Our kitchen is NEXT ON OUR TO DO LIST. I've been thinking about this project for about 2 years, so why oh why am I not ready?
Here's what we're going to do (a true kitchen overhaul on a DIME!)
- fix water leak stain on ceiling. We've decided to get rid of drywall since that ceiling has leaked multiple times in it's 30-year life. We fixed the leak by putting heat tape on the roof (melting snow was the culprit), but better safe than sorry. This week, my dad and hubby got the saw out and cut into the ceiling to finally answer my question about why the kitchen ceiling is a foot lower than the other ceilings in the house (answer: duct work). We're gonna use nice wood paneling for our tiny ceiling.
- Since I have a strong aversion to mixing wood colors, the wood ceiling is going to be as light as possible to compliment the dark wood beam that runs between the kitchen and dining room.
- Currently, the kitchen cabinets are a nice maple. Much to all wood lovers chagrin, I am absolutely sure that I want to paint my cabinets. It's gonna brighten up our tiny kitchen. Something like this:
That's a similar size to my kitchen, though my counter extends past the stove (that might be the same stove too, though mine is black... I'm not into stainless appliances...REBEL!). My plan is to paint the lower cabinets a medium gray and the upper cabinets white.
- Here's another kitchen in my color scheme. Which reminds me, one of the only changes I've made thus far was to take the doors off of some of my cabinets. However, the interior of my cabinets are unfinished. I need to do something with them... something YELLOW. Any ideas?
- Next comes the new cabinet hardware. We chose a rustic hand-forged iron look that compliments the style of our chalet-inspired house.
- Perhaps my biggest head thumping decision will be the new countertops. We have butcher block wanna-be laminate counters. I'm not opposed to laminate, but there are some really cool options out there for those of us in the anti-granite camp (I could never be on HGTV with my aversion to stainless appliances and granite counters!).
Should I choose:
COPPER (this would be the most challenging DIY for us, but I know we could do it! I love the idea of the ever changing patina. It would be so warm looking... and copper is the most antimicrobial surface!)
What's your vote? Butcher block, concrete or copper?
Finally, I need to find an affordable single basin farmhouse sink... Eegads, guess we're not quite ready for this reno!