This week I’m sharing the progress we’ve made on our house room by room since we bought it two years ago. It’s good to look at how far we’ve come and take a moment to be content. Not an easy thing to do sometimes, but that’s kind of what fall and Thanksgiving is about I think. Bringing in the harvest, and then resting. Finding contentment.
Well, this room is the hardest for me to do that with… not so much because of the progress or lack thereof. It’s because the kitchen in many ways is the heart of the home, and if that’s the case our heart is very small. Yikes! This room is the least functional and most frustrating for me, but I’ll share it anyways! Maybe I’ll come up with some brilliant ideas while I show you our problem room!
Our entire kitchen fit on one wall. There were almost no upper cabinets or counter space, and there was no built in space for a dishwasher. The tiny galley kitchen in my first apartment was more functional than this place.
And looking toward the table… (We don’t have a separate dining space. Everything just kind of squishes into the kitchen area.)
The kitchen is the room that needs the most work, so bear with me here. We’ve done a few small things so far. We painted it a clean, fresh white and added some open shelves. What it really needs is a renovation to make it more functional and flow better, but that’s a few years down the road.
Our whole kitchen still fits on one wall for now, but we added a dishwasher! Yes, it’s a little redneck and I took off a cabinet door to make it work, but washing dishes by hand was just not working. Cleaning the kitchen is my least favorite chore and it makes life so much simpler and happier for me to have a dishwasher. I regularly wonder whose bright idea it was to install a kitchen with no space for a dishwasher…
I also wonder who decided to put a pantry floating in the middle of the kitchen wall…
When we first moved in two years ago we were scrounging for furniture. Moving from an apartment to our first house, we didn’t have much and we were looking for inexpensive solutions to our kitchen woes. This lovely blue utility table is our makeshift island for now, and the cube shelf makes up for our lack of counter space and cabinet space.
We added open shelves above the sink for more storage and it’s been a great solution! (We also added a tiny one on the other side just for the toaster. Where do you put kitchen appliances when you have no counterspace?) I love the way the open shelves look with our white dishes. Those are our regular, every day dishes so they never collect a layer of dust or anything. They don’t sit there long enough for that!
Also in the kitchen is our table, because there is no dedicated dining space or breakfast nook. It’s a little tight and we have to squeeze by the table to get out the back door. Yeah… I spend a lot of time wondering what architect designed this house and what he was thinking, but luckily our family is small right now so it’s not too bad. The china hutch does the heavy lifting as far as kitchen cabinet storage goes. I plan to paint it eventually when I figure out how to not ruin my furniture “projects”!
When in doubt, add flowers! They always make a room happy!
Most of our kitchen is inexpensive, temporary fixes to make it functional. They’re not super pretty, but it’s hard to justify spending money on prettier temporary fixes when you know you’re going to tear everything out eventually. For instance, I would rather save for new cabinets than paint the ones we have now.
I have so many plans for this room to make it more functional and pretty in the future. I would love to tear out the pantry to open up the room and make it feel bigger. Instead, I would put a pantry where the fridge is now. I would move the fridge down just a bit and put in new cabinets in an L-shape along both walls (where the pantry is currently). The dishwasher would be where the pantry is now, and the sink would be next to it, centered on that half-wall. Lots of plans! Why does it take so long to save for kitchen renovations?
Have you done a kitchen renovation recently? Any tips or advice for when we dig into it eventually?
You can tour the other rooms we’ve been working on here: