Oh friends. Guys. Y’all. I’ve been waiting for this day since before we moved in a year ago. I’ve anxiously anticipated this reveal more than any other because this really is the heart of our home. I’ve grown to love cooking and baking and know I spend so much time in here so getting the renovation done and then pretty and styled has been high on my list. Those finishing touches just make you feel good, ya know?
And the day is here! If you missed the progress post from last week, make sure you check it out. It links to all of the important posts for this room that have happened along the way. Let’s dig right in, y’all. I’m going to try to give some details and answers along the way because I know there is a lot in here that hasn’t been talked about.
Welcome to my favorite room at The Buffalo Bungalow!
You may remember that the green cabinets and the rug were the first thing I chose for this room. The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore’s Hidden Falls (like the exterior of our house and the fireplace!). Definitely my favorite color of the moment. And I love how the gray Windsor bar stools from Target look against the green.
They provide a little color mixing for me without being too crazy and they pull some of the grey veining out of the counters.
We hired a local custom cabinet guy to make the cabinets for us. We called around and got quotes and he included painting them, plus we got to completely design our entire layout. It was totally worth it. We’d considered doing IKEA cabinets, but by the time we put the million pieces together and paid someone to lacquer them, there wouldn’t have been a huge difference in cost.
You can read about the cabinet layout we picked to add function here.
I love the mix of the green cabinets, red Persian rug (found on eBay), glossy Copper pulls (also found on eBay), and the marble-looking granite. Y’all may remember from our last kitchen that I love the look of marble, but we’ve been told time and again not to do it because it scratches and stains so easily. I know friends who have it and love it, but we I’m just worried with how we function with little kids it might be a waste. Plus it’s more money. This River White Granite was the closest match I found, while keeping the durability of granite. We’ve had it a year now and love it.
I have so many favorite things about this kitchen, but I think one of them is the symmetry of the main view.
I love how the island is centered in front of the hood, making it the real focal point. The two beams coming down on either side of it and the two lights hanging down over the island….I love it.
I debated so many different options for the hood because I knew I wanted it to make a statement. I considered doing a copper hood, but I quickly nixed that because I knew it would “match” the wood beams too much for me, same tones. I stared and stared at our half-finished kitchen for quite awhile trying to picture the hood and I finally knew it had to be simple and white. I wanted all of the green to stand out and I wanted a lot of white up top to balance it.
I wanted it to still be a focal point even though it was white, so we finished it with vertical planks and a favorite vintage landscape of mine that ties in the overall colors of the kitchen. I love the flexibility that gives me to change the look by hanging a different picture, hanging a wreath at Christmas, etc.
We went with simple subway tile all the way up above the top shelf. I wanted it to really fill this space and while it is just white on white, I really like the texture it brings in. Having the tile finished was the main thing that made us go, “Okay, this is a kitchen now!” Something about all of the sheetrock since we don’t have upper cabinets, made this not feel quite right.
I wanted the shelves to just disappear and let the focus really be on what was on them. So we did a simple, white floating shelf.
Styling a kitchen really is my favorite part. I love all the little details that make it useful, but also pretty. Having pretty little things in the kitchen makes it a lot more fun to spend time in there and cook for me.
We did only open shelving in our last kitchen and we always got questions about how it functioned for us. I LOVED it and absolutely wanted to do it again! Before we did that kitchen, I made sure that I had enough storage below for all of the things you wouldn’t want on an open shelf. We made sure of that here too and the open shelves are really functional for us. All of the dishes, glasses, and mugs we use on a daily basis are right there.
Y’all know the other side of the room was a bit of a mystery for me.
But I love how it turned out. I was initially worried we’d wired the sconces in at the wrong height and so many of you agreed. But I knew if I could find the right sconce I had pictured in my mind, it would be perfect. I came across these sconces in our Lowe’s store and thought the shape and size were perfect. They were originally black and were displayed with candelabra bulbs, so they look very different now. We painted them with my favorite copper spray paint and used round bulbs to modernize them a bit.
This spray paint is a bit more, but oh the finish is so worth it. We’ve already gotten asked where we found our unique copper lights.
This side of the room is simpler, which I actually love. There’s a lot going on in the space, so this kind of lets the room breathe, I think. We debated and debated on tile. I knew we needed something behind the sink with this crazy awesome (but forceful) sprayer we got from Home Depot. But since the cabinets on this side sort of float like a piece of furniture on a big wall, I didn’t like the idea of tile going too far up because I really thought it would look like it was just slapped on the wall with nothing (like the shelves on the other side) to define it.
Since all of this space is so open, I love having these rooms finished. It’s not like when it’s separate, you can just shut the door and forget about it until it’s done.
Now we have lots of pretty views to enjoy.
More than anything, I’m so excited for things to come in this kitchen. I see myself baking up a storm with a stool pulled up beside me and my little helper learning as we go.
I’m giddy just thinking about all of the holiday baking, Sunday suppers, and memories that will be made in here. It was a long wait for me (and for y’all too, I know!), but it was oh so worth it in my book.
More details and a budget breakdown to come! You can catch up on all kitchen-related posts below:
CHOOSING THE KITCHEN LAYOUT & FUNCTION
THE KITCHEN DESIGN PLAN BASICS