any and all ideas welcome for small kitchen re-model

barnhouse2010November 8, 2011

Hi,

I am seeking any and all ideas for remodeling our small kitchen. We bought our house about a year and a half ago, and have been making small changes, but at some point we will need to tackle the kitchen- We plan on replacing all the cabinets - although it is hard to see, our main storage is a wood filing cabinet! The lighting will also need to be addressed as the current lights are floodlights sticking off from the beams. We hope to add a dishwasher and farm sink. I am going to include a couple of other pictures of the house so you can get a general idea of the look of the house. Would love to hear your ideas!

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uroboros5

You just need a few pendants, a glasstop stove and a better countertop!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 4:14PM
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legallin

What a neat home and an amazing view!!! I'm no expert and am kind of a "newbie" on here now, too, but I know it is helpful if you post a floorplan (of kitchen and its relationship with adjacent rooms) and measurements, etc.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 4:41PM
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eandhl

With your table so close I would do away with counter seating. To add storage I would bring it out as a straight peninsula and do cabs on both sides. I agree a farm sink would be great in your setting. I love Timber Frame! Since you have a lot of wood going on I would consider painted cabs. (i.e. gray, blue, green, red, yellow). It will let your floors and beams stand out and your kit will too. Really nice home.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 5:25PM
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dilly_ny

Could you turn your table the other way, to align with the window, and then extend your kitchen space a foot or two? Just an idea, it's hard to tell if it would fit without the measurements.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 8:11PM
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kawh707

a counter-depth refrigerator will help a lot-- or put the 'fridge a little farther down so it is not so "in your face." new counters. or possibly, on the right, do a long line of floor to ceiling cabinets like we have in our new kitchen (different style, obviously).(view at my posting... google "finally almost finished" and my initials kawh and you should find pix. such a lovely, rustic home-- i think you can do very little to update.
kawh

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 8:25PM
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barnhouse2010

okay, first, can i tell you how much i love this site?! already things have been posted that i never even considered!! i will try to get the dimensions posted so that there is a little more information to go on. thanks so much. (also, @eandhl, i definitely agree with you about the painted cabinets- i would love some contrast - i initially was thinking the martha stewart cabinets at home depot (maidstone in fortune cookie) http://www6.homedepot.com/marthastewart/kitchen/index.html, but, i am not positive- so looking for feedback on colors and counter tops too! :)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2011 at 8:44PM
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EATREALFOOD

Your house is beautiful, whatever you do will just make it even more beautiful, even small things make a difference.
I agree with eandhl, maybe get rid of the counter.
Painted cabinets will look great. I was drawn to Martha Stewart cabinets also, really nice cozy designs and colors, you can smell the pies baking !...unfortunately I couldn't afford it. We had to put in soundproofing in walls and ceilings and that ate up $$$.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 5:18PM
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mamadadapaige

where I live the range under a window is a code violation for safety reasons... Check into codes in your area to see if this is a potential issue (if you'll be pulling a permit).

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 6:00PM
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rosie

What a great house! Looking forward to that diagram.

My first thought is that, to make the kitchen fit in that design, you really need to unclutter it visually while keeping the lines and masses strong and simple, focusing attention on that character.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 6:25PM
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barnhouse2010

Not finished yet, but we're finally making some progress!!! We still need to: bring the wood floor from dining room into the kitchen, add pulls on cabinets and drawers, work on the lighting issues, and add subway tile for backsplash.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 4:48PM
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debrak2008

I love the color of the cabinets!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 5:01PM
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barnhouse2010

Another before pic:

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 5:21PM
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barnhouse2010

Thanks debrak2008!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 5:27PM
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tempe110

It looks gorgeous! I didn't even realize this was an old thread until I saw you already had the cabinets in...thanks for updating!!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 5:48PM
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LoPay

Very nice.

