I love refresh/restyle projects. I try very hard not to let the things in my house “go” so long that they become desperately in need of an update or change. I think there is a real balancing act when it comes to loving what you have and living with it and living with what you have because it’s overwhelming to change it! Sometimes rooms, like our master bathroom, needs to be totally gutted and made over. But other rooms might need a new rug or a new coat of paint or a small refresh like my farmhouse kitchen. Today, I’m sharing my plans for a changing up some things in my kitchen to keep it fresh and updated!
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I feel very adamant about keeping a home updated and in good shape. I’ve seen too many homeowners not refresh their homes and end up with an out of date and tired-around-the edges houses. And when it comes time to sell their biggest investment they get less resale than they should out of it!
Our homes are worth taking care of and updating! Especially our bathrooms and kitchens!
So it’s time to do a little updating!
Our kitchen is 21 years old. It’s unique because it was built in my garage by my builder. His father was a custom cabinet maker and our wonderful builder took on our kitchen as a labor of love! The style is unique too. It’s a mix of old fashioned, classic farmhouse charm combined with little touches of upscale elements like round fluted corners and heaving molding.
Our cabinets were not made to close quietly or be given a gentle push so they could close themselves. They have farmhouse magnets on the inside of the cabinets that loudly “click” when they close. I love that sound!
Our kitchen was made over about 6 years ago. Not totally, but it was a pretty big project. That is when we added a decorative hood over the new cooktop and got rid of the microwave that was there. We restyled the island and covered the countertops with soapstone. Oh, I love my soapstone!
Before this makeover, I never had a backsplash but realized I really needed one! So I chose a beadboard backsplash because it has such a warm, quaint feel.
We also got rid of a built-in desk and added another section to my built-in pantry. Like our first builder, our new contractor custom built each piece. We also added to our existing ceiling beams to make them heavier and more prominent. And we added a new light above the remade island.
All the cabinets were repainted white and we added new oil-rubbed bronze hardware. Part of our makeover was buying all new appliances except for the refrigerator.
I think my kitchen has always been my favorite room. And we use it very hard!!!!
Most of it has held up very well with the exception of the paint. Unfortunately, our last contractor’s painters were horrible! So the entire kitchen is in need of a few new coats of paint!
This is what started us thinking about refreshing our kitchen. So painting the kitchen went on the list. And so did a new chandelier over the island. I really like the one we have but I feel it looks a little dated and it’s very heavy for the kitchen. I’ll sell it on Craig’s List and get two or three beautiful pendants in its place.
I think this is the one…
We are also replacing the backsplash. The beadboard looks just fine but is a little too “precious” feeling for me. I want something updated and a little more chic. I think changing something small like the backsplash or the lighting can update the whole kitchen.
I am going with a subway tile in a herringbone pattern. Right now I’m trying to decide between marble, glass and ceramic tile. I love the look of the kitchen below.
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I’ve also toyed with the idea of new hardware, but I think I still love living with the oil-rubbed bronze! If I change out the hardware then I also have to change the faucet.
So I’m fine with what I have right now!
Don’t you love the kitchen below? Wow! The hardware is just what I’m looking for if I were going to change out mine!
And lastly, we desperately need a new refrigerator. We have had our current one for over 27 years! It still runs well but is not very efficient. So it’s time for a new one! I really like this Kitchen Aid freezer on the bottom refrigerator.
We should be finished our kitchen refresh the beginning of May. I’ll keep you updated.
Our next BIG update will be our master bath. It’s 21 years old and really outdated and totally worn out! We are still saving for that oene and hopefully will start it the beginning of 2018.
How about you? Why don’t you share what needs to be updated in your home? I’d love to see what you might be working on next!
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