Mar 3, 2015

My Kitchen

My kitchen, despite it's teeny size, is my happy place. I love spending time there chopping, mixing, baking and cooking. Almost always I'll have Pandora blaring on my phone nearby. There is just something so therapeutic about cooking, does anyone else agree? Too often our meals are rushed and quick during the week and I don't get to fully enjoy that experience of making a meal and taking my time with it. That's why I love a good Saturday of freezer-meal prep, or a Sunday afternoon football game where our house is filled with rambunctious fans ready to gobble up all the appetizers I made that morning. I love feeding people and entertaining.
Hosting Friendsgiving in that kitchen is a CHALLENGE- I'll say that much.

Did I mention that this little kitchen of ours is microscopic? I've had to really learn to keep our kitchen gadgets and cookware to a minimal amount, simply because there is NOT enough room in the house for them all. If it were up to me I'd have every single quirky kitchen gadget there is- like avocado slicers and fondue sets and tasting plates. I mean, it's totally necessary to have all of those things you'll use twice a year, right?! ;)

I say all that to say this- we are hopefully going to be doing a few upgrades to our kitchen in the near future and I'm really stinkin' excited. Now of course we can't add square footage or more cabinets to our postage stamp kitchen, but a few updates might just make that happy places even happier. I dream of the day I have a large kitchen with plenty of room to prep and cook and serve people without us stepping on each other, but for now I'll just have to show this kitchen and it's navy blue countertops (yes.) some TLC.
There she is in all her glory, right after we moved in!

We've been doing our research and trying to determine the best and most affordable ways to give our kitchen a facelift. We are getting "new" appliances very soon from an awesome friend of ours. They are like new but they're upgrading and are going to sell us theirs at a fraction of what they should cost. I cannot wait to have a flat stovetop and a refrigerator that also has ice and water in the door! You know you're an adult when...

I've seen multiple people painting their laminate countertops to look more like marble and I've got to say- I'm tempted to do the same. It would be really scary but some of the results I've seen are fantastic. Same goes with painting cabinets. I think we could handle the project, but taking on something so permanent is nerve-wracking. Do we just invest the money to let a professional replace it? Or try our hand at it first? I'd love to know what projects you've tackled on your own! I'm excited to start updating this little space of ours :)

36 comments:

  1. I thought my kitchen was small! I definitely think you guys can handle it yourselves. Painting them should go pretty smoothly as long as the cabinets themselves are in good shape. Good luck!

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  2. It's nice and open and bright at least! That goes a long way when you've got a small space. We had quite similar colored cabinets and painted them white - tons of work but it really makes an amazing difference in modernizing and brightening a space for not that much $$. Followed the tutorials from Young House Love if you want to look into those. And we did Ikea butcher block counter tops which I still love. Quite affordable too, but in our case we also had to hire someone to install because we just don't do stuff like that :) Excited to see what you come up with!

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  3. My first thought when I saw the avocado slicer was "NEED!!" Good luck with your redo!

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  4. We need to replace our counters, too! I looked into painting them myself but decided that I would rather replace them, since the paint is pretty expensive and I am a perfectionist. So I'm choosing to be patient.

    Last fall/winter I painted our cabinets. I chose to have someone spray the doors and drawers, and I did the rest. It was a ton of work, but I'm happy with the results. Feel free to email me with questions, Erin!

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  5. I'm with you, cooking is so therapeutic! I love cooking, I love serving my family meals that I know are going to nourish those bodies that I love so much! Our weeks are busy so the majority of my cooking is done on Sundays... I prep to make the week nights easier and even though I'm spending a good portion of the day in my kitchen, I just love it!

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  6. I hear you! My kitchen is about the exact same size as yours...possibly smaller! We've had to get super creative so make things fit, especially since we're still renting and can't make any real changes. My saving grace is that the laundry room is off the kitchen. I put some old bookshelves in there to use as a pantry and storage for my food processer and other random gadgets. I wouldn't survive without it! Otherwise I would have a blender in my closet next to my scarves or something ;)

    Having a fridge with ice and water in the door is the American Dream.

