Posts tagged ‘makeover’

August 25, 2011

a {minor} kitchen makeover- the plan

As I mentioned in my previous post I’m working on a plan to turn my kitchen into a space that I love.  The kitchen is the heart of our home: it is where our guests linger during dinner parties, where you can find me Sunday’s in the fall rolling meatballs and cooking up a pot of gravy (my maiden name does end in a vowel), and most importantly where my husband and I sit down to dinner each night to discuss the day’s events.  There is one rule in our house and that is that all dinners are eaten at the kitchen table and with no TV background noise (well…certain exceptions *might* be made during college basketball season).

With that said I’m ready to make this space more ME (i mean uhhh, “US”) with…

a whole lot of classic white subway tile

and beautiful ikat fabric for drapes

two new overhead lights for the island and kitchen table

and a new area rug for under our table

Of course we’ll be painting the walls as well, paint color yet to be determined.  I’m leaning towards something in the gray family which will blend in nicely with the wall color from adjoining rooms.  I received a great design tip from a close family friend years ago – when designing a room always pick your paint color last.  I would have NEVER thought of that on my own…but it is so true.  It is much easier to match a paint color to fabric, than vice versa.  So, I’ll be taking my ikat fabric swatch to the local Benjamin Moore retailer and testing a few paint swatches on my wall before any decision is made.

I can’t wait to see my plan come together.  I’ll be sure to share updates along the way.

Side note: my husband leaves all design related decisions up to me, with one caveat – he has veto power.  In our kitchen redesign, he has vetoed one item thus far which I’ll share with you tomorrow.  At first, I wasn’t very happy when he exercised his veto power.  However, in the end, his decision ended up guiding me to a better design decision.

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August 24, 2011

a {minor} kitchen makeover

When we purchased our house in the summer of 2009 our kitchen looked a little like this:(minus the big hammered copper table and faux plants peaking out in the background)

              

(courtesy photo of previous ower)

Truth be told, not much has changed even though we have lived in our house for {over} two years.  The first 18 months we lived in our house, all excess time and funds were dedicated to wedding planning.  And well, the last 6 months, I’ve delayed making any decisions because I knew no matter what changes I made to this space, I still wouldn’t have my ultimate dream kitchen: big open floor plan, double island, top of the line appliances, carrera marble, white cabinetry, and random width hardwood floors

But, our kitchen is functional, and new, and clean.  For that that I count my blessings and I’ve decided to work with what I’ve got.  Even though I won’t be changing the cabinetry, or having new appliances installed – I can make this space more “ME.” 

Up next…my design plan to transform this kitchen into a space I LOVE.