After living in our home for 18 months now, we’ve decided it’s finally time to tackle some of the bigger kitchen projects. Our kitchen has really nice cabinets, but is lacking in a few other areas. I’ve waffled on whether or not to paint the cabinets, and honestly I STILL don’t know what to do so I’m sticking with the natural wood. Here I highlighted a bunch of modern kitchens with unpainted wood cabinets. Here’s what the kitchen looked like when we moved in:
Here is what it looked like until last week:
As you can see, it’s come a LONG ways. The things we’re ready to tackle now are the counters, sink, backsplash, the lighting and hopefully some stools!
If you’ve been reading for long you might remember last year when we replaced our countertops with a faux marble sticker. After a year it’s starting to show some wear and we’ve decided it’s finally time for new counters. We’re hoping to go with LG Viatera in “Muse”, they won’t get installed until the end of July, but they will likely look strikingly similar to the faux marble sticker. **contains affiliate links** I’m really looking forward to doing an overhang at the peninsula so that we can have kids eat at the counters!
Along with installing new counters, it was time for this sad sink to go. It’s cream colored and was discolored with staining.
Our Sunday afternoon was spent tearing it out, cutting our kitchen counters, and installing this Ikea Domsjo sink. Five days in I’m already totally in love with it and can’t believe we didn’t install it sooner.
Another short-term update last year was that I painted our dated backsplash. Here is how it looked before and after I painted it:
To install the new sink, and eventually the new counters the old back splash has to be torn out. It’s really ok because it was a short term fix. Now I’m struggling with what to do for a backsplash. I painted my floors to look like cement tile, and I’m considering buying these matching cement tiles to do on the backsplash. Here’s a few inspiration kitchens that have got me thinking cement tile might be a good idea:
What do you think, are the cement tile backsplashes too busy? Is it a trend that’s going to be overdone? Or is it timeless and beautiful?! Of course I could also go with a simple timeless white tile backsplash, but I just don’t love that idea.
Now that we’re going to have seating at the peninsula, I’d love to convert the recessed lighting into 2-3 pendant lights. Here’s a few of the pendant lights I’m loving:
OK, this isn’t exactly a kitchen update, but with the new counter overhang at the peninsula I’ll need stools! Recently I rounded up tons of great modern stools for my friend’s house. Because ours will be a fairly tight space I’m thinking we need to go with backless stools. Here’s a few I’m considering:
They need to work well with our dining table seating because they are so close to each other. This is the seating we have going on at our table:
So what do you think?! Do you have any preferences on stools or lighting? Do you think I should go for the cement tile or stick to a nice neutral white tile? Do you think I should leave the cabinets unpainted or bite the bullet and paint them?! Thanks so much for reading! Hopefully it won’t be too long until I’ve got progress to share with you!
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