While I loved the cabinets, I wasn't too thrilled about the counter tops, but I figured since I was a manufacturers rep for counter tops & cabinets, I'd use my employee discount and get a crazy good deal on some new ones...but then I got laid off. Augh!
(Lesson learned: If you have connections to get a great deal, get it while you can!)
So, a few nights ago I took some "before" pictures of my kitchen. I'm not doing any big renovations, but I wanted to share what I have done, what I plan on doing, and I'd love your input!
Okay, so here's my li'l breakfast nook. We took out the fluorescent light in the center of our kitchen and had an electrician install recessed lights. It looks 100 times better & they were so affordable! (If you want the name of my electrician, send me an email!)
Now I want to paint & add trim around the windows. How do you feel about adding curtains? Or maybe replace the blinds with roman shades? Thoughts?
- replace counter tops (not a fan of the wood front laminate)
-add a tile back splash
-replace the blah light over the sink with a pretty pendant light
And in the other corner, we have the secretary desk. I have big plans to paint this white and add a fun wallpaper to the inside that will contrast with my milk glass collection.
So here's what I am thinking....
I don't want to paint my cabinets. Mainly because I like the color of the wood and also because I just don't have time to sand, prime, and paint my whole kitchen! I want to paint the walls silver sage, from Restoration Hardware, and add a pendant over the sink like the one below. If money weren't an option, I'd install quartz counter-tops or even marble (this is where I kick myself for not taking advantage of past employee discounts), but since I'm on a budget, I'm looking at other options.
I've laid out two options that I'm thinking of. (To differentiate between the two options, cover the tile & laminate sample on the right and then the left.)
I love the clean, crisp white look in the option on the right, but I also love the contrast of the green tile back splash with the blue/gray wall on the left. (The textured sample is the countertop option.)
So, what do you think?