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Lessons learned from being my own interior designer. After designing my own kitchen from scratch, there are just a few things I wish I would have done differently.
I just revealed our new European Farmhouse kitchen. If you’ve had a chance to see that post, you’ll probably catch on to how much I love it!
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After living in our renovated RV for 6 months and bouncing around between Airbnb’s while we built this new pole barn home ourselves – it feels wonderful to have a space designed and finished. Especially a space like the kitchen that gets used and loved frequently throughout the day.
But I have to tell you, this is the first kitchen I have ever designed from scratch. I honestly felt a bit out of my element and unsure of what I was doing with these 4 walls as I was trying to visualize something from nothing and budget what we could do.
Now that it is all finished, there are just a few things I regret or wish I would have done differently, and I thought you might find it interesting and helpful to hear about what those things are – should you ever have the chance to design a kitchen yourself.
I’m excited to tell you this post topic is a collaboration with a few of my dearest YouTube and Blogger friends. I gotta say, I think their kitchens are all incredibly beautiful, It will be so interesting to hear what kitchen design regrets they have! Please find the links to their post at the bottom of this post.
If you would like a place to view all our videos, here is a link to our YouTube playlist where you can find all our kitchen regrets videos. I hope you’ll check them out!
KITCHEN REGRET #1 – WINDOWS
As for my first kitchen design regret, I knew it the minute my husband installed them that I had made a mistake.
The windows. Now, I don’t regret this row of light filled windows for one minute, but I do regret the style I choose.
It was one of those choices I was rushed into at the shop, I didn’t really know what I liked so I just said to go with the windows with the top grid only and we added a top transom window to lengthen it out.
In truth, the top grid lines bother me throughout the whole house. I wish I would have just left all the windows clear and just made one long single window instead of adding that top transom window.
I think it would have looked more seamless, and not obstructed my gorgeous mountain view. We had a budget for windows, but even those small decisions would have kept us within that budget – if not even saved some money and I would have liked it better.
KITCHEN REGRET #2 – PAINT COLORS
It’s one thing to regret the paint color on your walls, but another to regret the paint color on your cabinets – those are a lot harder to repaint. You’ll see how we have a 2 toned cabinet color.
The lowers are white, and the tall cabinets and the cabinets around the range are a soft blue/gray. The blue is a lovely color, and exactly what I was going for.
I absolutely love it right now, but I have a sneaking suspicion I am going to wish I had gone with a more neutral color, like the greige that is on the trim and doors. I really think I am going to tire of the blue.
That’s why I often play it safe with neutral colors for the foundation of the house, and use bolder accent colors in my decor – so I can switch it up easily when I tire of a color. Like I said, I like it fine now, but don’t be surprised if you see me repainting these cabinets in a few years. And please, do not tell my husband I said this.
KITCHEN REGRET #3 – CABINET FRONTS
Speaking of the cabinets – there is one other thing we regret, and it has to do with buying them and not making them ourselves. We bought IKEA kitchen cabinet bases, and then had some custom fronts made for them to get our own unique look.
I love the durable beaded fronts around this busy sink area. They look great and wipe up super easy, and I know we couldn’t have made those ourselves.
But as soon as we received these simple flat panel custom fronts, we knew we had made a costly mistake. They were simply a flat piece of particle board with holes drilled for the hardware.
We planned on painting them ourselves, so that is really all they were. We could have saved THOUSANDS by just making these ourselves. In fact, we had held off ordering a few pieces, like for the fridge panels, because we didn’t know the final size, and we ended up just making them ourselves and they look exactly like the custom built ones.
You can really easily make a flat panel yourself, and I’m going to show you how when we begin to install some inside a closet we are finishing. Oh the money we could have saved! Those kinds of things eat us alive – but that tends to be the do-it-yourself mentality.
KITCHEN REGRET #4 – CHAIRS AND TABLE
Sometimes I regret that the kitchen table doesn’t have more character. It looks a bit too . . . well . . . new.
I have this thing for old farmhouse tables and I think there is a table out there that could bring in a bit more of a wow factor than this one. I mentioned in my reveal how we just adapted a rolling worktable we had previously built, and cut down the legs to make it work as a dining table.
We really needed to use what we had rather than spend any more money, and this totally worked! The hubs built benches, I thrifted a couple of chairs and made slipcovers for them, and this super wide quartz top table is extremely family friendly.
I probably will never change it because it functions so well, and still looks pretty – but I’ll always envision that chippy, raw wood gorgeous authentic farmhouse table in my dreams. And the chairs work – I definitely felt this space needed more linen, but I’ll probably keep my eye out for some lovely linen parson chairs at some point.
KITCHEN REGRET #5 – ORGANIZATION
I regret to inform you, that it has been 4 months since we moved in and I still haven’t organized the inside of these drawers and cupboards – at least at the time of writing this post.
We moved in with all the kitchen belongings we had in our RV life (which was few) and the rest of our items were still in storage.
We’ve slowly moved boxes in and left them stacked in the pantry, but it is high time I start unboxing and put this kitchen together – now that I have a lovely finished space.
I suppose all the DIY’s and business of life have left that on the low priority list, but I am anxious to put it all together and FEEL like I have a finished kitchen.
Let me know if this is something you would like to see me do and share how I organize the kitchen space. I’m pretty excited to get to that.
WHAT KITCHEN REGRETS DO YOU HAVE?
Well, there you have it! 5 Kitchen regrets – but my list of what I love is much much longer.
Would you share in the comments below something you regret about your kitchen? I think this is a conversation that could be helpful to many people as they design or rethink their kitchen space.
I hope you’ll watch as I design the rest of our home. We only have 10 spaces left to finish and a complete mess of a yard. I’m sure there will be way more regrets along the way, but that’s just part of the do-it-yourself fun.
VISIT MY FRIENDS KITCHEN TO HEAR THEIR REGRETS
You’ll get to hear from my sweet friend Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone. I love the Victorian Farmhouse style in her just recently finished remodeled kitchen. Her kitchen has so much charm and still functions amazingly well for a busy family of 8.
Chloe from Boxwood Avenue is also sharing her kitchen regrets today – in fact – this fun topic was her idea! I’ve always been smitten with her white concrete countertops, french range and overall sophisticated cattle ranch life and style.
Julie Blanner is also sharing kitchen regrets! I think her kitchen wins the award for being the most soothing kitchen. I adore all the creamy white tones, warm metals, cohesive aesthetics, and minimalist simplicity.
Finally, we get to hear from Sarah, from She Holds Dearly. I have loved watching her breath life and beauty into every corner of her 1906 farmhouse. She has served its roots well and I’m excited to hear her talk about her kitchen.
THANKS FOR VISITING!