Sunday, January 10, 2016

OUR KITCHEN RENOVATION

I've been waiting forever to share the final pictures from our kitchen renovation with all of you. It's been complete for awhile and we are so happy with how it turned out. Doing a renovation during a record breaking winter was a bit rough. Being stuck inside with kids and no kitchen takes on a whole different meaning of survival. But we made it and it was so worth it! I'm so lucky to have a great friend like Jess at Jessica Delaney Photography who photographed our kitchen and to have it featured in the Boston Globe yesterday. Thank you Marni for writing up a great article and making me laugh through my month of kids sickness. Marni also has a great style blog you should check out Style Carrot. 

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Here's a little recap of our renovation. We began last year in what was to be a little "face lift" to get us to the big renovation. When we realized that the big renovation was more like adding an additional house onto our current house, we decided to make the "face lift" a little more permanent. We knew going into this that it wouldn't be our forever kitchen but that we would be living with it for awhile. Making it something that we loved and was functional for our family was our top priority. Our house is a center entrance colonial and I wanted to keep some traditional with modern touches. We like having a formal dining room, so the option to take down the wall between the dining room and kitchen was out and we were left to work with the footprint we had, which was a wide galley kitchen. Not wide enough to add an island but wide enough to incorporate a seating area. The kitchen is the heart of the home no matter how big or small, so I wanted a place to gather.  I still laugh when I think back, trying to block people out of my outdated kitchen but everyone still managed to sneak in there.

My husband, a type A planner and myself, an ADHD creative thinker got to work. There are times our personalities really fit well together and this happen to be one of them. Except he thinks out loud (he's italian, he can't help it) and I think in my head. I don't know how many times I've said I wish my brain had a print option.  We must have gone through 10 different layouts before deciding on the one. There were certain items in the kitchen I didn't want to cut costs on and others I was ok with choosing the budget friendly option. After seeing CliqStudio cabinets in a neighbors home and comparing costs and quality, these were the cabinets we chose. Custom cabinets without the custom price tag. I can't say enough positive things about working with them. Our designer, Amy was very patient with me as I emailed her weekly, changing something within the layout. We chose the white Dayton style cabinets and painted the pantry cabinets on our own. They do have different cabinet color options available.  


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I went back and forth on the countertop options and maybe lost some sleep over it. I'm a messy cook and my husband is very (how do I want to say this...) anal. He notices EVERYTHING! But in the end my heart was set on marble and I knew I'd always be thinking about it if I didn't choose it. I'm so glad I decided to go for it because it's stunning and I've found great tricks for keeping it looking great.

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One thing I did know for certain was that I was going to use this Hicks pendant above the seating area, the Schoolhouse Electric brass sconces above each window, the champagne brass Delta faucet and the Cole & Son's Hexagon wallpaper.

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For the flooring I had always loved the look of dark hardwood floors with white cabinetry but when the demo was done the original wood flooring was damaged beyond repair. I had to rethink my options and think practical (which is not my thing) and go for durability.  Especially since it leads in from our mudroom and back door where many little wet dirty feet come into the house. The slate tile we chose is now probably one of my favorite things in our kitchen.



For the backsplash tile I knew I wanted a simple white subway tile with a platinum grout. My heart was also set on the charcoal Heritage Bertazzoni range and hood, but with it being double the cost we decided to go with the stainless and use the heritage hood to tie in the black in the kitchen. Nervous about how this combo would look together (of course it was the last thing to arrive and be installed) we're really happy with how it all came together. We both love to cook so we couldn't wait to have a nice range to do so.

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As for the other appliances, we had purchased a Bosch dishwasher when we moved in knowing that we would be renovating down the line. This is hands down the best dishwasher I have ever owned. The matching counter depth side by side fridge and the microwave/oven combo unit for the wall are also Bosch. We used our toaster oven A LOT but wanted to keep the countertop free of clutter. I'm so glad my husband convinced me to pull the trigger. Space saver and an extra oven!

