ORC Kitchen Remodel- Week One: The Plan
Did we move into our dream property? Yes! Is that dream property in need of some serious work? Yes again! And honestly, that IS our dream- fixing up houses that we know have tons of potential- potential that may go unrecognized by others. Yet, even though this is THE house for us, it has not come without challenges and surprises and major unforeseen blows to our budget. And the projects seem to just keep coming. So, when I was presented with the idea of joining up with other interior design bloggers to participate in the One Room Challenge (as a guest blogger), hosted by Calling it Home and House Beautiful Magazine, I decided to take this opportunity to give my husband and I a push to complete a much needed mini kitchen remodel.
The current state of our kitchen isn't terrible on the surface (we have already made some minor updates by changing out the tarnished and dated hardware, replacing three of the recessed lights with screw in pendants and buying a new refrigerator), but its what's lurking underneath that has us wanting to give it a refresh! For example, when we pulled back the base moulding around the cabinets, we found a dead mouse and an alien spider-cricket-creature-from Mars stuck together (I'm still pondering who killed who); we've discovered a leak in our drain line that ran to both the sink and dishwasher; and the old vinyl flooring was not only refusing to be clean, but it was coming up in areas indicating moisture problems.
Knowing that this remodel was in our near future, I had already begun collecting items that we would need. On one of my many trips to Habitat Restore in Stratford CT, I came across a large quantity of multi-sized grey and white subway tiles. On another thrifting excursion, my husband and I found Carrera marble slab remnants that we immediately knew would be turned into open shelving. Not much later, we came across the perfect vinyl tile replacement while shopping at Lowes. I want to clarify that our long term goals for the kitchen are much more extensive than our current plan- in a couple years (or when we hit the lottery, whichever comes first), we'd like to open up walls, extend the cabinetry and countertop, remove the kitchen door, replace ALL the appliances and TILE the floor, but right now that's just not in our budget.
The moodboard below does, however, reflect what we can do with the space right now! And I have a feeling that a fresh coat of paint, a floor that hides the dirt and modernizes the space, a subway backsplash, wood countertop, new faucet, sink, roman shade, coffee bar with open shelving, and possibly an updated microwave, will create a kitchen that we love just as much as the rest of our home!
For some reason, I cannot seem to let go of that mustardy yellow color that was once our floor, so as an homage to it, we may paint the wall that the table sits against a similar color (we'll see if my husband goes for it-lol).
This One Room Challenge continues through May 12th, so check back every Thursday for the next 6 weeks to see the room's progress and to hear what snags we run into (because you know there are ALWAYS "things that come up" whenever a remodel or reno takes place!!). AND... go check out all the talent that this challenge brings to the forefront- not only are there 20 featured designers, but a multitude of guest bloggers join in to show us there skills : )
Now I'm off to apply an adhesive remover to the floor- more on that next week...