Today we are going on an adventurous kitchen tour in our Perfectly Imperfect Home Tour. Yesterday we toured the Upstairs Sunroom which adjoins this room via the french doors. This room needs a lot of work. A lot. Sigh. I’m tired just thinking about it. So here we go.
Disclaimer: some of these photos were listing photos or photos taken with a tablet or phone on the day of inspection so the quality is not great. The rest I took today with no staging, hence the black hoodie on the bar stool because it really wanted to be part of the kitchen tour.
When we moved in the kitchen looked like this:
I was excited about all of the cabinets and counter space. ‘Was’ being the operative word here. In a very short amount of time I realized the layout was not great. Very not great. The upper cabinets along the refrigerator wall are quite shallow, only 11 inches deep. The cabinet doors hit my dinner plates and casserole dishes are a snug fit.
Then there was the peninsula. It cut the kitchen in half. Literally. Here’s a glimpse of the ‘breakfast nook’ area. Way too small to accommodate a table and still be able to access the french doors to the upstairs sunroom.
You can see where the cabinets used to hang above the peninsula as evidenced by the remaining soffit. Nice huh? There was really only room for one or two people in the work area of the kitchen. This just didn’t work for a large family. So one morning, while the husband ran out for biscuits, I ripped that thing out 🙂
To be fair, I got a good start on it and he helped finish it up when he got back. We removed the existing corner cabinet (that we could hardly access anyhow) and moved the dishwasher and the small drawer cabinet from the peninsula back against the wall. We then cut a piece of the countertop from the peninsula to cover the exposed corner and filled in the gap in the flooring with some laminate we had from the first time we redid the basement floors. It doesn’t match but at least it kept anyone from tripping over a large cutout. I’ll do a post about the actual process if anyone is interested.
I had this granite top rolling island from our previous house so we’ve used it for extra counter space even though it’s a little wide for the room. And I threw a rug over the mismatched floors for now but you can see the brown floor peeking out under the island.
The large pantry cabinet that I thought was going to be so useful has actually not been as useful as I’d hoped. The doors don’t open all the way so it’s difficult to get to the stuff on the back shelves.
We added shelving to what was the broom closet to house extra appliances and taller pantry items. The little broom/pantry closet is right next to the garage door so I just store the broom in the garage.
I’ve toyed around with several ideas for this space including doing an Unfitted Kitchen. This is not our forever home so I struggle with knowing just how much money to put into it. I really would like to address the oak cabinets but I’ve seen some lovely kitchens where the wood cabinets really work. I just don’t know yet.
The popcorn ceiling has to go. Once we pull the soffit down I’ll have to address the holes/damage. I’ve thought about planking the ceiling similar to what I did in the powder room but I don’t want it to look too country-ish. Not that there’s anything wrong with farmhouse or country style it’s just not what I want to do in here.
A treatment like this would be lovely but I’m afraid it’s a bit cost prohibitive at the moment.
I’ve started pinning ideas on my Kitchen Pinterest board so feel free to pop over (after you finish this post of course) and see if anything appeals to you.
I added a sideboard for extra storage (large family) in the previous breakfast nook area and put up some unfinished open shelving above. Until I know what I’m going to do about the cabinets I don’t want to commit to a finish on the shelves. And you can see I worked real hard styling those for you today on our little kitchen tour. Real life going on over here. Most of that is used several times during the week so having quick access is a bonus.
Projects that must be addressed are:
Remove the soffit
Address the popcorn ceiling
Replace the countertops
Paint or replace the tile backsplash
Finish or remove Shelving
Flooring – we’ve already purchased the flooring
I’m sure this list will change but I will update the Projects page when it does. Thanks for taking this little kitchen tour with me.
Any ideas on how to work with the existing cabinetry or should I resign myself to painting them? Do you prefer a peninsula or island?