I feel like approaching your thirties causes you to sit back and begin to truly self assess who you are as a person. What do you want out of life? What do you enjoy doing with your
spare time? What is your style? Coming into six years of being in the same home, I finally decided to do a complete overhaul on our home- beginning with the Kitchen.
The Kitchen was one of the original draws to our home for us. It was amazing- granite counter tops, tall cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, you name it! Fast forward six years after viewing hundreds of kitchens in other homes, and my black and brown counter tops started to look uneven and dated and when mixed with the cherry cabinets, it just felt dark. Our home is already overly shaded by the mature trees that surround it- one thing that is a blessing in the heat but causes us to constantly have lights on.
My style has become light and bright with a coastal vibe, so I needed to banish the darkness and bring in the light!
Step one was taking out the step-up. You know, that very 1990’s addition on top of the counter top where you can set drinks/eat while standing? Well, it had to go. We had selected a very rare white granite- yes white granite not white marble or quartz (more on that here) – and decided to give it a curvature eat-in feel.
Sticking with the coastal theme, I found the most AMAZING Backsplash(more on that installation here)- a surf colored glass tile that reminds me of the sea glass we find on the beach. Took a bit of finagling to get it set just right, but ultimately it came out exactly how we wanted it.
Next was the cabinets. Do you know how many companies will come out and try to upsell you new cabinets without even attempting to use yours first? The existing cabinets were solid cherry and a great height. I had no desire to pull them down and put in smaller white particle board cabinets for 2x the cost. We also did not want to refinish them and put a topper material on the fronts. It just seemed wrong to cover up cherry like that. After a lot of research and interviewing, I FINALLY found someone who could tastefully paint them the color I wanted, without brush strokes, drips, or hassle- queue in Junk in Her Trunk, LLC.! Mindy and her team were a-maz-ing! Trust the process!
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Once all was said and done cabinet-wise, there was one GLARING item I could not get past: the oil rubbed bronze cabinet pulls that worked so well with my prior kitchen….just did not flow at all with the new one! Going completely out on a limb, I searched for sea glass knobs and Home Depot did not disappoint! (Note: I could only find a few here and there in stores locally, so you may be better off ordering online like I did.) Check out these beauties:
Ahhhhh, the finishing touches! Done and done!
I ADORE my new coastal kitchen! How would you design yours?
What a difference!