Everyone, thank you! We loved that you were so vocal about All Things Kitchen last week, and you gave us so much to think about – from pull-out drawers to windows to islands and soffits (my goodness, the soffits!). Over the weekend, we prepped the space for our soon-to-be pocket door by removing the existing storage room door (aka the first floor work room, our nickname for that small dog leg off the kitchen), pulling up the baseboards and delving deep into soffit talk.
There were a few things we didn’t cover in the original post, partly because we’re still figuring some things out, but also because that initial post was a soft introduction. And because you all gave some fantastic input, let’s follow up and get nerdy about kitchens!
Our heads are spinning with cabinet talk, but rightfully so, as they’re such a large part of our budget. A common consensus was the upside to pull-out lowers, which is something we’d been considering as well. The cabinets that will be re-faced on our sink wall will be unable to accommodate this from a built-in standpoint, but we can add Rev-a-Shelf systems to remedy that. We’ll be talking with our cabinet builder about the new lowers to implement pull out lower cabinets – and yes, this includes a trash bin, slim pantry next to the refrigerator and spice rack to the left of the stove. You all are on it.
No soffits! No soffits! (Chant with us – No! Soffits!) We had friends and family call up and chime in too – and we hear you! Instead, we’ll add finishing trim to our cabinet tops, which will leave the option open for anything else down the line – more uppers? Lighting? A place for art? There is, however, one obnoxious soffit that we can’t avoid, which hides a furnace vent. Ah, well:
Let’s talk additional furniture. There will be an island, and we’re currently on the hunt. One option is our beloved Varde (that I use in the studio), but we’d likely go with the 4-drawer option. Another option would be to find something unique and second hand, although smooth drawers would be a must. We’d also love to top any island with a contrasting countertop from the rest of the kitchen, and if we can swing it, an overhang would be nice for a couple of stools. Bonus: We’re keeping an eye out for a perfectly vintage china cabinet/hutch that’ll need nothing more than a wood refresh to bring in a touch warmth (and, of course, more storage!).
The paint plans: We’re thinking white cabinets (uppers and lowers), a bold island (true black or navy) and soft neutral walls; we’ll bring in color with art, accessories and our pocket door (more on that in a minute). What we’d really like to do is continue any kitchen color into the entire living room, which’ll hopefully allow the somewhat tucked-away kitchen to flow into the main space. You all know we’re not crazy about our too-blue living room, so this’ll be a great time to just do something about it! Off of the dining room, we have a typical opening into the kitchen, but to really up the flow (without forcing an open concept plan onto this old house), we’re toying with the idea of widening the doorway by knocking down just the left side. (At which point, we’ll totally finish off the transition from room-to-room with a trim piece.) Hell-o, smooth wall, welcome to the kitchen!
So, what’s next? Although we’re on the constant lookout for the extra furniture bits, most of everything above will happen in the new year; our homework right now is the pocket door!
We picked up this adorable door from Rebuilding Exchange for $60 – a steal for Chicago! It was nowhere near as stressful as the Great Door Hunt of 2013 (holy smokes, do you remember that madness?), and we loved it as soon as saw it! We purposely chose a door with a window, because, well, look behind me! There’s a window in the work room that will allow more light into the kitchen, and although this door won’t be centered right in front of it (we’ll be adding additional cabinets to the left of the existing ones, remember?), it’ll still allow for plenty of natural light to shine into the kitchen. And although we plan on making the work room organized and pretty soon, we’ll either frost the glass OR install an adorable light-filtering roller shade on the backside.
The pocket door needs to be refinished and painted by January for install (our holiday homework), and we’ll also need to have our hardware picked out. (We love this or this!) We’ll be having fun with the color, too! Minty green? Soft pink? Something light-hearted and fun, absolutely.
Countertops are also on the brain, and gah!, we could burst just thinking of all the options! Fingers crossed, me may even start the investigation this coming weekend…
PS… Our friend Nancy covers the whys, the whats and all the could-have-beens in our kitchen layout. See that here!