This week marks one month in our new home. It’s funny, now that we are on the other side of the renovation the hard work and long hours don’t seem nearly as hard or long. This must be why people choose to do renovations over and over again — they forget!
There are a few small things left to do, but we are mostly settled in and really enjoying ourselves. Now that decor has really taken shape I thought I’d give you a closer look at individual rooms in our house. Today I’m showing you the kitchen. This space had the most changes and the biggest budget of our renovation, but now that it’s done it looks so lovely.
In the beginning this space was really cramped. It had a very small doorway and very little standing space, and a whole lot of brown! Our goal was to create a more open space that allowed more than one person to be in the kitchen at a time.
Andrew and I played around with a few layouts for this space, but we ended up going with more of a galley kitchen which utilizes all the available floor space and keeps everything open.
This kitchen was a complete gut job — we took almost every wall down to the studs, but in the end it was so worth it.
By far my most favorite part of this kitchen is the Bertazzoni free-standing stainless steel range. Is it possible to fall in love with stainless steel? Yes. Yes it is. It does require more cleaning on my part, but I have zero complaints. I also like to give it a good night kiss before I go to bed (kidding… sort of).
Cabinets are another one of my favorites. These were custom from a shop in town and they have some nice features like soft closing drawers and doors. We had them painted a deep grayish black (Kelly Moore Black Ice) then added brass hardware courtesy of The Hardware Hut. And for those of you wondering, I have no regrets about going with a dark color for my kitchen — I love how it turned out!
Even though this kitchen has more of a modern look with the black, brass, and subway tile I think the butcher block countertops help to keep it warm. The quirky shelf decor helps, too! I seriously toned down my love of color in here and went with mostly white dishes and a few copper pieces.
We were able to save some money in this space by sourcing a lot of our fixtures through Amazon. I had no idea Amazon had such a wide selection of fixtures and hardware, but it really was handy! Amazon Prime was our best friend for a lot of our renovation projects.
1. Minka Lavery Fixture – Amazon.com
2. Brass Bridge Faucet – Vintage Tub & Bath
3. Stem Pendant Light – Amazon.com
4. Farmhouse Sink – Amazon.com
5. Bertazzoni Freestanding Range – Hahn Appliances
6. Cherry Butcher Block Countertops – Lumber Liquidators
7. Brass Door Pulls – Hardware Hut
I am in love with this kitchen and just thrilled with how it turned out. I’ve already made many home cooked dinners for Andrew and I and a few pies for friends. For a space that gets used so often, it’s important to get it right and make it something you love. I think we nailed it with this space!