I'll be sharing progress posts and photos as we begin updating every room in the house, and today I'm starting with the kitchen. The kitchen is truly the heart of any home and where we knew we would spend the most time, so it's the space we wanted to tackle first. Out of all the rooms in the house I also think it was already the most "complete" upon moving in, which made it a bit less daunting as our first focus.
The kitchen has great bones, and is the largest room in our entire home. This was a major selling point for us when we originally looked at the house, given that kitchen renovations can be very expensive and the majority of the houses that we had been looking needed extensive ones. It already had great light, high-quality white cabinets, granite counter-tops, newer appliances, and more counter space that we could have asked for, especially coming from our little galley kitchen in the city. The french doors leading out to the patio and the large bay window over the sink didn't hurt either - overall it just had such great vibes! Here are what the listing photos looked like as well as what it looked like the first week we stepped inside:
The list of changes we want to make in the kitchen are below! The majority of these changes were easy and are actually already underway, with the largest and most major project being installing engineered hardwood floors. The current gray tile isn't awful, but there is just something so warm and welcoming about having hardwoods in the kitchen and I think they will drastically transform the space. We just barely made a decision on the type of wood (which was SO HARD), and I will share more about that process soon.
1. Remove tile and install hardwood floors
2. Install pendant lights over counter (you can see a sneak peek of the ones we ordered in the photo above)
3. Install open shelving on either side of the sink
4. Swap knobs, pulls, and faucet to brass
5. Paint walls white (currently they are a yellow/cream color)
6. Choose new counter stools
7. Potentially add a backsplash
In the meantime, here is the mood board I created that will be serving as inspiration to finish the space! As you can see, the goal is to incorporate lots of white and natural wood tones and add a fun vintage rug for a pop of color. I call it "modern farmhouse" - something that blends my love for country kitchens but also my love for more modern decor. We can't wait to share the "after" - stay tuned!