Dream Kitchen

A few days ago I posted a little photo-tour through my apartment. You may or may not have noticed that I did not include my kitchen in this tour... well, I did include it, but only my cafe table and antique island. Unfortunately there is a reason for that (and no it is not because I dont have a kitchen and only eat fast food), my kitchen is terribly ugly. Dont get me wrong, I love my apartment, and most of it speaks to my individual style, but the problem with renting is that I do not have free reign over my surroundings and well, my kitchen is less than ideal.

But, before I reveal to you what I am talking about... lets take a look at a few kitchens that I DO love. <3

I love this wall color and the open shelving for dishes. If you have pretty dishes, why not make them part of your art? Plus, if you are planning a kitchen re-do on a budget, installing open shelving is more cost effective than full cabinets.

I love these bar stools. They are traditional but the fabric gives them just the right amount of pop. I also love the glass railroad tile for the backsplash.

I like the simple, country, yet elegant style here

Dark cabinets can be tricky, but when executed well they can be absolutely stunning. TIP: when using dark cabinets, try to use them on the lower cabinets, dark upper cabinets will make the room feel too heavy. Make sure to keep other elements in the room soft and light by using light colors and textiles. Also make sure the room gets plenty of light, both natural and from lamps. Nothing make an already dark room feel more like a cave than more dark colors.

love. love. LOVE. this cabinet color. LOVE IT! If you haven't noticed already, I am a huge fan of smokey blues. It is elegant and soft, and neutral enough to go with almost anything.

I love a good chalkboard in the kitchen. This one is a little overkill, but you get the point. The kitchen is usually the hub of most households, so I think a chalkboard for notes, reminders, ect is perfect.

Alright, now that I have shown you what makes me smile, it is time for the moment of truth... dun dun dun...

Ladies and Gentlemen, now presenting the Ugliest Kitchen EVER (too dramatic?)

Doesn't it make you sad?

Anyway, I have been playing around with new ideas for this kitchen. I know that my apartment is small but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be beautiful. So I have been brainstorming a new set of appliances, cabinetry, hardware, and colors for this little diamond in the rough and here is what I have come up with:

Here is my list:

1. Change the fake-brick vinyl flooring with light hardwood flooring. (light, maybe even with an acid-wash treatment)

2. replace the white fridge and oven with stainless steel ones.

3. Rennovate all cabinetry: Add pulls. Add open shelving to lighten up the space. Add bead-board cabinets, and molding.

4. Move the microwave into a built-in space above the stove to free up precious counter space.

5. add built in wine storage above the fridge (those cabinets are rarely used anyway)

6. Paint the walls in Sherwin Williams Mountain Road.

7. Paint lower cabinets in Benjamin Moore, Yukon Sky and upper cabinets in Sherwin Williams, Ice Cube.

8. Add a trough sink for more usable space.

9. add a glass railroad tile for a back splash in a soft white or beige.

Now, all I have to do is pitch these ideas to my landlord right?