The only thing we kept from the original kitchen was the cabinetry. Since we weren't changing the footprint, this made the most sense. We refinished the cabinets and ended up having to buy new doors after we lost the originals to some water damage while they were being stored in our garage.
Updating our countertops is actually one of my favorite projects I did to complete this update. I still owe you guys a post on how we cut, stained, & sealed them! The process took a couple of weeks to complete but it was super easy and only took about 20-30 minutes a night.
The wall sconce is definitely the most beautiful piece we added. The lighting situation in the kitchen was a bit jinky before and this addition makes everything safer while keeping all of the old functionality we had before.
The new farmhouse basin sink and faucet have been amazing! Our old sink and faucet were much smaller and the neck of the faucet was much lower which made it hard to get some larger pots & pans under it for cleaning. We debated a larger option for the sink but in the end it would have made things a bit tighter on space.
I had been planning on updating the old stone window sills during the renovation but as soon as we got the new tile up we suddenly loved them.
Now lets talk about this gorgeous tile. A huge part of this renovation wouldn't have been possible without the kind folks at The Tile Shop! They graciously gifted us everything needed for the tiling portion of this project and it was love at first sight for me with this textured subway tile. The tile is the game changer for this kitchen! Prior to the renovation we had old laminate counters that had the 2 or 3 inch lip around the back without a backsplash. Everything was original and nothing about the kitchen felt special or had any personality of its own. Now this little kitchen of ours has as much special & personality as it can hold, all thanks to the beautiful tile!
New hardware always seems to be one of the tweaks that packs a lot of punch and these pulls are no different. Our previous hardware dated the room (along with so many other things). I purposely decided to do the whole mixed metal thing with the hardware, faucet, & wall sconce. I was on the fence during the middle part of the renovation but everything came together so well and I couldn't be happier; I even think Chris was surprised by how much he liked it!
I definitely think marble cutting boards are the way to go when you have butcher block counters. I've been collecting wood cutting boards and my step dad has made a few for me so we decided to display those in the open uppers to break up the sea of white.
This next view gives you an idea of the size of the space that we had to work with. It's not very much but it's still the largest kitchen we've had so far! You're also able to see the awesome floor tile as well! This stuff has been a game changer for our dog (and us). I know that seems crazy but Zeke likes to take a running start from the back of our yard when he comes in and he used to slide across the old floor like crazy. This new tile gives his paws a bit more traction and keeps him from sliding into that back wall. You think I'm joking but it happened once...running starts are his favorite! (If you imagine you're taking this picture below, the back door is behind you and the entry to our dining room is on the right)
As you can see, Zeke approves! Such a little helper he is, I love that face!
We also decided to add a tiled accent wall with traditional subway tile along the back side of the kitchen. We debated a herringbone pattern or this basket weave pattern and I'm SOOOOO HAPPY that we went with basket weave. While herringbone is beautiful, this pattern just works with our home a bit better. It's not quite as fancy as herringbone but it fits into the utilitarian modern style that we have throughout the rest of the house.
I thought about painting the microwave stand some fun pop of color but decided it would work best in the space if I replicated the base cabinetry. While we were at it I figured it would probably be best if I added a bottle opener to the front of it ;)
So there you have it! Our kitchen is DONE! What do y'all think? Do you love it as much as I do? I debated changing up the styling after I shared the sneak peek but in the end I wanted to share it when it's style for everyday use. Sure I tried to style it as pretty as possible but this is how we live in the space and we've found it very functional for our needs!
I still owe you guys a few more posts on the kitchen so be looking for one on the counters. I also want to do some before & after comparisons and maybe some small kitchen organization. Later this week I'll be sharing the sources for everything so be ready for that! However, if you want to know the exact names for all of the tile we used in this space you can check out this post.
Thank you all for your excitement and encouraging support during this project! It took us over a year to complete this project ourselves and all of you have been amazing during that time! It meant the world to me!
Updates: Check out this post for the Kitchen Sources