I have been dreaming of remodeling our kitchen since the day we moved in. The cabinets were dated and barely functional. The countertops were a hideous variety of linoleum with pieces chipped off. The sink was rusty and leaking to the point were we had to shut off the hot water to prevent water from spraying all over. Not only was the kitchen aesthetically unpleasing (to put it lightly) it was not functional for a growing family and for my cooking and baking needs.
When we had our third child, there was no room for all of us to sit at our small kitchen table for family dinners and my poor daughter had to sit on a bench squished against the wall. I knew that we needed to take down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to make the space more open and allow for a peninsula and dining area where we could all fit.
Planning this kitchen took about three years, starting out with a Pinterest board of kitchen inspiration and then a whole lot of research about different options for layout, cabinets, counter tops, and fixtures. If you are planning a kitchen, I would definitely recommend taking the time to do your research. I probably read through literally thousands of online reviews and blogs before deciding on cabinets and finishes.
We also wanted to remove the tile flooring and replace with new hardwoods that would match the other hardwoods throughout our house.
We considered purchasing IKEA cabinets since they are affordable and have tons of features that maximize storage and function, but I wasn’t in love with the cabinet door colors and styles. SEMI-HANDMADE doors were also an option (they make doors to fit ikea cabinet boxes) however this would increase the price even more because of shipping charges and the cost to paint the doors. So on the wonderful review of Brit from House Updated I decided to use The RTA Store for cabinetry. The cabinets are shipped in boxes and we put them all together ourselves. This saved us some money and the assembly was pretty easy if you can handle a drill (I put together most of the upper cabinets myself). Overall the quality is good for the price.
We had our contractor take down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room and replaced it with a 92 inch long peninsula that fits 4 bar stools. We installed new recessed lighting in the kitchen and dining room to add task lighting and to compensate for the lack of natural light in the space.
I have had my eye on Harmon pendants for RH for a long time but cringed at the expensive price tag. I was really excited when I found them on Ebay for about half the price.
I decided to go with all drawer cabinets on the peninsula for function but also a stream-lined design (also on the advise of a kitchen designer). I chose cup pulls for the drawers and knobs for the cabinets, keeping with a classic look.
I really wanted a wood range hood and this one was purchased along with the cabinets. The backsplash is a 3 x 6 honed marble subway tile.
I had my heart set on a large single-basin farm sink. I really hated having a sink with two different sections, it felt like double the cleaning. I purchased this sink per recommendation of Erin Gates (Elements of Style Blog), who has this sink in her newly remodeled kitchen and loves it. It was definitely a “splurge” but well work it. It is large enough to “hose” my three year old down after a long day of playing outside and dirty knees. And lets face it, in the summer we have days where he requires three baths a day 🙂 and using the sink is just easier.
The faucet is by Kohler and is both pretty to look at and very functional with three different spray settings.
The stools are from Target and are total bargain, I have them in the yellow color in our office. I would have loved to get an upholstered counter stool, but I really needed something that could be wiped down easily and these totally fit the bill (my kids like to use chairs as napkins).
We installed new white oak floors in the kitchen and had both the kitchen and dining space sanded down and refinished so the transition would be seamless.
I really wanted under cabinet lighting because before I only had one overhead light and it was like cooking in the dark. The positive thing about having an old dark kitchen was that I couldn’t really see how gross and dirty the kitchen actually was 🙂 bonus!
The counter tops are quartz with a gray veining. I would have loved to have the real deal carrara marble countertops, but with three children they probably would have been stained in -2 seconds. Quartz is the most low-maintenance and durable of all the countertops, so that pretty much made my decision for me.
Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂
Cabinets: The RTA Store Aspen White Shaker
Counter tops: Calcutta Vincenza from MSI stone
Cabinet Pulls: House of Antique Hardware in Polished Nickel
Cabinet Knobs: ATG stores Amerock Brass Knob in Polished Nickel
Pendants: RH Harmon Pendants purchased through EBAY (polished nickel finish)
Counter Stools: Carlisle 24″ Metal Stools in Navy
Throw Rugs: Target
Light over the Sink: School House flush mount light (purchased a while ago, can’t remember where)
Backsplash Tile: 3 x 6 Marble Subway tile from Best Tile
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