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  7. You are lucky your counters are navy! We had a really weird goldish yellow for years! And our bathrooms were all baby blue!! We have lived in our house for almost 9 years and we only did the kitchen a few years ago and are just now updating the bathrooms. We painted our cabinets and it was pretty easy. Came out great! I thouggt about painting the counter tops but decided to upgradge to a basic one for almost the same cost.

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  8. I think painting your cabinets is something you guys can DEFINITELY do!!!! The painting of the countertops would be amazing but I think I would be too nervous to try!! LOL! However, if you're wiling to shell out the money for new ones anyway, may as well TRY your hand at it first, then if you don't like it, replace them! I can't wait to have a huge kitchen. It stresses me out to have more than one person in ours at a time, too! ;)

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  9. I've done nothing with my kitchen except for invest in my appliance cabinet (Can't there just be one "thing" that does all "things")? What I'd really love in my kitchen, or in a new home altogether, would be better lighting, more sink space and maybe someone to clean if for me :)

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  10. We had someone do our kitchen. It was too important for me not to screw it up.

    Awesome on the cheaper appliances!!

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  11. Awww! I love your kitchen, but I'm excited to see the upgrades! Our apartment has a super tiny kitchen, so really only one of us can be in there at a time, but it's an upgrade from our last apartment! I know what you mean about the ice/water in the fridge door! SUCH A LUXURY! I would be WAY too afraid to attempt things myself, but maybe you should try! You could always have the professionals come in later if you mess up!

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  12. YAY for a new project!! I can't wait to see what y'all do with it, it's going to look great!! I hope one day we get to have white kitchen cabinets in our home, I love white cabinets!!

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  13. I LOVE to cook too (but hate doing the dishes!) but I have to clear the Kitchen before I will go in and cook - there can't be any clutter on countertops etc - I'm super OCD about it. I can definitely see where cooking in your kitchen would be a challenge - I think the kitchen in my apartment was the same size! My cousin got a quote from a contractor to have her kitchen cupboards redone to the tune of $12,000 so she decided to do them herself instead using a kit she got from Home Hardware - they look SOOO good and completely professional. She actually has people wanting her to go into the business of redoing cabinets so she'll do theirs too!

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  14. I want that tasting plate! That is so frickin' cool! I love having bread at restaurants with the different oils to dip them in. I want that SO bad! Ha!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love cooking without a time crunch. It's nice to come in after a tough day of work and chop my lil heart out. I just get frustrated when I'm tired and don't want to cook. Luckily, my husband does so I just fall on him at that time. Cleaning actually has become therapeutic, too.

    I bet y'all could redo your cabinets. I've seen less capable people tackle that project with decent results, I'm sure you rockstars could do it up right. I helped one of my best friends too, and it wasn't that horrible, just a longer process than I thought.

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  16. I say yes to paint! Sarah at Tucker Up painted her cabinets just a little bit ago, you should go ask her for some advice :) Never heard of painting the counters, that would be pretty cool if it works.

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  17. Use chalk paint on the cabinets! No prep or primer needed! It's awesome! And it's not the same as chalkboard paint. You can't write all over this! Paint and seal with the wax. Super quick!

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    1. Great idea! Definitely going to look into chalk paint right now- thank you :)

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  18. Erin

    Your kitchen is big compared to mine! :) (think NYC small apartment, small)

    Not that you asked, but a couple of ideas are to put a small flat to the wall rack between the cabinet and your stove that has a shelf and hooks. (I kind of made it sound weird). Mine is metal and the shelf holds a round decorative container with all of my wooden spoons, tongs, etc. and the hooks hold my measuring cups, a small skillet, measuring spoons, and ladles. It does sound goofy, but I get compliments that it looks cute. I HATE counter clutter, so I keep those basically free.

    Another thing I did, because I do not have a pantry (told you it was small!), was put a peg board on a hidden wall and put hooks in there. It holds my other skillets, graters, can opener- tons of things really.

    I have had to get really creative with my space and lack of cabinet space. Have fun with the remodel!!

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    1. Thanks for the ideas! Do you have photos anywhere? I'd love to see!

