RenovationsKitchen Renovation Progress October 23, 2015I know you guys have been waiting for weeks to see some shots of this in-progress kitchen renovation and I finally got it photographed for you! Welcome to what feels like the longest post ever. As I said in my “When Design Plans Change” post, some things have changed in here, but I am LOVING what we’ve gotten so far. The kitchen is still very unfinished when it comes to design and details, but it’s functional. This is the current view when you come in our front door. This is the other main wall in the kitchen. You can see one little lone beam still in need of finishing. Obviously, the island isn’t finished yet. If you remember from when I shared our kitchen plans, we decided to go with custom cabinets for several different reasons. We had our cabinet guy make the island cabinets, but Chris wanted to finish the surround. Hence the half-sprayed green paint on the side and the opening. When the island is finished, the sides will be solid and won’t have the opening you currently see. We had to get the structure built quickly to support the countertops. I do love that big slab on top of it, though! The island is 3.5 x 7 and feels huge. It’s not even that much bigger than our last one, but it sure feels like it for some reason. For the countertops, we ended up going with River White Granite instead of the Pretoria White we had in our last house (and that I mentioned in our plans). Pretoria White now has a lot more gray in it from what I’m told and this one had the more white base I wanted. Y’all know I have a love/hate relationship with granite. I love granite for its’ extreme durability, but I hate the speckly look for me. I want marble. I almost went with marble in this house. Well, my husband will tell you that isn’t true because he was never on board with that idea. But I strongly considered it just because I love the look so much. That long gray veining makes me so happy. I know so many friends who have marble in the kitchen and love it, but we have heard one too many times, “Do not do marble in the kitchen, it scratches, stains, etc. so bad.” It’s not that we’re particularly unclean people, but we do work super hard in our kitchen. We have a dog who occasionally props up on them trying to reach food. Things get spilled, a lot. I think for us, it still just seems like such a risk…and an expensive one. But I’ll always love that look. And who knows, maybe if another kitchen renovation is in our future, I’ll take the marble plunge. For now, this granite does have more gray veining that makes me think of marble, which is good. I do love these. Especially with how they pop against those green cabinets. Can we talk about that green for a minute?? In a few of these pictures, the green looks a bit lighter than it is in person. It’s the most beautiful dark, rich, huntery green. We went with Benjamin Moore’s Hidden Falls. We tested so many different green paints and this was exactly the color I was picturing. I love the polished copper pulls against the green. I considered going with a long bar-like hardware, but I really wanted copper and long copper bar handles are super expensive. I found these and loved them. I also loved the $1.00 a piece price tag! Thank you eBay. They’re small, but still make a statement. And I love how the rug goes with the cabinet color. This rug and the green cabinet color were the first two things I picked for the house. I actually had those picked out and the rug purchased before we even knew this house would be the next house, I loved it that much. The rug is from eBay. I posted about it and my advice for finding vintage rugs here. That pairing is what inspired my whole house design plan. I think when I shared that, a lot of you might’ve thought I was crazy and there’s be insane splashes of color everywhere! I meant it in a subtle way though as you see here…dark green cabinets, light gray/slightly minty green doors, and red and peach in the rug. Speaking of the door, I am in love with this pairing! All of the doors in the house are this same color and I’m going to talk about them next week. You may have seen our sweet little farmhouse sink peeking from back behind the island above. We went with the same IKEA farmhouse sink as we had in our last kitchen. I love this thing so much, I didn’t even consider anything else! It’s so huge at 37″ wide and I love the double bowls. I did search around a little just to compare and I couldn’t find another one that was near this size for near this price. The faucet is another thing I picked out for our next kitchen long ago. One major mistake we made in our last house was not having a sprayer with this huge sink. Crazy people, I tell you. I love the professional-grade look this faucet has and I love the sprayer function. It might be one of my very favorite things in this kitchen. We got ours in the Home Depot store, and they don’t have the exact one online, but here’s a very similar one. Okay, now let’s talk design plans and finishes. What’s changed? What’s happening? Let’s check out the original design plan again to jog our memories. So you’ll see a lot of the above elements already in the kitchen. The main thing that has changed is my beloved brick wall. That was supposed to go on this wall so that the entire wall was brick and looked like an old exposed brick wall. There are several