Saturday Afternoon Doodles

My mind has been preoccupied with silly design ideas ever since we made an offer on this house.  Today I doodled a few of my ideas for our kitchen.  This is what it looks like now:

Photo courtesy of MLS Listing

The cabinets are original to the house, as are most of the fixtures.  Opposite this photo is an eat-in area.  The kitchen is accessible to the living and dining rooms through small pass through openings.

This is what I'm thinking:

Expand the pass through from the kitchen and create a bar area.  This would open up the kitchen a little more without the expense and structural difficulties of opening it up all the way.  I'm pretty sure that wall is a bearing wall so we'd have to hire a contractor to help us extend the header a bit farther.  Doing this would still provide an opportunity for us to put a pantry cabinet in the current eat-in area of the seen below.

Then, we would probably keep a similar layout on the other two walls to save funds (less gas/plumbing, etc. to move around) but change all of the cabinets and/or faces.

The wall adjacent to the dining room would be painted with magnetic primer and chalkboard paint, like this:

So that I could do this on one side of the opening:

Photo courtesy of

Right now, I'm thinking white shaker style cabinet faces to keep it light with dark quartz counters (maybe butcher block on the peninsula?).

Photo courtesy of ebay

I would also love a white carrera style mosaic tile backsplash if we can manage it, like this one:

Photo courtesy of

So, is it August yet?