Hey, guys – who's ready for a little before and after style room tour?! I thought it would be fun to walk you through my kitchen. I wouldn't say I'm 100% "done" with this room, as no room is ever 100% done in my house. Ha! But my kitchen has undergone quite a few changes since we moved in this past autumn. First let's take a little walk down memory lane…
When we bought our house, there were already SO many things that we loved about it: the overall floor plan, the wood ceilings, wood laminate floors throughout, and so much more space than our last house. We were excited to change a few fixtures and wall colors and then just start making the space ours – which is pretty much what we have been doing.
Three big changes happened in our kitchen shortly after we bought it. First, I had the counters replaced. The brown granite counters were slightly damaged in one area and were just not my taste. I thought long and hard about just keeping them anyway because they weren't super damaged and most people would think they were totally fine even though they weren't a color I loved. But in the end, I decided that if I was gonna splurge on something cosmetic, I would do our kitchen counters because I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen for work and for fun. So why not make it a space I truly love. Our new counters are a speckled white solid surface and I LOVE them so far. It makes the kitchen feel so much brighter and super clean, unless dinner is in progress. :)
Second, we had the cabinets painted white. We painted most of the walls in our house and that pretty much took up all my free time for a month. So that coupled with the fact that I knew a pro would do a better job played into our decision to have them professionally painted. Saved us SO much time.
And the third big change was one we did a few months after we moved in. Trey and I installed the marble tile backsplash. You can read more about that here.
Here's where you can find me for a large part of the week, either at the stove top or washing dishes in the sink. Yes, we have a dishwasher, but usually it gets full and then I have a few other dishes to do. Plus I cook with a number of things you can't put in a dishwasher like wooden cutting boards and utensils and also cast iron pans.
I LOVE all the extra counter space we have now compared to our last kitchen. I really can't say enough how much I love cooking in our kitchen.
A lot of readers have asked me if I prefer electric to gas stovetops and I truly don't have a strong opinion either way. If I were building my kitchen from scratch, I'd probably choose gas (if possible), but I've had electric in many of the houses and apartments I've lived in over the years. So I don't mind either. Our house came with electric, and I'm perfectly OK with that. I don't see us spending the money to change it.
One update we did for functionality as well as adding value to the house was we removed the (old) trash compactor and replaced it with a mini refrigerator that fit right in, which we use for wine, beer, and usually La Croix. 🙂 We had just had a party the previous weekend when I snapped these photos, so we had more beer in the fridge than normal. I love how this little fridge looks, but I truly appreciate the space it saves in our main refrigerator. We used to have a beer fridge in our garage, but we left it with our last house when we rented it out, so this is a good compromise. :)
I am currently trying to keep some fresh herbs alive in our kitchen to use for cooking. I buy herbs so often it just seems silly not to be growing a few that I use most often. I must admit that I don't have much of a green thumb though, but since I work from home these days, I'm optimistic I can do this!
Oh, and you see that KitchenAid Mixer in the corner? That's the same one that I tried to paint faux granite and totally failed at (see here)! I ended up repainting it copper because I felt like it went well with our kitchen. I guess it's sort of a boring choice, but I figured I wouldn't regret a safe choice after my experimental paint idea didn't work out so well. Ha!
You can also see that on this counter is where I leave out our most used appliances: toaster, blender, and gooseneck kettle for making Chemex coffee in the morning.
And yes, I have a rubber band around two of my lower cabinets right now. I need to fix one of the doors as it always stays slightly open for some reason. We pretty much have a long list of "little fixes" that we work on during slow weekends.
We still use our bottle opener that I added to the side of the counter last year, and also our marbled knife holder. I've been thinking about making some kind of dog bowl holder because they often get moved around as the dogs eat or drink from them, and then I sometimes trip over them. I'm very smooth like that. 🙂 So, yeah, if you know any good solutions, let me know as I'm on the look out.
The most recent update, that honestly made a huge difference visually, I shared about here. We added some wallpaper to the front of the barstool area. Our house overall has a kind of modern meets rustic vibe, and I think the wallpaper totally made this room feel EXACTLY like that. Which makes total sense if you know me and Trey because we are basically city people who like camping, so, there you go. :)
I'm sure I'll be adding and changing up little things in this room over time, which I'm sure I'll share. But for today, thanks for letting me take you on a tour of our kitchen! Feel free to drop by anytime. 😉 Happy Friday everyone—hope you have a great weekend! xx. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.