I love a good kitchen renovation.
1. A breakfast bar or an island
This is important for two reasons: One, kitchens need plenty of counter space!
And two, there should be plenty of seating in a kitchen. Our original kitchen in Cincinnati was just a workspace without anywhere to sit down. When Kalen or I were in there preparing food, the other person couldn’t sit to hang out in the kitchen if we wanted to chat and catch up on each other’s days. Seating in a kitchen is a must.
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2. Cabinet space wherever possible
Be creative in where you can put cabinet space.
We have a small bit of space next to our pantry. It was too narrow for any standard lower cabinet, but it was the perfect – albeit unusual – spot for an upper cabinet. So we put an upper cabinet there and use it to store our blender. It looks great and keeps the blender off the counter.
We also had a small sliver of space next to our microwave. We picked a really skinny upper cabinet to fill the space. It’s perfect for Advil, Band-Aids and other meds.
Our breakfast bar is deep enough that we were able to place back to back cabinets underneath, meaning we have a set of cabinets that open up to our bar stools. It’s great storage for kitchen items we don’t use often: fancy dishes, a triple slow cooker and a roasting pan.
3. Cabinets in a color your love
I love the clean and bright look of an all white kitchen, so white cabinets were a must for me.
Everyone undergoing a kitchen renovation should pick cabinets in the color they want. Cabinets take up so much space in a kitchen. You’re going to be looking at them a lot, so they should be the perfect color for you.
4. Quartz counters
I’m a huge, huge fan of quartz. I love the look and feel of it.
Since quartz is manufactured from crushed stone, it offers a consistent look. And it’s nonporous, so it doesn’t collect bacteria and is easier to keep clean.
5. If you’re going with stainless steel, go with smudge proof.
Stainless steel appliances look great, but the smudges are enough to drive anyone crazy. Smudge proof appliances are the perfect option for a great look that’s easy to keep clean.
What’s on your must-have list for a kitchen renovation?
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Get the look:
The question I get most often is “Where’d you get that?!” Click each image or link below for more info. (Scroll left and right for more images.)
- Wall color: Camelback by Sherwin Williams
- Counters: Blanco Canvas quartz
- Curtain rod here, but it’s not always available. This one is similar.
- Curtain clip rings
- Metal basket
- Green spatula
- Dish towels
- Green cushions
- Cabinet handles
- Garbage disposal button
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