When we bought our house we didn’t have a lot of money for upgrades, so we decided to put our money in the “big stuff” for our kitchen like granite countertops, tile flooring, pot drawers and taller than usual upper cabinets. Essentially we already have half our dream kitchen – I’m really excited to say that we’re finally starting on the other half AND I will be posting all our progress as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home!

This is what our kitchen looks like now:

Fridge One Room Challenge Kitchen Stove

One Room Challenge Kitchen Sink


To get a better idea of the space, here’s a shot from when we first took possession of the house:

One Room Challenge Empty KitchenAfter spending a lot of time on Pinterest and Houzz (drooling over a lot of gorgeous photos) we narrowed it down to a few inspiration photos (shared here) and finally selected our finishes:

One Room Challenge Kitchen Design Board

For the next six weeks we’ll be working hard on our kitchen and will be posting updates here every Thursday (and sneak peaks on Instagram). I’ll also be linking up to the ORC Guest Participant posts on Linda’s blog.

This is my first time participating in the ORC and I’m very excited (but mostly nervous). I love the idea of having a 6 week schedule to follow, which I’m hoping will push us to get a lot done quickly but I’m not sure we can get everything done in time!

Here’s the list of everything we’re going to try to accomplish:

  • Paint the cabinet doors – light uppers and dark lowers
  • Raise the cabinets up to the ceiling to get rid of the gap- it just fills up with junk and looks awful
  • Add a shelf under the raised cabinets so at least some items will be within reach
  • Install a glass subway tile backsplash
  • Replace the builder light fixtures
  • MAYBE replace the cabinet hardware (gold??)
  • MAYBE add a pantry cabinet and box in the fridge

I hope you’ll follow along with us and all the other amazing participants in the challenge – check out all of this weeks link ups on Calling it Home

ORC Guest Gold

10 Comments on One Room Challenge Week 1: Introducing our Kitchen!

  1. heather
    October 8, 2015 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

    I bet it’s going to be lovely! Can’t wait to see the progress!!

    • Casey
      October 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Heather!

  2. Maureen
    October 8, 2015 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    I love a good kitchen makeover and plan to do mine in the spring! This time I am tackling my (very unorganized) den! I will be following you along and can’t wait to see the final reveal! I love your mood board. Dark faucets with white subway tile is gorgeous! Nice choices 🙂

    • Casey
      October 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Maureen! I really like your den inspiration pics – I love that cottage look also 🙂

  3. christine dovey
    October 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that you’re doing a kitchen for your first ever ORC- amazing!!! Good luck and I can’t wait to follow:)

    • Casey
      October 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

      I know right? A little crazy! I’m so excited to see your bedroom project also – your inspiration photos are amazing.

  4. Amy @ Love On Sunday
    October 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Casey,

    I love your design board and how you’ll be doing light uppers and dark lowers. That’s the dream for my kitchen eventually…maybe the next ORC challenge 😉

    • Casey
      October 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amy – you totally should!

    • Casey
      October 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Teresa!


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