Check out the big difference - wowza!!
--Making Curtains using grommets (so easy!)
--PAINTING the cabinets GRAY - so doable!
--Wall Stencils above my cabinets
--First view of the new countertops (we went with Quartz)
--Switching out Handles and Hardware
Let me show off a few things.... our "L" didn't come out too far even though there was plenty of room to extend it - so that's what we did.
So since there was some open cabinetry now, I felt like there needed to be a little more to tie the space together - so we left the doors off of the middle upper cabinet and trimmed it out. I love how it changes the look to a more updated feel.
So now my flour/sugar canisters sit off of the counter - awesome. I have my measuring cups and spoons hanging from the cabinet - I love that find at IKEA.
When we got our new stove awhile ago, we realized it was bigger than the old one. We wanted to build a place for the trash, but the opening was pretty narrow - if we framed it out, the actual trash wouldn't have even been wide enough to hold an empty milk jug. So I came up with the brilliant idea of not framing it at all - just using a cart with a fake front - I thought it was a genius idea, and it works great:
The whole kitchen was DIY except for our countertops. We debated on the type for quite a while and finally settled on Quartz and we've been really happy with it. Warning - living without countertops is awful and involves having no kitchen sink....
After the countertops were installed, it was time to work on the tile. Trevor carefully removed the old tile, but to no avail because he still ended up having to cut out the old sheetrock and start over with new.
We went with a custom mosaic tile for the backsplash. We were worried about the mosaic being too busy right next to our speckled countertop. After pouring over various ideas, Trevor suggested a solid tile border around the mosaic and that's what we went with. I love it!
It looks amazing....pulls the whole kitchen together. I don't know if you can see, but in addition to a few green tiles (for our walls) and brown (for the floors) and gray (for the cabinets) and black and white, there are also stainless steel tiles - they're my favorite.
We're not sold on the light choice - we got these at IKEA in Minnesota - I like them, I just don't love them. Any ideas?? I wanted a chandelier of cage lights, but Trevor thinks that's crazy...you can see some ideas on my Kitchen Pin Board.
Also up for debate, the corner windows - - they're not painted. They're surrounded by painted cabinets, so Trevor thinks they should be painted - - but ALL the trim in our house is wood, including the doorway that's right next to our fridge, leading into our dining room, AND all the trim around the windows next to our black table in the eat-in kitchen area (you can see barely a peek of those windows in the picture above, in the bottom left corner). So I say leave them wood. Thoughts??
And these were in a previous post, but still, I just love my secret features...
Hidden Drawer (in the toe-kick space):
Faux Sink Front Drawer Put To Use:
Custom drawer with dividers:
Just another picture for good measure, cause I love our kitchen....