Kitchen Inspiration for Phase II Updates

Hello friends!!

Thanks for all the kind words on our little kitchen facelift that I’d posted about earlier in the week!

So far, the grout paint is holding up really well!  We’ve had it for about a month now, and so far so good – we cook / clean a lot, so we’re not being gentle on these counter-tops by any means.  I’ll keep you posted though on how it wears long term.

In my last post, I’d mentioned that this was “Phase I” of the kitchen update… part of me is still debating if we need a Phase II, but here’s a little hint about what I’ve been dabbling with for a potential Phase II…

Don’t you just love???
Obviously these kitchens are all so lovely, and I would just be making superficial updates to our dated kitchen from the ’80’s (we rent!) but there is a lot we could do to doll it up a bit…
I adore the look of dark lowers and light upper cabinets – it’s like a tuxedo… but not.
The reason I’ve been toying with this is that our kitchen is feeling really “white” – this isn’t a bad thing considering before the few updates I’ve made, it was feeling really “yellow”, but with the white tile counters, the white cabinets, the white appliances and the white floor, I think dark lower cabinets would look really nice.
This is what things are looking like now:

Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great place to be considering where we started, but don’t you think dark grey lower cabinets would look really good???
There are other things I want to work on before painting these lowers – like painting the bathroom which will be super challenging to cut in around the sink, the multiple windows and doors, and get in behind the toilet – but it’s a thought.
Another idea I’ve been dabbling with for the kitchen… more grout paint… but this time on the floor.  Same situation – white tile (it’s linoleum, but is made to look like marble) but with that hideous dark grout!  We have two large jute area rugs to mask all those gridlines (it makes you dizzy!) but I’d love for the floor grout to be white too.  If I am crazy enough to attempt this, then the kitchen really will be white on white on white, with more white, so the lowers will almost NEED to be painted.
Am I crazy to be thinking about this?  Possibly… but I somehow can’t stop thinking about it!
Ok, so this is admittedly not my finest attempt at rendering something, but what do you think…
I’m thinking… me likey….

Heaven is… a Spacious Chef’s Kitchen

I wish I had a picture of how teeny our SF kitchen is.  Let me paint the picture – its roughly 5’x5′ and has two itty bitty countertops on either side of the farmhouse sink (can I just add, the sink is the one kind of awesome thing in the space!)  Naturally, we do not have a dishwasher (Kris calls me his dishwasher… sooo not funny), so one of the two small counter-tops is consumed by a dish drainer.  This leaves me about one square foot to prepare food – not exaggerating at all.  To say that cooking ANYTHING in this kitchen is difficult is an understatement.

To add to this tragedy, I happen to love to cook, so I find myself constantly day-dreaming of hosting fabulous dinner parties, and hanging out with friends and family in a beautiful, spacious kitchen.

Can we talk about the tin ceiling tiles above the TWIN ISLANDS?!  This must be how starving children in Africa would feel if they saw a photo of a Las Vegas Buffet.  I don’t even know what I’d do with all this counter-space!  You could teach cooking classes here!  You could start a bakery here!!  The tiles bring some old school glamour – it reminds me of some of the turn-of-the-century hotels in San Francisco – but the installation of modern glass lights makes it fresh and contemporary.  LOVE.

Hello, future kitchen.
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Wow – between the panelled ceiling, the grand fireplace, and the contrast between detailed white cabinets and glossy black counter-tops, this kitchen is both dramatic and cozy.  The floor to ceiling windows don’t hurt either 🙂

great kitchen...
To me, this is farmhouse kitchen meets French Chateau.  The details on the cabinets keep it quaint while the huge arched window, intricate chandelier, and ginormous hood range create multiple focal points for the room.  I’m also loving the white marble backsplash – all the white coupled with the vaulted ceiling keeps it feeling airy even though this space isn’t super expansive!

Bight and airy kitchen
More black and white – I’m sensing a theme here! In kitchens, and in all rooms, I’m a huge fan of keeping things simple and neutral.  This room doesn’t look boring because of the small details – the hood on the range, the lantern, and the fresh flowers.  These are the things you can more easily change, but be sure you don’t commit to a trend that will easily go out of style.  Kitchen appliances are pricey, so don’t throw your money away on a quaint country fruit themed back-splash (a popular look in the ’90’s).  Go for a look that has been popular in the past and present – timeless wins every time.

light, spacious, beautiful kitchen
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I hate not being able to track photo’s back to their original sources, but this kitchen was too lovely to leave out!  I love the idea of a dine in kitchen – people congregate in here for parties and dinner anyways, so having the table in the kitchen is so functional – it provides seating, and allows people to linger, long after the meal is finished.  When Kris and I start a family (and buy a home) I absolutely want to be sure that we have a large dining area in the kitchen.  I picture our kids doing homework there while I cook dinner.  A girl can dream, right?

spacious white kitchen, i love!
Again, a smaller space in the scheme of my imaginary kitchen, but between the globe light fixtures, the nail-head trim on those chairs, and the gradated tile, I know this is a look that Kris would love as much as I do.  It’s modern without being “modern”.  It has just enough classic charm to keep it soft.