When we moved in, the kitchen had brown Ikea cabinets from the 1980s. We thought they were nice, and they were, but after a few years of making this place our home, we realized that the kitchen stopped feeling like it went with the rest of our house. The former counter tops were jet black with specks of brown and because this space is small, it really needed our help to look its biggest and brightest. The goal was to give the kitchen the organic, cottage feel we hope the other rooms have.
Fortunately, part of our family business involves home renovation services that could help Scott and I with our ambitious kitchen remodel. This didn't stop me from feeling like we were going to completely screw it up right before we had 20 people over for Thanksgiving. It's not that we didn't know what we wanted, it's just that we didn't know if what we wanted was actually going to look good. The night the refrigerator got delivered and Scott came home to say it was way too big for the space while I almost started crying, I was pretty sure catastrophe was inevitable. I think the hard thing about renovations is that you want so badly for the final product to be exactly what you want and since the process can be so miserable, you feel as though you deserve that. But our concerns weren't anything a little music couldn't drown out. So we turned it on and went over all of our choices with my parents by our side just so they could reassure us that we weren't, in fact, going to create the worst backsplash/counter top combination there ever could be.
My mom loved the idea of the brick, my dad wasn't sure, but he was curious. Both my parents and Scott were skeptical of my choice of hardware for the cabinets. I think the words "Grandma House" were used in relation to the knobs, but in the end
I prevailed everyone was happy and the project was done just in time for Thanksgiving. Although, you can bet in the future we don't take on another project of this magnitude before any major entertaining is expected (Scott's note: "We probably will").
I'm happy to say I can finally look around the whole house and feel like it's everything it needs to be for us right now. Although I'm careful not to look too closely as I know there's dust under the fireplace and food stuck to the oven.
+The recycled brick is from Home Depot, but I couldn't find it when I looked online. I painted it with a rectangular sponge that was about the same size, using different amounts of flat white paint for each brick so that each one would be unique.
+The counter top is Silestone in "Tigris Sand". We wanted this color at first and then changed our minds to "Caramel Rhine", a choice in the same color way, but they didn't have it, so Tigris Sand it was! And of course, we like it a lot. Sometimes you need the universe to make decisions for you I think.
+The kitchen towels are from Anthropology (clearance, what, what!)
+Here's a link to the Le Creuset, which is a very good gift to get