oh, hello. welcome to our kitchen! take a seat! let me grab you some coffee! or a glass of vino (i’m not judging if it’s still before 5)! want to hear about our kitchen renno?? oh good cause i was going to mention it anyway.
one of our first big projects in our new little bungalow was our kitchen. it was actually one of the rooms that sold us on our place – it had great bones and we knew just a few cosmetic changes would make a huge difference. so we got to work pinning (and pining!) for marble and fixtures and backsplash options. the first piece we actually bought was that dreamy light fixture from Rejuvenation. it ended up serving as the inspiration for the rest of the space.
as you can see the old fixtures were a little pirates of the Caribbean (right?), but we loved the original cabinets and built-ins and our hardwood floors continue throughout the whole front of the house, so we had a great base to work with. we knew we wanted a full wall of white subway tile with black grout (which, turns out, is a little unforgiving in a 1920s kitchen that wasn’t built particularly “straight”). we had a great handyman though and he definitely brought our vision to life. our other criteria? farm house sink, marble and an industrial faucet.
can i just say that EVERYONE tried to talk me out of Carrera marble. as you can see i got my way anyway. Carrera is super sensi, no doubt, but 1. we don’t have children, 2. i’m no chef and 3. that’s what butcher block islands are for (prepping, cutting, placing hot things on, etc.). it’s actually worked out really well so far. sure, it has a few scratches already and it will undoubtedly get some stains here and there, but there was no faux stone that could keep me from getting the real deal. plus the imperfections add character and that’s made me love it even more (and hello, it can always be re-polished/honed!).
we decided to cap the prep sink in the island because having more counter space seemed more valuable to us. instead, we installed an electrical outlet and found the perfect microwave to fit in the little island nook (purchased on amazon prime, p.s., for $150 less than the exact same one we were standing in front of at Lowes).
we painted the rest of the walls white, replaced the modern range hood with a more classic design and decided to carry the backsplash alllll the way up the wall behind the stove. i love how finished it made the space look. we replaced the appliances (closing escrow the day before Thanksgiving definitely worked in our favor – crazy black friday deals!) and voila! here she is!
we’re over the moon. i still find myself just standing there staring at it (often with girl scout cookies in hand). i’m using this as my excuse for the lack of cooking – it’s really just for show. teasing! it’s actually inspired me to cook even more! i want to bake a pie and put it on my windowsill and fill my cabinets with homemade baked goods! so far we’ve mixed a lot of cocktails, used the crockpot a few times and cooked breakfast, but pies to come, soon. pie for everyone, actually! come on over! xo, mo.
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