Shortly before I relocated back to Maui, I rented a cute little addition behind someone’s house on 9th Ave in Kaimuki. Fairly new, good location, two bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths and a ton of street parking. But….(there’s always a but), a tiny kitchen (& a landlord I’m pretty sure hated me but that’s a story for another day). You couldn’t even open the fridge door without hitting a cabinet (you think I’m exaggerating, don’t you? I’m not). Shopping at costco? Forget about it, unless I wanted to store cans of corn in my nightstand. Back on Maui, I had the opportunity to design my own space on the family compound (that sounds so cool, doesn’t it? like we’re the Kennedys or the Kardashians, riding around on golf carts to get from here to there).
I went with white because I love a white kitchen, it’s just so bright and happy when you add bright pops of color. Also provides a nice contrast against the dark wood floor. Black countertops and stainless bar pulls bring it all together. A kitchen island with ample workspace and storage.
I love a white counter stool, although I admit, white definitely creates more anxiety than black. If you prop your dirty feet up on my stool or grab the back after eating doritos, I may have to hurt you. Just kidding, much easier to clean than you’d think.
I chose a deep single sink because it’s so much easier to wash one of my favorite things, the slow cooker.
One of my best decisions was to have a full sized appliance cabinet. I’m not really a leave everything out on the counter type of girl. This uninterrupted cabinet, just for appliances, cutting boards, scales, mixer and other random tools, is the bomb diggity (sorry, that was a really geeky use of the urban dictionary but I couldn’t help myself).
Globe pendant lights which make me think of a science lab for some unknown reason (reminiscent of beaker bottles, maybe?). So, the kitchen is pretty much done except for a few random things. I’m thinking of adding a backsplash to add some texture and maybe a wall papered wood panel for the gap above the cabinets (or I could leave well enough alone). A big piece of colorful art on the wall. I’d love to see some retro style edison bulbs in the pendants (not the greenest of choices, I realize).
Cabinets – Earl & Jason Eckel; Counter tops – Ceramic Tile Plus (materials), Keith Stancil (install); Counter stools – The Honolulu Design Center (high backs), CSN Stores (low backs); Bar pulls – Home Depot; Pendant lights – West Elm