I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to finally reveal the kitchen! We started demo in January of last year and it has been a long time coming.
We shared all the “before” photos as well as some of the challenges we faced with the original layout in our previous post. Be sure to check that out to see how the space was transformed to this modern, yet timeless, white kitchen.
Here’s what it looks like today:
For those of you who have been following us for a while you may remember the kitchen mood board we shared on our Instagram stories last January. Originally we were thinking about a neutral / “mushroom” cabinet color - something like BM’s Revere Pewter. Many quotes and samples later, I had to remind myself that after all this was a project house and not a remodel for ourselves. We had to consider what was popular in the area and a white kitchen was the way to go. We went with white Shaker style, full overlay doors and a Quartz countertop to complete the look. It may not have been our original plan, but I think this kitchen was meant to be white all along. Even on the gloomiest of days, the creamy Alabaster walls and contrast trim bring out the cabinets warmer undertones creating a bright and inviting space.
The large island is a show shopper. It’s one of the first things you see and everyone who walks in the door comments on it. When designing, we thought about creating a space that would function well for families. We wanted to make it grand but not overcrowding, with plenty of room to move around if there’s more than one chef on the kitchen. And it’s just that. The perfect size to share a meal, or prep dinner while kids are finishing their homework on the other side.
There's a lot that I love about this kitchen, but at the top of that list are these pendants above the island. They are just So. Darn. Pretty! When turned on, the ribbed glass makes the light play on the walls, it’s playful yet moody.. it’s everything.
Another favorite is the brass hardware. This is my first time using brass hardware and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else in a kitchen. Brass is so warm and timeless, and really softens up the space. We used knobs for the cabinet doors and pulls for the drawers and I couldn’t love the combination any more.
We have a deep Fire Clay Farmhouse sink in our kitchen and love it so much so we had to put one in here too. Believe it or not, washing dishes is less of a chore when the sink is this pretty.
This view makes me so happy. We moved doors and windows to have the Range and Hood centered on the back wall and I think it was well worth it.
When designing the layout I scrolled through many pictures on Pinterest and tried to imagine where everything would go. I found that most people prefer drawers over cabinets around the stove for easy access to spices, utensils, and other cooking essentials.
Since we demo'ed the original pantry and used part of it for the utility closet, we added large cabinets surrounding the fridge to store all the pantry essentials.
Finally, we wanted to keep the kitchen light and not block any natural light so we decided against adding upper cabinets on the wall to the right of the window. We were, however, planning on adding open shelving using this tutorial, but never got the chance. It would be fun to see what the new owners decide to do with that space.
It’s a bittersweet feeling pouring so much thought and hard work into a space and then stepping back. I have imagined how it would feel to cook a first meal at the stove or host friends around the island, and am sad that I won't get to experience that here. But on the other hand, it’s sweet to think we were able to create a space for some family to make those memories in.
If you made it this far, thanks for being here! Let us know what you think in the comments below.