Hi, Friends! It's been a while since I've posted here and thought I should bring y'all up to speed since we have been working a lot behind the scenes on our new house. Before we moved in, we installed hardwood in the great room so the first floor would be all wood and then had everything refinished to a nice medium walnut tone. We also had the carpet replaced in the bedrooms and all of the 2nd floor so we would have a nice fresh start. Although expensive, these aren't exactly exciting renovations.. so no fancy before and afters of those but it gave us a great base to get started on the fun improvements!
We wanted to start with the kitchen because we knew it was going to be the most amount of money spent but also the space which is used the most, not just by us but also for entertaining.
Here's the before picture of our kitchen when we did the final walk through. It's a nice large size but we knew we wanted a completely different feel and this was our chance to build the kitchen as close to our 'dreams' as possible so all of it had to go!
We ended up taking out everything in this space.. down to the studs, and spent the last 4 months putting it back together.
I wanted the kitchen to feel classic but fresh and also warm. I've done white kitchens before and while I love them, I knew I'd go with a darker cabinet color this time around. Here's the design board to give you an idea of the space and also the sources we've used.
We started with Ikea base cabinets and then ordered unfinished shaker style drawers and doors from Semihandmade Doors, which were painted a gray-green color, Benjamin Moore Arctic Shadows. The cabinet hardware is in all different sizes depending on the size of the door and I found them from Build.com. Both the Library Arm Sconce and the island Pendants are from Joss & Main. We chose Carrara Marble (local source) for the perimeter cabinets and a walnut butcher block top for the island. This one from Ikea happened to be exact size we needed. The backsplash are 4x8 white tiles laid in a classic 1/2 offset subway pattern, from Lowe's.