Planning To Spruce Up My Kitchen and Need YOUR help and Advice!!!
After 6 years in my present home, I have a confession to make. I hate my kitchen. But then again, I have never liked a single kitchen in any of the 7 homes that I have owned! My kitchens have been like the three little bears...too small, too big, too ugly. Wait. Was that last one of the three little bears' bed problems?? I will have the check on that one later. You get the idea.
Why am I bringing this up now? Well, we just made the final decision that we are staying put in this house for a while, at least until my youngest is in or finished with college. She just turned 14. So when the slide in range went Kapooie last week, I was forced into the decision to change out the appliance package, including the dishwasher since it was so rusted out inside that the little 'porks' that hold up the plates and glasses had almost all broken off!
Well.....my new stuff was just installed and boy oh boy what a change! The problem is......oh my, there is a problem? Who could possibly have a problem with a new range, microwave and dishwasher? Right?! I still hate my kitchen! Yikes! I have never really like the boring, natural wood look of the cabinets. After quite a few years of use, they are starting to show wear in areas and need a little sprucing. I want one of those super charming kitchens and I'm not moving!
So this is what I am doing...posting pictures of this kitchen and asking you, yes you who is reading this, to give me some ideas, advice. In other words, give me some help to make me love this space. I have been pinning some images to my Pininterest as I think through the process. I don't want to show any of that yet because I don't want your opinion jaded!
Here is what I want to do. First re-finish/paint the cabinets. I am thinking a British Country kind of look....maybe muted green lower cabinets and creme colored upper cabinets with green accents and distressing? What do you think? I am open to ideas...
I also want to figure a way to hide the coffee maker without removing it from the counter top. I wish I had one of those counter top cabinets that close, but I don't. Would like to do something charming. Any creative suggestions?
The storage in the kitchen is horrible. I use this hallway closet that is about 20 feet away as a 'pantry.' I know, pitiful. I am going to install some cheapy garage cabinets and try to move some of the things I use less often and open up this space. I do not have enough drawer space, so I am thinking I might move my cooking utensils to the counter top. Any good ideas on how to make this look awesome?
Lastly, I have removed all the stuff I had above the cabinets because all it did was collect dust and I thought it was cluttery. What to do with that upper space that is interesting?? Suggestions?
Here is what I love about the kitchen. The big round eat in table. We eat at it every night and love it. It has neat storage shelves below that I use for my bowls. I also love my farmhouse sink and the glass front cabinets. I love my appliances. The new range is amazing. My old one was, well....seriously bad. So glad it is gone. I also love my granite counter tops. We had those installed 6 years ago and they still look awesome and are a joy to work on top of.
So give me some advice! We are talking....new cabinet surfaces, something for the coffee maker and utensils, what to do with the space above the cabinets? If you think of anything else, speak up!! I need the help and no comment should be left unsaid. If you have ideas for something you are seeing in the images, don't be afraid to make a suggestion. No worries about hurting any one's feelings here.