September 6, 2016
Home Tour : A Simple + Efficient Kitchen
I’m slowly making it through my home tour this year and today I’m sharing my kitchen. I’ve shared different parts of the kitchen on the blog and on social media but today it’ll all be in one place. We did a small update a couple years ago – we added added new countertops, a backsplash, moved the island, added new lighting, a new cooktop and vent and a couple other smaller details. We love the kitchen and workspace – it’s large and still efficient and just right for our family.
One of my favorite features is the backsplash – it’s simple and adds interest to the room and protects the walls and it’s super easy to wipe clean. I love that it’s a variation on subway tile.
The subway tile backsplash is from Lowe’s – you can purchase at the store or online and there are a few color different variations of the same tile.
The granite we chose was from a local countertop supplier – it’s a fairly common granite that you can probably find at just about any supplier – New Venetian Gold.
The paint is Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – my favorite go-with-everything neutral.
I love having a couple simple ‘stations’ in the kitchen with everyday items – it really helps keep things organized and at the ready.
One of my favorite things about the whole kitchen is the cookbook storage – I love it!
I also love the little command center too – it’s just right.
Organized towels and cleaning cloths is my love language (not really, I just love having neat and tidy towels :)). You can see more about my favorite towels for the kitchen here.
I divided our kitchen up into zones or work spaces and then organized the drawers from there. (You can see how I created zones in the pantry here and zones in the kitchen here.) And here’s how to organize a kitchen drawer in 15 minutes. I made a list of all the drawers and what went in each drawer – this was really helpful to keep everything together and contained.
Going around the kitchen from left to right, here are the drawers in my kitchen:
- paper goods
- cutting boards
- dish towels
- measuring cups and spoons (baking)
- oven mitts and hot pads and wraps (foil, parchment, etc)
- pots & pans
- oversized pans
- baking pans
I also have six large drawers in the island (work station) – the top two drawers have large silverware organizers and they are labeled:
- thermometers, scoops, grate & press, cakes, miscellaneous
- knives, openers, cutters, bottle stoppers, miscellaneous
Then the pull-out drawers under each one are labeled:
- food storage
- baking pans
- food processing
- roasting supplies
And under the kitchen sink too! Keep your favorite cleaning tools ready for cleaning and you’ll be more likely to use them.
Here are some posts in this series that you might like – just click on the pictures to head to the post: