Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Oak Kitchen Makeover

This post has been a long time coming! If you know me, you know that I have an infinite love for white kitchens and have been wanting to update ours practically since the day we moved in. I always love to say that our house has good bones but it was (and still is) full of lots of orange oak and birch. In the spring, Stephen and I finally made the decision to give our kitchen a makeover and it's amazing how much it has transformed the space. While we still have oak trim and floors, the kitchen update has brightened up our space in a serious way and I love spending time in the kitchen now more than ever. 

I will say that I was slightly hesitant to paint even up until the day the painting started. Our cabinets - despite the color I didn't love - were high quality and once you paint them, you can't go back. That being said, the paint and hardware change has brought our kitchen into this decade and I have no regrets at all! 

While I considered doing it myself (I did our bathroom vanities last year), I decided that a kitchen paint job was a) more of a project than I wanted to handle and b) I was too scared of messing it up! We hired a painter who removed the cabinet doors, took them off-site to spray, changed out our hardware, and even built a few doors for some weird spaces. We had an open area that we planned to do a built in microwave, but we could not find a microwave and trim kit that would fit (after months of searching). So we decided to have doors built to cover the awkward area and I think I like it even better!

We also had glass doors put in above our coffee nook and that has made all the difference with that space. Before, it seemed that those shelves accumulated junk and mess whereas now, we have a pretty little area that I actually enjoy looking at. 

At some point, I would love to enclose the space under our coffee nook (it is one of those kitchen desks that we never use as a desk) and create a pull-out trash can area but that's another project for another day. 

The Punch List:
  • Paint Cabinets
  • Paint
  • Update Hardware
  • Add doors over microwave and coffee nooks
  • Change out faucet 
  • Change kitchen and breakfast nook light fixtures
Earlier in the spring, I also recovered our breakfast nook chairs and bar stools. I've thought about changing out our bar stools completely at some point (the paint color we chose for the bar is much more similar than I had originally planned) and but for now, I think the reupholstery works!

Our kitchen project has been a long time coming and also a labor of love but it's been so great seeing it all come together. While there are still a few things I'd love to have done (a backsplash being one of those!), our current updates have really brightened up our home and created a space I love. 

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