It's still going to be a few weeks before we really attack the kitchen, but we finally have our plan, and we've made our biggest purchases! Long-time readers will remember when we were toying with new cabinet layouts, experimenting with Ikea configurations and debating what level of remodel to undertake.
But we've finally agreed: We're not going to be in this condo forever, so we don't want to sink a ton of money (or effort!) into the kitchen. And even Ikea kitchens would be a minimum of $3500, with not quite the look I'd like to see. Fact is that our existing cabinets are structurally sound, so a little paint and hardware will really spruce them up. Add to that a new counter, sink and faucet, new appliances and a new floor, and it should feel pretty darn renovated. (And, of course, we've already replaced the dishwasher with a fancy-looking new one.)
We're going to do some shade of white(ish) on the cabinets, to try to keep the space feeling more open, we're going to do butcher block counters stained fairly dark, we'll tile the backsplash with white subway tiles, and we're going to do stainless appliances.
And the new appliances are on their way! We got a crazy good deal on this Frigidaire Gallery range and Samsung counter-depth fridge from AJ Madison.
We ordered an over-the-range microwave too, since that seemed like the best use of space.
But what type of floor to put in? What color walls? Still need to figure that out. Many of the white-with-butcher-block kitchens I've seen go with white walls around the cabinets.
But I think I like the idea of introducing some citrus or mustard tones, in addition to the wood and white. What do you think?
See sample kitchen image sources here.
Of course, there's always greige, which would feel right at home here, and would tie in easily with the rest of the condo. But that feels like a cop-out.
Stay tuned for more on the kitchen remodel, and a description of how we're going to do a little shuffling of the kitchen floor plan using the existing cabinetry (or at least we hope to pull it off!).
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