Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kitchen Daydreams Part II

First let's take a look at how our kitchen was two summer's ago, when we first moved in, and now take a look at our kitchen today:

You can see our turquoise accent wall and my husband's first handmade shelf unit holding up dry produce (bananas, onions, garlic and potatoes), tea towels and aprons, pans, appliances and cookbooks. We got our reclaimed wood kitchen table on Craigslist and the X-back chairs are from Wayfair.
Michael also painted the side of our pantry with chalkboard paint and I added red runner rug for a pop of color.
These photos share a few of my favorite things: the  Kraus faucet (makes washing dishes SO easy and less mundane!), deep-fryer, and of course the magnetic knife holder + paper towel holder and shelf Michael also made.
On the left: This area is a working progress. There is actually another shelf in the making (!) and will go where the bulletin board currently is, and we plan on replacing the cream hutch with a metal baker's rack with wheels. The white can is for recyclables and the red hutch is stocked with all our spices. That is probably the most organized you'll see the spice hutch as any of you with toddlers would know they love playing with anything within reach! :) On the right: the beautiful birdy curtains my mom made us!
Though all the changes have been small and more on the decorative side (with the exception of Michael's shelves), I'm very happy with how things are coming along and have dreams of making bigger changes in the future! My favorite thing about owning our house is giving it personal touches and delighting in the projects that do get accomplished. It's such a rewarding feeling!

Here are a few of my current kitchen daydreams:

bakers rack:

All of Dave's work in the kitchen and he still loves the look of a metro shelf! I think I do too especially since our dishes are white like this photo:
-A baker's rack with wheels for more storage.

Before & After: A Modern Vintage Loft Kitchen Makeover | Apartment Therapy:
White hex backsplash by Anna Smith of Annabode + Co.:
-Do a back splash. Lately I am really into this honeycomb/hexagon shape. So pretty!

| Butcher Block Countertops, Part I | http://lovethetompkins.com:
Farmhouse sink with Misty Carrara Caesarstone quartz countertop and subway tile backsplash. New England Design Works:
-New counter tops! I'd love to have one section butcher block for prep work and the rest be quartz.

DIY Beverage Bar made with stock cabinets, chalky finish paint and butcher block! This space was a closet under the stairs. #decoartprojects #chalkyfinish #spon @decoart:
-Remove our dishwasher (we never use it) and replace the space with a beverage refrigerator.

White Subway Tile Backsplash White Subway Tiles from counter to ceiling. #WhiteSubwayTileBacksplash   Glenn Layton Homes:
-Upgrade our sink to a farm sink!

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design I usually prefer lighter grout with white subway tiles but I think this dark gray grout works perfectly in this kitchen.  The grout color used here is Lacticrete Platinum.  Range hood is the Pro Style Low Profile hood by Jenn-Air, vented to the outside.:
-Remove current wall microwave and add a range hood.

-Upgrade the range and refrigerator... In a perfect world: this baby. What...a girl can dream right?? ; )

Dining room with plenty of storage and work space to also be used as a craft area! Fixer Upper:

-Change out the lights in our kitchen. I love the charm of a chandelier in the dining area and having  (love those red ones!) pendant lighting in between the kitchen and dining area.
Turquoise is a #HomeGoodsHappy hue! Love this kitchen designed by Sawyer | Berson! // love the colors and tiles:
-New flooring... my dream floor is brick (how pretty would that look with the turquoise walls?) but I would be happy with a porcelain wood tile!

Wow, I basically threw all my daydreams at you at once!! We will probably start with the baker's rack and then start a little savings for our kitchen projects. A baby step here and a baby step there and these dreams of might just become a reality, and I will keep you all in the loop! :)

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