So, it is about time I do another kitchen update, right? Eeesh. The end of summer/start of the school year is always a bit crazy around here for us (you too?) but I am ready to get back on track! It is definitely time for an update on the kitchen! I LOVE IT so far!!! Love love love.
Last I shared on this project, the grout and faucet were in and the range hood was being installed! I really love that the kitchen is fully functional now!
Although I should point out that fully functioning and FINISHED are NOT the same thing.
While we have all that is necessary for cooking…we have our existing stove (no new range), a new range hood, a new sink and faucet, counters and tile, and a couple of new cabinets, there are some remaining details we need to finish.
Our cabinets won’t be painted until October (it killllllllssss me to have to wait that long, but it will be extra exciting when it happens, right?).
This week the new shaker style drawer fronts will be installed (the ones that arrived were incorrect). We are still thinking about how to adapt our freestanding island (I’ll post on the island next and show you what we are going to work with). We had to do some wall repair this week and next we will finish painting the walls and install our new gorgeous sconces!! Yahoo!
We are also working on finding hardware that will fit into our existing drawer and cabinet holes so we don’t have to fill and re-drill if at all possible. Unfortunately our builder picked a less than standard size for hardware so it is taking a little bit of research on the pulls to find just the right ones in the right size. I did find some unique knobs though and I’m pretty excited about that!
Mostly what we’ve been working on lately is organization. While organization might be pretty easy to figure out if you are designing a gourmet kitchen from scratch, reality is in a smaller scale remodel is you still have to figure out how to create function out of existing elements.
Fortunately our two new banks of drawers will help immensely with our function. I happen to LOVE drawers. Lower cabinets are usually somewhat annoying to me because I really don’t like having to crouch down and stand on my head to see what is in them. Maybe it’s just me.
In in an ideal world, I would install drawers over lower cabinetry whenever possible. In this remodel, I was able to add in two brand new banks of drawers when I rearranged one section of my cabinetry, so that is super exciting for me! I prefer to use drawers for everything from plates to bowls to cups to spices. I had to keep the rest of my existing cabinetry so while we do have quite a few drawers, we still have a few cabinets that I am trying to organize.
I actually removed several upper cabinets in this project and I’m SO happy with how open it feels now when we are baking and cooking and working on our counters. The removal of the upper cabinets also creates plenty of light on the counters and that is a big plus too!
Even though our cabinets aren’t yet painted we are still having fun finding the most efficient way to organize drawers and cabinets for our needs. We will have to pull everything out when it comes time to paint but I’m OK with that.
I found these bamboo silverware inserts at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago and they make my drawers look a little more fancy and organized.
I also am happy with everyday items on display. I like to call it “pretty” clutter. By that I mean I don’t mind some things being out in the open, as long as it is pretty and functional. Let’s just say I’m not a minimalist who has to have clear counters and tables!
I love the creative energy of seeing (within moderation!) a real working kitchen with a toaster, knives, wooden spoons, coffee maker, pans and supplies out in the open! BUT if it is going to be out in the open, it has to be somewhat attractive or cute. Otherwise, off to a cabinet it goes.
I’m enjoying thinking through what we use all the time and finding a way (on a budget) to have it be both functional and attractive. I don’t really like to have a bunch of crafty decorations or a hodgepodge of random stuff around, but I do love love love love seeing some pretty dishes, glass jars, wire and natural baskets and pretty containers, so they will definitely be a part of my new kitchen organizational plan!
And remember the little dish cabinet I found at HomeGoods? I also was able to find a home for it IN my kitchen after all! I had a different plan for that wall where it now sits, but I decided as long as I already had this cabinet, I might as well use it in the kitchen. Once I put the cabinet there, I realized I could also fit my white rattan chairs in the kitchen and THAT pretty much sealed the deal for me. I like it.
I’ll do a complete kitchen organizing post when my kitchen is all painted and done so you can see how I’m making the most of every drawer and cabinet as well as how we utilize our pantry. But at least for now you can see we are in fact making some progress, right? Hallelujah for progress. The end will come!
Sneak peek: If you follow me on Instagram (theinspiredroom), I posted a little pantry progress sneak peek awhile back!