My friend Jana asked if I could take a look at the kitchen in a house they’re in the process of fixing up and I couldn’t wait to see pictures of what she was workin’ with. The home has been in their family for 50 years, and they’re going to put it on the market when they’re finished renovating.
She sent me a text with a few of her ideas, too:
1- Move the refrigerator down so that it’s flush with the washer and dryer.
2- Put a wall up and install a sliding door that hides the washer and dryer from full-time view.
3- The back door would move over a few inches to the left.
Is this kind of what you were thinking, Jana? (Desktop computer users, move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see it switch from “before” to “inspiration”)
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Any of the finishes/colors/ideas could change- those were the first things popped into my head when I saw the color of the counters. Which I ADORE. They look like light red grasscloth, and the chrome banding around the edges is so charming!
Here’s the rundown on everything else I included in my presto change-o photo-drawing:
1. Gray and white checkerboard-patterned floor. I think something like this would really freshen the floor up and be in keeping with the era/style of the home. Maybe it could even be laid right on top of the existing linoleum?
2. Light khaki walls. I love the way khaki plays with red, white and black. Maybe Benjamin Moore’s Crisp Khaki?
3. New wall. I hung a red-painted sliding barn-style door (that speaks to the deepest tone of red in the countertops) on the new wall, and I love the way it hides the side of the refrigerator. I also moved the refrigerator down like Jana mentioned, and I filled in the gap between it and the dishwasher with some shelves and a small piece of dark-stained, butcher block countertop.
4. New stove. If I could only swap one appliance I think I’d bring in a different stove. The one that’s in there now isn’t wide enough for the space it’s sitting in. I’d go with stainless steel or white.
5. Painted cabinetry. It looks like those are custom, solid wood cabinets, and like they’re in pretty good shape. I’d add another cabinet or two, or some open shelving over the fridge. Then I’d prime and paint all of the cabinets Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. I’d paint the soffits above the existing cabinetry too. That way, they’ll blend in, and it will look more like the cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling.
6. Blue ceiling. I’m just a sucker for a pale blue-gray ceiling. 🙂 Maybe Gray Lake by Benjamin Moore?
7. New knobs. Oil-rubbed bronze cabinet knobs would really pop against all the white-painted wood.
8. Window treatment. I added a textural window shade high up on the wall above the window over the sink. That way, it looks like the windows are much taller than they actually are.
9. New light(s). If that overhead ceiling fixture is far enough out into the room, I would install one or two pendant lights over the sink.
10. New back door placement. Moving it over a little would definitely help with the new wall/barn door situation. I popped a dutch door in my photo-drawing, but the existing back door is super cute too!
Other “fixes” might include moving the outlet above the dishwasher down lower so that you can’t see it, and adding oil-rubbed drawer pulls to the currently pull-less drawers.
I’m excited to hear what you think, Jana, and I’m hoping you’ll let me share some “after” photos when you’re finished with the project! XO