Dear hearts, it is DONE.
Just as I was losing the will to live with this whole remodelling malarkey, this morning is the first one for months where I have not been sharing my home with charming bearded contractors. The silence is utterly blissful.
And we are THRILLED.
I just can’t get over how beautiful the light is in here. I knew it must be, but it was almost impossible to see it against the forest green countertops and burnt orange walls we used to have.
There are still a couple of things to be done with the lighting – in particular we are waiting on a pendant light to go above the butcher block unit above – and I also have to edit and organise approximately eleventy billion megatons of kitchen crap er paraphernalia.
But I thought I’d show you the finished empty shell and then we can talk about some of the details and styling at a later date, when it’s properly finished. I just hope I can do justice to it.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite details.
Yep, the Big Chill fridge still looks awesome.
I’m so happy with this aluminium roll door ‘appliance garage’. We asked the contractors to customise the basic Ikea scrolling cabinet to make it deeper, so that I now have plenty of space to organise and disguise ugly appliances such as the slow cooker and panini grill and get them off the counter. I also like how the slats echo the panels in the ceiling.
We are obsessed with the splashback tiles in one of Heath Ceramic’s ‘Dwell’ patterns. The photo doesn’t begin to do justice to how beautiful they are. I’ll do a separate blog post all about these.
We freaked out a little and bought a slab of walnut butcher block for one part of the counter. I think it might be my favourite thing in the whole kitchen (the rest of the counters are in honed white quartz). We asked the contractors to add a hinged flap of butcher block at the end to provide an extra bit of much-needed counterspace.
The ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Simply White’ in a semi-gloss sheen and has turned from being an eyesore into a design feature. I am besotted with how beautifully this has turned out. In fact we chose three different whites for the kitchen, which I will also do a blog post about.
In fact I have to say that I’m besotted with the whole thing. The only problem is I hardly dare use it.
It’s interesting to see how similar it is to our original Sketch Up designs. Goodness that was a useful exercise to go through.
And here’s one picture of the ‘before’ just to whet your appetite.
Oh and many, MANY thanks to the wonderful GTR Residential Contracting for making our dreams a reality. It was a true pleasure working with so many craftsmen, in particular the ever patient and charming Dan for whom nothing was too much trouble. If you are in the Seattle area, I can’t recommend these guys highly enough.
Pics of the bathroom remodel coming VERY soon.