Brian and I decided that instead of painting everything in the kitchen, which would only serve to mask the poor quality of the cabinets and countertops, we would strip the room clean and start over. Anyone who owns a house has probably been told over and over that the kitchen is the most expensive room to rebuild but also the best investment.
Our kitchen is very small, almost apartment sized, and all the dark wood and dark paint and dark floors are choking out any light that comes through the small 30″ window above the sink.
Our inspiration is bright, white, clean lines. We walked into the Orange store to price out the cabinets only to find that the deal they were running would drop the cost of all our cabinets from $3800 to $2300. That was a deal we couldn’t pass up! We had the money saved for the project and figured that if the cabinets arrived before we were ready to install them, we could store them in the basement until we were ready.
We knew we wanted white cabinets in a similar layout as the current one. One nice thing about small kitchens is you really don’t have many options as far as cabinet placement. The biggest change from our current arrangement is that we dropped the sink base size down to 36″ instead of 42″ and added a small cabinet between the sink and fridge to make up the rest of the width. Other than that, all is as it is now. We chose American Woodmark cabinets, which were very competitively priced while still being solid wood. Our existing cabinets have faux wood sides exposed, which look horribly tacky.
The paint color we chose was linen, which is really just white.
We have chosen Corian for our countertops. We looked at natural stones but could not justify the extra expense, especially for the fact that stone like granite can absorb liquids and stain. Corian is durable, solid surface and comes in about a million colors. Another perk of chosing Corian is that the installation is included in the price and sometimes, Blue or Orange will offer a free integrated sink with the purchase of 25 square feet! The sink itself is around $650 so we are waiting to make the jump on buying the counters until we can get the sink for free. Anything to save money, right? The color we chose, Warm Soapstone by Martha Stewart, is a gray toned brown that will work well with any paint color we, or future home owners, could choose.
The only other thing we have decided so far is the backsplash. Granted, the backsplash will be the last thing we install and depending on the stress of the rest of the renovation, it might be a long time coming. We liked the look of subway tile and found that Orange offers a mini subway mosaic tile in a 12″x12″ sheet for less than $6 each! Excuse the horrible cell phone photo but here she is!
That’s all we have for now but I will definitely keep you updated as these things progress!