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  19. Adam redid our floors and installed new cabinets, though we did have professionals replace our countertops because that was too big of a job for just him to tackle! But he is very handy and has done remodeling before. I pretty much did nothing other than pick things out and point to where I wanted things. :) I think if you are just repainting your cabinets that's definitely something you guys could tackle!

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  20. This was a fun little glimpse into your kitchen! I love being in the kitchen too. I am SO excited for the day when I have a pantry so I don't have to store my bread on the counter. I do NOT have nearly enough counter space for all my cooking needs :)

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  21. I totally agree. Preparing food is so therapeutic, and feeding it to people is so comforting! My teeeeeny tiny studio apartment kitchen leaves a lot to be desired, but somehow I make it work. And I love a good kitchen update, so I can't wait to see your progress!

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  22. The kitchen is my happy place too, unless it's to clean it! I re-did my entire kitchen when I moved into my new house, including replacing the counter tops and painting all the cabinets. I used the Rustoleum Transformation Kit from Home Depot for the cabinets and it was affordable and didn't require sanding. While it was a HUGE project it was so worth it! You can see my before and after here if you are curious: http://www.lifewithlolo.com/2013/07/the-pink-palace-part-2-before-and-after.html Anyways, hope you can find little ways to make your kitchen even better! I'm excited to get home to mine tonight and get working now!

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  23. I certainly enjoy cooking as well! Maybe not cleaning the dishes part....but the cooking, yes! I have heard a lot of people re-doing the finish/look of their counters as well. I am sure that it would probably turn out great!

    I want tasting plates. I dont know why, we hardly ever have people over. But they are just so fun!!!

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  24. Oh I've always wanted that ice in the door, haha! Can't wait to see your "new" things :)

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  25. I feel the same way about our kitchen. Our's isn't too bad but it's not my style at all. Too dark for this bright-loving lady. haha I am interested to see what you decide to do. I know it will turn out amazing. :)

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  26. I too have seen people paint their counter tops and it looks awesome! I think you should give it a whirl first before hiring someone to do it for you. I don't think you can mess it up so badly that you'll feel like you need to call someone ASAP to fix it.

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  27. we need a MAJOR upgrade to our kitchen! It still has the fruit wallpaper on it....one night B decided he was over our cabinets and he ripped the one side out along w the 'breakfast bar'. luckily there were only 2 cabinets but I feel lost without them! We planned on re-doing them but they were crap. so now it's in even more need or work lol

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  28. HOW HAVE I NEVER SEEN AN AVOCADO SLICER? I feel like maybe that picture just changed my life.

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  29. You are so cute!! I actually hate baking but I can stand cooking ;) But I get what you're saying about it being theraputic... when Eric gets in the kitchen he's singing songs and happier than a clam! Cooking and baking is totally his happy place! I wish he had more time to do it more than the rare once a month.
    I am so excited for you to work on your kitchen! It will be so fun to see it all come together!

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  30. I'm impressed that you spend so much time in the kitchen...I need to start doing that hahaha
    also, I always tell taylor I want a big kitchen and he says, "why? you're never in it anyways..." HAHA but you deserve a nice one! Our neighbors painted their counters, and it looked really good! keep us updated!

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  31. How exciting! When I dream of houses the kitchen is the first thing I look at. I love cooking for other people. Just me, not so much. But for other people, YES!

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  32. I have the redo itch like you. I have lots of ideas for my boyfriend's house & he's given me the green light, as long as its not too expensive. Ha! It'll be a fun experience for you both when you do update everything. :)

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  33. so exciting! i have seen the painting of the laminate countertops, i am tempted to try it in a bathroom (although they arent laminate, but whatever) before i do something big like the kitchen.
    the people before us painted the cabinets and they did an awful job, so they need to be repainted. i go back and forth on whether or not to do them ourselves or get a professional - i think we will do these ones ourselves, because we are not planning on staying here. we hope to buy a new house in the next few years, and i would probably get a professional to do the ones i am going to use forever (with kids and pets etc etc). but anyway, i am rambling. i could deal with almost anything in a house, as long as i had a pretty kitchen :)

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  34. I like the idea of painting the coutners - I've seen pictures and it does look great!!

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