Looking for tips. Just purchase this house with a good size kitchen (16×23). The non load bearing wall on the stove side divides the kitchen to the living room (16×23). We would like to seek opinions/ideas on what to do. Should we remove the wall and everything on that wall with the stove completely or just the top cabinets and wall and leave the bottom alone. We are looking at painting all the wood gray and change all the counter tops to white quartz with white backsplash.
If you take down that wall and remove those cabinets you will lose a lot of storage. Second you would want to buy a new stove with a down draft so you do not have the high back if you leave the bottom. Next, where would the microwave go?
You have reached a point with that size and design options that either take out everything, sell those cabinets for a few thousand, buy all new Gray cabinets and reconfigure the whole kitchen design…. Like the stove and microwave and dishwasher possibly in the island if you take out that wall.
I would go to a decent kitchen cabinet supplier and work on a few designs. Take your measurements and pictures of each space and they can design with a few different options so you can see it with the CAD program.
Well. Take the whole darn thing out. And start fresh. No reason to put lipstick on those pig faced oak cabinets. Move the oven to the middle island area. Change out everything.
Edit. Only thing worth saving might be the fridge.
Paint the walls and maybe the countertops. We have wood like that in our 1999 era kitchen. We painted a muted rose color and the countertops are a dark green. Looks nice and its not much work. Later on you can replace the cabinet doors for a fresher look
Take down the upper cabinet and open the wall, I would have used the upper cabinets to make your island bigger, put them along the side where the overhand is and make the new counter bigger so you still have room for barstools. Get a slide in oven…
Gel stain doesn’t require sanding and I have been seeing the middle color in magazines lately with white stone countertops a nice backsplash and tile floors.