The kitchen is what I struggled with most before deciding to buy this house. Other homes we considered had kitchens that were nearly condemned and pleading for a gut job, which excited me because the possibilities were endless and I felt I could justify spending money to make major changes. When we looked at this house, I could see worlds of potential in every room except the kitchen. Here was my dilemma-
First of all, it had already been redone. The previous owners had invested in custom solid wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and high quality appliances. Most people would welcome this update but instead my heart sunk because I knew it was financially impractical to get rid of a perfectly fine kitchen that was just not my taste. Second, the kitchen was small. It is the typical size of most Bay Area kitchens but being raised in Texas does not help this matter because it means we are accustomed to big spaces. I love to cook and bake so my mind was set on having a large island to be used for extra prep space and seating. This particular kitchen’s blueprint is almost impossible to change. Our contractor attempted to come up with several ideas to expand it, but it would require moving huge structural components around. It would take beaucoup $$$ to make that happen so that was out of the question.
So what’s a girl to do? I gave my best sad puppy face to Derek and used my pregnant belly as leverage. He is the practical one in our relationship so I was afraid it would be a hard sell. Luckily he knew how much the kitchen meant to me so we compromised. I get to design my kitchen and he gets an 80 inch T.V. and karaoke machine. I think that’s fair, right?
I did some research and came up with a plan to personalize and open up the kitchen without totally gutting everything and getting carried away. The top cabinets near the stove were removed to make the space less cluttered, and I hired a professional cabinet painter to transform the dark cherry cabinets into a more modern white and deep gray. I also chose to replace the old pulls with new brushed brass hardware. At first the price of painting the cabinets shocked me but in the end I’m really glad we went for someone who specializes in the craft because I quickly found out that it is more than just slapping on a coat of paint and calling it a day. I observed the meticulous week long process and it was well worth the money. Yesterday I saw the finished product and was floored at the results. The space instantly looked more open and modern and less dark and traditional. Now that the cabinets are done next on the agenda are the backsplash, countertops, and my favorite… appliances! I’ll go into that next time so I don’t bore you to death. Thanks for following along!Share This Post•••