lots and lots of
glasses, coffee mugs, wine glasses, etc.)?
Well, here's my thought.
We use the space under the "breakfast bar," which
we never use anyway, and repurpose the
overhead cabinets that we removed to create
some storage under the breakfast bar like this:
Minus the chicken wire...I don't
need people lookin' at my stuff.
We know that the cabinets are exactly the
same length as the breakfast bar, and
almost the same height. We can either add
legs to the cabinets (to make it look more
like a piece of furniture) or set the cabinets
on the floor, leaving some space above them
for low baskets (like she's done above).
And then finish it all off with trim, beadboard, etc.
It will look like it was meant to be there.
What do you think?
Has anyone had any experience with a project like this?
It's a major under taking, but I think it's do-able.
Whew...thanks for sticking with me on this one!
I'm working on a mood board...which I will share a later date.