Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Loving the new Kitchen!

Well, as my lack of posting suggests, I haven't had all that much time to cook in my new kitchen, but I am enjoying it when I do get the chance. It will be a crazy fall, so I'm sure my posting will be quite random, but I hope to not be too silent.

Before I - hopefully - get back to posting recipes again, I just wanted to finish up posting about the kitchen and the improvements we made.

First, the cosmetic changes. No more hunter green!

We replaced the hunter green laminate countertops with quartz. I've noticed that the counter tops don't make a huge impact from a distance (they look plain and white), but I love them up close....little flecks of burgundy, brown, gray, etc.

Dupont Zodiaq in Cappuccino

That empty space above the microwave where the vent used to show now has a proper cabinet. Speaking of the wall cabinets, we got rid of the oak and replaced them with maple. We also warmed up the yellow wall color with a warmer yellow.

Wall cabinets: Kraftmaid - Hanley door style in Maple with Toffee finish
Paint: Benjamin Moore - Straw

And no more vinyl flooring with hunter green accents. We now have porcelain tile. This photo also shows that although we were a bit nervous, we ended up with plenty of room between the island and the sink. We were worried it might be a bit crowded, especially since the island has pull out drawers for my cookware and appliances.

Flooring: Florida Tile - Tivoli - Beige
Pulls on wall cabinets: Amerock Swirlz 3" Spiral Pull - Wrought Iron
Pulls on island: Amerock Swirlz 3" Pull - Weathered Nickel

No more fluorescent light box. Now we have recessed lights and 2 pendants over the island.


But we also added a lot of functionality.

One thing I'm really loving is my huge sink. The installers joked that we could take a bath in it! It's not quite THAT big, but it is large. My large pots and pans and even my cookie sheets fit completely in the sink, no problem. Before, even a small 12-inch skillet would stick out of the sink and clank the sides as we washed it. Add to it the swan neck faucet and there's pretty much nothing we can't wash in our sink now.

Sink: Elkay ELU 281610
SS, Undermount, Single Bowl
16 x 28 and 10 inches deep
Faucet: Kohler Revival, brushed Chrome

Another added functionality is pull out drawers in the island. I love that I don't have to reach deep inside my cabinets and bang and upend a bunch of stuff to get out the stuff I need. It's a bit hard to fit in all of the stuff I had before, but I'm moving things I rarely use to my pantry closet which is probably something I should have done a long time ago.


And, of course the breakfast bar. Here's our new island from the front. And yes, I am still missing some hardware. I forgot that we'd be going from single doors to double doors, so I was short a couple of pulls! The cabinet to the far left is the trash drawer. I had to give up cabinet space to fit that in, but I'm really pleased to not have an ugly trash can sitting out.

Island cabinets: Kraftmaid - Melrose door style - Peppercorn

On the other side, a breakfast bar. Again, we were quite relieved to see that even though we added seating, we still had plenty of room to walk past. I also painted the door to the garage. When we first moved in it was the dreaded hunter green but we had it painted white. When I went to paint the door leading out to the deck, I was going to paint it white too but then decided it needed something warmer so I decided to pick up the burgundy/cranberry tones of the countertops and I ended up with this color. Much better than plain old white!

Door paint: Benjamin Moore - Chestnut
Dog: Golden Retriever named Bailey :)

Anyway, that's probably more than anyone ever wanted to know about our kitchen! I hope to finish it off by adding more colored accents (playing off the plate hanging over the sink) - mainly gold, cranberry, navy, and green. Perhaps a nice fruit bowl here, a colored utensil crock there a valance for the window, etc.

I hope to get to a garden update something this week too. I'm FINALLY starting to get some tomatoes. I sure hope it doesn't cool off too much yet - it would make me sad to end the season with so many green much unrealized potential!


  1. What a fantastic transformation!

    One of the best features I loved when we renovated the Maryland kitchen were those pull out drawers in the island!

  2. Joe - I do love the drawers. We had some briefly in the move across town in Indiana and I knew I wanted them if we ever got to do our kitchen here.

  3. Wow, this is my dream kitchen! I have a swan neck faucet too and it's great! I also noticed that your countertop comes flush with your sink - how nice for cleaning! Looking forward to your recipes with tomatoes. I'm in a CSA this year and I got a ton of them this week.

  4. It really turned out beautiful! Hopefully, you'll find some time to get it dirty with some cooking soon! ;)

  5. Drool... what fun. It is so hard to imagine everything right now--you must be so happy it is over. Funny about the sink--while DH has granted that it is ultimately my choice, we have been arguing about it for a while now. He is totally convinced I am making the biggest mistake ever getting the single deep farmhouse style sink. You and I both know he is wrong. :)

  6. I just re-read my comment and it does not make sense. :) I am having trouble imagining my kitchen right now is what I meant--designing it from scratch is a tad overwhelming.

  7. Sandy - I do love the undermount sink for looks and for cleaning.

    Pasty - I got to do lots of cooking yesterday but it was under pressure (guests coming, baking for the soccer concession stand, DH's birthday, etc). I'm looking forward to a nice, leisurely putter someday soon. :)

    Laura - Kind of like melting milk? ;-) I wasn't sure I wouldn't miss having two bowls - sometimes I thaw meat on one side (shhhh) - but I love it. I think the cookie sheet fitting inside sold me! :)

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  9. I love your new kitchen! And don't you love those pull-outs in the cabinets? They are so great for pots and pans!

  10. Your kitchen looks beautiful!! I love the little island that you have too where you can do all your cooking and baking. I just wish my kitchen was big enough to get that :]

    And it so funny; I have those same cabinets, same oven, and same fridge :D

  11. Deborah - Yes, the pull-outs are great!

    Tarah - I have to say, I'm not crazy about that oven! I really want gas, but I've learned to adapt........

  12. I just love your new well decorated kitchen!! It is looking GORGEOUS!! Cabinets, lighting, and faucet etc. everything is prefect for this kitchen!!

  13. Anonymous11:29 AM

    I am remodelling my kitchen and am planning to use zodiaq cappuchino quartz counters. I saw your kitchen online, and was wondering if you are happy with the counter top material, if it has stained over the years of has been hard to maintain. Also I wanted to know if it has a sparkle to it like the caserstone reflections? I will really appreciate any feedback!