Friday, May 15, 2015

Our Kitchen Remodel Choices & Update

We have signed off on a kitchen layout, cabinets, counter tops, sink, hood, and flooring. Whew! We are finalizing back splash options. We put down a deposit. And May finds us, one again, packing up! At least this May it is not to move--just relocating a kitchen in prep for demo.

Here is what we decided on doing:
Quarter sawn natural cherry slab cabinets. The quarter sawn wood has a more even grain texture. We really fell in love with these cabinets when we saw a display kitchen in the Ludington, MI Home Depot. It was 10 years old and the color was so pretty. We saw a 20 year old cherry model kitchen at Kurtis Kitchen in Warren. We have never had cherry cabinets before. I look forward to watching their color become richer. The soffits will be out and cabinets will run to the ceiling.
The quarter sawn cherry cabinets

Yes! Wilson Art "Betty" laminate in soft teal and gold and gray on off-white is their 2015 retake on a retro 70s pattern. Jen said it has caused quite a stir with her co-workers. How did I find out about it? Retro Renovation. Thanks, Pam!

We thought we had to decide between an apron front sink or the laminate counter top! But I found Kohler had a sink designed for this issue: the Vault top-mounted stainless steel sink can be used with laminate counter tops. O, the cleverness of me!(To quote Peter Pan.)

We bought a Hansgrohe faucet at Costco.

We loved this Evora cork flooring for its "Canvas" color and 'stone' look. Turned out to be a high quality floor as well. It will be installed in the kitchen and the adjacent family room. The family room is on a cement slab so the insulation quality of cork will be a real plus.

We have ordered a Akdy European stainless steel wall mount hood from Houzz. I don't have a photo. There will be a pot and pan drawer and will feature two 18" glass front cabinets. I will have more counter space than I have ever had around a stove. We preferred counter space over a pantry. That wall ended up looking like this:

Completed Kitchen photo

Instead of how it looks now.
old kitchen
We already have a Samsung convection five burner convection oven and a Whirlpool bottom freezer three door refrigerator. (Bought on sale over the past few years.) We bought a Bosch dishwasher with a third rack. We wanted a quiet one as the family room is open to the kitchen and the bedrooms beyond the doorway into the kitchen seen above.

The refrigerator was moved to a wall where Mom had a hutch. We  built it in with a utility cabinet. A two step ladder is stored in the cabinet.

In process: built in refrigerator
There is still room for a dining area in front of the window wall or centered in the room. We have three table options.
 The $40 1950s tulip red and gray Formica table I found a year ago.
 My childhood 1950s table. (Shown with our retro chairs bought at Target many years ago.)

The Chromcraft 1950s table with crushed ice gray Formica top.

The Chromecraft Table in our kitchen

We loved the retro vibe of this spun aluminum pendant light fixture from Elk Lighting. I bought it from It will hang over the counter between the kitchen and the family room. In drawing below you can see the half wall into the family room. I love the little open shelf at the end of the cabinet.

Completed kitchen photo
The kitchen has a sink on that peninsula now. It will be moved to the stove wall. Dad's stained glass pendent will go to my brother.
old kitchen photo
We are not installing pot lights. Under counter lighting, a light over the sink, and the lighted hood over the stove will supplement existent outlets. For over the dining area we ordered this Percussion 3-light flush mount polished chrome fixture from Houzz.

We considered a stainless steel sheet behind the stove or metallic look tiles. We loved this tile!

stainless metal tile backsplash

We will get paint samples later and pick up a color from Betty.

I have lots of dishes to choose from.
 The Ben Seibel 1958 Iroquois "Blue Diamond' is a set I love.
 Both of our parents had the Cornelle Harvest Gold butterfly set.
Gary's folks good china. I also have an amber Diana set of Depression era dishes.

This has been a lot of work. It was over a year ago we first talked to someone about a remodel. We looked at a lot of online and print information, visited numerous retailers, and spoke to three contractor/designers. When we saw something we liked I shopped around for the best deal. Prices change constantly, so if we saw a deal we bought it right away. As the flooring is going into the family room we will have to clear it out as well.

In the end we will have finished remodeling two rooms!

Now we have to pack.

Update: I found this great fabric for curtains! I liked the retro look with two tiers. It offers a lot of options for privacy and, as a western window, for when the sun is setting.

 They are lined and hanging on rings.

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