Love you all for reaching out to me and looking for updates! Your emails and messages are so truly humbling and appreciated.
There is so much to update you on, but all I can think about at this moment is the mess in our kitchen.
Our reno budget is basically non existent, but I just couldn’t take our kitchen another minute. This is a total ‘lipstick on a pig’ situation, which I need to keep reminding myself when I start going down a road of ripping down walls, moving windows, new appliances, marble floors…delusional. Whats most important to remember is this is not our long term home, we would love to be moving into a place we intend to stay long term within the next 3 – 5 years. This means it doesn’t make sense to sink a lot of money into it to customize it to my personal preferences, but instead need to update it so it is liveable now and more appealing than what we have for when we go to sell.
Last night we spent the night ripping out old bead board and priming the uppers, walls, and ceiling. It’s amazing what just a coat of white primer in the room has accomplished. Ordering new counter top, sink and faucet tomorrow evening! What I am having a tough time deciding on is paint colours, and overall scheme of the room.
Do I do white uppers and lowers? White uppers and charcoal black lowers? White walls like the rest of the house or change it up? [want lotus wall paper by farrow and ball like my life depends on it]…possibilities are endless. Though what I do know is dramatic walls help distract from budget fixtures, and can up the ante of the entire room – which is what has been leaning me towards dark dramatic walls, even though I had originally thought white and bright was the way we were headed.
I am praying that beneath the laminate and plywood is our hardwood floors that run throughout the rest of the house and that they are salvageable.
So many other issues with the kitchen… awkward space planning to begin with, that unfortunately we can’t really deal with fixing at the moment. Leaving me with a decision of eat-in kitchen or more storage space and a dishwasher. I’d love my banquet breakfast nook because we don’t have a dining area otherwise…but man would I also love to not wash a million dishes every day by hand.
What has been of inspiration, and what we are trying to re-create as inexpensively as humanly possible: