A few days ago I posted the first photos of my dated and dark kitchen.  It was like standing up and admitting a dark secret.  My name is Denise and I have an ugly kitchen.  Now I am about the reveal my deepest darkest secrets by showing you the pictures of the room I often try very hard to hide from the world.

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I have felt this way for at least five years but with larger goals for my business, an office move an remodel, a recession hangover and other goals, the kitchen took a back seat.  We built our current home 15 years ago and haven’t done anything to the kitchen since 1999.  Now it’s time.  To be very honest, I haven’t given it a ton of thought and while some may agonize over the decisions, I just started to make the important decisions this weekend.

I must tell you that while I am ready to wave goodbye to our old kitchen, my daughter is actually very sad.  She remembers baking cupcakes, doing crafts and all the great family meals we have created here.  I have to be very careful to not tarnish her memories as she is a little melancholy about all of the change.  It helps give me a little insight into how different family members can feel about a big change like this and that while it’s a job for me and easy to do, its also the end of a phase of memory making around a part of their lives.

So here is where we started with a little design inspiration for you – fresh white, bright kitchens and a darker island.  All the doors in my home were painted navy/black a couple of years ago, so the island will match those.





I should let you know that we aren’t putting in new cabinetry (gasp!) and have opted to paint what we already own.  As much as I wanted to take the cabinets to the ceiling, put in beautiful inset cabinet doors and drawers, I had much more to take into consideration -including how much of this cost I would get back considering our plans for staying in this home. So here we go painting our perimeter cabinets a bright white (Sherwin Williams Extra White) and topping them with Danby white marble.

I have opted to paint our island cabinet in a crisp navy/black (Sherwin Williams Cyberspace) with a honed black granite. This island houses our gas cooktop and is used every day when Mr. M makes his marvelous meals.  (Follow along with him on Instagram @gato777 and his hastag #chefdaddyscoti to see his fabulous evening meals that come out of our humble little kitchen.)


Last, we opted to remove the higher bar top (seen in this photo where we have already removed the raised countertop) and make the space all one height and an additional eating space.  I plan counter stools here at this new eating bar.  We usually have at least two other children over for dinner, in addition to ours, a few nights a week.  Now we will have room to house everyone in our eat-in kitchen which only seats four people currently.

I think its possible to do a refresh and get a lot of bang for your buck without ripping your kitchen to the studs.  Do I wish I could do that?  Absolutely.  But with the current market price of my home and our future plans, that doesn’t make financial sense.  So here we go with a little refresh and I hope you enjoy the ride.  We hope to complete everything in four weeks and I will keep you posted on that timeline to see if we can pull it off!  So now you see the base scheme of our kitchen refresh and next I will give you more details on the plumbing and hardware selections.