Kitchen Makeover: The Plan

Stewart and I moved into our new apartment in Cincinnati almost a month ago (you can see the full post here) and at this point, all boxes but three have been unpacked and we’re pretty much settled in. Hallelujah! That means one thing: it’s time to get serious about decorating this place! Let’s get real, I’ve been scheming and planning how to decorate this place even before we found out that we had been approved and were getting it, but now that we’ve lived here for a little bit, I now know exactly what we need out of the space.
I’ve decided the first space that needs tackling is our kitchen. Besides our living room, we probably use our kitchen the most. Right now, our living room is functional as it is, it just needs some decorating, but our kitchen on the other hand, isn’t entirely functional. We have a limited amount of storage, there’s a huge empty space under our countertop, and that tile is freakin’ cold all the time. On top of all that, our kitchen just simply lacks any sort of character and pizzaz. But not to worry, nothing that a good pink runner can’t fix!
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And, here is what I’m thinking:
Apartment, oak cabinet kitchen makeover plan
To help alleviate the limited storage problem and fill this huge empty space above our stove, I want to add some open shelves. I think adding open shelves to our kitchen will make it seem less like a boring, builder-grade, apartment kitchen and more like a real grown-up kitchen. I can’t wait to display my blue willow china that’s been sitting in a box since we got married!
Another way I’m going to spruce up this character-less kitchen is to add a temporary, totally removable backsplash. I’m partnering with the awesome people at Aspect Tile and they’re sending me these beautiful backsplash panels. I can’t wait to get it on the wall and see how much it adds to the space!
Apartment, oak cabinet kitchen makeover plan
About that huge, awkward gap beneath the counter. Ughh. Just in case you’re wondering, when our landlord put in these new cabinets, they put this space there for us to use as an eating area since there really is no room for a kitchen table anywhere. But, I can assure you, Stewart and I will not be using this as an eating area. Instead, I think I’m going to make a “skirt” for it to hide Baby’s litter box, the trash can, and maybe some extra storage.
And, to warm up and ground the space a bit, I’m going to add an 8 ft pink runner. A good pop of pink is always the answer, right?!?
I’m so excited to get started on this space, there will be a lot of DIY’s along the way, so stay tuned!
Have a great day!
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