Is this my dream kitchen? No. It's the first [and only] kitchen I've ever designed, so I had to work with the given space of this first house. And because this is our first house, we know we won't be here forever and we had to keep that in mind when designing the new kitchen -- we had to keep it within budget, but still produce high resale value. That's what I'm always trying to keep in mind -- is this or that worth the investment for, both, enjoyment and resale value? In my opinion, a kitchen reno is always worth it. What is key, though, is setting a realistic and reasonable budget and then sticking to it. We knew if we put a ton of really nice fixtures, appliances, etc. into this kitchen, we wouldn't get it back. Our house isn't on the most expensive street.
We never planned on building an addition to make the kitchen [or house] larger [again, wouldn't get that money back], so we just wanted to rework the given layout to produce more kitchen workspace. This is a much more affordable plan. I'm so glad to have done a kitchen design/renovation in a beginner house, though. It has proved to be such a learning experience, so when the time/day comes that we're designing/building our dream kitchen, we'll have a better idea as to what we like/dislike and have learned from previous experience.
Here is the kitchen before:
[It still blows my mind to see the kitchen pre-renovation!]
[Just to throw all of the mail in one spot -- so nice! Little things...]
Now that a year has passed, let's revisit the kitchen to-do list:
Paint the walls BM Cameo White Make roman shades for window and door[Although I didn't make them...] Make cushion seat cover and pillows for bench
- Hang something on wall above bench
- Add baskets for additional storage under island
And here are some things I'm adding/changing:
- Repaint kitchen -- yep, it's seriously on here again! New color.
- Organize pantries using baskets/bins
Now I'm off to get ready for my family's 4th of July celebration! Too bad Lexington has a 90% chance of rain tomorrow. So it looks like the party has been relocated inside... Bummer. After the 4th of July, I'll be highlighting, in a post, things I'd do again in a kitchen renovation vs. things I'd change. See you then!