After seeing so much inspiration on kitchens lately and knowing that Summer is right around the corner, I’ve decided to tackle our own. In addition, the ladies involved in the One Room Challenge have officially kicked my butt into gear. I don’t plan on wrapping this project up in a mere 6 weeks, but I like the idea of sticking to a schedule.
Let’s get on with it, shall we? Our kitchen is by no means horrible…it’s a standard Ikea kitchen with Adel doors in medium brown. The kitchen was redone by the previous owners. They did pick a great quartz counter-top and high-end appliances, which makes for an easier update on our end. I’m still not in love, but it could be much, much worse. I didn’t like the color of the cabinet doors to begin with, but after staining our floors a dark stain…it clashes even more!
Have a look – and please excuse my horrible I phone pics and the mess! I was running out the door!
The two-colored woods next to one another, here is just yuck!
I love that we have this huge window that peacefully gazes onto the ginormous highrise next door. I would have much preferred trees and blue skies, but at least we’re not on eye level with another apartment! Plus, for a city condo- we do really get a lot of natural light. Also, we have in-unit laundry and we are one of the few condos in our building that does. Hallelujah! This was definitely a deal-breaker when looking. While they managed to fit it in and the units are white and not an eye sore, it still sits right at the doorway to the dining room. I don’t need all my guests seeing my dirty laundry- literally speaking that is!
I don’t know what happened here. It feels like an afterthought. Like, we might need a fridge. In the kitchen. Let’s plop it over here. It looks sad and unwelcome. Something’s gotta happen over here.
A nook between the fridge and the sink island. This door leads to the back, outdoor stairs and the garbage. I feel like there’s so much unused space here but the door still has to be able to open.
So, there you have it. Overall, it’s a funky layout for a kitchen. That whole “triangle” concept is significantly larger here. Large enough to glide from one side to the other. No updates were done to the kitchen since we moved in besides painting the door black and adding molding.
Here are my thoughts…
- I would love to add a vintage kilim of some sorts. The size might be a bit funky to find.
- Paint the kitchen cabinets (if this is possible?) Leaning towards white but yet to be decided.
- Add a vertical pantry next to the fridge for extra storage and a more finished/built-in look.
- Add floating shelving
- Additional lighting- sconce(s) by the sink area
- Update hardware and fixtures
- Find a way to close-off the washer and dryer units and make them less protruding
- To backsplash or not to backsplash?
- Debating whether or not to keep the ceiling fan or swap out for a light fixture.
I have a lot of ideas circling in my mind right now and will be sharing a more concrete idea next week with an inspiration board. Ideally, I would like to open the whole kitchen into the dining room and move walls but I’m being realistic. This update, while time consuming, will be on a budget and will be more so to serve as an aesthetic update.
P.S. It’s almost Friday! Yes!