Saturday, March 7, 2015

Moody Blues and Kitchen Mood Board

Guess what? 

I moved. 

Yep, I am living in a new house. We didn't move far, maybe a mile from our other place. We are renting that one out while we stay in this much larger and luxurious house. HAHA. I can hardly say much else about this house other than that it’s larger. It is not luxurious by any means. Our other house had much nicer finishes than this one (which we did ourselves). This house is very basic and builder grade. There is nothing wrong with that but it is boring. 

One things though- whoever lived in this house before us must not have ever cleaned. My Vinyl floors are so dirty. They have a slight texture and every inch of the grooves was filled with black gunk and all the toilets had black gunk and strong hard water rings. Needless to say (but I will anyway), I have spent a LOT of time cleaning this house and its still not quite where I want it.

Brandon and I have decided that we want to update the bathrooms and the kitchen. Doing these smaller scale "renovations" are really fun for me. I love all the planning and designing that goes into it. I also like the budgeting aspect. I actually enjoy that we have a realistic budget for these sorts of projects. Unlike so many bloggers you see visit, I do not have sponsors and a seemingly high or non-existent budget. It's fun to make the most out of the money you have.

So I decided to come up with a mood board for my kitchen. My kitchen is a layout that does not make the best use of the space. Buying new cabinetry is out of the budget so I had the thought that we could paint and prettify the existing cabinets and then adding nicer counters, flooring, and backsplash. 

If the bank (our house was bank-owned when we bought it) hadn't put new appliances in the house (which are the lowest end that you could absolutely buy), there is a chance that we would have bought new nicer ones for the kitchen. It does seem like a waste though to buy new when what we've got is new.

So here is what I came up with:

I was thinking of painting the lower cabinetry this sort of deep neutral gray and the upper cabinetry and walls that white paint (seen in the upper left of the mood board). I really like glass tile and found a website that sells handmade glass tile at a pretty decent price. The tiles they have come in many sizes, shapes, finishes, and colors. I really like this slight olive/aqua tile. My favorite part is that this tile is not too opaque. For counters I really hope to do quartz. This quartz is white but does have a very slight blue/green hue. Lets talk about the floors. I am obsessed with rustic wood printed tile. It's just so beautiful and functional. Wood flooring is nice but it just isn't as durable as tile. When you have kids and they are constantly spilling things or dragging things across the floor tile, is just a little better and more durable.

Let me know what you think of this. Does is go together ok? Is it too crazy for a small kitchen? What’s missing? What should I change? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear any opinions.