I’ve said in previous posts that my husband and I just purchased our first home in the suburbs of the twin cities. This house is our dream house if our dream house needed a ton of remodeling. We knew when we started house hunting that whatever home we bought would need work. It was the only way we’d get the right size house for the right price. Because so much needs to be done I’m going to document here all the changes I want to make because all my Pinterest boards are getting way too cluttered. Welcome to my dream house series!
The kitchen is the heart of the home. At least, that’s what I think. Our kitchen is hideous though. It’s not the worst kitchen I’ve ever seen but it’s not a great looking kitchen. I do love it though. Mostly because it is huge and has a huge island. As you can tell from the above picture it’s very… mismatched. The island is clearly newer than the cabinets and they don’t match. The countertops on the cabinets are off-white while the countertop on the island is some kind of granite maybe. Then all the appliances are new except for the range and microwave. I hope they don’t plan on leaving that microwave. The light fixture above the island is dated and there are about a billion can lights dotting the entire ceiling.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The good parts of this kitchen are its size, the newer appliances, and the newer bamboo floors. Because it is so large Nick and I have talked about making the island bigger and possibly adding a buffet in the dining area. There is a ton of open floor space for us to work with but I also don’t want to clutter it up. I do like the layout of the kitchen cabinets and want to keep that same layout moving forward.
The appliances are all newer and in good shape. We did find out from our realtor that the dishwasher is currently broken but that the current homeowners are replacing it. The only thing we have to buy going forward is a microwave range which is no big deal and possibly a gas stove if possible.
The new bamboo floors are a blessing but a curse. They are very nice floors but not the best for a kitchen. They are harder and more water resistant than other wood floor but we will still have to worry about water and moisture damage. Because of that Nick and I have talked about pulling the wood up that is in the kitchen and putting down tile and then having a cool transition from the tile to wood in the dining room. But because the floors are newer and in good condition we have a little leeway on if we want to replace them or not.
The bad and the ugly are the mismatched cabinets, the mismatched countertops, the lighting, and the paint color. I feel like I don’t really need to go into detail. You guys can tell this kitchen is ugly and needs work. But in case you didn’t here another picture. You’re welcome.
The Dream Kitchen
I’ve obviously been on Pinterest pinning all the beautiful kitchens and here’s what I’ve come up with. I really like the more simple Scandinavian design where everything is minimal and functional. I also like a very neutral palette. I want a lot of wood, white and little pops of blue. I’m not 100% sure what style I’m going for but from what Pinterest has said it is a mix of Scandinavian design and boho chic.
This kitchen is my dream kitchen. Well, mostly. I love the chestnut cabinets and how rustic they look. I also love that they go all the way to the ceiling, something I plan to do when we remodel our kitchen. I also like how the white countertops look with the wood. I’m not really into those particular counters because I feel like they have a lot of gray in them. I would prefer something more subtle or just white.
I also like the white subway tile backsplash but worry that it won’t look quite right or it would be too plain. I’ve thought of adding a very light blue glassy subway tile but again I’m not sure how well it would match. What do you think?
The lights above the island are clearly dated. I remember those types of pendants being popular in the early 2000’s. They aren’t now so I want to change them. I really love Pottery Barns Paxton 8-Light Pendant. $600 feels like a lot of money to me so I’ve been looking around but just haven’t found anything that compares.
Like I said above, the kitchen has new bamboo wood flooring. Although I like the flooring I really don’t want to deal with the maintenance of a wood floor in the kitchen. There will be water dripped on it, juice spills, food spills and so much more dropped on this floor. I’d love to put tile in the actual kitchen part and then have a cool transition back to the wood.
The Dining Room
There isn’t much to say about my dining room. It’s a giant open room that is open to my kitchen. Right now there is a giant red accent wall that is an eyesore and then a beige wall that is just meh.
All I really want to do in the dining area is paint and decorate. I plan to paint the beige wall white and the red wall a very light blue. I’ve decided to use the Marquee brand by Behr because it has a primer mixed in. If I can skip a step why not, right?
That is pretty much everything I plan to do so far. If there is anything I’m missing or you have any ideas on what I should do comment down below. I am no interior designer so any suggests or ideas are welcome.