It's been a few weeks now but finally, that big kitchen renovation that we undertook in only 8 DAYS has had it's final steps completed: the countertop & backsplash. While the reorganization of the kitchen continues (Mom is so excited with her new drawer system!), I am finally able to reveal to you the final look.
Ooo la la!
After careful and at times, painful, deliberation, Mom decided to implement a soft butter yellow to complement the warm tones in the cabinetry and to achieve the warm, bright kitchen she'd always dreamed of. To keep the sightline uncluttered and to make the kitchen look larger, we opted not to put up corner cabinets that would encroach on the window. Instead, we ran a straight run right to the end wall and now the kitchen not only looks larger, but also more airy as the window has room around it to 'breathe'.
*An important note on those cabinets is that because they sit in the corner, they are less easy to access. However, they are great space for those once-a-year items or overflow food items.
Simple details, like running the backsplash edge at the same level as the base of the upper cabinets, hold the clean lines of the newly designed kitchen allowing the details like the two-tone cabinetry and the extra long subway tiles to really shine. (Pardon the egg cartons on top of the fridge. Yours truly forgot to remove those ;P )
In order to incorporate an unfortunately placed light switch and phone jack, we extended the backsplash tile to the patio door frame, carrying the line across. You can see in the image below the brick lay pattern to the simple white 4x16 tile which adds a nice little bit of detail to our kitchen.
After all is said and done and the last face plate is screwed into place, the next big job is to stock the kitchen again. This is not a small job and requires some thought of how you'll use your kitchen. In this case, we specifically designed the kitchen in such a way that the storage around key work areas support the functions of that area. Big, deep drawers bookend the stove to store pots, pans and cooking utensils. Tall, glass cabinets are underpinned by medium-depth drawers to allow coffee cups and coffee grinds to be stored above and below each other with an electrical plug in between for the coffee machine. Key design details like these make the kitchen function optimally for all who use it.
More Finishing Details...
In order to keep to our budget, we opted for the white cabinet boxes on all units, including the base cabinets. When you are shopping for your kitchen, it is important to note that the display kitchens in IKEA show these cabinets with a dark cabinet box, which is considered an upgrade. Throughout most of the kitchen, the white boxes worked really nicely. However, in the key corner to the left of the sink, we could not adjust the doors and drawers sufficiently to hide the white showing through. Since this was seen on our main sightline into the kitchen, Mom did a little research and found a wood veneer glue on strip that was similar in grain to the doors and we stained it to match the cabinets.
Other details that were planned into the kitchen included the choice of cabinet hardware. While we debated between using knobs on the uppers and handles on the lowers, ultimately we decided on one uniform style to complement the kitchen and allow all the design details to stand on their own accord. We also made sure to find handles that one could comfortably fit their hand into and properly pull a door or drawer open.
Call It Complete!
After a sum total of 10 working days (including the two required to install the countertop and backsplash), this kitchen redo is complete. Everyone who has seen the kitchen since raves about it, how nice it looks, how much bigger it looks and how unique the two tone cabinetry is. However, most important of all, the new kitchen makes Mom happy and allows for more family gatherings and time spent together.
A Glowing Review...
Recently we have re-done my kitchen, a big project that I have been looking up against for a couple of years, but we took the plunge this past Christmas to get at it. Amy made sure to find out what kind of kitchen cupboard I would like, what my goals were, and what my budget was! Those are important factors. And although Amy's house looks very different from mine, she managed to find what worked for ME! What I like and what I am looking for in MY home.
She made the effort of all the little and big choices so very easy for me, she would send an email with several handles to choose from (instead of having to go through however many at however many stores), she finds what suits the project, looks at quality and what your budget is for the project. It makes sense, I work full-time and do not have the time, nor the energy to go shopping again and again for all the little accessories that are needed. But having the right accessories really make a beautiful finished project. She directed the craftsman installing the counter and tiling and again made sure that the project was finished right! Craftsman may be good at what they do, but they are not necessarily good at overlooking the whole project, that is simply not their job.
Everyone who comes in my home is excited and very surprised about my kitchen, it is a professional piece without a doubt, it makes me incredibly proud of Amy.
Catharina Gijsbers, CPA, CGA
In The Works...
As always, there are more projects underway in the Dutch Touch design house, including our very own home renovation. Sheets of drywall are starting to go up and word around the water cooler is that cabinets shall be going in very soon so stay tuned to see how our project progresses and to learn and be inspired to create your very own beautiful, personal spaces!