Our new kitchen was the room we got ready most quickly.
There were a lot of things to be done, but the kitchen took priority because it needed to be complete before we could move in. I can sleep in chaos, but can't feed a family of four in chaos very easily. :)
SO! Once Joel and his dad sanded down the cabinets, and the new flooring, counter top, sink, tile back splash, dishwasher, and stove were put in by our contractors, Joel and my mom got the cabinets painted a lovely bright white. (Benjamin Moore "White Dove")
I wanted the shelves on this wall to stay open, since our FiestaWare dishes are so lovely. (Plus, open shelving makes unloading the dishwasher a breeze!)
The fridge came with the house, but we purchased a new oven and a new dishwasher. I'm really happy that they are white, because having so much white in the room makes it really bright and lovely, even on the dark, dreary winter days.
While I was visiting my parents earlier this month, Joel and two of our neighbors painted the walls the same light gray as the rest of the main living space. (Benjamin Moore "Barren Plain")
Two things we added for convenience and comfort were a hanging pot rack and this kitchen cart from IKEA. We don't have many cabinets in our kitchen, and the counter space is somewhat limited, so we needed something extra to help in that department. I loved having a pot rack in our old kitchen-- it saves SO much storage space and I like to be able to grab the pots quickly as I cook.
This kitchen cart has met our storage needs perfectly-- we use it as a coffee station (the box underneath the coffee maker stores all our K-cups) and Charlotte's glasses and snack cups are stacked there for her to reach easily.
We don't have plans to cover the windows, since the light in the afternoon is beautiful (we can see the sky turning all kinds of blues and pinks and purples as the sun goes down)!! I think for the time being, we can stick a fork in this room-- it's done!