I have been wanting to replace the cabinets in our kitchen since we moved in, a little over 7 years ago. But lots of life stuff happened, and several projects have been put on the back burner.

I’ve been severely disappointed in the past 6 months that our kitchen was not renovated when I wanted. There is a slight sliver of hope that we may renovate the kitchen soon. Instead of getting my heart into the project and then being severely disappointed again, this time I am trying to take a very non-emotional, level-headed approach. Because it sucks to get your heart broken after you’ve emotionally invested into a kitchen project and it doesn’t happen.

That said, there are logisitcs to figure out and decisions need to be made. For example, at least one switch and one outlet have to be moved. Is there anything else electrical-wise that we would like to change? Yes, actually. Adding a light over the sink, a light over the planned penninsula/bar, and some task lighting under the cabinets would be nice, thank you.

We have to rip out all the old pink ceramic tile. What are the best options for kitchen flooring? What material would work best for us? What color should it be?

We already know what style and color the cabinets will be. There’s a place in our town that offers fantastic prices on cabinets that are 1. Real wood and 2. Made in the USA. Win-win, right? They are shaker style in medium cherry. Kind of like these:

I’m really stumped about what to do with the countertops and floors. I think I’m leaning towards the example in the first photo. It looks like a light/medium counter and a medium floor.

I had first thought I wanted to do my countertops in a charcoal-colored granite/composite/Corian material. Not a solid color, but more of a mix of stuff. But seeing that first photo, I’m not sure. I’m also thinking that if we do a dark-ish countertop, you really need something to lighten up the room in the way of a lighter floor color.

Also planned: 

  • Replacing the worn out, leaking garbage disposal
  • Replacing the leaking faucet
  • Replacing the existing fan with a microwave/fan combination
  • Perhaps adding glass tile backsplash behind the stove… and maybe the rest of the kitchen.
  • Replacing the current light fixture.

If I listed all the many things I want to do in the kitchen, I’d sound greedy. I don’t mean to sound greedy, but I’ve had a few years to think about it. {I think} I know what I want. I want a baking section so I can store my baking supplies. I’m just stoked about the possibility of extra storage so that I don’t have to put my crock pot and food processor in the garage!

IF we get to reno the kitchen, and right now that’s a big IF, I’ll be sure to post before and after photos. I promise.

Anyone out there have any ideas?