Good morning! I meant to post this yesterday but my blog is having some behind the scenes issues. Storage becomes a major problem when you have been blogging forever like I have. Hoping to get things squared away quickly. It’s safe to say solving tech issues is not my strong suit. At all! In other news, we are planning a few fun tweaks to our kitchen. While this really is my dream kitchen, there are a few changes that will create a perfect space for our family. Can’t wait to share what we have in mind.
I often sit here at the island and work. For the last two years, I would drift off into designer mode and start thinking about how to make the space more efficient for us. Do you remember what it looked like when we bought the home?
The space was much darker and not our style. But the cabinets are beautiful so we simply had them lacquered in white. Other than painting the walls and swapping out the lighting, we really didn’t do anything else. We decided not to change the tan granite countertops until we had lived here for a while and really knew what we wanted. I am so thankful we waited. Our ideas and plans for this space evolved over time and had we redone the countertops back in the day, I am not sure we could go forward with our current plan.
Here is a reminder of how the entire space looks currently. You can see more of our family room reveal here.
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Most of you know that we took unused space from our three car tandem garage to create a formal pantry. We just finished all of the shelves that will house our food and I can’t wait to show you. I stopped into The Container Store the other day to get organized. Talk about overwhelming. That store is amazing (but not cheap!). Creating this new pantry is all tied into the plan we have for our kitchen. Because we have this new space, we are able to get rid of the large pantry cabinet in the kitchen. I’ll explain below.
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FOUR MAJOR CHANGES
Living with the large pantry cabinet for over two years has proven that it’s not working for us. Quite honestly it’s so embarrassing when we have people over and they open it! It’s a disaster zone. Perhaps people who are much more organized are better at maintaining large, deep cabinets. Sadly, we are not! Without question, it’s a hot mess all the time. Furthermore, I would love to have more countertop space. While we LOVE our island, there is very little countertop space considering the size of the kitchen. So here is the plan.
Remove the large upper cabinet (the existing pantry) and replace with uppers to the left of the glass cabinets. This will allow us to extend the countertop all the way to the wall.
Add cabinets on top so that they extend to the ceiling. Ideally, these will light up and have glass fronts.
Such gorgeous inspiration from The Fox Group showing cabinets the ceiling.
Replace the backsplash.
Loving this marble backsplash. I like the warmth in it. Also considering a white subway tile or one that is glazed like in the photo below.
Replace the countertops with something lighter.
I am excited to lighten up the countertops and especially love how they look with blue accents. More on what countertop I am choosing very soon. The color on our walls is Pale Oak and you can read more about that here.
So that is the plan my friends! What do you think? As with any major home project I am both excited and nervous to get under way. Would love to know your thoughts on the new backsplash. Would you go marble or classic subway?
If you need me, I will be supporting a small business today. My kiddos are teaming up with friends to plan and execute their annual lemonade stand. Luckily, they picked a warm day so hopefully business will be booming. Wish them luck.
Melanie at Toots & Dill says
Wow, already it looks like a completely new kitchen!! I am a fan of darker wood colors but there is something so striking about a white kitchen. The natural light makes it shine! Good luck with the changes!
Thank you. I agree. Dark wood tones are gorgeous. So rich and pretty. But my heart does love a fresh white space. Have a great week.
I think it will look lovely and most importantly functional for your family.
While I would never do a marble countertop in our small kitchen because we’d be awful to it, we did do a marble backsplash to the ceiling and around the window. We always get compliments on it. The tile we used is linked below:
And go Irish! 🙂
I think it’s going to look beautiful. I’m loving both backsplash. Can’t wait to see the finished product
Love all of your ideas. I love white subway tile. Just classic. Look forward to seeing it all come together.
Absolutely love your plans. Quick question, for the small cabinets you will add to the top to extend to the ceiling, will you have to have custom ones made? Or are you able to purchase stock cabinets and retrofit?
Marty Oravetz says
Love the ideas for your changes. This will be so beautiful. I have a marble backsplash and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT. Just enough marble to give my kitchen a taste of class without being in your face. That would be my pick.
I love the warmth of the marble. Can’t go wrong with classic subway tile. I recently did a beveled style in my laundry room right up to the ceiling. It always makes me smile. I’m so excited to watch your changes evolve. Always inspirational and beautiful.
Hope the lemonade stand went well!!
Marble backsplash ~ Oh, yes! Subway tile is nice and classic, but marble would be such a perfect touch in your kitchen. Lighted and glass front cabinets will be fabulous! You are going to have so much fun upgrading your kitchen! Can’t wait to see your finished pantry as well.
Lauren Motloch says
Hi Courtney, just wondering about the color of your cabinets. We have a similar countertop, and I’m desperate to paint our cabinets white but am struggling to find the right white. Love your plans and your blog! Looking forward to seeing it all come together.
Teresa Reed says
I’m wondering the same thing about cabinet color. I’ve always adored you home so beautiful.
Can’t wait to see it all come together! Having seen it in person, it’s already a gorgeous space so this is only going to make it that much more special! xo
You previously replaced the back splash. Just wondering if you regretted your choice of tile.
andrea in mn says
What fun. Did you update the backslash to white when you converted to white cabinets?
Laurie Jakobs says
Love your kitchen! Where did you get the pictures on the wall near the island and kitchen table?
Jennifer Sunzeri says
I vote for the classic subway backsplash. I love these plans. It’s going to look great. What about tying in the pantry to the kitchen. Using shiplap or floating shelves???
Hey! Where are your gold pulls and knobs in kitchen from? Thank you!