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For the seating area we wanted to create a family friendly space that could also serve as a work station/island. A custom bench was made with a faux leather cushion. Perfect for messy kids. After searching and searching for the perfect table and not finding exactly what I envisioned, my husband made a temporary table with the remaining butcher block and it's worked quite nicely. The same butcher block was also used for the floating shelves. I had eyed these Serena & Lily stools up for a long time and was like a giddy school girl the day they arrived. Bonus: they're really comfy!

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Next to the seating area is what we call our cubbies. This was not in the original design but when a kitchen is demo'd you learn that not everything can be the way you envisioned. Previously a broom closet that we hoped to keep but move the door to the other side of the wall. Unfortunately, it couldn't be done and it was space I didn't want to waste. I wanted cabinets with doors and my husband wanted a wine fridge. I'm sort of glad he won this one because with our fridge being counter depth it's nice to be able to store wine, beer and kids drinks somewhere else. Win win!

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and here is the Before and After









Sources:

Cabinetry- CliqStudios 
Countertop- Calcutta Carrera Marble MSI Boston
Flooring- MS International Slate Home Depot
Brass Hardware- Lews Hardware Collection 
Faucet- Delta Champagne 
Wall sconces- Schoolhouse Electric
Pendant Light- Visual Comfort
Appliances all Bosch- Dishwasher   Microwave/Oven Combo  Fridge 
Bertazzoni Range and hood- 36" Range   Heritage Series Hood 
Woods Wallpaper- Cole & Sons 

47 comments:

  1. I can't get over the transformation - just saw a snippet on instagram and couldn't wait to see more - it's stunning!

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    1. Thanks so much and also thank you for the feature on designchic. I love reading your blog!!

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  2. This is GORGEOUS! I think that you linked to the wrong faucet, without the pull down spray - do you mind checking? Thanks!

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  3. Your kitchen is stunning! I just popped over from Design Chic and she is so right! LOVE every detail. You made so many beautiful choices that I just can't pick a favorite - and what a transformation from the original!
    Shelley

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    1. Hi Sally, Thanks for noticing. I will update this. Here is the link if you're looking for the specific faucet we did use. http://m.deltafaucet.com/product/details/9159-DST.html

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  4. Love every inch of your new kitchen!

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  5. So beautiful! Clean, inviting and airy. Especially love the slate tile floor! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. It's really, really pretty. Great job! The before photos made me gasp, haha. What a transformation. Question, your link is to the Delta bar/prep faucet, but it looks like the full-size one in your pics. Can you clarify? And I think I might copy you on the bar stools, they're great.

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    1. Nevermind, I see it in the comments now.

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    2. Thanks so much! I even gasp sometimes. Don't know how I convinced my husband to buy this house.

      Sorry about that, I need to fix the faucet link. Yes it is the full size one. There is also a sensor one as well in the same faucet. We ended up going with the regular one and have been happy with it so far.

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  7. Beautifully done! What is the source for the backsplash subway tile? Thanks!

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    1. It's a simple white 3 x 6 from Home Depot

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  8. It is from Home Depot. White 3 x 6 subway with platinum grout.

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  9. Hi Jen! Your new kitchen looks so much better than the one in the before photo. My fiance loves your marble countertops. Your new kitchen looks more alive and roomy. You and your husband did a great job renovating your kitchen. My fiance needs renovate her kitchen too. Have a nice day!

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

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  10. Wonderful Post.
    I read your article such a great information.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Kitchen Remodel Santa Fe

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  11. I love this. I's also love to know your tricks for keeping the marble counters clean :)

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    1. Thanks Jenette! I keep a large wooden cutting board on the counter for daily meal prep and also have a 10 year sealant on them. The green thin scotch brite pads work well for removing water marks. When it's dry lightly rub in circles in the area and it removes them. But my countertops are honed. I wouldn't suggest this for non honed. Found a couple tips on Pinterest and this one seemed to work the best.

