Picking up from the end of Part 1 of my “Our Kitchen: Current, but still In-Progress” topic, I’ve been doing some preliminary shuffling-of-things in our kitchen, in anticipation of these upper cabinets being removed:
I like the challenge that comes with deciding which kitchen gear earns its keep and which can be passed along, and how many plates/bowls/glasses/pots-n-pans we actually use in the course of a day. I did a decent-sized downsizing of all that kind of stuff several years ago, but now that the way I cook and eat has changed so drastically I know there’s more cookware and bakeware that can be passed along to other folks. Which will, in turn, free up a decent amount of storage space in our lower cabinets.
I’ve stashed the countertop appliances (crockpot, Kitchenaid, blender, food processor) underneath my hubby-built worktable.
But there’s still the potential to store more things under there, so my hubby’s going to add a shelf that can hold baking sheets/pans and other cookware that isn’t used daily. (The stepstool will have to live elsewhere, to make room for the shelf.)
I want to paint the worktable whatever color we opt to paint the lower cabinets, and possibly skirt it with a cute fabric. As for the top of the worktable, I know that I want to personalize it in some way. Right now I’m leaning towards a hodgepodge of photos, combined with photocopies of handwritten recipes we have that belonged to our grandmothers — things that can be easily shuffled around and swapped out — then covering the tabletop with a piece of plexiglass for protection.
The metal shelving underneath the window (in the first photo) isn’t intended to remain there. I put it in that spot to get an idea of what size standalone cabinet would fit well there, but it’s serving a useful purpose for the time being by housing our new dehydrator + some foodstuff. The shelving is a bit too long for the space, but it’s given me a good idea of what size standalone cabinet to look for.
We’re leaning towards painting the base cabinets and worktable a creamy-white. We stripped the green paint off the small cabinet between the fridge and stove (see second photo above) — I wish we’d done that sooner instead of me cringing every time I walked into the kitchen and looked at that green cabinet and thought to myself how much I disliked that particular paint experiment! — the lesson I learned with that project is that just because a paint color looks great in someone else’s kitchen does not mean it will look great in mine ;-).
We’ve decided to keep the white laminate countertops. We’re not fans of granite or stainless steel, and the existing countertops are still in good condition. If we want to change them out at some point down the road, we certainly can . . . but there are other updates to the house we’d like to handle first.
For the flooring, after talking about the various options (which we’ve discussed on and off for years, at this point!), we’ll likely go with some sort of sheet flooring. That’s what we put in our hallway and bathroom six or so years ago and it’s held up wonderfully and looks nice, in spite of being in high traffic areas. Our kitchen gets a lot of foot traffic, of the human variety AND dog variety, particularly since we have to go through the kitchen to get to the backyard, so we need something super easy to clean, something that’s okay to get wet or muddy, and something that won’t get goobered up by the shifting that happens with a pier and beam foundation. The flooring will likely be the last big update in the kitchen, but hopefully we can get that done by year-end.
So, the big changes: remove upper cabinets (and repair / paint walls behind them as needed); acquire a bit more lower cabinet-type storage; paint the lower cabinets; and have new flooring installed.
Those will all be fabulous changes, particularly because they’ll all lighten up and brighten up the kitchen.
But the real fun for me will be adding the little details and personal touches. I already see places where I want to add lamps and plants and doodads on the walls. I’m looking forward to that part of our kitchen project =).