Friends! I apologize for the hiatus. I never intend to be away as long as I am. Life continues to be a whirlwind, but in so many wonderful ways! We have had so many fantastic visits with friends and family since we have arrived on the island. Our boys love their new home and have transitioned as well as we could have hoped for with all of the changes. We now have the first week of back-to-school under our belt, and we continue to move forward.
Amidst the busyness, and rush of life, we managed to live through our kitchen remodel. It was not a major renovation so it really wasn’t that bad. The hardest part was waiting for all of the elements to come together (e.g. carpenter, plumber, tiler, electrician, and supplies to arrive). Renovations are a lesson in patience! It was nearly a 6 week process, and in the I am extremely pleased with how our vision came together. I am very excited to share the [almost] finished product!
First, I’d like to remind you what the kitchen looked like when we purchased the house. When we viewed the house initially, the kitchen was lovely but not my style. Despite that, I knew that I had something good to work with and that the changes that I wanted to implement would be mostly cosmetic because footprint and layout of the space worked. We started with a deep red wall colour, dark tone wood cabinetry, a two tiered island with a breakfast, and built in spring opening spice racks flanking the stove. The countertops were a dark laminate, and the sink and faucet were a standard builders grade stainless steel and chrome. The backsplash tile was a beige stone, and we were grateful that the stainless steel appliances were included in the sale of the home.
The first thing we had done to begin our kitchen transformation was have the walls and shaker style cabinets professionally painted white (walls are Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, and the cabinets are colour matched to Benjamin Moore’s Simply White).. It was a much more economical choice than replacing or even refacing them. We also had the wood beams stained in a dark walnut colour.
Painted Walls & Cabinets
We then had the island cut down to remove the breakfast bar tier, and we replaced the laminate countertops with quartz, making the island level and increasing the usable surface area. The stainless steel sink was replaced with a fire clay apron sink, and the faucet replaced with an oil rubbed bronze finished spray faucet. We also added an Insinkerator garbage waste disposal system. Although the builtin spice racks were a neat feature, we opted to remove them in favour of opening up the stove area and increasing our counter space. I have no regrets making that move!
Stained Beams & Island is One Level
We replaced the beige stone backsplash with classic white subway tile with contrasting grout in a charcoal colour. We also added a herringbone pattern feature above the stove. Since we removed the existing tile and subsequently has to replace the drywall, we took advantage of the opportunity and decided to add plumbing for a pot filler faucet about the stove. We love it! We kept the original cabinet knobs and pulls since they coordinated with the oil rubbed bronze sink faucet and pot filler.
Subway Tile Installation
Finally, we had the light fixture in the dining area moved about 8 inches to be centered over our dining table, and changed the fixture to a simple chandelier. That sums up the multiple changes that we have made to our kitchen and dining area. Alas, here is our new space that functions much better for our family’s needs. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we are!
Our New Kitchen
We are really happy with how the kitchen, dining room, and living room flow and have come together! I will continue to update the blog to reveal the changes that we make in the other rooms in our home. I hope that you will tune in as I continue on my journey of Chasing Shiplap!