The kitchen is finished! – Paint touched up, lights hung, appliances installed – it is finally complete! It seems like forever ago we were tearing down walls and plaster. Now, we are cooking up a storm in this beautiful space. Before we bought our home, we knew there was a brick chimney hidden in the wall that separated the kitchen and the would-be dining room. We immediately starting making plans to remove that wall and expose the brick. We spent a vast amount of time in the IKEA kitchen planner refining our kitchen layout. The hours upon hours upon hours of planning and work has finally paid off. Here is a reminder of where we began:
Last winter was rough … I refer to that time as “the dark days” because 1) it felt like it was dark outside all the time (gotta love living in the north), 2) I felt like my house was in a constant state of dust (because it was), and 3) our kitchen looked like something you would see in horror film. It seemed like we were never going to get out of this stage (side note, when we took the photo below we literally had a moment of, what the heck have we gotten ourselves into?):
Alas, the dark days passed and there were brighter times ahead. Here is where all of our hard work and planning has gotten us:
We removed the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and exposed the brick column that was hidden in the wall. Opening up that wall really makes the space feel light and airy, and it flows with the rest of the house really well. Additionally, with the wall gone we were able to extend the counter top into the dining room to serve as a breakfast bar.
For flooring, the plan from the start was to restore the original hardwood floors buried underneath four … FOUR!! … layers of linoleum. We had high hopes for those maple floors, and I was little disappointed when I saw how imperfect they were when we pulled the linoleum up. There were hundreds of nail holes, dings and scratches. But after we restored the floors I became obsessed with how they turned out! I absolutely love how much character each scratch and hole gives them.
Brock did a lot of research for our appliances. We wanted something that had more of an industrial stainless look with bar pull handles, and also gave us great function. We ultimately chose KitchenAid and have been very pleased.
We relocated the fridge to the wall opposite of the sink and added a ton of much needed pantry space. We also incorporated a built in microwave (another modern amenity the original kitchen lacked).
For cabinetry, we went with IKEA cabinet boxes and Semihandmade DIY shaker doors that we painted ourselves. We LOVE our Ikea cabinet boxes. The organization of them is amazing. I find myself in Ikea often these days, constatnly trying to get ideas (and spending way too much money) trying to get the kitchen drawers and cabinets organized to perfection. The Semihandmade door fronts fit our cabinets perfectly and allowed us to go with bright-white wood doors rather than the only IKEA option of off-white.
Although we debated open shelving quite a bit, we opted for glass cabinets instead. We love how open shelving looks, but my clean freak side couldn’t stand the thought of some items collecting dust. The in cabinet lighting turned out being a nice added touch.
The Super White Quartzite countertops really help tie everything together. We debated several different types of countertops, but ultimately went with Super White because it gave us a marble look with a lot of veining, yet is more durable than marble for the kitchen wear.
We spent a significant amount of time thinking through and designing our lighting layout. We wanted multiple layers of light to suit all occasions … lots of can lights to provide ample (and dimmable) lighting, under cabinet work task lighting, stylish yet functional pendant lights over the breakfast bar, there are even lights in the silverware draw – sounds a little ridiculous, but it is our most accessed drawer and we love it!
So that’s the kitchen! It’s been a long ride with a lot of bumps along the way, but we are thrilled with how it turned out!