The Kitchen.

It’s done*.

I love it.

You can see some before pics here.

There really isn’t anything I would change about it. I love our cabinetry (Martha Stewart ‘Dunemere’ in Picket Fence) We saved ourselves a lot of headache and expense by not changing our layout at all. We had already purchased our appliances when we moved into the house, but did buy a new refrigerator, microwave (in the pantry), garbage disposer, and range hood. I’d guess, all together, this kitchen probably cost us about $13k (gulp). That’s for new cabinets, hardware, quartz countertops, sink, faucets, backsplash, light fixtures, the appliances I just mentioned, and some of the installation labor. The biggest functional improvement to the kitchen is the addition of the range hood and garbage disposer. We do a lot of high heat cooking and having a hood that vents to the outside of the house is a godsend, not to mention fewer episodes of setting off the fire alarm. Doing dishes is always a chore, but having a disposer eliminates the always gross job of cleaning out the sink trap. The next functionality award winner is the island. Our stainless Ikea table was great, but low open storage with a toddler was a nightmare! Now there is a (childproofed) place for everything. We also put the island on casters in case we ever need to move a big piece of furniture upstairs. The mini-subway tile backsplash is soooooo much nicer than our grease spattered walls. Choosing cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling makes the room feel taller and gives us great additional storage. The cabinet hardware (Duluth from Restoration Hardware) is just the icing on the cake. Seriously. I love everything about this kitchen. It’s totally worth every penny and such a pleasure to cook in.

What do you guys think? You like? I’d love to hear from you.

* Looking at these pics made me realize that the island would look great if it had bead-board panel instead of flat. I bought some today. We also still have to add quarter round to the base shoe on the cabinets. Sigh.

** Our fridge is incredibly out of level. It’s so out of level that we can’t just use the leveling feet to correct it; we have to deal with the floor itself. Not sure when that will happen.

Partial source list here.

the countertops are here!

and I love them.

We went with Silestone Marengo. It’s kind of a charcoal grey. Definitely not black, but dark.

We chose quartz over other materials because it requires no maintenance except cleaning and since there is a lot of wine and messy cooking in this house, that’s a good thing.

I’d love to show off the rest of the kitchen, but there are a few things left to do

  • paint the all the trim and pantry and bathroom doors
  • tile and grout the backsplash
  • touch up the crown moulding above the cabinets
  • replace the outlet covers
  • touch up the ceiling paint
  • buy a window treatment (roman shade? bamboo?) and maybe some cute accessories.
  • clean the bejesus out this place.

seriously. I love them.

Have a fantastic Holiday weekend!



The details…

I’ve been over on Pinterest, pinning and sorting through kitchen images like a mad woman as we hustle to make our design choices for the reno. Yesterday we ordered our countertops – Silestone quartz in Marengo

I was tempted to go with a black option they had, but it was $30 dollars more per square foot. yikes! I also saw this picture, which convinced me that the dark grey was the right choice.


We went with a basic ‘eased’ edge profile, which is the most simple option. It’s just a slightly softened square edge. We put Silestone in our old house and I love it. It’s totally impervious to stains and requires no sealing or maintenance, like granite. Again, Home Depot came through with a great deal so we saved about $400 bucks – bringing the cost of the counters and install to $2k. Now we just need to get a sink, faucet, new hardware, a garbage disposal, and a new pendant for over the sink.

Kohler cast-iron under-mount apron front sink

American Standard Pekoe Semi-Pro Faucet

and I’m torn between these two light fixtures…

I think the top one will coordinate better with the dining room fixture, but I love that edison bulb. Both from Home Depot.

I love these pulls that are on sale from Restoration Hardware.

We’ve decided to go with a clean white tile backsplash, but I’m debating about whether or not to do a greyish grout that would highlight the tile.


I’m leaning towards the white grout. Since we’ll be installing the tile, I don’t want to highlight any of our mistakes! I do love that the darker grout would hide stains though…

I feel like our plan is coming together but of course there will be tons of other things that come up. Hopefully we’ll get a delivery date for the cabinets so we can plan the demo and prep work. I can’t wait!

Hope you all are well.


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