Wow! It feels like we’re thisclose to finishing our months-long kitchen renovation. Today we’re sharing five huge updates that have us using the kitchen to almost full functionality.
Follow along with this renovation from the beginning: why we’re renovating the kitchen | a happy surprise | choosing cabinetry | sharing the new kitchen layout | choosing backsplash tile | choosing an eat-in kitchen table (vs. an island) | the mood board | the kitchen is GONE and how we’re making it work | maple flooring is in! | appliance first impressions | installing cabinets onto unlevel floors | how to install drawer fronts on inset cabinetry | how to buy countertops
1| Cabinets + Appliance Fronts Are (Almost) Complete
All of our cabinets are installed and functioning perfectly! And with just one exception, the appliance panels are also complete. See, our refrigerator door panel was *ahem* damaged when I failed to double check the length of the provided mounting screws and poked all six of them directly through the large cabinet-style door.
This mistake not only cost us over $500, but set us back 4 weeks while a new custom panel was created and shipped to us. Then, the replacement panel arrived. Yesss! But it was damaged in shipping. Nooo! The third panel is in the process of being created right now (at no cost to us, since it was a shipping issue), and we hope to have it in-hand by mid-December. Beyond that setback, we’re thrilled with the fit, finish and functionality of everything we ordered from Cabinet Joint*!
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2| Millwork and Trim is Installed, Patched and Caulked
Back before we installed the new maple flooring, we needed to remove most of the rooms’ millwork since there was a very good chance that the level of the floor would shift slightly. The room was also being largely reconfigured, so it made the most sense to pull everything and start fresh. Once the cabinet install was complete, we were able to reinstall it along with the fresh ‘crown’ molding at the tops of the 3 tall cabinets. These finishing details can seem small at first, but they really tie the room together!
3| All of the Lighting Is Installed
It’s a little baffling to think about, but our previous kitchen only had one switched fixture in the whole room! One of our priorities in reimagining this space was to install tons of different lighting options and we’d argue that we absolutely succeeded in that goal. The new kitchen design features 7 fixtures with a total of 9 bulbs, all controlled by 3 dimmable switches.
This all adds up to an almost infinite number of lighting combinations. The gorgeous (and heavy!) solid brass fixtures from Rejuvenation are incredibly well-made with a look that’s classic while remaining completely contemporary.
4| The Oak Floating Shelf is Up
Once again, our friends George and Leigh-Anne from Norman Leigh knocked it out of the park with the custom oak floating shelf they built for us! If you’re newer here, they’re a custom woodworking duo that has built countless pieces for us over the years. Our Tree House dining table, Chicago dining table and the Kalvakota’s custom sideboard top were all built by George and Leigh-Anne!
This particular floating shelf was built at around 10′ long x 11″ deep. It utilizes heavy duty brackets to support the weight of dishes, small appliances and anything else we might store on it. Way back when the kitchen was in shambles, we had our GC install horizontal blocking between the vertical studs where the shelf would eventually be installed. This support structure was completely hidden behind the drywall, but provided a secure mounting area for the shelf to completely eliminate guesswork. The brackets are rated to hold around 45 lbs but I’m fairly confident that it’s strong enough for me to lay down on the shelf and take a nap!
5| Tile, Grout + Caulk Are Complete
Once the cabinets and shelf were installed, we were ready to install tile! These Pix Bianco Italian beauties from The Tile Shop are absolutely stunning. We wanted to keep things timeless, while introducing some perfect imperfections to the space and this tile fits the bill perfectly. The handmade quality of the individual tiles means that no two are exactly alike and they show some gentle variation in shape and texture.
We chose grout and matching caulk in Irish Creme for subtle contrast along the joints. We love how the creamy white of the tile plays with the warm taupe of the grout. It all feels cohesive and classic, but absolutely not boring.
The to-do list is getting shorter by the day, but we’ve still got some work ahead of us! Here’s what’s left:
- Paint walls + ceiling
- Paint trim
- Paint back door + pocket door
- Install fridge panel and permanently install fridge
- Install pot filler
- Final organizing and styling
We’re getting so dang close! Our original goal was the have the space 100% completed by the Friday before Thanksgiving break, but the setback with the fridge panel has bumped us into December. No worries, though! The kitchen is 100% functional and we’ve been spending an absolutely inordinate amount of time in there. Happy Thanksgiving and we wish you a restful holiday!