Sunday, March 6, 2011

k i t c h e n

We did it! Friday we  picked out new countertops, back splash, sink and flooring for our kitchen.

Oh, I still need to figure out what faucet I want and hardware.

As you probably know we rented this house for a couple years before we purchased it. The layout is great, cabinets I can live with but the floors and counters are Terrible {with a capital T}.
With the purchase agreement we did get new stainless steel appliances which are great, I SO happy with them.

The kitchen had been pretty beaten up by previous tenants and I could never get anything clean, and well, it smells bad.

I have tried hard to make it livable for us, but I am embarrassed by this kitchen.
It doesn't look bad in the pictures but in person it is pretty bad.
Smelly and I can't get it clean.
When we decided that we were going to purchase the home, I was excited but, I didn't want to buy it unless we could fix the kitchen.

Here is what we picked out for the counters.
Quartz, Bianco River.

The Farm Chick is using it in here new home.

I originally wanted marble but decided against it because it looks beautiful but because it is fragile, I think I would be constantly stressed out about it being stained.

Here is the flooring I chose. Simple charcoal colored tile, 18X18 in a matte finish.
I wanted something durable, dark {to ground the space, everything else is so light in the kitchen}.

I will bring some warmth in with wood accents.
{the dining table and bowls, ect.}

I am also choosing a white subway tile for the backsplash.
{shoot, I can't find the source of this, I had it in my "kitchen file"}

I need to change out the fabric since what I have now is cream toned and will clash against all of the white.

I am thinking this for the window treatments.

                                        Dwell Studio Bella Porte Brindle

And this for the sink skirt.

                                  Dwell Studio Vintage Blossom Jade

{Well, I am dork and the reason I chose this fabric is that it is the same color as my walls are currently painted and I don't feel like repainting.}

But both fabrics are currently out of stock on and I don't know if I have the patience to wait for it to come back in stock or pay full price at my local fabric store so I not sold on the fabric yet.

I am really hoping there aren't too many surprises along the way of this kitchen update.
My  biggest concerns when choosing my materials were:
{I want it to add value but I am nervous about spending so much money}
and making the remodel timeless and fitting with the style of the home.

I am really hoping there aren't too many surprises along the way of this kitchen update.