The husband and I had date night last night. (Side note, we seriously have the best nanny in the world. My boys adore her and she is incredible. I came home from date night to all the boys laundry washed and folded, without even asking her to do it! Now if that isn't the cherry on top of date night, I'm not sure what is!). Hubs and I checked out a sushi restaurant in town, Yabu, which was awesome! Then we went across the street to Taste and See for coffee, dessert and some kitchen designing!
So my basic "requirements" for this kitchen renovation are rather simple: I want a place where the boys or friends can sit and chat (or help, or drink red wine - well, friends, not the boys) while I'm cooking. Preferably, I'd love this to be in the form of a big ole island. I want a white with gray spec countertop, white cabinets (maybe gray or aqua-ish on the bottoms), updated appliances and a bigger window over the sink. Otherwise, I figure anything will look and function better than our current setup!
So as a reminder, let's see where we started with a picture of the kitchen when we bought the house. It's lovely, right? We have since taken down the wallpaper and painted the walls light gray. (P.S. Notice the bright red walls peeking through from the dining room? They are gone now too, thankyouverymuch.)
So thanks to hubby's computer skillz, we came up with three great options. One involves renovating our downstairs bath to create more room in the kitchen...money, money, money!!! I need to win the lotto. (Although I did quickly let go of my idea to also ADD a new full bath downstairs in the guest room. I am somewhat realistic about our budget. Then again, we did dodge that $6,000 bullet, so maybe we should bring that idea back to the table!) A second plan is basically our current configuration, just better and a tad more open. And the third is based off my inspiration photo from yesterday.
As a reminder here's the dream kitchen:
Here's the "current configuration just better" plan (imagine there are bar stools along the L, with white/gray counter tops):
The three different designs plans (or should I say "drawings"???):
A close up of my favorite (which includes the bath remodel...):
3D of my fave with drawing and reconfigured bathroom:
And then laying in bed last night I came up with a totally new idea, thanks to Pinterest! This plan would open up the kitchen into the dining room, which is something we hadn't really considered (I know, duh, right?) Here's my new fave inspiration!!
What do you think??
Oh, and did I mention we decided to tear up the pantry floor to see what was underneath??? Yeah, we did...we just couldn't help ourselves! We discovered parquet underneath a layer of level-er and the lovely tile! But at least it's progress, right?!