Our Bright and Airy Kitchen
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I’m so excited to share my updated kitchen with you today! You can read my original Kitchen Tour Blog post here if you want to see where we started.
When we moved into this house, the kitchen was truly captivating. I loved the detail of the trim work, the wall-to-wall windows in the breakfast nook, and the island right in the center of the kitchen. I never loved the wood top to the island, though, and it was in pretty rough shape when we moved in.
Our guess is that it was the original cherry countertop from when the previous owners built the home. I appreciated that it was different than the granite on the exterior countertops, but the wood was a little fussy for my taste and had a wavy, uneven finish making it hard to really seat a cutting board well on the surface.
In January of this year, we started the process of replacing the countertops. We also extended the island a bit, making it several inches wider and longer so it fit the space better. Originally we could only fit 3 barstools at the island, and now we can fit 4 chairs and two backless stools.
The countertop selection was challenging for a few reasons. First, I wanted to keep every other element of the kitchen the same. I loved the cabinets, the color of the island cabinetry, the wall color, and the pendant lights over the island. The only thing I wanted to change was the countertops, and I needed to find a lighter material that still had warmth running through it.
But I didn’t want it to look yellow or golden.
I walked through about 4 different warehouses with slabs of marble, quartz, quartzite, porcelain, and granite. The designer I worked with was with me, and we held up pieces of my backsplash and faces from both colors of the cabinets against the slabs to see how the colors fit together. My eye continually went to marble or porcelain, but after talking with my designer I knew that quartzite or quartz was going to be the best choice for what I wanted.
And after walking through aisles and aisles of slabs, I finally found the perfect quartzite for this kitchen. It’s called Mumtaz, and we were able to secure 3 slabs for the new island size and the exterior countertops as well.
The process of prepping the kitchen for the new counters was pretty straightforward, and after the new posts and build-up were installed, the old counters were removed and the new material was installed.
This all happened the evening of a dinner with my team, so I came home at the end of the night to, what felt like, a brand new kitchen. It was really exciting!
The simple act of replacing the countertops made everything look new. It made the colors look fresh and lighter, and the kitchen felt like it doubled in size. It’s pretty amazing what color and light can do to a room.
I was so happy with how it looked, and also really pleased that I was able to keep so much of the existing kitchen the same in the process.
It still feels like a treat every single time I walk into the kitchen, and I love how we’ve been able to use the space exactly how I hoped we would: with people gathered around the island and plenty of room to sit, eat, and spend time together!
Questions and Answers:
One. What else did you change? Nothing! We shifted the pendants over to be re-centered since the size of the island changed, but otherwise, nothing else moved. We considered adding a third light but I’m really happy that we didn’t. We also got to reuse our sink.
Two. Why did you paint the same colors? I love the colors but our walls were pretty covered in dings, scratches, and previously filled nail holes. The former owners also had heavy curtains hung in the breakfast nook, so when we took those down there was a lot of patching that needed to be done. The walls just needed to be refreshed.
Three. What is your favorite part? The island. I’m so happy with the size, and I love serving the kids a meal or snack and then sitting on a stool at the end of the island with them.
Four. Did you need to refinish all your floors since they moved the posts from the island? It was recommended to us to do that, but we declined. I knew the two spots that needed to have the stain touched up were going to be under chairs that were under the island so I wasn’t terribly concerned about a perfect match. The floor crew did a good job getting it as close as possible!
Five. Where did you get the shelf next to the oven? Click here for the link, I really love it.
Six. Do you have any links or information about the details of your kitchen? See below!
Paint: walls are Sherwin Williams Universal Khaki in flat, trim is Sherwin Williams Creamy in semi-gloss, the ceiling is 50% Universal Khaki in flat.
Countertops: Quartzite in Mumtaz. The island has a mitered finish to make it look thicker than the exterior counters.
Cabinetry Info: Perimeter cabinets are called Crystal White, with a brushed Chai glaze. Island cabinets are Heirloom Sandstone with a Coffee glaze. These colors are Conestoga Wood colors, not paint colors. Sandstone looks discontinued, but you can see Crystal White here!