This is our kitchen. Our house was built in 1950. The kitchen has been semi-updated. I'm looking for ideas on how to update this space in a cost-effective manner. My husband and I are working on one income as he completes his grad school. We also don't have that much time as we run to various activities with our 2nd grade foster daughter.
If you want to stop reading now, feel free. Below are more notes on the space. I am interested in whatever ideas you have. I stare at this room constantly looking for inspiration.
Details of the Room:
We absolutely hate the floor and the fact that it isn't level. There is a small peak running from the stove to the fridge where it clearly didn't settle right or they put too much cement for the tile. I have no idea. The house inspector thought it was a bad tile job versus a problem with the actual floor as there appears to be no issue looking up from the basement. We want to remove the tile. (That's going to be a nightmare.)
Anyway, my husband and I would like to live her for another 5 years or so and then move. We know the kitchen need an update. I personally think it just looks sad. Our plans right now are to remove the unknown number of layers of paint from the cabinets, sand and repaint. We're not sure of the color. Thoughts?
The countertops are a painfully ugly in a marbled laminate green. They must go! Oh, and there's no backsplash. To me, all kitchens should have a backsplash. It makes that part of the wall look naked.
I'm not opposed to rearranging the stove & refrigerator. I would also like an over the range microwave. I may look into having a carpenter create more cabinets to mirror what we already have if they come out decent. The cabinets are in great shape structurally. Of course, they do look very dated.
Oh, we need to install a dishwasher too. I'm thinking I'll get an 18" since we're not going hog wild and replacing the cabinets.
The living room is a (for lack of a better description) subdued Miami Dolphin green color. I would describe our house as comfortable. Tan couch, hard wood floors, eclectic paintings (abstract and professional painting from Italy from husband's parents trips abroad before he was in the picture). My design and color choices should be relaxed. I shy away from anything formal, trendy or tooooo neutral. I want color! I need color! To me, the colors should bring some life to the place.