What are your counter tops. The look like Silestone Yukon Blanco.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 10:10PM
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barnhouse2010

@LoPay-- the countertops are Caesarstone, London Grey. I am so in love with them!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 11:15PM
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Texasgal47

Barnhouse2010, you are living in my dream house. It's all about natural elements, textures, lots of windows and wonderful views. I love, love, love your house!!! The new kitchen is warm and beautiful, love the functional layout, cabinet color and counters. Great job! Thanks for the follow-up. Please let us see it after the flooring goes into the kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 10:30PM
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beachpea3

Barnhouse,

Love your kitchen and your home!!

What color are the cabinets? They are warm and lovely.

Beachpea

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 11:01AM
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barnhouse2010

Thanks beachpea3! The color of the cabinets is Benjamin Moore "Gray" 2121-10.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 2:10PM
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Holly- Kay

Oh my gosh, I fell in love with your house and only when I saw your new kitchen did I realize it was an older post. Your home is just amazing and I love your new kitchen. What a beautiful transformation!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 4:35PM
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barnhouse2010

Floors done, hardware done. We just have subway tile and lighting to go!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 1:12PM
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deedles

What a beautiful house!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 2:12PM
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lavender_lass

It's absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful fit for your home! I think that's nicer than anything I've seen on HGTV in years :)

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 2:19PM
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barnhouse2010

Thanks so much deedles and lavender lass. This project has been a bit overwhelming because we didn't have a general contractor and just tried to figure things out as we went along. There was a lot of good information on Gardenweb, for which I'm really thankful!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 12:25AM
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bicyclegirl1

How pretty! I love your cabinet color. Can you share what that is please? Your countertops are perfect. It's a fun warm kitchen that I'm sure you'll have a great time creating meals in.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 8:04AM
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arch123

Great kitchen - would love to know more about it. I love the three tier baskets on your counter - makes sense

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 8:26AM
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barnhouse2010

bicyclegirl: thanks so much! The color of the cabinets is Benjamin Moore "Gray" 2121-10. I'm really happy with it as it doesn't read blue or green. The kitchen gets a lot of light, which is maybe why we are able to get away with such a dark color. archie123... what do you want to know?!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 2:05AM
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bicyclegirl1

Thanks barnhouse! That color goes so well w/ your stainless! Again, it's a beautiful & fun kitchen. Congrats!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 11:03AM
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arch123

The 3 wire baskets (looks like lemmons inside) on the left on the counter - where did you get this?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 6:40PM
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bicyclegirl1

barnhouse, I think archie's talking about the 3 tier wire basket in the last picture you posted on Nov 9. It's in front of the window on the left. I almost missed it...good eye archie!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 8:44PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

It's so beautiful! I love it.

If I were you, I would not put up subway tile. Your house is so warm with all the wood, the tile will, IMHO, really stand out as cold and hard.

I would just paint the walls. Yes, they may need to be repainted very few years ... still much cheaper and I think it would like nicer for your space.

I do love subway, but not always.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 10:16PM
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barnhouse2010

@archie123... sorry for the confusion. Here's the link to the fruit basket:
http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-876607/?affsrcid=Aff0001&CAWELAID=120120820000003598&cagpspn=pla
thanks bicylegirl! ;)
@mtnrdredux-- Well, i will definitely consider not putting up the subway tile. It isn't done yet because we are in stall mode right now! The subway tile was always part of the plan because I love them so much. I thought perhaps I would use a grey grout to tie in the cabinets. We'll see-- I'm going to give it another couple of weeks to think about. Thanks for all the feedback!

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 2:44AM
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chinchette

I love your space! The beams, the woodwork, your cabinets. I too would call it done and not do the subway tile.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 9:28AM
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barnhouse2010

Back again! It always takes you longer than you think it will to finish those nagging details. (well, still haven't done the lighting)-- But, here the kitchen is with the subway tile.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2015 at 3:46AM
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aktillery9

Beautiful!! I adore your house. I have only one small suggestion. I would get a rug with some red in it. Not sure why but I feel your kitchen is calling for some red.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2015 at 6:45AM
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