Bright + Airy Kitchen (on a budget!)

Kitchen Mood Board.jpg

 

Now that demo is over, the fun part begins ... First up is the tiny galley kitchen.  When I first entered the house, the kitchen was dated, unattractive and not very functional.  (see pics below)

 

before ... 

before ... 

before ... 

before ... 

To brighten up the small space, I went with a white shaker style for both the upper and lower cabinets.  I originally wanted to use a darker paint color on the lower cabinet, but since the floors are dark (and they were brand new) I decided to keep it white.  

after demo

after demo

after demo

after demo

I chose a beautiful brass semi flush mounted light to coordinate with the cabinet hardware and faucet.  (btw this light is a STEAL at only $113!) For over the sink, I chose a similar glass fixture (also a budget find at only $57.)  While I don’t normally think it’s necessary to keep the same finishes for the light fixture, hardware and faucet, I wanted to keep everything cohesive since the kitchen is so small.  

 

$113!

$113!

$57!

$57!

 

In an effort to make the most of the space, I’m adding a few small open shelves on the right side of the window.  The cabinet that was previously there was tiny and in my opinion, unnecessary.  But really ... I just wanted an excuse to use open shelving!  

The backsplash was a tough decision for me because I had so many ideas.  I ended up choosing a white brick tile.  The brick feels so beautiful and timeless to me.  I love the way the texture plays on the softness of the all white kitchen.  

As for the window covering, I chose a simple woven blind to add a natural element.

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished product!