a kitchen refresh


Roughly six years ago, we DIY’d our kitchen remodel on a shoestring budget. Because we were operating with minimal funds, we saved money where we could, mainly, in that we had cheap laminate countertops installed.

After six years of cooking in a cave-like kitchen (what was I thinking painting it dark brown?), it was time for a facelift. The countertops were starting to pull away from our 85 year old walls in the wintertime and there were a few pieces that were chipped. And I really, really wanted a backsplash. Scrubbing walls is no fun.

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This was one time we did not DIY. We used a local kitchen remodeling company that made the process so easy breezy. They gave me an allowance for the sink, faucet, countertops, and tile and I was like a kid in a candy store. We picked the Danze Parma faucet in chromeand for the countertops, I went with Silestone in ‘Pulsar’ and a basic subway tile with light grey grout for the backsplash. The countertops have the slightest movement of both grey and an orange-ish brown in them, allowing me to pull the color from the cabinets and pulls and incorporate a grey color into the room. So I went with Sherwin Williams Analytical Grey for the walls.
(Oh look. My sink is dirty. I am quite embarrassed, But not enough to go back and retake the photos.)

Probably the hardest decision of all were the light fixtures. The kitchen was done in May and it wasn’t until September that I finally found light fixtures that I liked. I finally found two that matched what I was looking for (ORB finish, craftsman-esque, flush mount) at Wayfair. I went with the Feiss Hounslow above the sink and the Kichler Ladero for the main fixture.

And now I can sit back and relax and enjoy my kitchen while I cook. Until its time to clean up, of course.

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