This weekend saw a lot of kitchen progress, having started our kitchen island, completing the hutch (we’ll share this week!) and finally hunkering down and choosing a stone for our counters! Overall, the base palette for the room is every bit black, gray and white as we’d been craving, but we’ll be bringing in shine and color with unlacquered brass and artwork – and we can’t forget about that pocket door!
We are over the moon and so honored be teaming with Rejuvenation for the gorgeous hardware you see above (with a big, awesome bonus to come for you, too!), and we’ll be mixing oil rubbed bronze pulls on our white cabinets with vibrant brass on a black island. The island’s paint job is in the works, and not surprisingly, we landed on our favorite black, Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! by Clark+Kensington (inset). We’re sort of torn between pairing these bin or drawer pulls for those former-dresser-drawers, but we also sort of feel like we can’t go wrong with either. Decisions! Really, really fun ones.
But on to all the other finishes – you all spoke up loud and clear when it came to counters, and we totally heard you. While we thought we were leaning towards black, you made some great points that we hadn’t otherwise thought of: hidden grime, the never-ending cleaning battle and the reflection of under cabinet lights. We still really love the look of black counters with white cabinets, but from the very beginning, we were hoping to find something with a white base, and we honestly surprised even ourselves when we found ourselves switching gears to black granite. Cost was definitely a factor as well, with the black granite being slightly more affordable than quartz. But! After a good gut check and thinking: hey, what would make us die with happiness every time we walked into the kitchen?, we switched gears again, and we officially called dibs on a ridiculously gorgeous slab of White Macauba Quartzite. You can see our sample chunk in that photo!
For everything else, here’s what we’ve got: the largest panel of color is what we painted the walls, the medium white panel is our cabinets, and layered on top are a few of these subway tiles in a matte finish. To pick up on the darker veining in the quartzite counters and the black island, we’re leaning towards a charcoal grout which’ll really tie the room together.
But right now, right this minute, we wait. We wait for our cabinets to install (this week!), we wait for the fabricator to measure and cut our stone, and we wait for our transom window to arrive so we can complete the whole back door thing. The dishwasher, microwave, sink and faucet will get installed. And then, you guys, it’ll be a free for all. Tile! Baseboards! Rug! Art!