Now that our walls are going up in our kitchen I guess it’s about time for me to finalize the kitchen remodel plans, right? I mean, no rush or anything. After living in this house for four years and spending hours and hours on Pinterest and Houzz, and even more hours imagining this new kitchen, you’d think I know exactly what I want. But no. I’ve got a general idea but some of the details are up in the air. I’m kind of a I’ll-know-what’s-right-when-I-see-it-in-person person, so once things like cabinets are in I’ll have a better idea of the backsplash I want. But I’m getting a little tired of the construction phase of this project and need something pretty to look at. So I put together this mood board to give an idea of where this kitchen is headed.
We’ve hard committed to white shaker cabinets like these. I like the shakers’ straight lines and really like that they stand the test of time. I’ve had maple cabinets (old house), dark brown cabinets and gray cabinets (this house), and now I’m ready to take the plunge for something new. It will be all white, all the time. The cabinets we are using are “RTA” or “ready-to-assemble”. So they are like Ikea cabinets in that they show up at your door flat-packed in pieces and then you put them together. But unlike Ikea, these are solid wood. We did RTA cabinets in our last house and they were fantastic, not to mention much less expensive, so we are going that route again.
We are going with a dark brown hardwood floor. I’ve gotten about a million samples of different types of flooring (that’s only a slight exaggeration) in our flooring quest. After testing a bunch of floor colors, we just can’t resist how the dark floors contrast with the bright white cabinets. And after this debate over hardwoods finished on site, prefinished hardwoods, and engineered floors, we think we are getting close to making a final decision. We know for sure the floors will be dark with grain showing and done in a matte finish. Anything to help hide the wear of two kiddos, high heels, and parties.
Counters will be white/gray marble or some sort of lookalike material. God I love marble. But I’m also well aware of the downsides. Because marble’s biggest selling point is its beauty, if we can find something we like just as much but that is more durable, we’ll go for that. But questionable if there’s anything I’ll like as much…
Behind the range we are probably going with a sheet of stainless steel that will reach up to the vent hood. The stainless will be easy to clean, will help with the range-as-a-focal-point thing, and I do love metal. Most of all, after reading this Remodelista article, I think I’d be happier with a more durable material behind our range instead of more marble.
For the rest of the backsplash, I’ll probably go with some sort of subway tile. Or maybe stacked tile. White marble is the front runner (no surprise). Backup options are white ceramic or maybe a crackle-finish glazed gray subway tile. I was thinking about the marble scallop tile, but am using it for our fireplace instead. Deciding on the backsplash will probably be one of my last decisions.
I really like this rug and am thinking it would be a good addition to the kitchen. Even if we don’t go for the rug, I am digging the gray, coral, and warm tones and, handily enough, we’ve got the same colors in our adjoining breakfast nook. Some white kitchens can read cold, but I think these colors will keep the kitchen from going down that path.
7. Wood Shelf
We will have wood in this kitchen, somewhere. Right now I’m planning on creating some open shelving made of more of a natural-toned wood, which I think will again warm up the white kitchen and will add some nice contrast to the white cabinetry and dark wood floors. But I do NOT want anything that says “old-fashioned, country” so need to be careful. This is another one of those things I’ll need to see in person.
What can I say, I just love the look of a white planked ceiling. So we are doing it. We will use 3″ wide tongue and groove boards, painted glossy white. This one is getting closer to the top of our to do list and I hope to pick up the boards to acclimate this week!
So these are some of the elements of the kitchen remodel. No surprise that all of this is similar to the gray/white/wood/coral themes going on in our guest bathroom and family bathroom, too. Next we still need to choose things like hardware, stools, etc. When we’re done, I’m hoping the overall effect ends up somewhere in the realm of happy, fresh, bright, warm, clean, open, and inviting. Fingers crossed execution is as planned…
Anyone else plotting a kitchen remodel? Or do the decide-as-you-go approach? Feel free to follow along on Instagram (@houseupdated) and Pinterest to see all the progress. And thanks Lisa for the kick in the pants to put pictures to blog post – way more fun than it just sitting in my mind!