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Neutral Kitchen Design – One Room Challenge!

It’s been awhile since I threw my hat into the One Room Challenge ring, but I’m so excited to join the fun in my new house. I’ve been tackling a few smaller projects since I moved here a few months ago (like my black fireplace and closet nook) but I’m really excited to take on my kitchen update! This house is a quirky 1930’s bungalow with some really fun characteristics but lost some of it’s charm over the years. It’s also craving for functionality so I’m hoping to add both with my Neutral Kitchen Design!

neutral kitchen design board
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outdated kitchen with oak cabinets before painting
kitchen before

Neutral Kitchen Design To-Do List

  1. Demolish the current tiled counter tops & back splash
  2. Remove some of the upper cabinets
  3. Replace counter tops with Silestone Consentino in Et Statuario in Suede finish
  4. Replace sink with Blanco Silgranit in Cinder (update: see my favorite black kitchen sink installed)
  5. Paint cabinet bases and replace cabinet doors & drawer fronts (I’m using Iron Ore)
  6. Update kitchen stove with Kitchen Aid Gas Stove
  7. Install tile back splash and entire wall (I haven’t decided yet, but I wrote before about Alternatives to White Subway Tile)
  8. Make oak shelves for floating shelving with Black Brackets (p.s. this is my brother’s bracket business and I work with him there!)
  9. Replace light above sink with cute pendant light – I’m undecided but this one is a good option!
  10. Style with plants and new artwork
old kitchen with oak cabinets

These photos from the real estate listing really have the kitchen looking it’s best, but it’s definitely still outdated and tired. Because it’s a small space in an old house, I’m not changing the footprint (who knows what you’ll find when you start ripping things up!) but am looking to add more function and updated finishes.

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outdated kitchen

The cabinets are solid wood but that orangey oak that is past its prime. Because they are in good shape, I’m keeping the cabinet bases and will updated them with paint, new doors, and hardware!

neutral kitchen design elements

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I am so excited to share this project with you and the One Room Challenge (ORC) community! If you’re new to the ORC world, prepare yourself – it’s amazing! There are so many wonderful designers, DIYers, and all around go getters improving their spaces. Check out all of the entrants on the One Room Challenge blog!