I am so excited to share the kitchen remodel progress with you all! It’s hard to believe, but we actually cooked some dinner in our kitchen this week! We have a functioning oven, a microwave, and a fridge all working and boy does it feel good! This kitchen remodel included taking everything down to the studs. What was once a fairly dark and closed off space, is now super light and bright and open to the family room. It is so nice to have one big space where we can all hang out!
The basic configuration of the kitchen stayed the same because the shape of the room kind of dictated where things needed to go. The stove, sink, island and fridge staying in the same spot, however we added a much larger, built in fridge, opened up the doorway between the dining room and kitchen, and added a larger, freestanding range that we also changed to gas. We also added a second oven and microwave in the wall next to the fridge.
I love the look of a shaker cabinet, but I wanted just a little extra detail to make them just a bit more traditional, so I added an extra bead of wood around the inside of the panel. Rather than a super modern bar pull, I chose something a bit more traditional again. I just LOVE these pulls. They are even more beautiful in person. We went with pulls on the bottom cabinets and drawers and these coordinating knobs on the uppers to mix things up a bit.
I love marble, but I am also super practical. I know that I am going to use the kitchen…and that the kids are going to use it, so I didn’t want to constantly be stressing about stains and scratches and damage that we might cause the counter tops. After researching different options I opted for quartz tops and a subway back splash. I love the veining on these slabs! The subway tile is classic and goes with everything. I went with a lot of neutrals in the main living areas of the house because I don’t know how long we will be in this house and I want it to be appealing to a larger base of people if we choose to sell it. I had it laid in a herringbone pattern behind the range to add some interest to the splash and I went with a light gray grout so that I don’t have to clean it as often. lol! 😉
I really wanted to add some gold in this house, but I also didn’t want to go overboard in case that trend fades here in the not too distant future…and I know it doesn’t appeal to everyone. So, I decided to mix metals throughout the house. In the kitchen I added some of my favorite gold pendants over the island. The ceilings in this house are a bit low (8ft) and I wanted something that was pretty but didn’t take much visual space. The clear glass globes on these pendants is perfect! (you can also order them in an opaque glass if you prefer) We’re anxiously waiting on these counter stools to arrive to add to the island. I think they will be a perfect fit!
This gorgeous chandelier was a bit of a splurge, but I found it on sale and it just called to my boho loving heart. 🙂
When I was designing the cabinets I added these pull outs in the cabinets. I thought they would be helpful so that we don’t lose things that are buried back in the depths of the cabinet…well the jury is still out on whether or not I would recommend them. Yes, I think they are helpful for some things, but as we’ve been unpacking our stuff I am realizing that you lose A LOT of cabinet space this way! Just something to think about if you are considering building something similar into your own kitchen remodel.
Fortunately, I expanded the pantry…I think it’s my favorite feature of the kitchen, so now we have shelf space in there to accommodate all of the small appliances that won’t fit in the cupboards.
I took these pictures just a few days ago and so much more progress has already been made! I am going to share a sneak peek of the pantry with it’s tile walls over on Instagram today. Come check it out!
You can see all of the progress on our 1987 Fixer Upper here. Click here to see some before pictures of this kitchen! We’ve come a long way! Once it is all complete I’ll do a big before and after post! 🙂
Want to see another amazing kitchen remodel? Check out this post.
I hope you have a wonderful day!