Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing something I’ve been meaning to post about for way too long… our kitchen!
We renovated the kitchen in our old house in 2012, which you can read about here. When we first looked at our new house with the realtor, we realized the layout of the kitchen was very similar to the old house before the renovation (small, cramped and awkward) and there was no way I wanted to move into a new house and have the same old kitchen minus all the updates!
Since we had recently been through the other kitchen renovation, we already had a good idea of some of the changes we wanted to make. I also took the opportunity to learn from a few mistakes we made when we renovated the other kitchen (e.g. don’t forget to plan a spot for a trash can!) There wouldn’t be any fun in creating a carbon copy of our other kitchen, so we also went with some different design styles along the way like Shaker style cabinetry instead of traditional.
The new kitchen is oriented differently than the old kitchen so we were able to implement a lot more storage in this one. We had the cabinets above the refrigerator built extra deep so that it gives the appearance of a counter-depth fridge without actually sacrificing the full-sized option. Because they’re so deep, those cabinets fit the really big items like my turkey roasting pan. We were also able to raise the ceilings, which not only opened up the space but gave us more height for the cabinets.
We have a large island situated between the main kitchen area and the den, providing even more storage. There are two of these beautiful pendant lights hanging above the island and if you took a peek at the updated kitchen in our old house, they probably look familiar. What can I say? I love them! No sense reinventing the wheel right?!
We stuck with the white cabinets and stainless steel appliances because they really brighten up the space. I also chose a basic subway tile backsplash again, but opted for a light gray grout instead of light tan this time because it coordinates better with the countertops.
While this was by no means a DIY renovation, we did all the design ourselves, as well as the legwork to find the right materials and workmen for each facet of the job. If there’s one tip I would give someone interested in acting as the general contractor on a full kitchen overhaul, it’s to make as many decisions as you can ahead of time. You’ll need to make choices about everything from faucet placement to the types of switch plates you want for the electrical outlets. As much fun as it is to make the big decisions, the nitty gritty details are just as important to the overall look of your kitchen and honestly, it can get really tedious. Choosing materials and purchasing as much as possible before the job starts will really make it easier during the construction process. Making purchases ahead of time also helps you avoid having the construction stalled as you wait for an appliance that didn’t show up on time. I guess, technically that’s two tips!
We’ve been living in our new home for over a year now and I still love this kitchen!
Wall color – Misty Moonstone by Glidden
Refrigerator – Samsung 36″ French Door
Double oven gas range – Maytag 30″ Freestanding Double-Oven Gas Range
Range Hood – Golden Vantage 36″ Island-Mount Range Hood
Drawer/Cabinet Handles – Brushed Satin Nickel Dual Mount Cup Pull
Pendant Lights – Murray Feiss Brushed Steel Parker Place 2-light Pendant
Tile – 3×6 Subway Tile from Home Depot
Cookie Recipe Print – Jones Design Company