House Tour – Kitchen

Kitchen Overall

You’ve had a few sneak peaks at my kitchen before, in the post about my kitchen backsplash dilemma.  Mostly about my own kitchen nightmares:

Kitchen nightmare

Kitchen nightmare

But it’s not all bad.  Overall, when I first walked into the kitchen on our initial tour of the house, I thought it was very nice.  I had to touch the linoleum to realize that it wasn’t tile. Here’s a shot of the kitchen on our second walk-through the house before buying it.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

And here it is now:

Kitchen Overall

Kitchen Overall

Before we moved in, we had it painted a creamy yellow.  There were a few minor repairs to the drywall on the ceiling, and the entire ceiling also needed a coat of paint.  We had to add shelves to the pantry, and a few more handles (hardware).  If you look closely at the before picture, you can see one set that was missing. HINT: it’s on the pantry.

It really does feel like a large kitchen, even though the layout may not be the most useful.  It does appear nice as long as you don’t look to closely.

Kitchen from the main hallway

Kitchen from the main hallway

From this angle you can see where we also added two magnetic knife racks over the oven.  We do have lots of cabinet storage.

Trivets

Trivets

I also hung a bunch of the black iron trivets that were my grandmother’s.  She had loads of them hanging up around her kitchen.  It looked really wonderful in their 1940 built house, with white painted cabinets and that large wrought iron-looking hardware (hinges and pulls).  When they moved out of that house (that my grandparents had lived in for over 50 years) she packed these up.  The family split them up to whoever wanted them, and I took whatever anyone else didn’t want.  I think they’re beautiful.  My favorite is this one in the middle:

AchDontTalkSoDumb

Ach Don't Talk So Dumb

It says “Ach, Don’t Talk So Dumb.”  Hee-hee.

My fridge is covered in magnets and photos.  I think because I grew up with refrigerators that were covered in things, I have always done the same.  Years ago I made my own magnets that you can sort of see here- stars, a heart, and a crab.  The clock I picked up at Bed Bath and Beyond shortly after we moved in.  It was on clearance for $2.  It has three little compartments and three pegs- very useful!

Fridge and Pantry

Fridge and Pantry

And finally, a closer shot of the back wall.  I think this is my favorite part of the kitchen.  The glass doors in the middle help lighten the look, and allow me to display some pretty things.  I think the most useful thing in my kitchen are those three large drawers in the middle.  They hold TONS of stuff.  And it feels accessible than having to go in and dig in the cabinets.  If I could re-do this kitchen, I would put in a lot more big drawers I think.  In the right corner you can see where I have my newly organized meds.

Kitchen back wall

Kitchen back wall

Overall, I think my kitchen is nice, even though it has its problems.  I would love to change all sorts of things, but realistically that isn’t going to happen for a very long time (if ever).  I need to be content with what we’ve got, and I am very glad that everything works.

 

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Backsplash Dilemma

Current Kitchen Backsplash

The husband surprised me a week ago by saying he wanted to install a backsplash in our kitchen.  Wait, you want to add something to your long to-do list?  Well, OK!  It’s been something we’ve kicked around the idea for here and there, since our current backsplash is nothing more than a piece of our laminate countertop placed along the back wall.  It’s not even attached.  It was one of the first things we noticed that wasn’t quite right about our house, but here we are nearly four years later and we haven’t done anything about it.  Oh well.  Not high on the list of priorities.  Plus, thinking of replacing it someday meant that attaching it meant headaches in the future.  Woohoo procrastination!

Current Kitchen Backsplash

Current Kitchen Backsplash

So, Saturday we went to a local tile shop, where they were very friendly and helpful, and we looked through loads of samples and brought a bunch home.

Some Tile Samples

Some Tile Samples

While holding the samples up against the wall and countertop, panic began to set it.  Complete and total indecision.  None of them look right, and on top of that, I began thinking about all the other problems in the kitchen.  It was like an avalanche of thoughts and decisions weighing on me, and I didn’t even know where to start.  Someday we want to replace the countertops, and the sink, and the appliances.  But look, there are other problems with the cabinets.  Do we replace some of them? All of them or none of them?  What about the flooring?  Are there things I can do to make the space look nicer without replacing everything?  What if I just want it to look finished and cohesive?  If we get one backsplash now, will it go with a future countertop?  And it goes on and on…

Kitchen nightmare

Kitchen nightmare

So today, we stopped in at Home Depot to take a look at countertop samples.  If we can at least make a decision about that, maybe we can move forward.  Lots of beautiful choices, but again, nothing quite right.  On top of all this, is the reality that we can’t afford to renovate our entire kitchen.  We can’t even afford to replace the countertop right now.  The only thing we really can afford is the backsplash.  So we came up with an idea.  What if, we get a backsplash now that we like, that goes well with everything else we have right now, and is cheap enough so that in two to three years when we do have the money, we can renovate the kitchen and if we want to redo the backsplash we can and not feel (too) bad about it.  Does anyone else have these dilemmas?

Dream Kitchen

One of my Dream Kitchens source: CentsationalGirl.com

For now, the current choice is to go with a standard, white subway tile.  It’s inexpensive, and we can add an accent band of tile for interest.  So I’ve started searching for kitchen pictures to see what other people have done.  (See Dream Kitchen above).

And now for the gallery of losers…

Eh, maybe

Eh, maybe

Like the pattern, not the colors

Like the pattern, not the colors

Tile 3

No

Tile 4

No

Tile 5

No

White Subway Tile

This could work

White glass subway tile

This could also work... but hubby doesn't like it

Tile 8

This works great with everything, but I think it's too dark

Anybody have any suggestions?  Comments?  Which, if any of these, do you think works?  What if we did the white subway tile, with a bands of the last tile as an accent?