Pssst. Kitchen Update.

There’s progress going on in the kitchen!  Here is a little of what we’ve been up to!

I wanted soapstone, but we needed something with less maintenance and a lower price.  We chose a granite called “Jet Mist”.   The template has been made and our granite cut (Custom Marble & Granite – friendliest, most helpful fabricator in our area).  See the dark gray color with white veining?

GOOD BYE blue laminate!

As you know, we painted the cabinets.

Question:  Have you distressed your painted kitchen cabinets?  I’m doing a test on an old door this week to see how it goes/try a technique I hope will be cool.  I’ll keep you posted. 

Before
After

GOOD BYE orange oak!

We have yet to pick out the flooring, but we know we’re going with a dark Bamboo and keeping my fingers crossed that I can talk Mr. DIY into handscraped.  We’ll be heading to Flooring America and/or Lumber Liquidators this week.
GOOD BYE vinyl/linoleum!

We’d love to have this kitchen faucet, sprayer, hot water and soap dispenser from the Waterstone Towson suite.  I’ll let you know! 
And Mr. DIY can’t help but dream of a new free standing refrigerator and freezer.  We’re looking into it…but still undecided on if it will happen (involves demo of existing pantry).  It depends on where our budget is and if we’d rather go on a tropical vacation this year and live with our existing one for now.  We’ll be demo-ing the pantry either way so the floor is completed – we’ll have more storage in the island and around the corner in a “Butler’s Pantry” area coming sometime to a DIY house near you (ours). 
I’d LOVE to have a farmhouse sink, but “compromise” makes a happy DIY couple so we’re getting this stainless steel zero radius sink (thanks again to our friends at Custom Marble & Granite for the advice and help!):
We’re still going back and forth on the new wall color too.  I want white/light. He loves contrast and color. I’ll let you know who ‘wins’.  I’ve told you that I pretty much get to do what I like in this old farmhouse, right?  Well, the kitchen is Mr. DIY’s domain so it’s important that he has a say in this room. He can’t always see my vision, but he always loves the results.  So, maybe I can get him to consider white…but probably not. 😉
We really do use the lazy susan spice loft
We have new recess lighting and the $5 Habitat pot rack…
We’re also going to have a kitchen island and we’ll likely have help from our contractor or a custom cabinet maker (referral from Custom Marble & Granite) since it’ll need to support the weight of the slabs of marble that we found outside when we bought the house and I hope to use reclaimed barnwood. We also have plans to build a PB inspired console table with barnwood shelving above for the microwave, antique scales, antique meat grinder, etc. 
More to come…hopefully a reveal by spring!  🙂

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