The first of our 2018 house projects is fixing our basement gas fireplace. With the crazy cold temperatures this winter, it was bumped up on the priority list. We plan to replace the burner and logs and be set for a warmer time in the kids play area down there. We also plan to finish buying the last few pieces of furniture and home accents to help us get nice and organized and cut back on clutter – fingers crossed!
The last and biggest of our upcoming house projects this year is a complete kitchen overhaul! We’re going to try our best to make it look high quality but on a budget. We’ve been using IKEA’s planning tool and a little Photoshop to help envision what it will look like. This is what it looked like when we bought the house:
The only big change so far has been a new stainless steel refrigerator. We also plan on tearing down the two blank walls enclosing the space (we’ve already checked with a professional and the walls aren’t load-bearing, phew!). We want to match the floors to the existing wood floors in our house and refinish our floors to complement the new IKEA cabinets we plan to use. To keep costs at a minimum, we are leaving all appliances where they are (except for the microwave) but updating to new stainless steel appliances and range hood. Here’s another shot of our current kitchen situation:
We also plan to replace countertops, sink, faucet, and lighting. On top of all of that, we want to add a small island for more storage and add a small amount of open shelving to flank the range hood. Also, we want to use new hardware (including for the pantry door), repaint the walls and the ceiling, and add a stacked subway tile backsplash. Phew! Kitchen renovations are no small feat! To get an idea of what we’re thinking, here’s a little mock-up we have of our current choices for the new kitchen:
We’re going for a more modern feel that can easily blend with the rest of the upstairs living area. I would love to have white quartz countertops over black, but my hubby prefers the black and I’m guessing it’ll be more practical with the little ones. We’re also thinking of adding coordinating lowers on the dining room wall with more open shelving above to help tie the rooms together. Even though I love a white kitchen as much as the next gal (our previous house had a white kitchen), I’m really digging this light wood kitchen trend that I’ve been seeing more and more. Here’s a little round-up of kitchens we are using as inspiration:
Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to decide on all of the details since we’re not going to attempt this until the summer. We’re shooting for having this as a summer project because it’s much easier to have a kitchen out of commission when you can opt to grill outdoors instead. Hopefully, we get to all of these house projects and are pleased with the results – stay tuned for updates!