The room of choice to share today is the kitchen. It is pretty much the first room to be "finished". I say "finished" because of course I intend to do something to all of the rooms... so the next several posts will be of our rooms with our stuff but little to no improvements done to what existed when we moved in, with some extra photos of changes I would like to make.
We had to buy the fridge for ourselves, thankfully it was the only appliance that needed purchasing. After a lot of issues trying to find the counter-depth Whirlpool Gold that I wanted, at the last minute, we were able to get basically the same thing in a Kenmore Elite (made by Whirlpool) from Sears with a hefty sales sticker on it, delivered exactly when we needed it. So instead of living out of a cooler for 3 weeks like it was looking like we would need to, we only had to survive about a day.
I knew immediately that I wanted this big cabinet to be food storage, but I think its original purpose was to store the trash... so I had my Dad order some drawers for easy access to food and helped him install them on Saturday (I glued 2 of the drawers together...he did everything else...thanks Dad!)
I would really like to paint the top panel with chalkboard paint so I can have a fun little spot to write my grocery list as I realize what I'm out of.
This is from standing next to the fridge, virtually the majority of our cabinets and counter space. It is more than we had though and we are very thankful. All of our stuff fits in these cabinets pretty well since we have the food storage surrounding the fridge.
This is the other side of the kitchen. The microwave is old (and still dirty :/) but the seller installed the dishwasher (which is 100xs quieter than what was in our apartment!) and range. I chose to turn the empty display area into a built-in coffee bar and am keeping all of my mugs above the various coffee makers.
You may not be able to tell from the photo very well, but we started changing out the knobs on the cabinets. The left side shows how small the existing ones were (gunmetal plain), and the coffee bar has the larger ones (gunmetal with a basket weave design). The new knobs were left overs from a job my Dad did so we are going to need to order some more to finish up. I've highlighted the background of the coffee bar in grey; I hope to eventually put a tile backsplash of some sort in there. Not drawn in, I want to install a small light in the top of this space and I would also like to find a cute colorful little tray to put the sugar bowl and spoon on to keep the surface from getting coffee stains.
My original thought was to go with an orange theme and do a little curtain on the bottom half... probably with a design. I had picked out a cute Ikat print that I thought would work great here...
So what do you think? I can't wait to see how this space evolves. Green is really growing on me for this room...