reasons we’ve let that go, sadly. First of all, actually getting in the kitchen and seeing where the cabinets hit in regards to the beams and office doorway shows me that a whole wall look really doesn’t make sense. It may be hard to see from this picture, but the fridge cabinet doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling so somewhere, you’d have the brick wall just stop, which you would be able to see out in the house. The fridge cabinet was supposed to “meet” the beams, which ended up not quite happening. It’s not a big deal other than that it messes with my brick wall concept. Another reason we’ve decided to change is that I had a vision after we moved in for a copper statement hood. I am so darn excited about this, I can’t stand it! I’m still nailing down the design for it. But a big copper hood paired with the wood beams above meant that a red brick wall was out. I was planning to sort of lightly white wash it, but you’d still see a lot of the red brick. We considered just painting it white. I do love white painted brick. But do y’all know how expensive brick tile is??? Crazy. We cannot justify the cost and then painting it solid white. Sooo……I first made peace with the fact that the tile is going to be more of a backsplash, not a full wall. In one way that made me sad, but now, that’ll allow us to mirror it on the side with the sink, which we’ve realized we desperately need. Sheetrock and a sink are a bad, bad mix. The tile will go all the way up to almost the top of the fridge cabinet and that’ll hit near the top of the window trim on the other side. I’ve considered so many different options for the tile. I’ve looked at every patterned tile I can find. I love that stuff! But what I keep coming back to is that the tile needs to be white. Seeing what’s already here and picturing what is to come, hood, shelving, etc. I realize it just needs a white tile backdrop. Something to provide a little texture and slight pattern with the grout lines, but that really let’s everything else shine. I’m still nailing down exactly what that is, but I’m thinking it’ll probably be subway of some sort. I’ve held some marble options up, which I love, but they really just accentuate that our countertop isn’t marble. They make it feel like a poser. I had a design heart-to-heart with my mom about why I was struggling so much with this kitchen design. What she helped me realize is that I was literally trying to make every little thing a statement! Some things need to be beautiful, but subtle and sort of disappear into the background. I need to focus on the whole complete picture, not just individual statements. Plus, remember that this kitchen is open to the dining room and living room, so I don’t need anything that’s going to really compete with patterns in those two rooms either. I really want each of the kitchen walls to be a focal point in their own way. This main wall will have a big, statement hood centered in between the beams and triple shelving on each side. Picture it with a pretty tile backdrop. Also a part of that view will be the island, pendant lights, and bar stools. I’m still deciding what all of that will look like, but it will be a part of this picture. While this wall has taken some real brainstorming to get it where I want, there are so many elements going on, I know it’s going to be a statement. Ofcourse, I need to choose the right ones, so they don’t compete. The other wall is a little more of a challenge to me. It’s what you see from the front door, so I want it to be beautiful. But it is very plain and simple. As I said above, there will be tile going up to the top of the window trim, but it’ll be subtle. There will be sconces on either side of the window, which I’m really excited about having. But I’m having trouble picking them out. I think I just need to let a little more of the kitchen come together first. Hindsight is 20/20, but I’m wishing we’d wired them higher. This wall definitely needs something else to me, and a pair of pretty artwork would be perfect underneath each sconce. And that would bring some color into this side. It might work over each sconce depending on what I end up choosing. That’s just one of those things you realize once you’re living here and staring at it around the clock. Overall, I want this kitchen to feel homey. I want it to be beautiful, but I want it to be somewhere that my kids (no there isn’t another yet), pull up a bar stool and eat there breakfast. I want it to be somewhere we spend time crowded around this island putting sprinkles on sugar cookies and living this beautiful life together. It’s funny. My main inspiration for this room is a dear friend’s kitchen that doesn’t currently look anything like where this one is headed. Obviously the colors are totally different, but I want my kitchen to have this exact feel. Homey, collected, a place where a beautiful family lives life together. Check out the rest of Nesting with Grace’s amazing blog if you haven’t yet. Her home is gorgeous and best of all, beautifully lived in. Wow, I know that was a lot. Lots of updates, still a lot undecided, but we’re making progress and I am dying to see it all start coming together! Thanks for following along with our reno journey friends! And as always, I’m open to suggestions! I love hearing others ideas. So often it sparks something I hadn’t even thought of!