Badly Designed Kitchen

I’ve been talking about wanting to remodel my kitchen since we moved into our traditional home almost a year ago, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained with much detail about my reasons for Wanting a Kitchen Remodel.  Last week, I showed you the kitchen had been gutted — sadly it doesn’t look much different at this point, although the contractor has agreed to finish the job when we added an incentive bonus if completed by mid-August.  I’m not sure there’s anyway this will be done that soon.  Today I’m showing you pics of a Badly Designed Kitchen!

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The cabinet color is too pinkish for me.  (I am thankful that Stud and I scraped and scraped and got rid of the heavy texture on the wall and covered up the mustard colored paint).

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Rounded corners along the cabinet edges (see below) and along the crown molding on top of the cabinets.

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This built-in desk is a huge waste of valuable storage space.  And it’s location disturbs the flow of traffic – can you imagine a chair here!?.

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The huge fluorescent light box adds more of this wood tone that I don’t like into the room and makes the kitchen seem shorter.

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The appliances are all different colors and only the refrigerator works.  Over the last year I’ve learned that there isn’t a way to predict whether the oven will cook way too hot or way too cool from day to day.

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Without the wet bar, this would be a great additional opening into the kitchen and help traffic flow so much better when I’m cooking.

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This is the kitchen wall that is shared with the wet bar.  It is cut at a weird angle.  It takes away from natural light and works against my love of symmetry.

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The view to the backyard is covered by the angled wall and the backyard would be so fun to enjoy as I’m in the kitchen.  See why I love my backyard (here).

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To get into the kitchen you have to walk all the way through the family room, by the kitchen nook, and squeeze through the opening by the desk and refrigerator.  Bad traffic flow is probably my number one complaint, even over the cosmetic issues.

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Stud said, Let’s go for it!

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Creating My ‘Dream Kitchen.’


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  1. Traffic flow, under utilized space, and windows/light are the best reasons to remodel a kitchen. Seriously, the cabinets are not a big thing to me…though I would have repainted them in a heartbeat. I’m excited for you to have this wonderful opportunity and I can’t wait to see how you bring it all together. Enjoy the process!

  2. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done! I’m so happy for you! I can definitely see why you want a remodel. Exciting!

  3. It’s such a big job but it is going to look sooooooo amazing Aimee and I can totally understand why all of those things would drive you crazy especially the angled wall! Can’t wait to see it all done! 🙂

  4. Cheree says:

    Getting ready to do mine as well. Completely! It’s very out of character for me to do such a thing as I am the type to “make do” but I spend an incredible amount of time in my kitchen–I make most everything from scratch, do some gourmet cooking, I grow a huge garden, preserve the produce, etc. etc. It has suddenly become something that I can’t do without (ie, double oven, warming drawer, 5-burner cooktop, etc). It really was such a process to even get to this point that I can’t begin to get into it all (tho I plan on covering all of it on my own blog when it gets a little closer–finish date? “Before Thanksgiving,” or so I’ve been promised!). I honestly never want to build a new house because I HATE making all these decisions! I look forward to seeing your progress as well. It looks to be a much-needed kitchen re-do over there as well!

  5. I am at a similar point with my kitchen at the moment but it is so difficult to choose thing that you know you are going to have to live with for ages (if not longer!). I read a tip that asked you to make a list of things you like AND things you hate so that you don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. I think I am going to try that route!

  6. Mary Jane says:

    I’m soooo excited for you, Aimee! I just gutted my 70’s kitchen 6 months ago, and you sure learn a lot as you go. My #1: Have your countertop and sink picked out first. I know you’ve already started your remodel process, but make as many final decisions as you can now. This lack of decision on my part delayed the countertops and sink install by 3 weeks…a LONG time when you’re washing dishes in the bathroom and front yard. 🙂 My favorite source for ideas: Designed my entire kitchen with ideas from there. I can’t wait to see your progress. I’ll be praying for you!

  7. Diana says:

    I see what you are saying about the layout, but those cabinets have to change. I think that would make the biggest change for you. Anyway can’t wait till things get going. Jennifer’s idea about the dog bed or bowls under the desk is an excellent idea.

  8. I’m over the moon excited for you – can’t wait to see the “new kitchen”!

  9. Jennifer, Ottawa says:

    I totally see why you want a kitchen redo. That stuff would drive me crazy as well. That area behind the sink, off to the side is so weird. I really like symmetry and I get you would rather cleaner lines too. In the meanwhile, I would put a dog bed in that area under the desk (my dogs like to hover in the kitchen, waiting for fallen scraps & that would keep them out off the way (they’re very small) or put their food & water under there (we occasionally trip on it & that would keep it out of the way). Also in the interim, you could paint out the bottom cabinets to dark grey or black or something to minimize the pink, and you could paint the walls in the kitchen a strong green or something to pull away the pinkyness. Or you could paint all the cabinets espresso (Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations is a cheap fix). I hope you do get your kitchen redo soon! Or at the very least, an oven redo! It’s hard not having a reliable oven….