DIY & Home

One Room Challenge Week 1 | A Kitchen Makeover — The Plan

I’ve been on the sidelines for way too many seasons of the One Room Challenge and this go around, I’m going to finally participate. We’ve been wanting to make some changes to our kitchen since we bought our house in early 2016. So what better time to finally knock those little to-dos off the list in one fell swoop. I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, I haven’t gone completely insane. This isn’t going to be a full demo and re-build of our kitchen. I have a few key things on the to-do list that won’t cost an arm and a leg but are really going to bring out our families personality in the space.

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Week 1 | The Plan

Week 2 | Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3 | IKEA Island Hack

Week 4 | Open Kitchen Shelving

  • Paint the Cupboards.
  • Install Open Shelving
  • Change out Knobs
  • New pendant Lights
  • Take out Pantry
  • Install Island

OK, seeing it all listed there made me do a double take. That list does seem pretty substantial, but all very doable.

Here are some kitchens that I’m drawing inspiration from:

Studio McGee


DeVol Kitchens

Lisa Gutow Design

Jenna Sue Design

And here’s the before. This is what I’m workin’ with, folks:

Let us start with the things I love, shall we? That seems more positive. I LOVE the size. It’s a huge kitchen with a tonne of counter space and ample storage. It’s a great layout! This kitchen has good bones, shall we say. I am also growing quite fond of the backsplash. I initially wanted to change them out in favor of a subway tile, but it’s definitely growing on me.

Now for the things I’m not so fond of…that last picture where you can see a bit of the stairs and half the stove and microwave? That’s the view from the front door when you walk into our home. That little wall that separates the kitchen and the foyer drives me bonkers. It’s not a supporting wall, there’s nothing hidden inside it, except some electrical. Therefore, it’s going to go! The cabinet that’s on the back side of the wall is going to be relocated to our basement in the utility room and we want to put a small island with cabinets and a butcher block on top. The end result will be a prettier view when you walk in the front door and MORE LIFE. As it stands, that wall blocks all the morning sun that comes streaming in the front door. It makes for quite a dark kitchen!

I love open shelving and it would be so cool to take all the upper cabinets off and just go open, but I plan to just take out one little section of the uppers to make way for some custom open shelving.

As much as I’d love to redo the floors and the countertops, that’s just not in the budget right now. So we are embracing them and making sure whatever color we choose for the cabinets will still look nice with the current floors and countertops.

Check back in next week when I show you what color we choose for the cabinets. Finding the perfect color for space without being too dark and still complimenting the floor and the countertops is going to be tricky.

Follow along on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at the work going on in our kitchen!

Modern Farmhouse Inspiration | One Room Challenge

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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  • That definitely is a substantial undertaking! I’ve been seeing a lot more of those square white tiles used lately, so I agree with leaving them. It’s fantastic when things work out that way, isn’t it? Looking forward to seeing your progress updates and reveal!