Like many, I’ve got a kitchen I didn’t love when I got this house. But a major, beautiful overhaul to turn it into the kitchen of my dreams is just not in the cards anytime soon. Despondent (okay, not really), I decided to write up the kitchen of my dreams and then see what I could do to get closer to it incrementally. This section journals those adventures.
What’s an ideal kitchen for the little egg house:
- Plenty of natural light
- Generally light and bright, with pretty, inspiring lighting
- Easy access to everything
- Well functioning, attractive appliances
- Easy access to laundry
- Pretty, solid surface counters & attractive backsplash
- Eat in/hang out spot
- Mud room style entry
- Great lighting
- Wood or tile floors that flow nicely with wood floors
- Classic look and feel, suitable for a small 1947 cottage
Okay, so my list looks a lot like everyone else’s. There are some limitations natural to a 1947 cottage. For example, it’s always going to be a laundry closet and not a laundry room, unless I want to banish laundry and myself to the basement.
What I started with:
- One window, one dark kitchen door, one dark basement doors
- Mismatched pantry doors
- Horrible overhead tube lighting but a light over the sink and stove
- Low ceiling
- Pointless sofits, highlighting the already too low ceiling
- Old cabinets, not space optimizers, but sturdy enough
- Laundry closet that doesn’t quite close
- Stackable washer and dryer from old house
- Pantry cabinet with odd door
- Hideousness of lineoluem highlighted by adjacency to nice wood floors
- Unfunctional faucet over stainless sink
- Older, white appliances with issues
- Peninsula with room for a little seating
- Generally spacious room size
- Laminate counters with unmatching backsplash
So, not all bad, even some good bones to work with. I budgeted out the dream kitchen and it’s really not in the cards. So here, I’m showcasing the work I’m doing to make this space become a happy-to-be-in room.
Please stay tuned for project-by-project posts on the Interim Kitchen.
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