Room: Kitchen updates on the progress

Of course, the kitchen is the most expensive house to renovate and it’s because appliances, cabinets, countertops, and floors are big money investments.

Mine is no different – between buying new kitchen counters (granite) and putting in new appliances (via Craigslist), I’ll probably be working on it in stages over the next several months. Knowing this is why, among other reasons, I choose Chalk Paint for the cabinet re-do.

Completed:

Wiring and installation of four drop pendant lights, two over the island and two over the kitchen sink prep area.

Wiring for cabinet lights is in place. Still have to install the actual lights (they are rather expensive LED strips).

The four solid cabinet door fronts have been cut open for glass. They are painted and just need waxing before being dropped at the glass co.  (I’ll be updating with a link on the how-to a bit later this month).

Plastering and painting of the kitchen ceiling. The ceiling paint color is white mixed with some of the wall paint color (Rock) so it is not pure white.

Building of the new open shelf cabinetry over the stove and the fridge.

Installing the crown molding to make the upper wall cabinets taller.

Installing the new, pull out, pot storage drawers (4) in the lower cabinets.

Current To-Do:

I’ve decided on what to do with the cabinets. I was planning on using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White but that product is no longer available locally. So next I tried Ce Ce Caldwells Chalk Paint and decided to go with their Vintage White color, distressed with clear wax. Since I’m doing it in sections I probably won’t be fully done until the end of September.

I’m still getting quotes on kitchen countertops and my tentative plan is to use the 2013 tax refund to pay for their installation as granite will not be cheap. After looking at a lot of white/cream kitchens online, I really need a very dark countertop,  in the brown family to add contrast to the cream cabinetry (which fills up a LOT of the kitchen) and the white tile floors. The brown has to have no pink or red tones or it will pick up the pink vein in the floor tile which I’m trying to downplay.

Until I finish the cabinets – then decide on countertop, I won’t have a firm decision on backsplash. Right now I do know that 1.) it needs to be a simple cream, off white, 2.) be non-busy and 3.) have texture.  4×4 tiles are very outdated right now but I also don’t want something like piano tile or glass tile which is trendy and will date itself within the next 10 years.

These are Travetine, Subway (3×6) tiles:

This is a rough, tumbled, dry stack look but don’t know if it would work with the kitchen use:

Here are the sizes of the countertops and the backsplash.

I’m debating though on the island counter — should I go ahead and match it with the other counter granite or go with an aged and dark stained wood counter? I kinda like the idea of doing the wood counter top but perhaps it would be too risky…?

The island itself will be changed, most likely around Thanksgiving – right now it’s a huge block of cabinetry right in the middle of the kitchen. I want to keep the three drawers (very handy), but open up the bottom with a shelf. Four new corner post legs will be added for interest and the bottom will have baseboard molding to hide the lack of tile underneath this structure. It will be similar to this in terms of design but smaller and not white.

We also decided to go back to the idea of removing the breakfast bar (it doesn’t work as the space is too tight for stools AND a breakfast table) and instead, put in a shelf unit (something like this perhaps but with all open shelves).

The original sketch … but we will probably change some measurements…

He is also going to re-do the molding around the bay window area sometime in November.

Husband is going to DIY a new, copper vent hood for the stove! We found a website that sells distressed copper and he thinks he can remake our old black venthood into something like this but not as ornate. For obvious reasons we can’t buy a copper vent hood (KA-CHING!) but if he can pull it off it will really be something! I’ll post more when we start that project sometime in October.

The sink faucet I’m currently favoring is from Overstock.com:

The hardware will be knobs I’ve got on hand, as well as some additional cup pulls in rustic brown for drawers from Overstock.com.

The hardware will go well with the pendant lights from Lowes we installed over the island and kitchen counter. BTW I don’t know why this light got negative reviews, did not have the issues other people did and the product is fine.

Lots to do and while it would be nice to show you all a finished kitchen tomorrow, it’s really down to money AND time. Just got to stay focused and moving forward as we can.