Kitchen Plans aka My Silver Lining

A new kitchen is something I've been dreaming about since we received keys to our new home 15 years ago! Lots of dogeared magazines, many pins of kitchens on Pinterest, and the time is finally here. Gulp!

Have you ever been in this situation where you finally are able to attack a project that you've been dreaming about for so long, and now that it is here you freak that you aren't sure about the choices you have made? Well, that's me.right.now.

There are definitely some ideas that I know FOR SURE that I want without question but others, I'm like teetering on and hope I'm choosing the right choice.

Here are my ideas as of now....

 A rough draft sketch of the layout.

 Then we took our plans to Lowe's and they put it out on this 3D scale. Again rough idea, not completely the same as what it will look like but similar. It depends on which oven I choose, and if it has a down draft, I won't have the hood that I sketched in above, and the island should be longer. I am hoping it will fit at least 5 chairs.

 A look back at what it looked like before. As you can see, very 80's oak cabinets, with that one upper that was at eye level and you couldn't carry on good conversation with anyone that was seated in the kitchen eating area (below the chandelier). From the plans above you will see we are eliminating the eating area and we will no longer have a kitchen table in there. We will plan to use the island to eat our informal meals and the stairs that you see going up in the back of the second photo is our formal dining room that we will use when we have company or when we want to sit around a table and not at the island. I love that this plan will open up the space so much more and I will have so much more working/prepping space that I didn't have before. In this old kitchen everything was so choppy with the cooktop in center on one area and the sink in the middle of the other and a small area next to the refrigerator. There wasn't a lot of space to spread out.

Also, you know when you have a get together and everyone hangs out in the kitchen, with this old layout it was very confined to the u shape area and felt cramped, or people were on the other side where you couldn't see them very well because of that upper cabinet.
Needless to say, I'm very excited about the new layout.

This is a little "mood" board that I created for the kitchen.

 This reflects my idea to have 2 windows flanking the the stove in the center of the long wall.

 Thinking one or 2 of these for above my island.

 I haven't gotten to the point where I've actually had to pick out my countertops yet, but I will be doing some black honed granite or quartz on outer cabinets and a "marble" like quartz on the island.

 My island counter height chairs that I'm debating. I am pretty sure I'm going with the top one for 3 reasons, 1. they are cheaper of the two, 2. they are just like the ones we had in my kitchen growing up, 3. I am adding a leather chair and stools to the adjoining family room and feel it might be too much leather. 
 We got a pretty ridiculous deal on a used Sub Zero fridge. It is a paneled one and we will have our cabinet maker make new panels to match our new cabinets, and paint them white of course.

 We have an allowance from the insurance company to fix some of the damaged hardwoods in the kitchen area and refinish, and I would LOVE to lighten the heck out of them. I love this look so much. These are I'm guessing white oak and my floors are red oak, so I'm pretty sure I can't get this exact look but I'm going to try. Some people might say this is a fad/trend of going with light floors but I'm not choosing it because it's trendy, I'm choosing it because I love this look.

Our ceilings will be redone obviously. (if you don't know why I am saying obviously, you need to go back and read my last two posts) You can see in my above before photos, we had large exposed beams on our ceiling and while I love exposed beams, I wasn't in love with the dark worm wood material that wrapped the beams. Our contractor is redoing the ceiling to conceal the beams under the sheetrock, but since I love the look of beams, we will be adding faux beams and will be painting them white as the photo above. The plan is also to have planking in between the beams and a few skylights in the kitchen and adjoining family room. This will bring in so much more character and texture to the two rooms, and more natural light that is much needed in this area of the house.

This is my basic plans right now. We are still in a stalled position right now since we are waiting for clear days to do the next step of rebuilding which is opening up and redoing the roof. Sadly I don't see really any clear days in our near future, so this might take awhile.

To maybe clear up some questions you might have, like why are you getting a new kitchen when it looks like there wasn't any damage to your cabinets or to the kitchen really at all?

 Where the tree in lying above the three windows is our family room which is connected to the kitchen, which are the two windows to the left. The impact of the tree pushed that wall out from 90 degree angle to about 70 degree angle.You can't tell that from the photo, and believe me none of the photos even come close to how bad the house really was/is damaged. The people that come to our house and see it in person have been shocked and say the photos really didn't do it any justice.

To fix the misalignment, the sheetrock and insulation all had to be removed thus the cabinets would have to be removed. The cabinets actually had come apart from the wall in certain areas and were coming apart from each other in other areas. Our insurance company deemed the kitchen a loss because we would not be able to take cabinets apart to get to fixing the wall and possibly re-framing and put the cabinets back together.

We received money to go towards new cabinets and new countertops based on our old cabinets. The costs that will deal with the switching of the layout of the kitchen and any upgrades past what we've been compensated for will be on our own dime. This was definitely without a doubt NOT how I wanted to get my kitchen remodel. If I had a choice of not having a tree fall on our house (and possibly being scarred for life) and no remodel versus the tree falling/new kitchen, I would choose no tree/no remodel. It happened though and this is just a sweet silver lining out of it all.

This was a lot longer of a post that I had anticipated. I will post our family room plans soon. If you have any questions feel free to ask away.

Until next time. 


  1. Think twice about doing a downdraft...I have one and I hate it...I have a gas stove and it pulls the flame and lessens the heat...they are a nice idea but...definitely not what I would chose again.

    I have quartz "marble" and I absolutely love it. There are many choices and you need to bring home samples of each to see what they look like in your kitchen. Most were way too gray for me and tended to look dirty...I chose one that was mostly white with pale gray veining. I am more than happy with it especially having a husband that is not careful. I had butcher block before and it was a nightmare. You could not set a glass down without a ring and I oiled it every week. I did keep the peninsula with the stove in the butcher block because I have a little more control there than around the sink and my budget was tight after getting a Rohl bridge faucet and farmhouse sink. Good luck. I will be anxious to see the finished product.

    1. Thank you for your tip about the down draft! We had one with our cooktop but it wasn't gas, so very good to know.


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