Kinda ironic, as I type this post on the kitchen in our new house, the kitchen in our current house is in desperate need of some cleaning. So sorry, kitchen. I'll get to you in a minute. I promise I still love you.
In case you missed it, here's the first part of our house tour with some details and here is the tour of the family room and dining room that won't see any dining in it.
Why? Look at this beauty.
Black granite countertops, matching granite tile backsplash, oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances, wood floors. It's a nice change from buying a house with dark cabinets, no dishwasher, floral linoleum floors, and green appliances. And certainly way nicer than I expected the kitchen in our next house to have.
Here's the kitchen from the eating area. The room is HUGE! 30 feet by 12 feet. Since this room is so large, I'd like to use this as our dining room, instead of the formal dining room. Why pass up a chance to eat in front of a fireplace? 😉
I'm really excited about that area between the sink and stove, perfect for prep work and cutting. The appliances work great, the stove actually has a gas range and electric oven. We don't use a microwave, only a toaster oven, so I was happy to see the big range hood.
The blacksplash are granite tiles that match the granite countertops. I didn't expect a kitchen with granite so this is a happy surprise! In our kitchen now, we have the fake granite-look laminate which we got on a Black Friday deal, and I was pretty happy with that so uhh, score. 🙂
If I was the one who put in the kitchen (I'm going to sound like a complete snob here), I probably wouldn't have done the granite up there since it seems so dark. I love the look of white subway tile, but I don't think we'll be changing it any time soon.
My poor dad walked in here and said (very sarcastically) "oh nice, plenty of oak for you to paint over". I wasn't planning on it at first, but oh how I love a white kitchen. 😉 Maybe, just maybe we'll paint the cabinets white. Sorry, Dad!!
These cabinets on the right have sliding drawers inside and open to the other end. Woo hoo!
Nice big window over the sink.
island? peninsula? counter that will fit 4 barstools. Lots of space for a big table. I told Doug he needs to build us a farmhouse table similar to our breakfast bar. Hey Doug, if you're reading this, all these people think it would be really cool too.
Another look at the eating area. I don't think I want to do much with that fireplace, it's great as is!
To the left of the fireplace there are two doorways. The one on the left goes to the front hallway/foyer. It also will take you to the master bedroom/bathroom. The one with a door will take you to the basement, which is finished!
Seriously, no idea what could need doing. 🙂 Not sure what to put on the nook to the right either, maybe our hutch? But I don't really even need a hutch cause...
BAM! Huge walk-in pantry. I promise, I'm not trying to brag here. I'm just kinda blown away with this house myself...
Lots of shelves. More shelves than I need. So many shelves I don't know what to do with myself. The pantry is L shaped and that back wall hooks around to a wall with deeper shelves
The door in the kitchen goes to the garage/laundry room. If you look just past the fridge, you'll see a dark accent wall. See it?
Here's a close up. I'd like to create some sort of command center in this spot. Calendars, paper storage, a place to display school papers? That's what I'm thinking. To the left of that little nook is the formal dining room and the family room.
Go through that door and you're in the laundry room. Nothing too fancy to see here. 🙂
We'll probably get a new or new to us washer and dryer once we move in. These worked but were very loud, which isn't the best for sleeping babies. Or for my laundry motivation. I credit my new and new-er machines (and maybe line drying in the basement for 2 months) with helping to keep the laundry from taking over.
Way far down on the list of things that need to be done, I'd like to pretty-fy and organize-ify this room somehow.
It'll be so nice to not have to do laundry in the basement. I'm sure these guys will help out. 🙂
Heading back into the eating area, there is a large door that goes out to the back porch.
You can see more pictures of this space in the first part of our home tour. I'm including it because this will be our dining room in the summer. 😉
So that's that! The kitchen, eating area, and laundry room.
Oh wait! I forgot your sneak peak into the next leg of the tour: the awesome bedroom set up and the bathrooms. One boys room, one girl(s) room. A master and a bedroom that can double as an office/craftroom/sleeping baby room. Okay, I'll stop now. 🙂
to be continued...
So help me out, what would you do with the kitchen?