Meep, hello. On the last house update, I ended by saying I didn’t know the future of our kitchen……. Our original plan was to remove the kitchen to install the hardwoods but salvage the kitchen so that it could be reinstalled for us to use until a later kitchen reno.
Here’s the evolution of that space…
And here we are today:
This turned to that, and the back cabinets ended up not coming out in one piece. We were totally okay with living with a disjointed kitchen for a year or so. Disjointed as in the back of the island would be open/gross, appliances would be free standing, but it would all be worth it one day!
In the meantime, I reached out to Lowe’s to see if they were interested in a partnership where I show on the blog how to create a high style kitchen on a reasonable budget. To my surprise, they came back and said they were interested and liked the design boards I had sent over……
*mind racing faster than it’s ever raced at this point*
I’ll spare you the details, but Lowe’s agreed to sponsor a kitchen makeover in hopes that I will show readers how to use their products to create a kitchen that is true to what I’m calling “unique” style — basically a kitchen that doesn’t look like the kitchen that populates Pinterest. Like farmhouse style, there’s nothing wrong with the white kitchen that Pinterest loves, but Lowe’s (and myself) were interested in achieving something that feels a bit different than that.
So……. we are officially renovating our kitchen with Lowe’s help! I really can’t put into words how grateful we are. So, so, incredibly thankful that the Lowe’s team trusts in my vision to put their name on our kitchen. Let’s hope I deliver………….. Did I mention this kitchen keeps me up at night????? (& rightfully so…..!)
Back to where we are now…… We’ve moved some things in the garage, but we are doing most of the moving tomorrow. The floors are going in now and they are supposed to finish installing floors in the bedrooms by today so that we can move our stuff in those rooms tomorrow. (We really don’t have much to move as I sold pretty much everything.)
Not sure if you caught that we moved that door that was in the center of the kitchen. That door leads to the back hallway that opens to the garage.
That door separated the kitchen from the “breakfast nook”. We really wanted to have a breakfast nook (we had the corner built in bench planned out and everything) but we ultimately decided to give up our breakfast nook for more kitchen space.
We moved that door that was in the center of the kitchen over about 3 ft to the right.
This now allows for L-shape cabinets that measures by 10′ x 15′ . 15′ across that back wall and 10′ across on the left wall. We will do an island and that will measure 3.5′ x 8′.
The stove will be on the back wall centered under the ceiling arch, and the sink will be on the island also centered on that ceiling arch. The fridge/pantry will be on the far left of the left wall of cabinets.
Now onto the fun stuff…
I’m not going into full detail on the elements as they have changed a bit from this original board, BUT I do want to talk about the Saltillo tile and also hear what you all think of it. Back story: I was roaming through Lowe’s searching for inspiration/elements that I liked. I came across Saltillo tile and was so drawn to its color and texture. I’m going for minimal color throughout the house and if there is any color, I want it to feel very natural and muted. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t even know what Saltillo tile was when I first saw it. I just loved how it looked. I asked a salesperson if there was a matte sealant for it (it’s extremely porous) and he said yes, and showed me where it was. My wheels started turning right then. I bought a sample of the tile and brought it home. Parker: what is THAT??? Me: oh, nothing. (I refuse to discuss design details until I’m ready to put them in action — anyone else?) I started doing some inspiration research and couldn’t find ANYthing of this material used except I found a few annoying articles titled “2017 Design Trends” and what do you know, Saltillo tile was listed. My heart sank. Trendy is the last thing I want this kitchen to be. I found an element that I thought was beautiful and unique and I just wanted to use it and it not be named TRENDY. Is that too much to ask??! I realize I am being dramatic here, but man, those trend reports are fun and annoying at the same time. I love to read about trends, but I hate having something in my home that is trendy…… I know I’m not the only one.
I am still planning to incorporate the tile, but in a smaller way. We’re having a vent hood made that will extend up to the ceiling, and I’m thinking of just tiling that?? I have no idea if this is possible, but I’d love to cut the 12″x12″ tiles in smaller (maybe 2″ x 2″) tiles or MAYBE even a cooler shape?? This material is so so porous, so I have a feeling that as soon as it’s wet, it will have to be handled extremely delicately so that it doesn’t break.
Ok, I know I said I wasn’t going into detail, but I’m definitely going yummy green cabinets. Also annoyed those were named “trendy” for 2017. I’m going with the “if you love something, ignore the trends” motto here. Clearly. Green (because it feels so natural) will be one of the only colors found in the house and I really wanted the kitchen to feel as bold as neutrals can feel since it’s the backdrop when entering the living/kitchen. The kitchen/living is one big room so I’m hoping they will feel married to one another. I have all of the details planned/ordered for the living room (nothing else in the house has been a thought), but I will be sharing details on the living room soon! Just have to move in first!