Our kitchen was the biggest undertaking during our home renovation. We were deciding between keeping the original galley style kitchen or expanding to an open concept kitchen. We obviously went with the open concept and couldn’t be happier!
To do this, we had to expand into our existing master bathroom. This created a chain reaction because now we had to find a new place for our master bedroom and bathroom (which we will cover in a later blog post). Instead of boring you with all the little details of the kitchen renovation, I will highlight the key aspects that make this kitchen unique. You can see all of the items we bought in the gallery below. Also, you can see more pictures of the kitchen renovation in the slideshow at the bottom of the page. If you are interested in all the little details, please do not hesitate to reach me via email or message me on Instagram.
This was one our thriftier finds! I was browsing the Nextdoor app and came across this beauty for only $500. Typically, a new Wolf stove this size would cost upwards of $11,000. Within seconds of the post, I scooped up the amazing deal! We may have bit off a little more than we could chew trying to get the stove back to our house, but we did it! It took my husband, his parents, and our amazing friends, Katelyn and Derek, to figure out how to move this 650 lb monster down a flight of 25 steps in the rain and across town to our house. We are forever grateful for their help in making this stove the centerpiece of our kitchen!
The sweet couple we got our stove from gave us the range hood for free. Once we had it installed, we had a carpenter wrap the range hood in wood and stained it with Minwax Golden Oak.
The decision on our blacksplash was tough. We kept going back and forth about what we wanted. Did I want to go with the classic subway tile or do something with a little more character? I am so glad I chose the classic subway tile (White Brick Ceramic Mosaic)! It compliments our antique white cabinets and gives a clean feel to the kitchen, which we love! We decided to give the backsplash a little flair with a fun accent tile over the stove (Clay Frame Arabesque Porcelain Mosaic). Sticking with a simple subway tile and adding some variation with the accent tile is a fun way to give character to the kitchen without spending a fortune on a backsplash.
One of the more difficult parts of designing the kitchen was to coordinate the finishes of the potfiller, vegetable sink faucet, main sink faucet, and cabinet knobs/handles. We have never had a potfiller before, but now we couldn’t live without it!
We went with an antique white shaker style cabinet. Funny thing is, this isn’t the color we ordered. Long story short, the cabinet company representative inserted incorrect color information during our initial selections. This was a blessing in disguise because we absolutely love the way it turned out!
Knobs and Pulls
The standard knobs and pulls available through our cabinet company were less than impressive. The only decent looking knobs and pulls they could provide were out of our budget. However, thank goodness for Amazon! Our knobs and pulls ended up being a fraction of the cost compared to what we could have purchased from the cabinet company.
Helpful Hint – stick with knobs for main cabinets and pulls for drawers to keep cost down.
We went with the shell white quartz countertop which works really well with our cabinets and backsplash.
Helpful Hint – Bar Keepers Friend is a must when cleaning quartz countertops. Be mindful if you have young kids because the smell can be strong.
For the island, we decided to do a mitered edge that gives the appearance of a chunkier slab of quartz. This really makes a statement when you walk into the kitchen. Also, we added a discrete microwave to the backside of the island that is extremely convenient.
To top it off, we went with vintage gold pendant lights. This really brought the room together!
We absolutely love our farmhouse sink! We got this new from a vendor on Facebook Marketplace. You can find a ton of great deals on high quality items. Definitely make sure to do your research before buying from an individual.
Also, Amazon came through again with an awesome faucet that fits our finishes. If you decide on a farmhouse sink of your own, definitely get a bottom grid to protect the sink from unwanted wear and tear (see picture at bottom of post).
I may have been uncertain about many things in the kitchen design process, but one thing I knew I wanted was open shelving. Not only is the aesthetically pleasing, it also can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. We picked up some live edge wood from Home Depot for our open shelving. I thought about sanding down the live edge, but ended up loving the rustic feel it brought.
Fridge and Dishwasher
This was another frugal find since we bought these on Black Friday. The red accents on the KitchenAid fridge and dishwasher pulls complimented the stove perfectly. They are actually currently on sale for a great price! As a side note, the fridge has the filtered water and ice maker on the interior, which we prefer for a clean look.
Anybody that knows me well, understands my love for a good latte! I use the Nespresso Vertuo to make myself a latte every morning! I love my little coffee nook so much because it is close to the fridge and there is plenty of cabinet space for my collection of coffee mugs!
I really hope y’all love the run-down of our kitchen space! I plan on showing y’all the ins and outs of our hidden pantry and wine bar area in a future post! Next Saturday, we will be focusing on the dining room!
P.S. I have been searching for months for a couple bar stools that would look good at our island, so any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated! You can comment below or on my Instagram picture of my kitchen!
Also, if you missed last week’s home renovation post, click here.