Monday, August 19, 2013

Details on our kitchen renovation: part 1

First of all, I need to thank you for all the amazing comments about our kitchen. I may not have been able to respond to every comment, but I cherished all of them!

We are back from our RV trip and are busy gearing up for school. Two of my girls will be in school full time this year, which they (and me, if I'm being totally honest ;) are quite excited about. I have so many plans and projects for this fall!

Today I wanted to share some details about our kitchen: what we chose and why, and what I'd do differently.


There really isn't anything I'd change about our cabinet choices. I'm so happy with how it turned out! We interviewed 4 companies to quote on our kitchen. We talked to both a local craftsman, and huge international cabinet companies. In the end, we chose a mid-sized local company. They totally understood the look we were going for, and nailed the drawings they presented to us. We were also very impressed with their quality and warranties. For those of you local to Calgary, the company is called Bow Valley Kitchens-definitely recommended!

Here's some of the decisions we made (with the help of the talented Holly Mathis and Bow Valley Kitchens) when designing this kitchen:

*Shaker style

In our last kitchen, we used raised panel cabinets, and while pretty, I knew I wanted shaker style for this kitchen. Shaker cabinets are classic and timeless and look great in many different styles of kitchens and homes.


*right to the ceiling

We took the cabinets right to the ceiling (which are 10 feet). Are the top cabinets easily accessible? No, but I use the glass uppers purely for display, and the closed uppers for storing rarely used items. Another bonus, is I don't have to struggle with what to put on top of cabinets that don't reach the ceiling. I always found it tricky to know what the heck to put up there.

*painted doors

While I do love wood cabinetry, there was absolutely no doubt we would use painted cabinets. We have so much beautiful fir trim in our home. I wanted to brighten it up with a painted kitchen. Our previous kitchen was a honey oak colour, which looked terrible next to the more red tones of our fir trim. We used a colour pretty much identical to Benjamin Moore's White Dove. The cost would have been 10% more to use the BM colour (since it was considered custom), but when I took a swatch to the showroom, it was so close to one of their stock colours that none of us could see the difference. We were happy to save money wherever we could!

*glass and closed cupboards; built-in lighting

The upper cabinets have mullioned, antiqued glass doors, with led lighting inside. All the doors and drawers are slow close (love this feature, especially when you have kids who tend to wham the doors shut!) There are also led lights under the cabinets, that are recessed so there is no valence.


*details such as crown moldings and feet at toe kicks

We chose pretty thick crown, but with a basic profile. We opted not to get anything overly fussy such as rope or dental moulding. I do love this feature in many kitchens, but was really trying to go for more of a cottage/farmhouse look vs a traditional style.

We also chose to add 'feet' to give more of a furniture look.

 you can see the 'feet' at the toe kicks, as well as the crown molding at the ceiling

*open shelving

I wasn't sure about open cabinetry. I love the look (in fact, I really love kitchens that hardly use any upper cabinets at all) but our kitchen isn't huge and I knew I needed closed upper storage. I compromised with using one bank of open shelves to store our everyday dishes. I love, love it! No, it doesn't get dusty, and yes, it makes it handier to grab our dishes. Most of all, I love the look with the beadboard back and corbels under each shelf. We added the same open shelves in the nook cabinet. I am so happy to have a space for displaying pretties!

*finished end panels

 All the end panels are finished in the same shaker style. Our previous kitchen didn't have these types of finishing details and it makes all the difference!

*Hardware and mixing metals

Holly and I thought long and hard about the hardware. I knew I wanted cup pulls and simple knobs, but finding the right shape/size is a challenge! The hardware is Richeleau and was included in the cabinetry cost. We decided to be brave and mix finishes: brass for the island and nook, and orb for the rest. This is in keeping with our lighting choice (which I will show you soon). I LOVE the mix. It is subtle, but it distinguishes the island and nook cabinetry from the rest of the kitchen.

 orb on the perimeter cabinets

 antiqued brass on the nook and island cabinets


Our backsplash is a mix of beadboard (behind the open shelves and my baking area) and simple, inexpensive white subway tiles (from Lowe's). I was willing to splurge on marble tiles, but Holly was set on keeping it simple and she was so right! I love how it turned out! I was worried that it would just be so much white-cabinets, counters, beadboard. It isn't too much white or cold looking at all, and once accessories were added, it was perfect.

 a mix of beadboard and tile backsplash
I still have so much to discuss but will do more in another post-this one is already getting long! 
Coming up: lighting, counters, appliances, accessories and details of the inside of my cupboards. I'll show you how I organized them and some fun little finds that helped me keep my cupboards and drawers clean, cute and organized! 

Linking my kitchen details to these parties:


Pine Tree Home said...[Reply to comment]

Such a classic and welcoming space. I could totally have a cup of tea here!

Suzan Sweatman said...[Reply to comment]

Well Andrea - you have created my Dream Kitchen without a doubt!!!
What a joy it must be to step into it first thing in the morning ( actually I'd probably just hang out there all day )
Off to pin!
Thanks so much for sharing!

Kelly said...[Reply to comment]

You've made some great choices in your kitchen. I love the style cabinets you chose and the subway tile backsplash.

Leslie said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea,

Your Shaker style cabinets are beautiful and I the white is classic. I've got white cabinetry and open shelving too and wouldn't change a thing!


Mary Deckert said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea:
Thanks for sharing some details on your kitchen. It's beautiful! So interesting to read your thought process on the cabinets and backsplash tile. I'm anxious to read about your counters. What a pleasure it must be to get up each morning and enjoy your home.

Michelle said...[Reply to comment]

It looks beautiful lots of time and effort went into that kitchen design I can tell! I have just finished renovating my kitchen it took 16 weeks to totally transform it and I couldnt be happier, cant wait to share the scary befores and pretty afters on my blog :)

Ryann Hoyer said...[Reply to comment]

Astounding! This looks so much better than before. You also made larger cabinet and interchanged the stove and the ref. I thought you'd be retaining some features, but I can't notice any of them. Hehe! This is very nice and so organized. Good job, Andrea!

Phyllis @Around the House said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is stunning, from the cabinets up to the ceiling, glass on some, light floors, cool knobs and some not all open shelving, I love it all and I can't forget the cool subway tiles and that fab stove...sooo pretty and perfect design.,Phyllis

At The Picket Fence said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is AMAZING!! I seriously had to scroll back slowly through all of the photos just to soak it all in. You did an incredible job and made wonderful choices!

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Gabrielle Jeromy said...[Reply to comment]

Now it's time to start your kitchen show! The renovation has turned out really well, Andrea. It may not be very spacious, but you have chosen the right pieces to fill up the limited space here. It's a good thing you go for a square center island; just the right size with eye-catchy details. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Gabrielle Jeromy @Majestic Renovations

Herb said...[Reply to comment]

You absolutely have a gorgeous kitchen, Andrea! I like the cabinets and the drawers. Everything looks well-organized too! It's good to have those mini-jars for your utensil storage, I guess. Also, the white hardware blends well with your stainless steel appliances. For me, your kitchen conveys both the traditional and modern setting. You did a great job on this project!

Herb Koguchi @ Kroll Construction

Jen Ham said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, Your kitchen is A-MAZ-ING! So classy and stylish!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen turned out sooooo pretty, Andrea! I love every choice you made.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

Have a great week!

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Saw your home on another website. WHY IN THE WORLD do you need a home of that size? What a waste!!!

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Cate said...[Reply to comment]

IS this YOUR house? Then SHUT UP! Jealous? NO WAY! I could have this if I
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