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And the Kitchen 2.0

January 12, 2011

Man, having a day job really puts a kink in my blog style! I dread showing nighttime photos but sometimes it can’t be helped when I’m anxious to kick out a post. So I’m trying to squeeze-in the taking of more natural-light photos (during lunch, in the morning before work, immediately upon getting home from work, etc.) whenever I possibly can.

And on that note, I was able to get some daytime pics of the kitchen today (before we cluttered it all up again) and thought I could have an itty-bitty do-over of the previous post. Just try’n stop me! Or say something about it–eh, I know you won’t :) so here we go with kitchen photos 2.0:



If you already saw photos of the kitchen the first time around and are now seeing it for a truly unnecessary second time, then hey, thanks for humoring me! :)

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Kara permalink
    February 20, 2012 9:12 am

    Hello! I love your kitchen! May I ask what tiles you used for the backsplash?
    Thanks and enjoy your home!

    • February 20, 2012 9:41 am

      Hi Kara,
      They are 12×12 slate tiles from Home Depot, cut into 3″x12″ sections.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Stephanie

  2. January 27, 2012 2:15 pm

    Absolutely fabulous…stunning balance of light and dark. I happen to live in the Southwest and our home has a Mediterranean/Tuscany feel. We’re it the midst of our kitchen reno — in week 9 of a 12 week process. We got rid of a bunch of ugly soffits — one was shaped like a banana! We’re changing the “Bonanza” style, 90s-yellow-oak cabs and pinkish Baltic Brown granite (looks like ringworm under a microscope.) Because of the Tuscan architecture, we’re leaning away from white cabs, although I love yours.

    We’re going with a rich espresso brown, custom cabinetry — neither too black, nor too red, nor too yellow. We’re leaning towards Quartz countertops — Silestone Bamboo! We just can’t afford to change the floor — it’s a gold-ish ceramic tile that extends throughout the first floor (almost 2000 sq ft) — yikes! So the Bamboo Silestone seems to have just enough gold to work with the floor, while still having a lot of “punch.” we’re going with a squared edge.

    What edge did you have that you had to have changed?

    anyway, beautiful job!

    • January 29, 2012 4:49 pm

      Hi Gail, thanks for stopping by!

      Since our floors are dark espresso brown, I know that Bamboo Silestone will look great with your cabinets…and its neutral enough that it really does work with (and tie together) almost anything.

      As for our counter top, we asked for a simple squared edge but they goofed and gave us the rounded edge you see in the photos (which is actually a more expensive option than the square.) Honestly, it does still bother me from time to time but in the end their mistake got us a rebate (the paperwork clearly shows the edge we asked for,) so I’ve learned to live with it…though never again will I allow that to happen (I’ve got hawk eyes now.) It’s also easier to live with knowing this isn’t our “forever house,” and it likely won’t bother most other people.

      Anyway, here’s to your kitchen project going more smoothly and exactly as planned :)

      -Stephanie

  3. Aubrey Fick permalink
    May 15, 2011 10:20 am

    LOVE the pics of your kitchen. It looks great!!!
    My husband and I flip houses and for this last house we chose Kraftmaid cabinets in the Kaffe (dark brown) color, which we loved. But we just bought a new house and we are leaning towards the Biscotti. Is it a pretty true ivory color? I’ve never had cabinets that light, I just don’t want them to look WHITE. But from the pics you posted, they seem like they would be the perfect color, not too white, not yellow, just a perfect creme color.

    • May 15, 2011 12:44 pm

      Hi Aubrey,
      Yes, they are certainly not yellow. It’s more of a brown undertone…so I would say a “true” ivory. It helps them feel a little bit “warmer” than stark white. Good luck with your newest home!

      -Stephanie

  4. Marcy permalink
    March 6, 2011 2:46 pm

    Beautiful job on the reno! My husband and I are just starting our kitchen and we are planning on possibly a Cafe Brown Silgranit sink and ORB hardware as well. It’s such a great look. Couple of questions for you:
    The sink…how do you like it? Do you find that you can fit cookie sheets/roasting pans/other large pans in the left bowl? I was concerned because of the tapering on the sides as to whether large items would fit or not. Do you find the sink easy to keep clean?
    The ORB hardware/faucet: where did you get them and do they have a “living finish” or PVD coating? How are they holding up? Thanks so much and once again, absolutely beautiful job!

    • March 6, 2011 9:54 pm

      Hi Marcy!

      Thanks for the nice comment.

      We love the sink…

      A full size cookie sheet has no problem fitting completely within the left bowl lying flat. And I think it would easily fit a roasting pan–it’s HUGE in all dimensions.

      After about a year now, it has gotten some hard water spots in the left bowl that aren’t coming off with just a wipe with a wet sponge (we use the right side much more to rinse off dishes since it has the garbage disposal, so it gets much more “exfoliation” and still looks brand new–if that makes any sense). I know there are specific cleaners/techniques that work great for siligranit–it just hasn’t bothered us enough yet :)

      The ORB hardware on the cabinets was purchased from Overstock.com, and I believe it’s a living finish–it’s ever so slowly developing a glowing patina. They were a great deal…(and as of two months ago, they were still in stock.)

      The faucet is a Delta (found on Ebay) and I’m sure it has the PVD coating. It’s holding up great as well–looks just like it did on day one (so no patina.)

      Hope that helps!
      -Stephanie

  5. Susan N permalink
    February 4, 2011 8:15 pm

    Could you tell me how you did the paper lanterns over the table? Thanks!

    • February 5, 2011 3:26 pm

      Hi Susan,
      The lanterns are from our wedding. And I simply bunched them together (they are on a single electrical cord similar to Christmas lights) then used a drywall hook in the ceiling to hang the cord from (the plug-end of the cord is strung over to the window and down the wall to an outlet.)

      It’s temporary–I’m still pondering the best way to hide the cord so I can leave it as is OR (if Ev is willing) to get lamp kits and hardwire them. Or I may find another use for them altogether…

      The reason you don’t see the top of this “fixture” in the photos is because I was slyly trying to hide it (it doesn’t look too great at the moment) ;)

      -Stephanie

  6. CCinTX permalink
    January 18, 2011 9:32 pm

    So pretty. Great job. What color paint was used on your cabinets? It’s perfect.

    • January 18, 2011 10:07 pm

      Thank You! They are Kraftsmaid cabinets in Biscotti from Home Depot–a very pleasant ivory-color for sure.

  7. Ann Carroll permalink
    January 12, 2011 8:10 pm

    Seriously, stunning. You guys rocked this kitchen! Great job.

    • January 12, 2011 8:40 pm

      Thanks Ann! Like so many things around our house, it’s not 100% complete…but it would be no fun if it were, right?

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