Well, it's been quite a while since I've last posted, and with good reason: I earned an MFA, moved to another city and began my first post-grad job. That being said, life gets a bit dull without hands-on projects--at least for the handsy type. (Sure hope I'm using that adjective correctly..) Since my significant other and I have been fortunate enough to be involved with the renovations of our rented space, I thought it might be a good opportunity to get back into the swing of blogging and document this adventure. After all, many of the projects will be less permanent and more universal, for renters and owners alike. Since the major changes will be happening in the kitchen, let's start with a before and a plan of action. Read on if you like to get handsy!
First of all, I'm no material snob. Those ladies (or men) on House Hunters who demand stainless steel appliances and granite countertops? Not me. There is a place and time for formica. And honestly, this kitchen wasn't bad at all. It seems as if this particular unit hasn't been updated (apart from paint and flooring) since the early 90s, however. That doesn't only mean the appliances are aesthetically dated, but I'm thinking it might have some connection to the surprisingly high electricity bill thus far. The goal is to swap fixtures & hardware, replace countertops, backsplash, appliances and to add personality with art and functional accessories.
Here is a "moodboard" of objects and finishes that embody the vibe of the future kitchen.
1. These precious hand towels
from West Elm feature dapper animals. I love their whimsicality!
2. Stax Living dinnerware
- I found three variations of these modern, functional plates and bowls on sale for 2.99-3.99/ea at Bed Bath and Beyond.
3. This electric kettle
from Kitchen Aid has been in my dreams for a while now. May have to splurge this winter, when the tea drinking reaches an all-time high.
4. Glacier Bay faucet
: our choice for the kitchen. Modern and functional.. I'm sensing a theme.
5. These Ikea drawer/cabinet handles
are super cost effective (from 6.99/2 in stores), leaving more of the budget for appliances.
6. Along with the handles, these more traditional knobs
will give the old-fashioned cabinets an update while retaining the charm of the off-white painted wood.
7. This potential backsplash
has been on my mind since I saw it in Home Depot. It will definitely add some bling to the space if we choose it, and in that it's gray and silver, it remains somewhat neutral.
8. As I said, the cabinets are a glossy off-white color. I usually prefer brighter whites, but these will be a design challenge that will also bring some warmth to the space.
9. My boyfriend's photos
from his series Nutrition Facts will definitely have a place on the blank wall of this kitchen.
While this is an undertaking that will involve professionals, next week I will be doing some smaller DIYs. Let me know if you're interested in this type of documentation and if you have any suggestions/ideas along the way!