In January and February, we tackled our kitchen makeover. While the kitchen was in decent shape and functional, we knew that we wanted to make some changes to it when we moved in. Doing a complete gut job was out of the budget, so here's what we decided to do:
- Paint cabinets (professional spray paint)
- Replace tile backsplash
- Replace countertops
- Replace sink
- Replace hardware
- Replace lighting over the island and add undermount kitchen lights
- Paint kitchen walls
I wrote more about the process of the renovation while we were in the thick of it here, so I'll just share the before and after photos today. From start to finish, the renovation took about 7-8 weeks, but the space was unusable for only about two weeks. While we didn't do a full renovation, I think the kitchen and first floor living spaces were completely transformed. Our downstairs has great natural light, and the renovated kitchen makes it even brighter.
The biggest design decision was whether to go with granite or marble counters, and we love the Carrara marble in our master bath. However, it can be difficult to maintain and keep clean, and since I tend to make a mess when I cook and kids will be in the picture soon, we ultimately decided on granite. We selected a granite called White Ice, and we found it locally at Stone Gallery. If you're in Central Kentucky, I highly recommend Stone Gallery. We looked several places and have worked with others in the past, and they were easy to work with and had competitive pricing.
My goal for the tile was to not clash with the off-white cabinets, pick up a color in the granite, and still keep the kitchen light and airy. We settled on this tile. I went to several tile shops in the area, and barring super expensive tile that was handmade in Spain, it was surprisingly difficult to find a tile this color. It only came in the 8 x 4 inch size, and I was a little worried it would be too big for a subway tile. However, now that it is in the space, I don't think the size is too overpowering.
We added under cabinet lights, and some cheap ones from the hardware store did the trick. To replace the modern pendant light fixtures over the island, we went with these lantern style fixtures in the antique silver leaf. I found them at Joss & Main, Birch Lane, and Wayfair, and they changed prices at each site frequently. If you are interested in ordering a light fixture from any of these sites, be sure to check them all for the lowest price before placing your order.
We kept our Dash and Ablert runner between the sink and island. We've had this rug for several years. If it gets dirty, I just throw it in the washing machine, and it looks as good as new. While that may not be the manufacturer's official care instructions, I've never had any issues with it tearing up in the washing machine or dryer.
Our breakfast bar is about standard table height, and because of a window, we can't make it higher. When we moved in, we just used a couple of extra chairs from our dining room table since we knew we'd eventually want something to match the space after we finished the renovations. We went with the Cadence Chair in rustic grey. I like that the style of these chairs doesn't look out of place at a breakfast bar, and they were available in standard chair height.
If you are local and interested in who we used for painting, tiling, etc., I'm happy to share our sources. We had a good experience with everyone we used for the project.