Yes, it is difficult to be kitchen-less during the renovation. But, dear friend, it is oh-so worth it!
I fell in love with the house when I walked through it the first time, BUT (and believe me, this is a big but) I did not fall in love with the kitchen. We used the kitchen for about six months, when we realized:
Do these sound familiar? I just couldn’t paint the cabinets and replace the countertop and call it a day. For this kitchen to truly be functional, we had to start anew.
Let the renovation begin!
I found a local, kitchen contractor who had done hundreds of kitchen remodels. He learned something along the way in each remodel, and was able to pass that wisdom on to us. He made his own custom cabinets- but at a reasonable price tag. He was even a chef himself. For us, he was definitely the man for the job. Here’s his final product:
No matter how many pins you choose with you favorite granite color, it is completely overwhelming when you get to the granite yard. I had my heart set on a white kitchen, that part was easy, but choosing the granite proved much more cumbersome.
My advice? Go with what catches your eye.
River White Granite
I spotted this countertop early on, and it kept catching my eye. I then spent the next hour and a half searching through different slabs that I thought would be a safer, more proper design choice. Until I realized that I should go with what I liked the best. And that’s what I did. It’s called river white granite. And it’s gorgeous!
Our original kitchen had a small u-shaped layout. I love the ergonimics of this layout, but it was just too small to be functional. We widened the ‘u’ by moving the dishwasher to the right of the sink. This was huge! We stole about 10 inches from our eating area but a trade well worth it!
After investigating some of our neighbors’ kitchen remodels, we determined that we could raise our ceiling without much difficulty. We could then go for the 42″ upper cabinets (rather than the 30″). Score!
Goodbye drop ceiling, with no redeeming qualities!
A pantry was added to the right of the refrigerator. And a dedicated microwave shelf to the left. I like its height when the kids get old enough to use it.
more storage? yes please :)
Choosing the backsplash was one of the hardest parts of the remodel. I really love our granite selection and I didn’t want the backsplash to compete with it. I also wanted something more neutral- as I like to decorate with colorful items that I can easily change out when I get bored. At the same time, I didn’t want white on white because I feared it would be too clinical. In the end, we installed a single row of brown glass tile trim inside the subway tile.
The glass tile adds just the right color detail I was looking for
We chose Lansa hardware from ikea. We chose 9 5/8 inch for both the drawers and cabinets. I love how they turned out, and you really can’t beat the price!
Our Design Selection:
Cabinets: White cabinets, custom made from a local contractor
Countertops: River white granite
Flooring: Melissa II 4.9 inch Engineered Elm
Pendant lighting: Lite Source Moda Single Pendant Lamp
Chandelier: Quoizel EBN5009K Ebony 9 Light Rod Hung Chandelier
Hardware: Lansa Hardware, Ikea
Backsplash detail: Stamford glass mosiac tile
Window treatment: Espresso Flat-Weave Bamboo Roman Shade
Paint color: Benjamin Moore, Revere Pewter
Be sure to check out my best tips during this remodel- coming from someone who just went through it! :)