It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this statement couldn’t be any more true in my house.
When Tim and I started our home search in 2010, the kitchen for me was the number one most important room. It didn’t have to be a dream space or in perfect condition, but I did have to be able to see the potential it could become. We loved the idea of an open floor plan and were blessed to find and purchase a house with a kitchen, breakfast nook, and living room that all opened up to one another. Nothing is worse for the host or hostess when entertaining than being shut off from company. While everyone is enjoying themselves and socializing in the living room, you are slaving away in the kitchen. Hey, it is your party too so you better make the space as entertaining-friendly as possible!
The pictures are a little blurry, but I wanted to share with all of you what our kitchen looked like originally before we moved in so you can see how far we’ve come!
The tile was a dingy grey, the countertops were a vivid red laminate, the knobs were a dated gold, and the burgundy walls around the breakfast nook did not offer the most flattering look.
Needless to say, the kitchen needed a little work to fit our style and home’s theme!
After a lot of time and hard work, here it is today:
We have brand new granite tile on the floor and countertop that has speckles of tan, white, brown, and yellow throughout. We replaced the gold cabinet handles with updated stainless, and with that simple and cheap change we got one of the biggest bangs for our buck!
In the breakfast nook we are going to put a table and chair set that was my grandma’s after we finish updating it. I also purchased these sea grass stools from Pottery Barn Outlet just a couple weeks ago. They make a big difference in the bar area and I love the texture they bring to the space.
At Target last weekend, I picked out a farmhouse style pitcher that is a classic piece, and I also bought this cookbook holder. It’s hard for me not to pick out a new home décor piece every time I go to Target! Everything is just so cute it’s hard to pass it all up…Dangerous for the pocket book though!
I also purchased this rug that was 50% off, (only $12.98!), and I think it looks great in front of the sink. I am in a big texture phase right now with decorating and the natural fibers and woven look of this rug made my heart swoon.
A few ideas for additional changes I have been toying with include:
- A beaded board backsplash (Similar to the below picture, only in white)
- A bamboo roman shade for the kitchen sink window
- New Stove (!) and dishwasher
The kitchen is not 100% complete, but I am absolutely in love with how the remodeling has come together so far! I have definitely found that when it comes to home remodeling, the projects should definitely be treated as a marathon…not a sprint. It will take some time to get there, but until then I am going to just enjoy my kitchen exactly the way it is!
Talk to Me!
- What does your kitchen look like? Have you done any kitchen remodeling projects, or did you like your kitchen exactly the way it was when you moved in?
- If you could change one thing about your kitchen, what would it be?
- What is your favorite room in your house?
- When househunting, what criteria is important to you?