There are only 2 mood boards left the Two Flat’s wet rooms! We’ve covered 3 bathrooms for both units, and now it’s on to the kitchens. These plans will act as a resource as we move through each of these rooms over the course of the summer. Ready? Ready.
It’s kitchen time! The kitchen in Unit 2 – okay, the whole of Unit 2 – was a colorful gem, coated from head to toe in shades of aqua and peach. The pitch of the roof can be seen from inside (this was our first challenge), and we knew that the kitchen layout we started would need a lot of revising to bring it up to more modern standards. Despite all of this, I still think she was pretty cute, don’t you?
Unit 2 Kitchen | Before
Unit 2 Kitchen | Today
This entire kitchen is about 10′ along the back wall, and the U-shape barely adds an additional 7′ on each side. We were faced with many challenges, but after months of planning, we’ve landed on an efficiently packed kitchen, complete with a dishwasher, slide-in range – and there’s an even an exhaust built into the ceiling!
Unit 2 Kitchens | The Plans
We’ll be using IKEA cabinet boxes paired with Semihandmade doors for IKEA cabinets. (What you’re seeing here are the plans from the online IKEA Kitchen Planner, which does have some limitations.) The colors in these plans are not representative of the final design plans; rather, those are laid out in the mood board below! But there are a few things to touch on in this kitchen, so let’s break it down:
- This already small kitchen got even smaller during the renovation phase. (I know, I know.) We pulled additional room from a shared bathroom wall, in order to fit a larger vanity in the bath.
- The pitched ceiling won’t allow for upper cabinets, so we’ll be using open shelving along the long wall instead. Although polarizing, we think that if it’s done well, it can look really great.
- There was a lot of trial and error (like, so much!) to get our sink centered under the window, and in order to do so, we were left with a 8-9″ gap to the right of the sink. After agonizing over this for weeks, we decided to embrace it! We’ll be adding a cute little cookbook nook to the right of the sink, which will fill the dead space and give the backsplash tile a place to stop.
- Do you see where the open shelving has a break above the stove? That’s where we’ll bring the backsplash tile all the way up to the pitch of the ceiling. (I promise this will make more sense once the room takes shape!)
- Above, you can see that we even squeaked in a few upper cabinets. We’ll also bring the open shelving around to meet up with the cabinets, which will help to fill that negative space.
- Because the kitchen is ittby bitty, we’re using a counter-depth refrigerator and an 18″ dishwasher. To keep things cohesive, the dishwasher will get a cabinet panel! You can see it there, above, to the right of the stove.
Let’s get to the mood board! We’ll have matte black lowers and green-grey uppers. The refrigerator side panels will also be grey, which is the same color all the trim will be throughout Unit 2. Patterned tile and brass hardware keep the space feeling fun and playful, while black accents keep things grounded.
1. Semihandmade DIY shaker doors for IKEA cabinets, painted Magnetic Gray SW 7058 | 2. Semihandmade Supermatte Black shaker doors for IKEA cabinets | 3. ORB semi-flush ceiling light | 4. Formica® Solid Surfacing countertops in Bleached Concrete | 5. open shelving brackets | 6. Stitch Indigo 5×5 tile | 7. slide-in gas range | 8. Elkay stainless undermount sink | 9. Elkay bridge faucet in polished chrome | 10. gooseneck wall sconce | 11. French door counter-depth refrigerator | 12. 6″ Patton drawer pull (for dishwasher) | 13. ball knobs
Want more Two Flat? Here’s an overview of the project, and here’s a post-by-post breakdown of our renovation progress from day one! This Q + A covers a lot of ground (like how we knew she was The One and how we’re financing the project), and you can even watch our video series ‘Dear Two Flat’ on YouTube. Thank you for following along!