I am so happy to finally be sharing the details of our kitchen remodel. When we gutted out kitchen in February we had no clue we would be overlapping such a major remodel with the COVID quarantine. We spent about 6 weeks eating foods we could microwave or heat on a hot plate. Needless to stay I’m thrilled to be cooking again.
Just after we finished the project my Dad passed away. We were very close and thankfully I was able to be with him when he passed, despite the social distancing recommendations. That said, it’s been tough for me to catch the wind in my sails again and focus on work but this week I managed to carve out a couple days to do it. I had planned to have a photographer take the images for this post but because of COVID-19 I had to make i-phone photos work for now!
I had mentioned in the post I did with my kitchen inspiration that I had a vision of white and natural wood throughout the kitchen. YOU CAN SEE THE BEFORE PHOTOS IN THAT POST.
In our last home I had mixed in some light gray and I loved how it added a bit of depth to the overall appearance. I had considered a natural wood island but ultimately I went with gray because I had my heart set on wood counter stools. I didn’t want to do natural wood stools agains a natural wood island so gray it is!
Speaking of stools, that was a decision that took me many weeks. I loved these woven Balboa Serena and Lily stools but I couldn’t stomach the price tag. To see my kids spill on them might pain me and I don’t want them growing up thinking I hold my kitchen stools in that high regard. These Gabriel Counter Stools and Eloise Woven Counter Stool options from McGee and Co were also on my radar. Ultimately I went with this woven/natural wood counter stool I found on Houzz. They pair well with our breakfast table chairs and deliver the organic vibe I was going for.
Below I am linking up stools I was admiring during my search:
We jumped into the renovation this year because many of our appliances were expected to reach end of life very soon and they were all built into the cabinetry. I wanted a larger fridge and didn’t feel like we needed two separate ovens. Over a year before starting our renovation I had picked out a full side by side fridge and this gorgeous stainless steel and brass range.
The shipping on the range is slow! So if you want to use it in your own home – plan accordingly! The lead time is a couple months. The decorative toe kick arrived after the range (you can see in other photos the gas line was exposed when there was a gap beneath the range). It’s so beautiful in person and works well for cooking. If you don’t want stainless steel there are other color options, of course I also love the white.
This range is 48″ wide. The side oven is smaller than I anticipated and many baking sheets and casserole dishes are too wide for this oven. If you have the space for it (we do, oops) there is a 60″ range option in this same style.
There was some drama when the side by side full fridge was delivered without the freezer and then Build.com contacted me that the freezer had been discontinued. Their customer service was AMAZING, but ultimately I had to find the freezer elsewhere (and far more expensive) since Fridgidaire had discontinued it. If you find a similar set I can link people to, please let me know! This is a GREAT alternative to a second freezer for families with several hungry kiddos.
Hiring Design Help
I worked with Erica from Showcase Kitchens (a local kitchen and bath design company in Canton, CT) and I absolutely love her. Social isolation was a real bummer because I loved seeing her. Even though I had a strong vision for the design of the kitchen I highly recommend paying a designer. Her expertise alleviated so many headaches and small decisions. Erica has designed hundreds of kitchens so she could anticipate and avoid problems before they came up.
The cabinets are not standard paint colors because Showcase Kitchens uses a cabinet manufacturer who has their own paint colors. There is a HUGE variety of white paint colors. In our last home we used White Dove by Benjamin Moore, but it was a little warmer than the trim color. I wanted something a bit more pure. I mentioned above the island (and pantry doors, still waiting on those) are a light gray.
The open shelving is also custom built through Showcase Kitchens, but you can find a similar save option here that we used in our last home. Open shelving is a popular trend right now. I didn’t want things too trendy, but I knew down the road I could always switch to closed cabinets while keeping the majority of the kitchen as is.
Hardware and Faucets
The knobs on the range are a polished brass but I didn’t want to do polished hardware throughout the kitchen because it tends to really show fingerprints and dirt. I used affordable champagne bronze cabinet hardware (knobs here, pulls here) from Home Depot and a champagne bronze Delta faucet. We opted to get a reverse osmosis filter system for drinking water and that’s why you might notice we have a second faucet at the farmhouse sink.
Speaking of sinks – this is the one I chose. There is a HUGE price range when it comes to these farmhouse style sinks and the one we got was closer to the lower end. I highly recommend it for both it’s look and function. You’ll want to get a grate (included with this sink) for the bottom of the sink so if you drop something you don’t chip the clay.
I picked out these brushed brass and glass pedant lights early in the renovation. I love them and found almost identical color swing arm sconces to hang above the shelving. Do you think the sconces are too big? I go back and forth, but ultimately that would be something my husband could easily replace so I’m keeping them.
Something else I picked out well in advance of this kitchen remodel was the tile I wanted to use for the backsplash. This “white” Cloé Tile is actually a mix of whites and soft grays. It is polished and textured so it reflects light in such a pretty way when the sun shines in. I knew I wanted the backsplash to make big impact so I carried it up the entire wall.
I went with porcelain counters that look like marble. They definitely broke our budget, but once I saw them in person I tossed the idea of using quartz. I had used both quartz and marble in our last home and I don’t think I’d use marble again in my kitchen because of how easily we damaged it.
Because I had the edges of the counters built up to be a couple inches thick, there was a large cost for the fabrication. If you’re local – it’s harder to find on the east coast – we used Timeless Stone out of Bloomfield, CT to fabricate the counters and they did a nice job. Porcelain is supposed to have amazing durability…I will report back in a few months, but in the first couple weeks I am impressed.
Faux Wood Ceiling Beams
These “wood” beams are more like styrofoam so they’re lightweight and easy to hang….I think. The work contractors hung them (without difficulty). You can find similar beams here and here. I stained the beams myself and you can see a “tutorial” I saved on my Instagram stories. The product I used was Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Semi-Transparent exterior stain in the color “Hidden Valley”.
I had found inspiration photos on Pinterest but then I was having trouble tracking down where I could purchase similar doors. I found these sliding pantry doors on Etsy and the seller was super helpful in color matching our island and suggesting barn door hardware. Aren’t these pantry barn doors so pretty? You can find the upper barn door hardware here and lower pieces here. The pulls match the pulls throughout the rest of our kitchen.
We refinished our red oak hardwood floors as part of this project. You can read more about that in this blog post.
This post is getting quite lengthy so I will save the rest of my thoughts for a future post. Perhaps the hardest decisions, my favorite and least favorite parts after living in the space, and where I decided to save and splurge. Lots of kitchen content to come! Also some better photos. I had to shoot all of these with my phone because my camera lens is ideal for fashion photography, but makes it tough to get into tight spaces.
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Surely I missed something so feel free to drop a comment below and I will get back to you! Thanks for stopping by.