Happy monday! – Said no one, ever.
Another week, another soul crushing day at work, and another issue with CFHA about the upcoming move. When will the madness end?! Probably never, all I can do is get my beauty sleep, right?
Last week I shared a post about my hopes for the entryway in our new PMQ. I’ve got some updates to the project list, and you can find them on my Pinterest board “Project entryway” here.
This week I wanted to focus on the kitchen! I shared a post late last week about plans to take the cupboard doors off the cupboards above the counter.
I’ve got BIG plans for this space, including but not limited to: adding a kitchen island, taking the cupboard doors off, wall-paper in the back of the cupboards, and long curtains over the big window in the back.
This is the layout of our new kitchen: lots of sunlight, very little counter space, cramped white cupboards.
Taking the cupboard doors off
This is the best PMQ kitchen idea I’ve ever had, I just wish I could pull it off. I’ve seen this look done a couple of different ways, and I think our space is ripe for it. It will add dimension to the room, allow us to showcase our beautiful kitchenware and serving pieces, and encourage my husband to put things back where they belong (wink wink).
Putting glass door panes isn’t an option, and I don’t think that changing the knobs will do much in this case.
Adding a kitchen island
We’ll be putting our circular high-table into this kitchen, mimicking our current set-up, but that still doesn’t leave us much counter space. We’ve been looking at a kitchen island for ages, and almost bit the bullet while in our current Q but opted for a table instead. In this space we have more options and have purchased one from IKEA, we added towel hooks for extra hanging space.
For the window above the sink I’ll be able to use one of the panels from our kitchen roman blinds. Way back when I made the blinds, I made them in two panels so that in the event of a move, I could transfer the panels to different spaces. In this case, the other panel may be going to the bathroom!
The second window in the kitchen will let in lots of light and gives us a vantage on the greenery in the backyard. I can’t wait to sit down to breakfast with a coffee, and watch the birds through our big window. HOWEVER, it will be an energy drain on the heating bill. None of the windows are well insulated. In an attempt to remedy this and avoid a humongous power bill, I’lll be shrink-wrapping the windows shortly after moving in, and adding long black-out curtains to the big windows. Most black-out curtains are also heat keeping and noise cancelling,
I’ll be keeping the citrus gallery wall as it offers great versatility for seasonal decorating. The gallery wall setup will allow me to change the art seasonally and bring new life into the space without breaking the bank. Recently, I swapped out citrus for some fun pineapple wallpaper samples from Rifle Paper co. (at 5$ per sample sheet, you can’t go wrong!)
If your PMQ doesn’t offer great lighting, look into swapping out the boob lights, or adding lighting in key areas. You don’t have to wire a light to get these looks, you just need long cords and a dedicated outlet/switch! An articulate overhanging light above the sink is a great way to add drama to a neglected space. Unless you scored a Q with a dishwasher hook-up, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time there.
A great pendant light that hangs above an island or table will focus the room and your attention when seated in the area. There are some great options at various big box stores, and you can always DIY or “hack” something you love. PMQ kitchen ideas should definitely extend to lighting, so don’t be afraid to play around with what you’ve got!
How have you made your PMQ kitchens work from posting to posting?