Renovating our kitchen is not our top priority right now. We’re focusing on finishing the bathroom first (we chose tile and demolition started this week!) and thought better than to start another big reno project. Having our bathroom in shambles for a week is bad enough for my sanity. But, you know I couldn’t resist touching up the kitchen in the meantime, so I decided to have the cupboards painted because the orange varnish really dated the kitchen, and the mushroom hardware had to go. While the updates aren’t earth-shattering (or finished), it looks and feels SO much better already.
Here’s a look at the before with half the cupboard doors removed. Not so pretty.
Let’s back up for a second. I was moving to San Francisco right after my boyfriend purchased his house and moved in last spring, so I was directing design decisions from SF for a while. My boyfriend sanded, primed, and painted the cupboards a gorgeous blue by Pratt & Lambert when I was gone (he’s a keeper!) and that alone made a HUGE difference. We kept it at that for a while, and then over the past couple weeks I’ve made a few more updates. We finally added some appropriate cabinet knobs and pulls from build.com. The quality is great and they were easy to install. I just love the drawer drawer pulls!
I finally got my hands on the Eames knock off chairs I’ve wanted forever and painted our table with a whitewash effect, giving it a distressed look instead of solid wood. I love the combination of modern chairs with a rustic table. The brown cowhide rug from RugsUSA (my go-to for rugs) warms up the place and ties together the table and chairs so they don’t feel like they’re “floating” in a sea of ugly linoleum. Cowhides are nice in that I don’t have to worry about getting it dirty in a high traffic area like the kitchen (it’s also right by a side entrance door) because it’s dark and durable. My white moroccan rug on the other hand is a different story. That thing had me paranoid so I moved it into our bedroom for now where I feel much better about. The industrial pendant light is a bit large for above the table, but I loved it and hope to get a bigger table eventually anyway, so I went with the larger pendant size. It was only $30 at IKEA and I highly suggest it. It’s the cheapest industrial pendant light around I found for that size.
The most exciting update to the kitchen so far are the gorgeous bamboo woven blinds. I knew I wanted something natural-looking and not fabric, and when I spotted these on Blinds.com I knew they were perfect. I’ve never ordered blinds before that needed specific measurements (as opposed to curtains), but the Blinds.com representative was SO helpful, sending videos and instructions how to measure windows correctly. When I was selecting a color, they even sent samples so I could see them all in person and match them to the wood trim. I’m telling you, if you are looking for a hands-on experience to choosing blinds and want to be blown away with great service, these guys are for you. I chose the zumba sunset color for the variation in color and medium tone. I apologize for the photos because there was so much light streaming in when I was taking photos, it was hard to capture a good look without getting washed out. As I look at the photos I wish I used some greenery atop the table instead of sticks for a pop of color. Oh well, you live and you learn folks. The photos don’t do the blinds justice. The white fabric you see behind the woven blinds are liners. The bamboo naturally lets light in, so for more privacy at night you can let the liners down. This is one of my favorite features about the blinds!
Our future plans are to update the counters, flooring, lighting above the fridge, and remove the old stove and oven eventually. We aren’t even close to done, but we’re slowly making progress.
Thank you Blinds.com for gifting the blinds and for an amazing shopping experience.