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Kitchen overhaul pt. 1



Even though we live in a rental, we’ve decided that we’re going to bite the bullet and redo our kitchen. Now we’re not going to go CRAZY, but we know we’re gonna be here for at least another two years and decided that it’s worth it to make the improvements–our landlord also said we could amortize some of the upgrade costs and take some of it off of our rent, so we’re going for it. The pic above, that’s what it looks like now. If this house were mine, I’d lose the tile (and so much more…) but for the sake of doing a $5000 overhaul and not a $20,000 overhaul, the tiles stay, and so does the meh oven. But what isn’t gonna stay is that wall–or most of it anyway. It is not a load-bearing wall so we want to lose the upper half of the wall so that the kitchen is open to the living room. This way when Jason or I am cooking, we can watch Ida playing in the other room, plus then we’d have windows to the outside on either side, which makes me feel like the light and the cross-breeze situation will improve dramatically. And in my imagination we have some kind of ‘bar’ seating on the other side.


The next upgrade that we want to make is to lose the upper cabinets. See how close they are to the faucet head?!? It’s ridiculous! They drive me nuts. they don’t close well, and while I know that it’s gonna mean dusting off our stuff more often, I want to opt for open shelving.
Then if we have budget left over after we put in a dishwasher, I want a farmhouse sink.

And lastly, I think we’ll repaint…(what do you think? is it time to lose the green??) I’m so excited to see what the jungalow looks like without that wall and more of an open concept. I’ll keep ya posted. (duh!)
Pictures of my kitchen by Leela Cyd for The Kitchn


Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

11 responses to “Kitchen overhaul pt. 1”

  1. Cori Magee says:

    Exciting, can’t wait to see the progress!
    We live in a rental too and I’ve made little changes that arguably aren’t worth it, but they SO ARE!

  2. megan says:

    YES ! go for it!!! so excited to see a rental overhaul of a kitchen. seems like you have a great landlord!! just because you aren’t living there forever doesn’t mean you don’t want it to be awesome!!! xo

  3. A counter would be amazing at the Jungalow!

  4. Corlie says:

    Sounds very exciting! You’ve got a great landlord I think. I’d loose the green yes, maybe yellow rather? Can’t wait to see some updates!

  5. rae says:

    based on your inspiration, I am sure that whatever you do, the kitchen will turn out lovely. and actually, it might be a good thing that you guys are in a rental because it forces there to be a budget and doesn’t allow you guys to go too crazy like I know i would!

    rae of love from berlin

  6. stacey says:

    Your green windows are probably my favorite part of the jungalow! So I’d hate to see them go, but I’m looking forward to seeing the reno!

  7. Manu says:

    Oh, so exciting!!! And lucky you for that landlord, our landlord says ‘no’ to almost anything. Have a great weekend! Besos

  8. Naomi says:

    I LOVE that counter! This all sounds so exciting (and yes, I say overhaul the green along with the rest – why not?!)


  9. Elizabeth says:

    Do you anything you want, but keep the green – I love it! Such a fresh tone!

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