Kitchen Renovation Plans

Our kitchen was one of the first things I wanted to renovate (and initially had a much smaller scope!) in our home. The previous owners had painted the cabinets white and re-done the counter tops and back splash, it just wasn't my style.

I thought that I'd modify some cabinets, change out hardware on others and just do back splash and counter tops. However, that's grown into a complete kitchen gut with all new cabinets.

I had Jessica at Renovate 108 model my vision for our kitchen in Sketch Up and wanted to come on here today to share the plans. There's still a few things I'm uncertain on like when it's going to happen, what cabinet brand I'm going with and if I'm going to do all my lowers dark or not..

Let's start with our existing kitchen. It's definitely not terrible and is currently functional but I hate having a microwave above my stove, not having a trash can pull out, seeing the side of my bulky fridge and not having finishes that match my particular taste. We did replace the pendants above the island since we moved in but haven't touched it other than that.

We aren't changing the overall layout of our kitchen. No walls will be knocked down and all major appliances stay where they are currently located (with the exception of the microwave).

When I first went into this I knew I wanted a combination of white, dark and wood accents. I thought I wanted all my main cabinets white and then my island and coffee bar dark. Jud thought it wasn't enough color though.

So then we decided to turn all the cabinets dark, and I do have to admit I love it this way however, I know deep down, I'm a white cabinet girl...

So, I think the perfect balance of what we've settled on (subject to change) is white uppers with dark lowers throughout.

We are starting our kitchen remodel with the coffee bar which is about 1/2 complete already. We've painted the lower cabinets (utilizing our existing cabinets in an effort to see if they are worth salvaging for the entire kitchen). The shelves and paneling are all built, stained and sealed sitting in the garage. We wanted to wait until we got past Aspen's birthday before we started the heavy demo.

We also decided to add the fun little detail of the black shiplap. Our current ceilings aren't popcorn but they are weird texture that I hate so anywhere I can get rid of them, I am!

I love the combination of the dark and light.

The little shelf behind the stove might be my favorite detail in the entire kitchen.

This was a lighting option but we are going to maintain our existing lighting since we just installed them about 6 months ago.

I can't wait to see the kitchen come together. I'm actually not sure when we are actually going to renovate it. I saved for it while I was on maternity leave but can't seem to pull the trigger to do it for personal reasons. But you can bet when/if I finally do it, I'll bring you guys along for the process!


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