The last few weeks have been all about the bathroom, but this week I thought I would focus on the cottage kitchen remodel. This is a half-remodel: Meaning I’m reusing cabinets, appliances and fixtures. My hope is to live with this kitchen for 3-5 years and then upgrade to nicer quality cabinets and counters. Since I have access to the best construction company in Philadelphia (Design Manifest, duh) I thought it would be fun to flex my creative muscles and show how I could rearrange what I’ve got to create the best possible kitchen on the teeniest possible budget.
So if you remember, the original kitchen had a wall that divided it from the living room / dining room. The main work area with sink and range was on the right wall. The left wall had one cabinet and some open space. The frig was left to hang in the middle.
In the new plan, we have taken down most of the wall between the kitchen and living area. (We just left enough room for those pesky ducts.) We will move the range to the left wall. Now I will have plenty of prep space around the range without crowding the sink. We will relocate the refrigerator so that it tucks nicely into the corner. A new IKEA island will fill the center of the kitchen and provide me with additional counter and prep space.
Right Wall AFTER: the sink and dishwasher remain, but the refrigerator moves the left side. I’ll keep the wall cabinet over the dishwasher but ditch the one over the sink in favor of open shelves. I also plan to store my microwave over my fridge. In this small kitchen I thought it was the best place for it.
Left Wall BEFORE. I always thought this was laid out so stupid with the fridge awkwardly in the middle of the room and the one corner empty. I suppose a table could go here, but it just didn’t seem like a good use of space to me.
Left Wall AFTER: I’ll put the range to the right of the window and relocate cabinet 6 to under the window. We are stealing cabinet 3 from the right wall and using it over here. (YES, we will need to cut out the blind portion, but at least the door is the right size!) Cabinet #1 will house all of my spices. I’m doing a hood over the range because I think a kitchen of any size should have a proper hood, plus a floating microwave hood would just look dumb here.
I will paint the cabinets blue and the counters will be white laminate. As I mentioned above, I don’t plan to have this kitchen too long and I refuse to spend more than a few hundred dollars on the countertops in the meanwhile. Clean and simple will do. I like white because you can see any messes… and then clean them up. I’m no clean freak, but I’m all for sanitary in the kitchen.
I admit to being greatly inspired by this kitchen designed by David Cafiero and featured in Lonny back in 2010.
I’m quite excited for my new island! Luckily the Vardefrom Ikea fits perfectly and doesn’t break the bank. I plan to spray the metal legs brass and switch out the hardware. I think it will look totally chic when it’s made over. I think this island will be used from both sides, so I want backless stools so they can tuck away when not in use. I hope to splurge on these sculptural stools from Arteriors. I’d rather have them and some fabulous pendant lights than builder grade granite!
The last piece of the puzzle is the pendant lights and I have been searching high and low for just the perfect pair. I’ll be sharing ideas later in the week for island lighting.
So what do you guys think? Am I crazy for upgrading my kitchen and not including granite? Also, No stainless for me either! What kind of kitchen designer am I? Wink Wink.