No, the kitchen still isn’t done.
From hiccups, delays, and other houses, the kitchen at Flip 5 is almost done…but not quite. The flooring was quite the debacle, but I’m happy to say it’s finished. I’ve painted the walls. And, since my last update, the cabinets have got a partial face lift.
The original kitchen was a lot of white…almost too stark. And that blue tile countertop was not in good condition. The faux wood butcher block counters have warmed up the space, and even though I didn’t appreciate the white cabinets, I did appreciate the cabinets. The cabinets themselves were in good shape, so I kept them and had new doors made. I chose a shaker style and will keep the original midcentury pulls.
At this point, the cabinets have not been painted and the pulls have not been added either. I swapped the original visible hinges with recessed hinges. Swapping out hinges isn’t as easy as just ordering new hinges and they work. My cabinet guy made sure he ordered ones that would work with the doors he made. The original hinges did leave holes in the cabinets that will need to be filled.
The window ledge hasn’t been fixed yet. In the original kitchen, the ledge was tiled. I’ve been debating several different scenarios to fix the ledge. The wood is currently rotted, so I will have to start by replacing that. I could tile the ledge, I’ve debated added cultured marble. I can’t match the original wood trim, so I’m trying to avoid just a plain wood ledge. So we shall see…
One of the features I loved about the original kitchen is the stove/vent hood, so of course, I had no plans to ditch those! I did ditch the metal “backsplash” behind the stove. I know a white kitchen is popular, but there was so much white. I wanted the new backsplash to be showcased on the wall in that space rather than a sheet of metal. Currently, the fridge is still in the kitchen. I’m limited in the refrigerators I can have because of the size of the space, but I will swap it out for a stainless one at some point.
In the new kitchen design, the white vent hood and stove (both of which are quite large) and the creamy tile will be the light spots of the kitchen. I’ll be warming up the colors with navy cabinets and of course the wood tone on the counters. My biggest debate at this point, and one of the many reasons I haven’t pulled the trigger on paint yet, is whether I should have the cabinets be all navy or have bottoms be navy and uppers white. On this side of the kitchen, that would work easily. On the other side, however, there is not a defined place to divide the colors.
One of the biggest debates I had in this kitchen was the laundry room space. After meeting with plumbers and electricians, it was going to be extremely expensive to move the laundry into the studio apartment. And I wasn’t totally confident it would add value to move the laundry out of the main house. So, I was left with leaving the laundry in the kitchen. But I knew I certainly didn’t want a visible washer/dryer, so my cabinet guy got to work.
We designed a laundry closet that’s big enough for the unit and storage above. We tried to design it to look like a pantry. It wasn’t in the original kitchen, but I think it was a necessary addition.
It’s not my ideal laundry space, but I was very, very limited with my options. I think for what I had to work with, this laundry closet disguises and functions…the two objectives I had. It was also a really affordable alternative to moving the laundry out of the main house. This closet costs me around $350 with parts and install.
In addition to the cabinets, I wanted the pantry doors to match, so I had new doors made to match. If you recall, I debated about moving the laundry to the pantry area, but the space just wasn’t big enough. And I’ll be honest, I’m kinda glad because that pantry is great additional storage! It houses food, dishes, trash can, and the built-in ironing board. In a smaller house, making the most of storage is essential.
It’s the same space, but it has changed so much. I love the design of the beehive tile. I love the recessed hinges. And I can’t wait to get the doors painted and hardware added. I’m obviously still in the midst of painting! 😉 Since building the cabinet, I have some touch-up painting to do, but then the walls will be done! Thank God– I hate painting! I kept the original doors because who knows when I can use them again. I’m sure Uncle Nuny and I came come up with something for them!
The kitchen isn’t open-concept. It’s a galley kitchen. For a lot of buyers, especially millennials, that’s a con. It was going to be monumentally expensive to make it open concept, and I had no desire. The wall is load bearing, and unlike Flip 3, it was going to take so much work to make it happen. Nope. I had no desire for that. So I kept the galley style. So my only option to appeal to millennials is to amp up the design, so I’ve spent up– on the floors and backsplash especially.
Like I already mentioned, my biggest current debate is about two tone cabinets. I know that the bottom cabinets will definitely be navy because I think there needs to be some contrast against the cream floors. And if it wasn’t for the new laundry closet, I’d pull the trigger on white upper cabinets. But here’s where I’m conflicted: on this side of the kitchen, if the uppers are white, the bottom is blue, what color do I paint the closet? I’ll be painting the pantry white, but the laundry closet will but up to both white cabinets and navy cabinets, so I can’t decide! I’ve also debated painting the uppers blue too and that way it isn’t an issue. Then I get nervous that for a galley kitchen that is awfully bold and dark. So here we are…unpainted cabinets because I can’t decide!
The final change I’ve made recently was removing the door between the kitchen and dining room. It was such an antiquated design, so I took it off. It’s an awesome, heavy vintage door with great brass hardware, so I’ll hang on to it. I might even use it as a barn door somehow in the studio. I wanted the space between the kitchen and dining to be open. I think that’s more conducive to entertaining.
Now that Flip 6 is done, I’m refocusing on Flip 5. I’ve been so focused on getting Flip 6 done that Flip 5 took the back burner. I live in Flip 5, so I can afford to delay some of the work. But, on the other side of the token, I live in Flip 5…so I want it to get done! Ha. But, by this point, I’m more than used to living in construction zones. As far as construction zones go, this one isn’t that bad. At least the kitchen is functional!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the cabinet paint color! And stay tuned as this room wraps up!