I’ve been waiting a long time to write this post for y’all (and myself!!). Weeee…. I’m EXCITED! Remember when I posted a hint on Instagram as to what was going on in my house?! I can finally tell you! I am partnering with The Home Depot to get a little more of a personal stamp on my kitchen area. Our home has a wonderful kitchen layout, with a huge desk/work area with bookshelves, a coveted butler’s pantry and wet bar as well as a four-seater breakfast bar. (This is real-life, people. I did NOT clean up for photos……). Despite the awesome layout and the large cabinet space, the house (and kitchen) was built 19 years ago for another family with finishes that aren’t quite me. When we bought the house, Chase and I both agreed there was a kitchen makeover of some sort in our future.
We’ve been in our house for a little over six months now, and finally have a distinct feel for how we use the space and what we love (and don’t love!) about it. We do enjoy the lightness of the kitchen. White colored cabinets, an airy window over the sink and high contrast dark flooring are elements of my dream kitchen. The fact that we even have a butler’s pantry is ambrosia, and the bar sink comes in handy often. Double hanging wall ovens have already served nicely during holidays and company dinners, and I visit our coffee/tea bar SEVERAL times a day (heck, with 2 kids, 3 pets, multiple freelance jobs and a sweet husband, who wouldn’t?!).
With all the goodness coming from our house’s main space, there are still some things that I’d like to improve upon. First, those countertops… It’s like the installers couldn’t decide between laminate and wood, so they chose BOTH. It’s a little confusing. Even though laminate is super-de-dooper easy to clean, it’s not the prettiest or most durable thing around. Add in cabinet faces that are rapidly aging, and the kitchen starts to look a little too loved. You can see in the photo below (as Dooley walked RIGHT INTO my shot and plopped down) that even though all the doors are “closed,” several cabinets in the kitchen are crooked, falling off or straight up broken.
I would LOVE to upgrade the hardware (easy to do) as well as trade the laminate for granite countertops (not a DIY for me!) and reface the cabinets! Pardon me as I swoon over what could be….
After considering that all the countertops and cabinet faces desperately need a kitchen makeover, I start brainstorming what else I might want to upgrade while I’m at it. I’m a huge fan of bead board, especially in workplaces, bathrooms and even children’s bedrooms. But a painted, wooden surface does NOT make a good backsplash. Over the last (nearly) 20 years, foodstuffs, grease, and grime has been wiped off taking lots of the paint and sheen with it. I’m thinking a tiled backsplash would be a snazzy, more durable upgrade to my kitchen.
Now, about that butler’s pantry. If you had asked me in years past, a butler’s pantry was something I could only dream about. First of all, having a house large enough to accommodate a space like this is outrageous, and then having ambient light emanating from it is the cherry on top. Now, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but a MacGyvered rope light isn’t really what I was looking for. You can even see the cord sticking out below and reaching the plug… But then again, I’m not nearly handy enough to figure out another solution, so on it lived.
Here’s a great shot of the ancient, whirring double ovens that are well-used, but loathed because of their poor function, as well as a snapshot of my beloved coffee bar that also doubles as a clutter-collector during the day.
Enter The Home Depot. These guys are going to give me an in-home tutorial on all the Home Depot Cabinet refacing options that I can choose from, as well as taking me through the process, step-by-step, of what the refacing entails. Ryan, my cabinet refacing consultant is lugging all the samples to my house so I can see everything in my own light in my own home. It looks like I’ll be out of a kitchen for about 10 days (Can anyone recommend some killer crockpot meals?! I won’t have a stove!) while the team demos, installs and finishes the space. Not to mention the very cool camera crew that will be following me and The Home Depot team around while I learn to DIY and peer on the sidelines and they get to business!
I can’t begin to describe to you how grateful, excited and overwhelmed I am at the idea of having a cabinet refacing and a kitchen makeover. I’m pretty sure I’ve used up a lifetime of luck taking on this project… maybe I should quit while I’m ahead?! Make sure to follow along with the progress as the project rolls through the 2016 New Year here and on social media. So many cool projects are in store!