Posted on by Erin | Earnest Home

kitchen - my domaine

(photo source: My Domaine)

In the several weeks since I shared this kitchen photo on ‘The List‘ it has not left my mind.  There is something about the kitchen that resonated so much with me, but I couldn’t put my finger on at the time. Now, after having some time to get more acquainted, I know exactly what it is about this design that draws me in.

It’s that the basics of this kitchen are identical to my own kitchen, but the details are what make it so strikingly new.

Dream kitchen has black cabinets.
I have black cabinets.

Dream kitchen has walnut floors.
I have walnut floors.

Dream kitchen has subway tile backsplash.
I have subway tile backsplash.

You get the picture.

What I started taking note of, were the few things it would take to transform my space into this dream space.  Drawer pulls, butcher block countertops, and a vibrant rug would really do it.  Of course, there are a few other extras that would make it even more exciting…

kitchen plan

no. 1 Enamel Pendant, World Market $56. no. 2 Black Upper Cabinets, Ikea. no. 3 Brass Mission Hardware, Rejuvenation 11/pc. no. 4 Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Williams. no. 5 Walnut Butcher Block Countertops, Ikea $189 for 8 ft. no. 6 Brass Faucet with Sprayer, Delta $365. no. 7 Monti Rug, Lulu & Georgia, $567.

I fresh coat of paint would be needed, since my walls are green, and after I found this enamel pendant on last week’s List I knew it was going to work in perfectly as well.  And lastly, a gorgeous new brass faucet to match the new drawer pulls.

The other idea is to add in some more cabinetry above our current cabinets. The wall cupboards don’t extend to the ceiling, so I thought adding in a few above the current, but with glass doors, would make a big difference as well. With all these changes, however, they still need to be done very very inexpensively… why? Well, because this isn’t our forever home.

A little backstory… We first renovated the kitchen (a fairly large undertaking) in 2010 (photos here).  We did it on the cheap, painting our own cabinets, refinishing our own floors, and tiling the countertops.  At the time, we thought we’d only be in the house for a few more years (since our plan has always been to build on the back of the land). I stopped posting a lot of renovation in 2011 because I didn’t want to be sinking money into a house that we wouldn’t be in for much longer.  I focused on the decor, and smaller transformations.

Yesterday, Matt and I discussed the plan for the new build and figured we’re still another 5-7 years off.  After this conversation, I realized that the few things I’d like to change could be done and we’d still get some good use out of the time we have with this home. Which is exactly why this kitchen dream started surfacing!

So, now I’m excited to change the look of the kitchen a little and give it the facelift I think it deserves. The pieces I chose above are mostly for style, and I’ll spend some time digging through the internet for lower priced options.

I will keep you all in the loop on the gradual changes and product picks, so get excited!