The day has finally arrived, our kitchen is finished! Woot, woot! It’s been a long process, but we couldn’t be happier with the results. I wish we were handy enough to claim that we’d done it all ourselves, but unfortunately not. We placed our faith in the skilled hands of Moore Remodeling here in Kansas City. They’re a wonderful group of guys, and we loved working with them. To take a look at my kitchen inspiration, check out this post, and see how I translated it into the final space.
Artwork was a really important part of the whole inspiration for the kitchen. Some of it I bought before we even started this project, like the Julia Child print from Unraveled Designs. Here’s the pieces that made the final cut (clockwise from top right): Screen prints on wood by Dolan Geiman, tea towel bought at an estate sale, Julia Child quote print by Unraveled Designs, le coeur a ses raisons print by Ampersand Design Studio, and Mr.Peanut print by Chad Woody.
Where to start? How about the breakfast nook? We had the permanently fogged up old greenhouse windows removed, and added in a bench with storage underneath. I already had this graphic black and white fabric so I decided it would make a perfect cushion. The light fixture is original from when we moved in. Hazel definitely approves of the cushions. The wood shelves above the windows hold pieces from my milk glass collection, and I placed white lights behind that illuminates them at night.
Since we were getting a new back door, it seemed like the perfect time to add a doggie door for the pups. They love to go in and out all day when the weathers nice. Our new island is from World Market. The wood almost matches perfectly, and I liked it’s size, and slightly industrial feel. The shelves give me lots of space to display some of my favorite cookbooks, and my set of pyrex mixing bowls.
To continue the graphic black theme I chose a backdoor mat from Urban Outfitters with all the essentials printed on it. Don’t forget!
Our house is old, in fact it’s turning 100 this March. I didn’t want to gut the kitchen and replace everything with modern style tile, so I thought that the white subway was a good choice. It’s bright, light, and still nods to the era the house was originally built in. We went with medium grey silestone for our countertops, with silver flecks embedded. During the demo phase we were also excited when the contractor exposed the chimney that used to be for the wood burning stove. We decided to leave it exposed as another added texture in the space.
The new sink is probably one of my very favorite features in the kitchen. For one things it’s huge, and two it’s beautiful! Again I wanted to put in a new sink, but one that was true to the style of an older home. I knew I wanted it to be a farmhouse style, and when I found the one with the high back there was no reason to keep looking. We went with a faucet that matched a more vintage style as well. My owl cookie jar, a birthday gift from my mom, holds all our Keurig coffee cups out of site.
I’ve been collecting salt and pepper shakers for awhile, and now friends have started giving them to me as gifts too. My newest set is from my friend, and fellow home reno enthusiast Kelly. We’re neighbors so the adorable little houses from West Elm are perfect.
Our old oven had no hood at all, which was frustrating, and messy. Along with a wonderful new gas range we installed this stainless steel hood. The open shelving was one of the first decisions I made about the kitchen, but I wasn’t always sure what style I wanted. Our contractor, Kevin, found some beautiful reclaimed pine planks, and it was definitely love at first site. It’s perfect that they have character and a story behind them, just like our old house. The top shelf holds my collection of vintage drinking glasses. They’re too pretty not to put on display. I also found this set of Griffith Laboratories milk glass spice jars after lots of searching. It still had all the original spices in it (don’t worry I cleaned them out and added new). They’re a perfect addition to the kitchen with the red lids, and graphic black labeling.
One part of the kitchen that we left untouched was the glass front cabinets and wooden sideboard. It was just too lovely of a piece to tear out or paint, and it perfectly displays all my cookware and my new turquoise Fiestaware from Pryde’s. I’m a loyal customer of School House Electric. Whenever I need new sconces, or shades I always order from them. Choosing these lights was by far the toughest decor decision for the kitchen. I ended up going with an Art Deco style. I didn’t want something overly fussy, but rather clean lines with a vintage inspiration.
Thanks so much for taking a tour of our brand new kitchen! We’ve been cooking up a storm and loving every minute of being in our new space. If you want an even more in depth look at the kitchen, including before, during, and after pictures, visit my slideshow of the entire project.