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  12. It's fabulous. I keep coming back to see it. I agree about your floors - definitely one of the (many!) showstoppers. With how common wood is lately, the slate is actually a breath of fresh, interesting air. Love seeing something so different and fantastic.

    We are in the midst of a remodel and using many similar materials (marble, brass, open shelving, etc.). I'm planning on white subway tile also, and wondered if you remember the spacing between your tiles? Is the platinum grout Home Depot? It's the exact look I'm going for - visible grout lines/color, but light enough that it doesn't distract from the other elements.

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    1. I'm trying to rack my brain about the grout because I remember using my grout sampler against the tiles but also remember picking up a grout color called platinum at home depot for my tile guys. So I actually think it may have been the platinum from home depot. I'm not sure on spacing as the tile guys did that. I'm happy with the color because it doesn't distract too much but yet provides a little contrast.

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  13. Probably the easiest kitchen renovation I ever did was laying down a self-adhesive vinyl floor. I didn't do a great job, but its passable. I consider the new floor a decent way to get buy until the time comes I can bring in a legitimate contractor to do the job perfectly. Maybe another six months or so I'll have someone come down.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

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  14. This is nice post which I was awaiting for such an article and I have gained some useful information from this site.
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  15. Any chance you could share the grout color for the slate flooring...was it platinum as well? We purchased the same slate tile from Home Depot and need to purchase our grout asap. Thanks!

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. I believe that I used the platinum in the grout as well. I'm not 100% sure but I don't remember buying 2 grout colors.

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  17. I love that kitchen. We just renovated ours. The main thing that we did was just replace the cabinets and appliances. We already had granite countertops that were nice so there was really no need to adjust in that area. We are so happy with it and I love cooking now. And that is not something that I liked before.
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  18. That is by far the most amazing kitchen I have ever seen, that is like in my dream book of kitchens that i would love to one day own. My husband and I are newly married and look forward to one day having a wonderful home of our own. You are very blessed to have that kind of kitchen, thanks.

    Lisa Brady @ R And K Custom Homes

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! We have been so happy with it and it was fun designing it from beginning to end. We waited awhile as well but it was worth the wait.

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  19. Love the hardware. What sizes did you end up using?? I noticed that you mixed up the sizes a bit and I am struggling choosing which size to pick.

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    1. ON the smaller ones I used 3 inch, the lower ones in the gray pantry cabinets are 5 inch and the large one on a sponge tilt out drawer is 16 or 18". Hope that helps.

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  20. Thanks for sharing in detail. Your blog is an inspiration! Apart of really useful tips, it's just really ! This post will be effectively Just about everything looks good displayed.
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  21. You did such a beautiful job with this kitchen! Would you mind sharing the overall dimensions (length and width)? I just bought a house with a wide-ish galley kitchen and I am wondering if I would be able to add seating in like you did without looking too cluttered.

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  22. Hi Jen,

    Your kitchen is really stunning! I LOVE each and every detail. You made so many beautiful choices that I just can't pick a favorite. You did a fantastic job and give a superb unique look to your kitchen. If I need to describe your kitchen in three words then it would be

    Clean, Inviting and Airy :)

    My fiance needs renovate her kitchen too and he hired a kitchen remodeling contractor for this job. I wish it helps and give the same look your kitchen have. The usage of slate tile is a smart choice. Organizing countertop is quite a challenging task but you did it in the right way.

    Simply Amazing!!

    Regards
    Ruben

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  24. Gorgeous! Can you share your cabinet paint colors? Both grey and white please :)

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    1. Hi Katie, the white is the color that was available at cliqstudios and the grey is cape may cobblestone BM. Hope that helps!

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  27. Love this kitchen!! Could you tell me where the sink is from? And which schoolhouse electric sconces those are? I can't seem to find them

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