You all have seen the business side of the kitchen before...
But someone pointed out that they've never seen the other side of it.
You can kind of see the layout from this picture in the dining room- we have a U-shaped kitchen with a cleaning closet and the original floor to ceiling hutch on the other side.
For a better peak at the original hutch, let's go inside.
We love how they integrated it with the kitchen remodel, by adding in the tile backsplash underneath as well as painting it white. There are only a couple issues we have with it.
1.) The hardware is the old country style and doesn't match the brushed nickle in the rest of the kitchen. An easy fix, but one that will need to be done, none the less. (as you can tell by the one drawer handle hanging on by a thread)
2.) Since the door to the backyard is to the right of the waterbowl of doom, the bottom of this gets SO DIRTY. I've already spent a lot of time on my hands and knees scrubbing mud off of it because it shows so much against the white.
We've been throwing a few ideas around, from repainting a fresh coat of white, then adding a coat of poly over it to make it easier to wash, to potentially painting the bottom half of the hutch a different color. Since it's already been painted and isn't the original wood, I don't feel bad about the idea of a repaint.
Since the kitchen is Blue, Green and white (which was super lucky for us because all of our kitchen accessories were already green!) and the walls are a perfect color matched blue, I am thinking the moody looking green might be a fun pop of color to this side of the room.
If people paint their islands a different color than their cabinets, why can't I do my hutch?
Of course, any changes done to this will have to be in the spring/summer. This room is incredibly drafty because of the two doors, large windows, and that it isn't on the houses' original foundation. It's about 20 degrees colder than the rest of the house at any given point (or 20 degrees hotter...) so I am fairly positive any painting done in there over the winter would chip and peel crazy style.
We've also been lucky that with buying the house so cheap that the kitchen was adorable and already our style. The only thing we've had to do is fill her up and change the curtains.
There were previously little 6 inch valances. I do not like six inch valances. ESPECIALLY in a drafty room. You need that curtain to block out the cold!
We already had these adorable white and green burnout curtains from World Market from our bedroom in our town house. We simply hemmed them off for the window over the sink, and then I used the remaining material on the garage door.
Though because the curtains are burnout to let the light in, in the garage you could see all of our garage crap. It was an easy enough fix, I just hung a double curtain rod and quickly sewed a blue curtain for the back out of a bed sheet we had.
Other than the hutch, and the back door (I'd love to get one with a window so I could see the back yard...but that's a want more than anything, so it can wait) we have no intention of changing anything in the kitchen at this time. It's beautiful and so our style.
Oh, other than the floors. The day I can get rid of that grout I will be a happy girl.
Grout and three dogs do not mix well.
Do you guys love your kitchens? Hate them? What's your favorite thing and biggest pet peeve about the one in your home? Have you lived somewhere else that you liked the kitchen better?