Our kitchen was one room in our house that needed the most work, but we also knew its transformation would have one of the biggest impacts on the home as a whole. Yesterday I shared some of the inspiration photos for what we wanted to accomplish in the space.
I have been in love with the two toned kitchen trend for awhile now, specifically with white cabinets on top and blue-gray on the bottom. Even though its trendy and taste specific, I knew thats what we had to do in our kitchen. I’m hoping to do a separate post on painting the cabinets, so I’m not going to delve into that too much right now.
This is what our kitchen looked like when the previous owners were still living here.
This is when we were gearing up to paint the cabinets, after Micah installed the bead board over the roosters.
If you couldn’t tell from some of the decor scattered around, we thought right before Christmas would be the best time to tackle a huge project like this. Ha! We were idiots.
And this is what it looks like now.
The cabinet colors we chose are called Colonial White (uppers and bead board) and Diplomat Blue (lowers). Both are a special order Behr paint that I’ll talk about more when I cover the whole painting process. We went with old rubbed bronze knobs for the cabinets and cup pulls for the drawers. As I mentioned in this post, the kitchen walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray.
We still need to pick out and install a backsplash. Right now we are debating between white subway tile or carrying on with the bead board theme and using that. Obviously one is way more cost effective, but both would give us the streamlined clean feel that I’m looking for with the backsplash. In lieu of replacing the countertops completely, we are planning on doing a concrete overlay on it with Ardex Feather Finish. One of my favorite (former, tear!) blogs, Young House Love, used it in their current kitchen to cover up ugly and dated laminate counters. I read their tutorial and BAM! I knew that was the answer to our own countertop conundrum. The new paint on the cabinets actually helps make the faux butcher block look a little better, at least from a distance. Once you are up close though, you get a better sense of the ugly.
Other plans include a new sink and faucet, hopefully something like this and this. In true 80’s style, all of the lighting was fluorescent. Yuck. We replaced the small light over the sink with a more updated pendant, but we still need to pick out a new fixture for the overhead light. I’d love to be able to do something really grand, but our ceilings are not very high so we’re going to have to go either the flush mount or semi flush route. Right now this is our top contender.
The three biggest projects that we have yet to start are replacing the vinyl floors with tile, opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and putting in an island. Opening up the wall will be the first of those three, because everything else is dependent on it. We are still in the middle of a great flooring debate, so that has yet to be decided. Our first floor has five, thats right… five different types of flooring at the moment, so we are trying to figure out the best route to go to help tie everything together and keep it from looking choppy. Factor in two very opinionated people (at least when it comes to home renovations) with very different senses of style, and you can see why we are still undecided. The struggle is so real, y’all.
As far as the island goes, we found a furniture maker at the Nashville Flea Market that makes islands and bars, and we are planning on slightly splurging on a custom island when that time comes. I’d love something with a dark butcher block top and distressed, creamy white base.
As I previously said, there’s tons more work to be done, but we are incredibly happy with the direction things are going in!