We had some friends over a few weeks ago and within one hour every single person was in the kitchen. This is how it always happens, I’m sure you’re familiar. And it’s not like we even had food in there! No matter what, people gravitate toward the kitchen.
I like our kitchen, but there’s a few tweaks that it could make it a lot better… For example, lighter countertops. I’m not really feeling the dark granite at this point. Like everyone else on Pinterest, I’m after that pretty white marble look. It’s just so bright and clean looking, I can’t help myself!
And I’m dying to get some white tile backsplash going on.
For Chris and I, this kitchen is huge; the biggest we’ve had in Chicago. However, I understand that for the rest of you it might seem pretty small. My friends in Nebraska have kitchens that I could live in. Literally. I would live in my friend Tyeler’s pantry if she invited me.
The good part about working with a smaller space is that new countertops and backsplash shouldn’t break the bank! That’s what the contractor’s have told us anyway. Speaking of contractors, those people are like unicorns. Hard to find and even harder to get into your house. And basically impossible to get a call back from… We’re waiting on three different quotes, all were supposed to be back to us about two weeks ago, so I’m sure they’ll come any day now…
I thought briefly about doing the open shelf look and ripping out the cabinets, but then I remembered I’m lazy and don’t like to dust/clean my plates every other day. We have a few pots we keep in our island and I have to wash them every other day or they get filthy. So while I love the look at the “no-cabinets,” it’s not practical for me and my lazy lifestyle.
And now for some pics of kitchens I’m lusting over. We won’t be getting new cabinets, so I think just switching up the hardware could really help, which is why I love this first image.
Notice the open shelves? So pretty, yet so impractical (for me.)
And I’m also dying to get that damn farmers sink. I’m fearful that one will break the bank and may not happen this time around.
Just looking at these pics gets me very excited and anxious to get moving on this. If you’re in the Chicago area and know of a good contractor, let me know! I’m starting to lose hope on our first three.
Our pendant light, breakfast tray, and kitchen runner (pictured below) can all be found at Hayneedle. I’ve gotten quite a few questions on the rugs in our photos and most can be found there, along with several other pieces you see in our kitchen.
What does your dream kitchen look like? Better yet, if you have your dream kitchen, give me some pointers! Things I should or shouldn’t do!