(Editor's Note: Day in and out, we love showing off our readers' style. As a little bit of design quid pro quo, this month I asked some of the contributors from the editorial team to share rooms from their own home. Hope you enjoy! - Janel)
Last week, you got a little introductory look at our living room, and this week I'm happy to invite you to visit our kitchen. We are lucky enough to have one of the larger kitchens in our condo building, and I'm so glad, because we use every inch of it.
This little space has had a lot of minor cosmetic work to keep it functioning on a tight budget. With old buildings come old fixtures, and all of the appliances (with the exception of the stove) have been replaced, thankfully. A few months ago, we took about a week to tile the back splash, paint and lay down new flooring to dampen sound (the old flooring resembled some sort of lava-textured, evergreen mess). By a stroke of amazing luck, the new laminate wood floors are a near-perfect match to our hardwood floors! Our chalkboard acts as a grocery list—and bonus, you just have to take a picture of it with your smartphone to ready your shopping list.
The white subway tile was my choice, and I absolutely love it. I'm not a fan of clutter in kitchens (in fact, I only just started leaving appliances like the toaster, etc. out on the counter because we ran out of cabinet space) and the tile makes me feel like I can clean everything quickly and always have a bright, white blank slate. We add color with our little kitchen appliances, as you can see.
Also new is the white, Kohler cast-iron sink. We used to have a beautiful pull-down sprayer faucet, but just recently had to trade it out for a more standard faucet due to some attachment difficulties with our portable washing machine. Word to the wise: if you're purchasing a portable washer, make sure you have a faucet that fits the faucet-to-tube attachment. I was sad to see it go, but in this case, practicality wins.
At the time that we remodeled the sink, floors and tile, we were planning on installing butcher block counter tops (we even ordered them and had them sent to our house!) but learned that the cabinetry and counter tops are actually one fused piece, and our budget didn't allow the entire overhaul. However, with the new wood laminate floors, I'm actually quite pleased with the light grayish-blue tone of the counter. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it does very nicely. Plus, they're easy to clean and keeping them saved us a pretty penny for our next home.
The open glass shelving space above the sink was once an old, outdated glassware cabinet, complete with wooden and glass doors with wrought-iron detailing. I removed the doors and painted the interior, leaving the glass shelves. We like it so much better now (despite needing to dust a little more often), and it gives us a place to show off our vintage Pyrex.
My least favorite area of the kitchen is most assuredly the stove and oven, but only due to its electrical quirks. It's an old drop-in range, and unless we want pay to replace the cabinetry (and the countertops it seems), a drop-in is all that will fit in its place. We've found the current drop-in ranges to be marginally more expensive than slide-in ranges, so we've kept this one around.
Hiding just below that pineapple is a massive, slide-out cutting board which comes in handy when we need just a bit more counter space.
Keep an eye out for some of our other "Behind the Blog" spaces, and our bedroom and bathroom!
Other resources of note:
• Paint Colors: Behr Polar Bear
• Teapot, Kitchen-aid mixer, Storm Trooper spatula: Williams-Sonoma
• Toaster: DeLohghi
• Spoon jar: Crate & Barrel
• Vintage Pyrex: Etsy
• Tea Towel: Kate Brennan Hall
• Salt Box: Bee House
• America cutting board/pet placemat: Target
• Flooring, tile, sink/faucet and dishwasher: Home Depot
(Image credits: Andie Powers)