Renovating a room in 6 weeks. Sounds fairly easy, right?
It’s actually ridiculously hard, but it’s also a mighty fun ride.
It’s that time of year again when I get super intense and overwhelmed while my friends and family start to worry about my well-being. But I’ve done the ORC before (5 times actually) and I know I’ll get through it. I have 6 weeks to makeover a room and I’ll be sharing the design process and construction progress with you every Wednesday. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time because I finally get to renovate my KITCHEN!!
Do you like my blue tape “trim” around the door. No joke, that’s been up there for over a year.
For those new to Design Manifest, Hello and Welcome! I’m Naomi and I’m a kitchen designer and decorator by trade. I design dream kitchens for my clients but my own kitchen is a MESS. It is a small room (15×8) and it’s really challenged by a lack of storage and dysfunctional cabinetry. Our first floor has an open floor plan and we hang in the kitchen all the time so I am Really looking forward to pulling this room together.
I am planning to maintain a similar layout but get new and improved cabinets, appliances, countertops, backsplash tile and a few other finishing touches. My goal is to improve functionality and update the aesthetic to best suit the home yet also feel like ME. I’m going for a modern, glamorous, cottage look.
What does that mean? Well you’ll see in 6 short weeks. But I’m using these spaces as a little inspiration.
And these are some of the materials I plan to use in the new kitchen…
My current kitchen is actually pretty cute from certain angles. I like my sink wall. We painted the original cabinets turquoise and DIY’d a pink chevron wall. I knew this kitchen would be temporary so I had some fun with it.
This was the kitchen when I bought it 3 years ago. Check out those 80’s cabinets. I actually saved them and painted them. That’s right- those are the same cabinets above and below.
The problem with the old cabinets is that they are not efficient. I do not have enough storage around my stove and it results in chaos. I need to really maximize the inches here. So bye-bye turquoise, hello new cabinetry plan.
And while my sink wall is “fun” the open storage has not proven very practical for us. Also, how bout the “cubby cab” above the fridge? That was our home-made solution for extra storage. But why am I keeping tinfoil and plastic baggies all the way up there?
As of today, the old kitchen has yet to be demolished. I haven’t emptied the cabinets. I haven’t finalized my appliances or picked out my hardware. Work is so busy right now that my own kitchen has come last. I plan to bunker down this weekend and finalize my selections and orders. 6 weeks goes real fast and I can’t have delays threatening my beautiful reveal 🙂
Tune in next week I’ll be talking cabinets, cabinets, cabinets. I really love this stuff.
Until then, check out the links below to my amazing ORC teammates. The talent is just ridiculous. I can’t wait to see their designs. Also, a huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for creating this event and inviting me yet again. House Beautiful is our media partner this round which is really frickin exciting. The ORC has become like the Superbowl of decorating and I’m suited up… Wish me Luck!