We shared in this post, the reasons why we wanted to renovate our kitchen and why we finally felt it was the time to kick our butts into gear. While some people can get lost in kitchen renovations and spend upwards of $50k, we knew that our renovation was going to be on a much smaller scale. Our kitchen is not big, and we really wanted to make sure we got a good return on investment for this renovation, especially since this is not our forever house. Our plan is to update the kitchen to not only make us happier, but to create something that future homeowners would see as a good investment. Here’s another shot of the view of our kitchen in its current “before” state: Here’s a shot from the opposite direction, looking into the dining room: When we first discussed the renovation of our kitchen, we figured a good starting point was the layout. We don’t love our current layout, but the more we thought about it, the more it makes sense. While we would love to move the fridge and add floor to ceiling cabinets to it’s current location for a pantry, we wouldn’t be able to find a new spot for the fridge that wouldn’t interfere with a walkway. Another deciding factor with keeping our current kitchen layout is that we really wanted to reuse our cabinets. It seemed like such a waste to throw out our cabinets since they are in good condition, showing minimal wear and tear. Not to mention, the doors actually have some pretty nice detailing. Plus we knew this would save us a bunch of cheddar, like $10k at least.
…and here is what we are planning…pretty subtle changes, right?
Here’s the breakdown of what we would like to get done (though not necessarily in this order):
- Remove the million layers of linoleum and add new flooring
- Remove the current bar height island and replace with a counter height island made of cabinets
- Remove wall cabinets above the sink and replace with open shelving
- Retrofit some of the cabinet doors from the sink wall cabinets for those on the island
- Prime and paint the cabinets
- Redo the backsplash
- Remove the wall to the left of the fridge
- Upgrade all appliances
- Have a new countertop installed
- Add new pendant lighting above the island
Just for fun, here are some inspiration pics of the kind of kitchens we like.
Whew! That’s it! I’m sure this will change a ton during our renovation phase, but at least we’ve got a good start.