We’re pretty much done with the kitchen remodel on Stone House Lane!
I’m going to show you those after pics and some before photos, but first I wanted to talk a little about my process, just in case you give a hoot!
When I remodel or redecorate I first want to anchor all the decisions with choosing a style and my colors. All the other decisions come easier for me when I know where I’m going. For the kitchen/breakfast room on Stone House Lane, I wanted a light, airy feel with a touch of rustic.
The specific color of the paint could easily wait until the counter top was chosen but in general I knew I wanted grays, blues and white under tones.
Below is the color palette for Stone House Lane. (I added another color: Pensive Sky in the Master Bath, I showed you that one HERE. ) All the colors are of course all Behr Paint colors. I have a long love affair with the Behr Premium Paint as you know 🙂
( I did a post about how I picked my color palette HERE. I really liked the process I used, you might find it helpful too!)
The colors are Dolphin Fin, Wheat Bread, Irish Mist and Rhino…
The walls in the kitchen/ breakfast room are Behr Dolphin Fin…
The cabinet color is Behr Irish Mist
The kitchen color, Dolphin Fin, turned out to be my favorite color of all the ones I used in the whole house!
Okay…now the before and after pics!
This photo is from the real estate website when the house was first on the market…It was a nice kitchen just not our style.
The cabinets were stained, the counter top was cream Corian, the backs plash was cream tile, the stove was electric, the sink was cream Corian, the dishwasher was from the 90’s, the light fixtures were bronze…all of that had to go.
The Husband did most of this remodel. He tore out the existing counter top and tile, took the cabinet doors and drawer fronts off so he could spray them, installed the dishwasher and the stove top and tiled the back splash and installed the Queen-aka: Farmhouse Sink-
I primed and painted the frames of the cabinets (with the color Irish Mist which is not a bright white. It’s got an ever so slight silver/gray undertone).
There are so many choices when remodeling a kitchen, but the hardest by far was the counter top surface. I posted about our dilemma HERE.
We ended up going with White Galaxy Granite which was my third choice. (My 1st choice was marble and my 2nd choice was quartz) The White Galaxy was The Husbands first choice…I need to have that on the record…my 3rd choice…his 1st choice.Let it be written-let it be said… I don’t always get my way! 🙂
Nevertheless…I love it!
Other choices were easier..we both love the school house pendants for over the bar.
And we both agreed on using classic subway tile for the back splash…
Another thing The Husband insisted on was to have LED under cabinet lights wired by the electrician.
I wasn’t sold on the idea, having them wired was expensive…but it made a huge difference and if I had it to do over, I’d gladly do it again. If you don’t want to have under cabinet lights wired, I would recommend getting plug-in under counter lights. The difference was significant.
This is the window over this sink BEFORE…
There was an electric stove top in the old kitchen…
A gas stove is my preference, in a big way, so we had a gas line run and proceeded to labor over the cook top decision. We considered going with the high line brands, Wolfe or Viking, but in the end we decided to take our money and spread it out a little. We settled on a Kitchen Aid 5 burner and so far I love it…
The farmhouse sink was The Husband’s splurge. I wanted it but had decided it was too pricey, he over-ruled me and honestly I’m so happy he did. I posted about the installation and the cabinet doors underneath the sink (HERE)
The sink and the faucet are probably my favorite things in the kitchen…
The kitchen is open to a breakfast room…Here’s the before picture of the breakfast room…(photo from the real estate website)
It was a pretty color green and had the bronze light fixture and wasn’t open to the den. (We added a third arch that opens to the den-Posted: HERE)
Adding an arch between the two existing arches opened up the living area so much…
The den and the kitchen feel more open after cutting out the third arch…
And when it’s cool enough outside, we open the doors to the screen porch which makes the space feel even more open.
Here is the space in June 2013, right after we moved in…
And HERE is the Breakfast Room after our latest little makeover!
We also added a much needed pantry- building out into the garage and using a fun sliding barn door (I posted about it HERE). It’s right off the kitchen in the laundry room…
Remodeling a kitchen is kinda huge but really, any improvement you make to the kitchen, huge or tiny, gives you a big return.
(and our kitchen is a work in progress…we’re still making improvements every year.)
Whew…looking at the whole remodel makes me exhausted. I’m so happy that this part is done!
~Sending love my friends~