Friday, December 13, 2013

Our Kitchen Remodel


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. 

Details...

+The handles are from Restoration Hardware: Glass Knobs // Bin Pulls
+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

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22 comments:

  1. it was a nice,modern kitchen before but it is a glorious stunning.calming kitchen now!!

    LOVE it!!

    and i love that you guys did it :)

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    1. Thanks Victoria! That's really sweet! :)

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  2. Ahhhh the fact that you did all this on your own is ah-mazing! The new kitchen looks great. I especially love the painted brick backsplash :)

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    1. We definitely had some help, but thank you! It was fun to be involved, and seeing as I'm a bit of a control freak it was nice. :)

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  3. I love the new kitchen, it looks amazing! Looks so crisp and clean, if that makes sense! And um, I want a pot that's blue like yours!

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    1. Awesome, thanks Ari :) With the mostly white tones, now I feel I can go a little crazier with accent colors, like the blue pot, which I love. Hope you have a good weekend!

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  4. it looks beautiful. i love it. well, i love your home! and your backyard is something i envy. haha.

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    1. aww thanks Niken! It's a small little place, but we love it too :) Have a good weekend!

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  5. Stunning! The remodel is very very nice :)

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  6. Oh wow Devon, it's fantastic, I love it. Lucky you, waking up to that every day. It's certainly got that cottage feel that your other rooms have. The glass knobs are gorgeous, I've got a bit of a thing for glass knobs, I'd have them everywhere if I could. Good job with the brick painting by the way, you've done it beautifully. All in all a really lovely kitchen.

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    1. Your comments always brighten my day CJ. You're so sweet and encouraging. Thank you!

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  7. I am loving the white brick!!! It looks awesome Devon!

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  8. Your kitchen looks AMAZING!!! You guys did such an awesome job! I can't believe the transformation. It's so light and open now and just seems to fit with you guys. I love the way you painted the brick. So unique and fun. I'm sure it was no fun throughout the process, but I bet you're so happy with the outcome. Now you have an awesome kitchen to be in with those adorable towels:)

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    1. The process wasn't so bad, but you're right, I'm sure glad it's done! Thanks Kari!

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  9. Wow!! That is a big project, a lot of work, but your kitchen looks so good now!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I appreciate it! I hope we don't have to remodel a kitchen for a while ;) Have a good day!

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  10. Home renos are tough, but rewarding. You guys did an absolutely fabulous job and should feel so so proud of what you have created.

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