Before I jump into the new goodness, here’s a quick look back at the kitchen when we bought the house.
It was a small country kitchen that felt like the comfort of going to Grandma’s! We knew it’d be getting a makeover but we appreciated the quality Quakermaid Cabinets and the natural light!
The photos of how this kitchen used to be set up are quite deceiving because that table must have been tiny! When we took a tour and it was empty, we realized it wasn’t a true eat-in kitchen. Which is why we decided to go with the breakfast bar instead.
We’re also slowly switching out the appliances to stainless. (Fridge is the last piece we need) The floor was always going to be switched out. It wasn’t our style but it worked for awhile. When we started idea-shopping for new floors, we thought about wood-grain tile and natural stone. However, we have plans to actually open up the floor plan in the future so we didn’t want to put anything so permanent down yet.
Enter, peel and stick vinyl tiles! We went with these TrafficMaster tiles in the color “Industrial Stone” from Home Depot. So for less than $200 we had a whole new look in our kitchen! We used a similar version of these in our bathroom too (which is part of the future reno plans) and they’ve held up beautifully so far. You can see them at the end of this post. The difference with this product is the edges are slightly beveled so you can actually grout it if you choose!
I’m guessing that you love a pretty and WHITE country kitchen as much as I do. And I REALLY do. But after living in our house for about 9 months now, I’ve started to stray from that white, farmhouse look that I thought I wanted here. First of all, we have solid wood, stained cabinetry in the kitchen that I don’t have the heart to paint over and really don’t see a need to spend money on replacing them. That was the first piece that tells me I’m not getting a white kitchen–and it’s a pretty big one! My husband brought home a sample of these slate-look tiles and I thought, no way–they’re way too dark. I might have a strong opinion about design. 😉 However, I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong, and I really was! (I thought we should go light on the floors and counters to help brighten up the room.
Every time that Greg and I disagree about a design choice, the finished look always is better than I originally imagined because it feels like both of us. Our styles are so different, yet when blended, work so well. I love that his choice is leading to a warmer feeling kitchen and one with so much more character!
Anyway, I lived with the tile sample for a few days, moving it all over the place to see it against the wall color, the cabinet color, the appliances…. and then it hit me. The dark tones were perfect to show off the beautiful wood tones of the cabinets. (Kudos to Farmer Greg for nailing this choice!)
Now that my outlook changed, I started thinking of how to work with the wood cabinets instead of against them, I started imagining something a bit more modern and eclectic. Wood, metal, stone, rich textiles. Are you with me?
Here are a few inspiration shots that I pinned.
Brass hardware. I have to have it! With the dark floors in place, I thought a pop of metallic would really work well in here. I’d like to put a combo of knobs and pulls but the existing hardware are all 3″ pulls so we are committed to that based on where all the holes are. It helps to narrow down all the choices out there though!
Then I found these. Wow! I have never seen hardware like them. They’re brass and crystal cabinet pulls from Baldwin. The shape feels traditional and classic and glass feels modern and fresh. I think they bridge all the wood and stainless steel.
The rest of them are about to be ordered! Can’t wait to see that transformation. The also come in nickel and bronze. One day, we plan to change the counter tops out along with the back splash, sink and faucet. I’m thinking marble or something that looks like marble.
In the mean time, I’ll be shopping for things like, a runner, a pendant light, new window treatments and some stools for the bar. (I’m looking at places like, Wayfair, Home Decorators, and Lamps Plus for the items on our list at a friendly price.
What do you guys think? Tell me about your kitchen design woes in the comments! I’m hoping to inspire any readers that don’t have a white kitchen either! I’m truly loving the new direction we’re going in and can’t wait to see the next phase! I’ll keep you guys posted, of course.
Thanks for spending time at Indigo & Honey