Hey, it's the New Year, so let's all take a moment to ponder our kitchens. I've been setting up a new kitchen, and so the idea of kitchen workflow has been on my mind. This is a big topic, and one that touches on many different aspects of setting up a kitchen: Work zones, storage capacity, tools and cookware. How does your kitchen contribute to your daily cooking and cleaning workflow? Good workflow is different for everyone, but we all know when our kitchen has hit a snag! Here's my big example of tough workflow, from my last kitchen...
We dove into kitchen materials this year for all our readers embarking on a major kitchen project. Are you wondering about marble vs. quartz countertops? Cork or linoleum floors? Curious if butcher block countertops are really as hard to maintain as people say? We list the pros and cons of the most common countertop and flooring materials and share reviews and insights from Kitchn readers who've lived with it firsthand, so you'll have all the information you need to make the right decision for your kitchen. Read on for more!
From dark and gloomy to bright and cheerful; from painfully outdated to stunningly chic—the year's kitchen transformations were a sight to behold! So many Kitchn readers submitted their own projects and shared their tips and design strategies, a number of them on a budget. Here are 15 favorites from the year.
All Brande wanted was a kitchen that felt clean, inviting and bright. But as she tells The Kitchn, that was not what came with her house. After living with the outdated kitchen for 12 years, she and her husband were finally about able to make some changes, most of which they did themselves to keep the project within budget. Jump below to read more and see the 'After' photos:
From the 1950s Chambers stove to the lovely pale green hue of the kitchen cabinets, the classic look and feel of this kitchen is super cozy. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. Fill in the blanks in the comments!
Classic Farmhouse Kitchen Sources
Cabinets: Custom-made by Austin craftsmen Cabinet Hardware: ______________ Countertops: Soapstone Faucets: ______________ Flooring: ______________ Lighting: Vintage lights from Star Antique Paint – Walls & Ceiling: Walls are "Pure White" by Benjamin Moore. Lower cabinets are a custom color modeled on Auracana chicken eggs. Range: Chambers, circa 1953; Hood is custom made custom by Austin artisan Carlo Niece. Sink: ______________
This gorgeous kitchen is made for entertaining, since it has two of almost every element: two warming drawers, double ovens, two refrigerators, and two dishwashers. It's not a huge kitchen, but it functions extremely well. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. Fill in the blanks in the comments!
Bright Entertaining Kitchen Sources
Cabinets: Custom made from grainy maple. Stainless steel cab next to the fridge is vintage, and built-in. Cabinet Hardware: ______________ Countertops: ______________ Faucets: ______________ Flooring: Recycled wood from barns and factories Lighting: Tom Dixon (unconfirmed) Paint – Walls & Ceiling: ______________ Range:HHGregg Fine Lines Refrigerator:HHGregg Fine Lines Sink: ______________
What do you do if you have an "awful" old kitchen with a low popcorn ceiling and no surface space? If you're Kitchn reader Faith, you knock out a wall between the bedroom and dining room and build a new kitchen! In this budget $6,000 kitchen renovation, the bedroom became the kitchen and the old kitchen became a sitting room. (We assume another room in the house became the new bedroom!) Read more about the project below:
This beautiful, functional and highly organized kitchen was renovated 15 years ago, but it still looks fresh. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. Fill in the blanks in the comments!
The bright orange cabinets in this nook kitchen, which we first spotted in Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, add just the right amount of zing to the small space. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. If you recognize other elements in the kitchen, please fill in the blanks in the comments!
Bright Orange Kitchen Nook Kitchen Resources
Cabinet: Inexpensive fiberboard with orange laminate above and walnut veneer below. Countertops and Sink Combo One-piece stainless-steel sink and countertop, custom made for $700 by R-S Restaurant Equipment Mfg. Corp in Manhattan Faucet: ______________ Flooring: ______________ Range: Flat top electric from Avanti Stool: ______________ Tea Towel: ______________ Tile: ______________
This clean, modern kitchen is straightforward and unfussy, but the shiny black tile backsplash gives it just the tiniest bit of glam. Love the look? Want to emulate some of it in your own kitchen? Here are sources to help you get the look. Fill in the blanks in the comments!