Saturday, December 6, 2014

Kitchen Remodel

So, the pool project is a very slow project! We are waiting on SO. MANY. aspects to come together.

We have to wait for the "architect" to finish the plans on the pool/shed, and he has to give the plans to the survey guy so he can to do the "improvement" survey for us to take the city to get our permits.

This is ALL taking WAY. TOO. LONG for me.

So in the mean time, we are moving ahead on our kitchen remodel.  I think we've gotten what we want...kind of. It keeps changing, of course.  But this is what my "color" vision is;

We're doing dark floors, so I want white cabinets to "calm" the room and then dark counter tops to tie all together. I love this look. It's a perfect mix of Ron and me...

My dad came over and kind of did a redesign of the kitchen and he went with us to Lowes to get a price quote. Ron and I have been tweaking it and we met with another company (which I think we like better than Lowes!)

The reason we're redoing the kitchen is because I have NO counter space. My counters next to the stove are so small, I can't even "chop and drop" next to the stove. And my counter space on the "island" is very minimal... I have more counter space on the side of the kitchen, but that's pointless and it just becomes a drop-off spot where TONS of clutter accummulates. And if you know me, then you know that clutter STRESSES. ME. OUT.

So here is kind of what we have in mind...

We're going to drop the high-top bar and extend the counter to make it a sitting bar...and have more counter space. We're also putting more cabinets UNDER the bar.

This view is pretty much staying the same.

NOW this is the area that is the drop-off counter, which will be NO MORE!  We're moving the fridge over to this side, giving me more room next to the stove and then moving the pantry over to the actual wall instead of the corner and doing a pull-out pantry. I am still having a little counter space there, mainly for when I'm getting stuff out of the fridge.

Here is my new view of the stove. No more fridge. Bigger counters next to the stove and more cabinets.

There is actually more that we are going to be doing on the other side of the breakfast bar, but we haven't quite figured that out yet... we have some GIGANTIC windows that we have to figure out what to do with.. We have some ideas, but we'll see what actually happens!


  1. It looks like you are going to have a great design! I love the idea of having white cabinets, I really like how they look in a home. I've been thinking about remodeling my kitchen soon as well, just because I feel like we are so crowded in there. However, I don't think I will be able to completely redo everything, so what would you say is the best thing to remodel first?

  2. Picking out a nude or almost neutral palette for the cabinets is a great idea to bring light into the kitchen, especially if you're planning to keep the dark floors and counter tops. I also think it's a great idea that you decided to keep a little counter space next to the fridge. That way, you'll be able to take stuff out of the fridge and put them down in arm's length. Anyway, good luck with the remodeling, Jen! Keep us posted of the progress. All the best! :)

    Fred Richardson @ SGK Home Solutions, Inc.

  3. Your plan looks gorgeous. I have been wanting to remodel my kitchen for a while now, but haven't been able to find anything that I absolutely love. I am really liking the picture that you posted on this post so I might use this as my inspiration as well. I can't wait to follow your journey and see how your kitchen turns out. Hopefully mine won't be too far behind yours!

  4. White cabinets are really easy to decorate with. They go well with almost anything and that's one of the reasons why I like them. You can even stencil on a design of your choosing if you want to do so. The dark counter tops are beautiful and practical. They will be really easy to clean and I can see the gloss even in the photos.

    Traci Romero @ Harris Plumbing

  5. That is great that you have such a clear digital rendering. We are working on our kitchen right now and we have been doing it all ourselves so sometimes I feel a little lost. I was trained in construction when I was young and have been doing these types of projects for years but usually I have a leader there.

    Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement