The kitchen in our blue house has come a long way! As a reminder, here’s what it originally looked like. The pictures on top are from the day we moved in, and the three photos on the bottom are from the MLS listing.
Obviously, this room already had quite a bit going for it:
- Corian countertops with an integrated sink.
- Solid wood cabinets with glass fronts on one side.
- Hardwood floor.
- Stainless appliances.
- A large window.
- A convenient floor plan.
While the current state of the kitchen back in 2012 didn’t sell us on this house, we really liked where the kitchen was located on the floor plan. It’s conveniently located to the main living spaces in the house. It’s also a long galley kitchen with ample storage, which I like. Admittedly, I wasn’t in love the galley kitchen initially, but now I’m enjoying it more – especially since it’s looking a little more updated these days.
Immediately upon moving in the house, we painted the walls a soft gray (Weathered Fossil by Valspar), removed the trim on top of the cabinets, and changed up the lighting by removing the fluorescent box light and the busted, plastic pendant near the window. We decided the light near the window wasn’t necessary, so we covered the hole. (We can always add a light here later if we want.) The fluorescent light box was replaced with a semi-flush mount and six can lights. Updating the lighting made the space function so much better and it made the entire kitchen feel bigger and brighter.
But, we still had those dark brown cabinets making the room feel dark and cramped, so back in 2013 I started painting the cabinets. You can read more about our saga with painting the cabinets here. It was a frustrating experience that took a couple of years to finish and then another couple of years for me to feel like I could blog about it. In the end, we have bright, white cabinets that really open up the room.
So much better, right? All of the hinges and hardware were also replaced. These two, simple changes really updated the feel of the cabinets.
The room feels so much bigger. In fact, when people come to our house the first time, they immediately fall in love with the kitchen and don’t want to leave the space. It’s nice to have hard work appreciated. 🙂
The other side of the kitchen also got a facelift with a new piece of furniture, curtains, and a simple command station!
If you’re a fan of the Sarah M. Dorsey blog, you may remember this credenza. I purchased it from her at a yard sale, and it’s happily lived here ever since!
I replaced the knobs with what we used on the cabinets to tie it into this space. The extra storage is wonderful!
I also added a simple command station near the door. This is the door we use to enter our house, so a simple spot for messages and keys really helps!
I love our kitchen. I’ll admit that it took me awhile, but I love it now.
Since these photos were taken, we’ve actually replaced the oven with this model! It’s a huge upgrade and looks beautiful.
The only thing I’d like to do in this room is add a backsplash, but I’m not in a hurry. I’m really enjoying the room exactly as it is now.
Walls: Weathered Fossil, Valspar
Interior Cabinets: Weathered Fossil, Valspar
Cabinets: Sherwin-Williams ProClassic in Extra White