wonderfully made: The never-ending kitchen list!

Monday, January 6, 2014

The never-ending kitchen list!

Happy 100th post to me! :)

Now that I've revealed the kitchen renovation, I have some follow up ideas! My mind is always turning...it's a blessing and a curse!

I might have given Mark a heart attack the other day when I mentioned that I wanted to take out the single cabinet to the right of our sink and put in shelves to hold some of our pretty and frequently-used dishes. His eyes got very wide, but I'm not sure if that is good or bad...

I got the idea from (where else) Young House Love:

They installed these shelves in the photo above in their new house as part of their "phase one" change, but they also tested them out first in their old house and loved them!

They sure know how to do a kitchen, don't they? Love!!!

So the shelving idea may be down the road a bit (when Mark can look at the bank account without wincing), but it's about time to replace that ceiling fan in the kitchen, isn't it?! 

I was planning about blogging about this earlier, but couldn't get motivated. Then I stumbled across this pin the other day on Pinterest:

Considering this was posted first on Apartment Therapy (great site, but not always budget-conscious), we can barely afford any of them. Not to mention the fact that I don't LOVE all of them. I really like #1, #3, #4, and the idea of #13, #16, and #17. 
First check out the space we are dealing with:

Now, here are some options I've found previously that I would consider...

Here's the thing. I keep thinking I should keep it simple and go with this fixture from Ikea:

Here it is, whaddya know, in YHL's kitchen:

Plus, there is an entire DIY blog post about this EXACT light that Mark could follow when installing. Bonus!

I'm thinking this option is cost conscious, clean looking, provides light, and easy to install. We have a huge opportunity in the breakfast area to go with something that will make more of a statement, so I'd like to save our pennies (and gift cards) for that. 

What do you think? Is Ikea acceptable for our kitchen light? Have you seen anything elsewhere that we should consider?


  1. I like that light, I say go for it! Since you want it to be on the more simple side it makes perfect sense to go with something both simple AND cheap. Like you said, save for something in the dining area!

  2. This post makes me want to redo our kitchen SOO badly!!

  3. I can't get over how great the kitchen looks! Love the Ikea light!

  4. Another option on the shelf-look would be to remove the cabinet doors and just have an open cabinet. Used to be, lots of people had glass in their cabinet doors, as well. As for the light, are you SURE you won't be hot and wishing for a ceiling fan? Might be good to live through the summer before ditching it...


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