Dreams do come true! The 10 year pause on our kitchen remodel is finally coming to an end. It wasn’t always easy but we were still able to make limited updates along the way.
Specifically, I am talking about the faux marble contact paper on the old, dark granite countertops. If you want to see what I did, take a look here.
It has been over a year and these contact paper countertops have held up well way beyond my expectations. We treat it like any other table surface and it has been great!
I highly recommend this for rentals or old spaces you cannot change yet.
How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel
As I started designing my kitchen, I quickly realized it wasn’t all glossy home magazines and pretty wallpaper samples, there are a ton of logistics too.
Since this could be helpful whether you’re in the dreaming of stage or in actual planning stages, let me go step by step with you.
Your first objective is to take into account all your functional needs. Do you love to bake? Maybe plan for some extra counter space for those extra cookie sheets. Are you always on the list for the latest appliances? Make sure you have extra pull out cabinets for appliances. All great things to consider!
I’m often guilty of diving head first into the Pinterest rabbit hole of pretty kitchens.
But making a full assessment of what functional goals you have helps set the tone as well. This is especially true when it comes to budget.
For a really simple and helpful way to assess your needs, use the Kitchen Goals Worksheet by HGTV. What I discovered is that storage and ease of reach were important to me. Did I want open shelving? Some sounded good but not all.
For myself, as I filled it out, storage and ease of reach was important to me.
Once you have your priorities set, you will need to figure out the budget to achieve them. HGTV to the rescue again with this budget worksheet.
Remember to always add in extra for any overage costs that you know will happen because life happens.
All things Pretty in the Kitchen
Now we can get to the fun part! Deciding on the right style can be very overwhelming for anyone including me!
Here are a few tips to get you in the right direction.
- Start saving images! Whether it is Pinterest or Houzz or screen shots, start a folder in your phone or computer. Compile all the favorites and soon you will see a theme.
- You might want to decide the metal finish in your space first. It is not a prerequisite but it will help. I know I will be mixing metals because my appliances will be stainless steel but I love brass hardware. Because of this combination, it will guide what tone and color I want to add to this design dynamic.
- Get a consult and estimate from a contractor or two. It will give you an idea of how much you can copy from your dream kitchen. For example, I was curious if I could re-arrange the layout of my fairly small kitchen. But too many load bearing walls prevented any options. I had to stick with the original layout.
- Involve your family with the design process. My girls love getting involved and having a say. Travis has his opinions too. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Getting your family involved makes the space all the more special!
- Go visit showrooms and take a look at things first hand. Touch and use the sample fixtures, soak in the colors and textures you see. Design can take time. Yet sometimes if you see something in real life it might hit you right away, you just never know.
Dreamy Kitchen Inspo
Now enough talk! Here are some dreamy eye candy for you!
Image Credit: Elizabeth Lawson Design
I’m obsessed with two toned cabinets. I don’t think I will go as dark as these cabinets but I love the contrast!
Add the open shelving, brass hardware and vintage rug and Gah, this kitchen has all my hearts eyes.
Image Credit: Built Design Collective
This kitchen caught my eye because the layout in the corner is exactly the same as my kitchen. I am always on the lookout for kitchens with the same layout because then I can confidently visualize what it would be like. In this case, I wanted to imagine what custom hood would work in my space. I’m not sure I would use natural wood or paint it white. But either way, it would be nice to have a hood like this!
Additionally, I love the placement of the open shelving. My only concern is losing cabinet space on the other side near the hood.
I love finding out how others design their cabinet and drawer placement. I have clients who are adamant about where their garbage trash can goes and which side the utensils drawers are located. It is very helpful to think ahead in this aspect.
Hold the phone.
Image Credit: 1st Dibs
Guys, this might be the most perfect kitchen/family room situation. Do you see the perfect itty bitty kids table too?
I love it when I find the ultimate dream inspiration because from here I can take little things here and there to see if it works for my house!
So, are you ready to get your kitchen remodeled? Even if you aren’t, stick around and take notes. I’m sure there will be successes and some fails with my project. It’s just part of any kind of renovation. However, the nice part for you is that you can learn from me and hopefully not repeat the mistakes!