We picked our house for a lot of reasons. After much searching it was the best place we found that was reasonable priced, in a good location, had 2 bathrooms, and extra rooms for a study and storage. The main downfall was the kitchen. The house is 100 years old so the set up isn’t the most logical. There isn’t a lot of counter space, doors were in awkward places, and it looked dirty from white paint that hadn’t been touched up in years. While all these things were issues, they were not deal breakers and since moving in we have made a whole slew of improvements.
The first change was color. The black and white paint was ugly and dirty, so we picked colors to match the green and yellow tiles around the sink. And the color that matched best just happened to be called “Cornbread,” which is Brendan’s favorite food. I love how bright the kitchen is now, even on cloudy Seattle days.
Perhaps the most dramatic addition is the pegboard pot rack installed above the stove (I got the idea from here). The thing we are lacking most is cabinet and drawer space, and it made the most sense to use the large, open area above the stove. The investment for this project was minimal (we were lucky to score the cork board free, so only purchases were some 2×4’s, big screws, and cork board pegs). Brendan cut down the cork board and 2×4’s to fit the space, then I painted them to match the walls (with leftover paint). Then he screwed the 2×4’s to the trim and mounted the cork board to the 2×4’s.
After that, small changes made the space livable. We removed unnecessary and space consuming doors, added a bookcase, a light above the stove, and hooks wherever we could. With about $100 our kitchen went from outdated to entirely livable (and, perhaps even enjoyable).