So Far: Kitchen/Dining
Aside from leftover food, mess, and a ton of hooks and doo-dads screwed into the cabinets, the kitchen was relatively functional when we bought the house. Not ideal, but functional. Other areas of the house demanded more immediate attention, but I did something for my own sanity: painted the cabinets. Even though they clash with the current paint color, and the countertop and backsplash don’t exactly match either, my cabinets have brightened the kitchen and made it mine nonetheless. With the amount of time I spend in there, I had to have something look the way I wanted it to.
In the not-so-distant future, the kitchen will have flat and white walls (shock!), white subway tile backsplash (with white grout), and butcher block counter tops. I spent a long time debating what color to make the cabinets because I love the freshness of an all-white cabinet! But in our house, the only access to the backyard is immediately off the kitchen. We have two enthusiastic dogs, and may eventually have children in this house—suddenly white cabinets just didn’t seem like the best idea. I’m so incredibly happy with the Softened Green from (you guessed it) Sherwin-Williams.
Without further ado…
Now…the kitchen does not come straight off the living room. There is a space between the kitchen and the living room that I don’t quite feel comfortable calling the dining room, but I suppose that’s what it is. We haven’t done any work in the dining room, but let me show you what’s up (and what’s awkward).
So…that’s the dining room. In the living room post, I mentioned that we have day dreamed about moving the front door. While that is a long, long time from now, let’s just daydream together for a second: imagine we move the front door to where the dining room window stands today. The door now faces the street. The dining room becomes an entryway/extended kitchen (with the cased opening into the living room). We fill in the corner where the door is today, maybe leaving a window on to the front porch. That corner becomes a gorgeous banquette eating area. THAT is the dream. But for now…we get creative and stay thankful.