So, here we are…. week 2 of the @oneroomchallenge along with @betterhomesandgarden and we are moving right along. (For instance, everything in the picture above is GONE.) But, I wanted to share this picture with you so that you could see where we started and what we needed to change! The week two ORC update isn’t all that pretty, it’s not full of pretty fabrics or amazing furniture pieces. (although we are sharing our cabinet color!!) This week is all about the planning process so we’re breaking down what’s been going on before the demo. This planning time is so very important- actually, I’ll go on record as saying it THE most important part of the process. You have to plan your work- then work your plan. So simple, right?? But necessary! You can order the most beautiful furniture but if it doesn’t fit in the space then what’s the point?
The New Floor Plan
As you can see from the picture above and the floor plan below, the kitchen is not vary big so the biggest part of the pre-work revolved around creating a floor plan the increased and maximized the space.
Let’s first talk about the huge elephant – eer, refrigerator- in the room! I mean, it’s the worst! It’s the first thing you see when you walk in and it is practically sitting in the middle of the kitchen. Relocating the refrigerator wasn’t an option but I had to find a way to push it back. Tucked around the corner was a side by side washer and dryer, a complete waist of space for a small kitchen!! Replacing the washer & dryer with a high efficiency stacking unit, pushing the wall back 18 ” and investing in a counter depth refrigerator was the answer! This added much needed square footage in the kitchen and allowed for a larger peninsula and more counter space.
The other change that created a big impact for us was removing the awkward closet across from the washer and dryer. It was a nightmare …..a small room full of doors that only caused frustration! You couldn’t open more than one door at a time and you definitely couldn’t walk in from the garage if the dryer door was open! Ahhhhhh! I hate doing laundry to begin with…adding that frustration just made it worse! Removing the closet and extending the cabinets to offer much needed storage was the answer! Take a look at the updated floor plan below.
The Updated Mood Board
The mood board has been updated to include the final decisions that we made for cabinets, counter tops and flooring! After much debate we’ve decided on navy cabinets! They are fairly dark- think charcoal with a navy undertone. The floors are a dark hardwood and the countertop is a white quartz with a navy vain. Thecabinets & flooring is definulty dark so we’ll keep it light on the walls with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Grey. These are all important decisions… The reality is that this will probably be the only time we remodel our kitchen so the selections we make need to be able to be able to withstand the ever-changing trends in kitchen design. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Until next week,