Holy biscuits and gravy, it’s hurrr!! It’s week numero uno of the One Room Challenge, Spring 2019 edition. By the grace of the interior gods, this crazy, color-lovin’ broad was handpicked to be one of 20 featured design bloggers. And I solemnly swear right here, right now, this renovation (ahem, *restoration*) is going to be on friggen’ fiaaah!! So many thanks to Linda for bringing me onto this wild ride.
This ain’t my first One Room Challenge rodeo (my fourth, in fact 🤪), but being featured and all I’ve upped the ante quite a bit, sweet fronds. I’ve been waiting five years to tackle this beast a’ burden …
Behold!! The Brigham Craftsman Green Kitchen Glamazon mood board!!!!!
Ecstatic is an understatement. Quite frankly, I’m losing my gosh darn mind at how excited I am to share this kitchen renovation with you. Dark green kitchen cabinetry, mixed metals, vintage touches, and foundational elements such as the preservation of the original plaster swirlies ceiling detail (a.k.a. “Van Gogh ceiling”) as well as shaker-style cabinets and penny round tile harking back to era in which this bitty bungalow was built … I’m. Freaking. Dying.
Alas, before we go any further, have a look at where we started (click for a close-up!):
So, let’s just cover this base: “But your kitchen is sooooo great.” Oh, girl; you just don’t even know. Yes; it’s a classic white kitchen, but beyond that 🤮.
We’re talking years of shortchanged remodels: Layers and layers of flooring; tiles laid upon tiles; crooked cabinet doors; crumbling cemented (?!!) countertop trim edges; fluorescent light fixtures (??!!!); a microwave vent that spread grease everywhere; opening “heated” cabinets to let the warmth in; and, quite possibly my all-time favorite, not being able to open two windows that were six-inches below the cabinet line.
When you love to cook, this sheet just ain’t cuttin’ it.
What I did love about the kitchen was the roominess, rough layout and abundant storage potential. Formerly, and before our time, the kitchen was compartmentalized into three distinct spaces—a mudroom, some kind of butler’s pantry and the kitchen itself. What was left were these “half hanging” partitions.
It’s a serious gift being greeted by a 20-ft x 10-ft. kitchen in a 1934 Craftsman Bungalow. She flows real well and provided an ample opportunity for one damn fine open kitchen design.
The initial green kitchen glamazon design:
THE DESIGN PLAN
Raise your hand if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. 🙋🏻♀️ I sure do, as do my houseguests, too. It was so important to me to not only design a big, bold and beautiful heart of the home, but a brightly-lit, well-flowing, high-on-storage, comfortably functional space that offers seating to good company.
And, of course, concealed trash bins so our 60-lb. lap dog can’t dumpster dive. #reallife
The new kitchen floor plan embraces every inch of available space—floor to ceiling combined. It incorporates a plethora of cabinetry; a peninsula for socializing (and serving charcuterie, obvy); floor-to-ceiling pantries; a properly vented hood; raised windows (so one can actually open them!!); a gorgeous 15-lite back door; beautiful brass hardware; a sizable and sexy af 36” gas range, and more …
The icing on top of the craftsman cake … I’m saving that detail for next week!!!
Let it be known, I’m officially, unofficially dubbing this kitch sitch“The Glamtastic Butler’s Pantry of 2019.” 💚
I’ve been musing toward dark green kitchen for like ever, but here’s a few of my particularly favorite kitchenistas for your viewing pleasure:
I’ve also been covertly stowing inspiration in this Kitchen Renovation 2019 Pinterest board for a good while. For now, I’m off to keep kickin’ it in the DIY department. ‘Cause ohhhh boy, do I got lots to share with you in the coming weeks. 😏
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