Alright, it’s time to start talking about the kitchen in the new house. We’re moving in just over a month, (because we sold our old house! In a day! More on that later) and in order to move in we need a functioning kitchen. As a reminder, here is what the kitchen looks like in the blueprints….
Actually, here is the complete floorplan so you can see how the kitchen relates to the rest of the house.
As you can see, it is really really open. Which means not only does the kitchen have to be extremely functional, it also has to be pretty. I want it to be unique and fun, but neutral enough that it doesn’t compete with the rest of the main living area (and make it impossible to decorate).
(future kitchen…we have our work cut out for us)
Anyway, we are DIYing the entire thing. Kitchens can get crazy expensive, and while we are building a nice house it doesn’t mean we have 40K (or whatever kitchens cost) to throw at a new kitchen. Instead, we have like 10K. We already bought appliances and spent about 4, so that leaves us about 6 to finish the rest. Let’s do this.
Anyway, I’ll get into all the DIY and nitty-gritty details in future posts, the point if this post is to get all my design ideas out so that you can see the direction we are heading. So here we go..
GREEN AND WHITE CABINETS
I know that all white or white and gray kitchens are all the rage these days, but I want mine to be green. I started out wanting a really barely there green like this (freaking amazing) kitchen…
..but we already painted the cabinets that color and didn’t like it at all. So I decided to go more green, like this…
And then I started finding bold green and white kitchens and completely dug it.
Okay, that one is a little too lime, but looks at the beautiful green on this one…
So pretty. Anyway, who knows where I’ll end up with the green, but it will be green. Mark my words.
METAL AND WOOD OPEN SHELVING
We only have two upper cabinets in the whole kitchen (on the oven wall), which means that on each side of the window above the sink there is a big empty space just begging for open shelving. We added some open shelving to our current kitchen and I actually really like it. We put our everyday dishes on it, which means that dust isn’t a problem because those are the things we’re constantly using and washing. Anyway, I want wood and metal shelves like these…
Or like this.
Actually, those are pretty much the same. I like what I like. Also, isn’t that above kitchen amazing?!
MIX AND MATCH DRAWERS
Adam is the main designer for the kitchen cabinets (since he’s building them) and he is pretty set on not just having a kitchen with solid walls of cabinets. He wants some funky touches, like unique, non matching drawers. I’m imagining they would look something like this…
Or this (though I like the first idea better)…
The default sink for a house like mine seems to be an apron front farmhouse sink, but I have my sights set on a giant vintage sink instead.
How can you not love that sink? It’s so dang charming it makes me want to
do the dishes watch someone else do the dishes.
WHITE BACKSPLASH AND COUNTERTOP
I may want green cabinets, but think the rest of the kitchen needs to be extremely neutral. Tile and countertops and not something you can really change (at least not as easy as repainting cabinets). Early on I decided I wanted a plain white backsplash. I’ve gotten sidetracked a few times with fun patterned tiles, but I keep reminding myself that I will quickly tire of them and they will date my kitchen.
We have white planks as the backsplash in our current kitchen and I like it, but I want something more “wipeable” for the new house.
Subway tile seems to be the default and is probably what we will end up with. I’ve been looking for something a bit more “organic” looking, but all those options seem to be crazy expensive. There is a reason everyone uses subway tile.
I’d also like white countertops. My perfect countertop would be white quartz, but once again the price has eliminated that option. Adam has continuously said we should do concrete, and I’ve always shot him down because I didn’t want grey or brown or whatever not white color you can make concrete. Then one day I ran across this tutorial by Chris Loves Julia for white concrete countertops.
I was totally sold. They were affordable, DIYable, and bright white. The supplies from Z Counterforms are on their way and we should be pouring sometime in the next few weeks!
WOODEN HORIZONTAL SURFACES
Rustic wood floors? Yes please.
Rustic wood ceiling? I think I will.
Rustic wood island countertop? Why the heck not.
So when it comes to cabinet doors and drawers there is basically three different way you can build them…overlay, full overlay, or inset.
Overlay is where the doors and drawers sit on top of the face frames and have space between them, like this..
This is the easiest and cheapest way to do it, which means it’s what you will find in most builder grade kitchens. This is the kind of cabinet we have in our current kitchen.
Full overlay cabinets are similar, except that the cabinet doors and drawers cover the entire face frame.
These are harder to build than the standard overlay cabinets and give you a more custom look.
The last type is inset, where the cabinet door sits INSIDE the face frame.
According to my cabinet-builder husband, these are pretty much impossible to build since you have to be so precise. So of course, this is the type he wants to attempt. I’ll keep y’all updated on the progress…it could go great or could be a disaster. Either way it should be interesting.
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
Organization…I want it. Our current kitchen is organized about as well as it can be, but that still means that pots and pans (and lids) are just kinda shoved into cabinets awkwardly, and all the flat things (cookie sheets, muffin trays, cutting boards) are stacked horizontally and it’s like a game of kitchen Jenga to get them out. Since we are building the cabinets ourselves I feel like we should take advantage and pack all the cool features we can into them. So here are a bunch of pictures of ideas I’ve collected. Some of them may happen, some of them may not…but that pull out utensil drawer definitely is happening.
So that is what has been floating around in my head! In the next post I’ll get into building the cabinets, which will be me showing you a whole lot of pictures of my husband working, and not in the least bit a tutorial.