The Kitchen Reveal 🥣 Porch #107

Welcome to our kitchen, friends!  The cabinets are about four decades young and the quartz counters and sink were installed five years ago but pretty much everything else is new.  It took a long time to figure out what we wanted to change ... and then a whole lot longer to work our way through the details.  



We decided to have the cabinets painted the same color as the walls and built-in shelves throughout the house.  We added matching wainscoting to the side of the cabinets before the new appliances were installed and painters arrived.  They did at least two coats of primer and two coats of paint and a whole lot of sanding in between.  

It took us many weeks to find a refrigerator small enough to fit the space available.  This one's a beauty with three roomy drawers in the bottom freezer.  Whoever designed it must have been a genius.  

It took months to hunt down the backsplash I was dreaming of, tiles that reflected the subtle colors of sea glass, the everchanging shades of Cape Cod ocean and sky.  It was love at first sight when I came across these small subway tiles in muted hues of blue, teal, and gray.  The color changes depending on the weather, time of day, what lights are on, what mood I'm in.  The backsplash calms the space and yet keeps the kitchen from looking too sterile.  These variable shades meld beautifully with the furniture and collectibles in our small-ish open concept living space.

The floor was installed in June ... he wanted a roll-out vinyl, I wanted one that looked like gray stone.  We found exactly what we were looking for in five minutes and it was quickly installed.  And then began the hunt for the perfect cabinet hardware.  This took forever.  If I looked at one style, I looked at a thousand.  As soon as these wonderful antique silver pulls and knobs appeared on my laptop, I knew they were meant to be the icing on the cake.

I'm relieved and grateful that we're done.  You guys helped me get unstuck and I'm forever thankful for the brilliant, common sense ideas you put on the table.  If it wasn't for you, I'd probably still be sitting here, seven months later, looking at those brown cabinets.

Coming up ... a handful of things we learned while doing this project.