And then a light bulb turned on in my head! Obviously I just needed to break up the white a bit. I needed a rug! In the kitchen! But not just any rug, something that could handle the traffic of a much used kitchen. Turns out, the fates were on my side, and after a bit of hunting I saw this rug for sale on One Kings Lane.
I read the description and was sold. (The bolded words are my own emphasis).
It took a few weeks from the rug to finally arrive, but it turned out to be worth the wait if you ask me. I went from hating our kitchen to feeling like it was a warm, friendly and inviting space that was begging for me to do a little cooking in it:
But, that's not all folks! See the color of the door? Well, when we moved in, our whole kitchen was that color. And it was INTENSE! And by intense I mean, dark and oppressive and it made the room feel really small! See what I'm talking about...
So yes, we have come a long way, but there is, as always, more to be done.
Here is what we have done "in the meantime":
-Painted the walls (the color turned out a little more intense than I wanted, and will probably get repainted again in the future, perhaps with this color)
-Added back splash above sink
-Replace unmatched light switch covers
-Replace overhead boob light fixture with ceiling fan
Here is a working list of what I would still like to do:
-remove the linoleum flooring and refinish wood floor if possible (if not, add new flooring)
-repaint all the cabinetry a crisp fresh white
-put in lower cabinetry on both sides of free standing stove - for cohesion's sake
-put a microwave vented range above stove that goes to the ceiling
-add open shelving in place of upper cabinets on either side of stove
-replace the counter tops - probably with butcher block
Obviously, if you have any suggestions/ideas for improvements, I would love to hear them!