Last week we placed the order for our kitchen cabinets for the Las Vegas fixer and we’re now in the process of picking appliances and the backsplash tile. We gutted the kitchen in November now it sits empty with no cabinets or appliances until the end of December when the new ones arrive.
Ordering new kitchen cabinets is always a huge deal, one that requires a lot of research – it’s not like a quick refresh with paint or toss pillows ha! No, the decisions are so FINAL so you’ve got to think it through. We spent many months considering our options and I decided instead of repainting the 25 year old cabinets, to upgrade and replace them with a classic yet contemporary Shaker style. For this remodeling project I’m partnering with Cliq Studios, this post is part one of a four part series where we’ll be documenting the kitchen remodel from demo to completion.
First, some details about the kitchen itself. When we bought the house the kitchen was my least favorite space. I’ll come right out and say it, I hated it at first. It has no window, so it must get all its light from adjacent spaces. I’m a big believer in the idea that a kitchen of all spaces should have a window so that little detail was disappointing. Also the kitchen sits right in the middle of the home so it acts as a pass through and as a result will see extra traffic from kids and pets and visitors. As a cook I prefer kitchens that are tucked away, especially when I’m simmering sauces while drinking wine :) It also has an awkward angled peninsula and I prefer the classic U or L shape with a window above the sink so this kitchen’s layout was almost a deal breaker, but I concluded since I liked the rest of the house so much it was a space that if modernized could be really nice!
Here are pictures of the old kitchen cabinets before we removed them, it will give you an idea of the layout since the new cabinets have a similar elevation.The first thing we did over the summer was remove the *lovely* wallpaper which was everywhere and we replaced the tile floors (full details of the new porcelain wood tile here).
Same view a few months later, but that big ugly box florescent light above has been replaced with four recessed lights and we added three pendants over the peninsula which is already a huge improvement.
The adjacent wall and old pantry…
When we pulled out the cabinets they were in pretty bad shape, so we had no regrets replacing them. Pulling out the backsplash destroyed the sheetrock so we replaced that too. Here it is today, our blank slate!
Instead of an all white kitchen we opted for gray bases and white cabinets above. After our samples arrived, we chose the basic White and the very pretty Harbor hue.
The new cabinets will look much more modern thanks to the elevation drawn up by the kitchen cabinet designer at Cliq Studios. We’re not moving any appliances but we are upgrading with details like drawers and lazy Susan cabinets in the corner.
To the range wall we added drawers on the left for cookware, and to the adjacent wall we included a few glass cabinets in the new design. We are not adding a microwave, only a hood. We may build a chimney hood ourselves and paint it to match, we will share the step by step if so!
Here is the angled peninsula on the other side, my least favorite thing about this kitchen because of the wasted space in the corners between the cabinets. It looks out into the family room and breakfast nook and when the remodel is complete will look much nicer and have more prep/serving space.
Since this is a slab foundation we’re not moving the water pipes so the sink’s position won’t change but we did upgrade the lighting already with new recessed cans where the old florescent box used to be and we will hang three glass globe pendants over the peninsula for additional lighting (and style!).
The cabinets and countertop are now gone, the tile floor has been patched so the new cabinets and appliances will sit on top. We will be cutting the pony wall down a few inches so that the new countertop is at one level at counter height and not a two tiered bar height, what we discussed back in July, such great comments!
The new kitchen elevation will look very much like this, with gray cabinets below and a white solid surface countertop which will extend farther than the diagram so we can add stools on the other side.
Here is the bird’s eye view that shows the work triangle and appliance placement.
The new kitchen plans do not include a built in microwave although there is room for one on the counter for any future homeowner. We decided instead if we ever need one to place it in the breakfast nook next to the kitchen. In here we decided to install another new wall of cabinets, the idea came to us when we were struggling where to put the pantry in the new kitchen design.
It will include two utility cabinets to replace the old pantry and cabinets in between. This is the wall in the breakfast nook, the entry to the kitchen is 5 feet away so this is a great space to add more storage!
There is no walk in pantry in this house (bummer!) the only pantry was the skinny cabinet that used to be in the kitchen. I was going to do a full built in bench in the breakfast room but once we decided to move the pantry into the breakfast nook to allow for more counter space in the kitchen, we scratched the bench plan for a wall of storage in the same cabinet style.
This will be a great location for pantry items, and dishes! glassware! The pretty stuff! Also the counter allows for a place to tuck a microwave or coffee maker since we will raise the electrical plug to accommodate and sit at counter height.
For the kitchen backsplash I’m thinking of a pretty glass tile perhaps with some blue in it and installed up to the ceiling behind the chimney hood and range, I’ve always loved this one one by Rachel Reider Interiors, but I’m still looking around for the perfect tile.
I’ll have more to share in January once the cabinets and countertops are in and I’ll share more about the smaller details too (light fixtures, faucet etc.). We’re excited for the changes and the new kitchen!
*This post is one of four part series sponsored by Cliq Studios, we were provided with discounted cabinets, all opinions are my own. ..