One room in the house that I have ZERO idea what to do with is the kitchen.
Now, we all know the kitchen is where most people tend to gather when entertaining, and in my mind, this kitchen isn’t very conducive to that….It’s not open to the dining room and has a small island.
Aside from the fact that I don’t love the layout, it’s clearly very outdated. The wallpaper will go when it’s painted within the first 3 weeks. That alone should make a HUGE difference. We are getting new stainless steel appliances and that will help also.
Here is the kitchen now (please look past the awful wallpaper and country decor)
Here is where my dilemma is. We basically have two options:
- Knock down the wall with the stovetop and open the dining room into the kitchen in a few months after we’ve lived in the space for awhile. Totally gut the cabinets and rearrange the entire layout. It will be open concept and gorgeous! Estimates range from $50,000-$75,000
- Paint the current cabinets and just move on to the 197 other projects we have in the house. New hardware. New lighting. New stainless appliances. Estimates $10,000 or so. New white farmhouse sink. New tile backsplash under the hood. Remove current island and put in one that is wood and on castors.
Clearly, I’d love to do Option 1, but I also can’t imagine living with a remodel of this magnitude any time soon with small kids. I’m tired of eating out after being displaced for weeks and the idea of having to do that anytime soon makes me cringe.
There is also the fact that there is NOTHING at all wrong with the kitchen the way it is….it’s just not our style.
THIS IS OUR STYLE….and we think we could easily copy it with the existing kitchen.
What do you vote?
I’m already so tired of making decisions and I guess I’m just hoping for confirmation that if we choose Option 2 it will still be pretty.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!