#OneRoomChallenge 2: Chicago Urban Kitchen Rejuvenation – Envisioning the Look and Feel

Oct 10, 2017 | by | Read | No Comments
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We gathered backsplash samples and placed them behind our sink for a few days to decide if we found our desired look. (We didn’t…yet.)

Last week, I shared why we’re remodeling our kitchen (spoiler: a water incident with our HVAC meant we had to move everything out and replace all of our floors) in the first of six posts of Calling it Home and HouseBeautiful magazine’s twelfth season of OneRoomChallenge. This week, it’s about envisioning our look and feel!

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Before we go any further, I highly recommend creating a Pinterest board with ideas and inspiration. I created this Urban Kitchen Pinterest board. This helped us pick out the features we liked and the overall feel we were going for.

We also went into a few cabinetry stores to get ideas and talk to professionals. One professional recommended that a microwave above a stove (our original set up) could result in oil and cooking messes splashing onto white cabinetry (no, thank you!) since microwave vents aren’t very effective and they reduce the space between stove and vent. This was an awesome tip and it inspired us to build in room for a light-weight and light-on-the-eyes hood/vent and move our microwave to be built-in to our expanded island. (more…)

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