The kitchen usually makes or breaks it for me when I see a house. I've learned my lessons the hard way through various homes we've owned and rented about what I do and don't like in a kitchen.
I bet you are asking yourself, now that I am a month or so into our new house, how I feel about my kitchen. I'm so glad you asked :).
So far, the things I love about my kitchen are mostly things you can't get easily unless they are there already--plentiful natural light and a lovely view. See?
However, I am not in love with my kitchen yet. I don't have enough workspace. I have dark-stained cabinets with no pulls, pebbly-looking solid-surface countertops, white appliances and vinyl tile flooring. I would not have picked anything that is in this kitchen, but all of it is in good shape. The big questions are, do I just live with it (realizing that in the grand scheme of things that there are much more important things than my kitchen)? Or, do I make small cosmetic changes? Or, do I make more significant cosmetic changes over time? Or, do I break the bank and gut the kitchen and start over (which my thrifty soul and finite wallet cannot seem to justify)?
Just so you have a baseline, here is a kitchen I absolutely love from House Beautiful:
I love the mix of old and new, of rustic and warm wood with more refined materials and the utilitarian loveliness of it all.
What I have is not exactly that.
While I can't make my kitchen into this one, I think I need to do some things to make it mine--or at least make some plans that I can slowly implement over time. Even making a list of what I'd like to do (even if I don't finish everything) makes me feel better, somehow.
- Acquire additional storage and workspace with a ready-made cabinet/island (or convert a dining room buffet) along our window wall pictured below.
Maybe something like this one from kitchensource.com? It would make a great baking center.
- Install pewter knobs and bin pulls on the cupboards (like the ones below from Overstock)
- Start replacing outdated appliances one at a time, starting with the stove--get something that looks more heart of the home-y
- Do some strategic accessorizing--hang up vintage aprons, put away anything that is detracting from what I love, introduce some warmth through pine pieces and warm-colored wicker
- Paint and glaze the cabinets to look something like this: (although almost everyone I've mentioned this to in our neck of the woods has recoiled in horror)
- replace the flooring with stone tiles
I'm belatedly linking up to Sarah's Kitchen Party at Modern Country Style. Her blog is so fun--I thoroughly recommend it!