It’s been a long time since I blogged about my own home. Just over a year. While it doesn’t feel to me like a lot has happened or changed, there are definitely some things I could share with you guys. For starters I’m excited to say that my husband and I are just starting a kitchen remodel! This is by far the biggest project I’ve taken on in our little condo since I bought it in back in 2010. It’s awesome not just because we’ll have a much nicer kitchen but also because I really wanted to get this taken care of before trying to sell the place, so we’re taking a big step in that direction.
Just for fun, here’s the shot of my kitchen from the real estate listing when I purchased it. I’d completely forgotten about those orange walls! That I inexplicably painted yellow when I moved in.
Other than a new dishwasher that I had to get several years ago, everything about the kitchen was original to the home which was built in the ’70s. A couple weeks ago we started things off with a new stove and range hood (not pictured). Going from a decades old bisque colored appliance to a modern, much more powerful one in stainless steel… wow. For now we still have an old off-white fridge, though I do hope to replace that too.
The next step in our remodel is getting the cabinets painted! I’m quite excited. We have a painter scheduled for this coming Monday. We are going from that same yellow off-white color to a true bright white, specifically Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. It’s a classic choice and it’s what we have on all of our trim throughout the condo. It will make the room feel so much fresher, cleaner, and more modern. Painting is much more affordable than replacing all the cabinets, but will still have a huge impact.
We’re waiting for some quotes on new counter tops. The current counter is ’70s laminate that is literally peeling at the seams. What I’m hoping for is the white marble look without actual marble. Our counter top lady said she has everything from laminate (which can be much much better these days) to granite to quartz that has that marble look, so it will just be a matter of what works with the budget. While real marble is stunning, it has weaknesses as far as maintenance and durability. My parents got a marble-look quartz in their new kitchen and you would never know it isn’t real marble. Seems like the way to go if you don’t want to worry about staining and scratching. Not to mention certain types of marble can be prohibitively expensive.
Along with new counters we’ll be getting a new sink and faucet. When I first started searching for these things I really wasn’t sure what I wanted. Stainless steel sinks seem to be popular so I looked at those first, but I ended up picking out a white undermount sink that I think would be lovely. The faucet was even more difficult. Nickel? Bronze? Brass? There are lots of options that all could probably work. I love brass faucets but it is very hard to find a good one under $300. I am now leaning towards a black faucet, which I think is a good compromise between being a little out of the ordinary while still very neutral and easy to pair with other elements. I may still change my mind about either the sink or the faucet. We shall see!
At some point, hopefully in early September, new hardware will arrive for the cabinets that I am pumped about. Here I indulged my love of brass and ordered the Riverwood Knob and Greenwood Pull from Schoolhouse Electric (shown below).
Finally there’s the backsplash. This is even more up in the air than the sink and faucet. There are so many directions you can go with a backsplash and we also need to wait to see how much money we still have after everything else is taken care of. While I love a good classic white subway tile, you may have noticed that there is already a lot of white in the plan. An all-white kitchen can be fantastic but I thought it would be fun to do something else with the backsplash. Colorful backsplashes have a very hard time winning me over. For example I can not stand the colorful mosaic glass tile trend. While I think something with color could potentially work, the idea of a dramatic black tile is very appealing to me. The only possible concern is that it would of course make the kitchen very high contrast, with all that white broken up by a strong horizontal band of black. Do I want it to be high contrast? I still have to mull that over. The small dining room that is directly adjacent to the kitchen is in fact already high contrast with a nearly-white gray above the chair rail and a near-black below. So it might end up making perfect sense to continue that theme.
So that is the loose plan right now! I just can not wait for the painter to start the process. It will really be “real” once that step is complete I think. Hopefully everything else will follow swiftly and I’ll have shiny after photos for you soon!