The last big reveal from our home is our kitchen! You may have seen a few snaps here and there on social, so we wanted to give a full tour. When we purchased this home, the kitchen was our favorite space that we were going to renovate. It has so much character and detail, like arched doorways and a rustic butler door that we loved.
Maintaining the historic feel, we wanted the kitchen to feel open and approachable. We had a pretty clear sense of the style — something between Japanese tones and French touches. When choosing the color palette, we wanted bright surfaces that would reflect the light yet dark undertones that grounded it. Think sage green and marble.
Again, Travis took on the project of renovating the kitchen and did a spectacular job. Just like in our bathroom, he did the same plastering on the walls which gives it a very warm feel. With just the help of the plumber to set the sink and hardware and the counter installation, he finished the rest. Hours spent refinishing the original cabinets hinges and inserting the floating shelves were some of the bigger tasks in here. I couldn’t believe how it all came together!
Our Kitchen Reveal
Here’s a look at some the parts of the kitchen renovation. As we were trying to sort out how to maintain the character yet make it very functional, we went back and forth. The major decision was to keep the old cabinet boxes inside the kitchen which meant hours of work to sand down, paint, and fit with a mix of restored, original hinges and new pulls and knobs. The floors were another fun yet tricky decision. We originally wanted to put in terra cotta but since it’s so thick it’s challenging to do in an older home. Ultimately, we decided to match the original wood floors.
Here are the big changes:
- Removed all flooring
- Removed the sink, counter, upper cabinets, and cabinets on stove wall
- Added in recess lighting
- Kept bottom cabinets, sanded, painted and removed paint off old hinges.
- New plaster walls
- Matched the wood floors to the rest of the home
- New sink and faucet installed
- Marble counters and backsplash installed
- New vent installed
- Floating shelves installed (fabricated from 100-year-old reclaimed wood)
Some of the smaller, subtle changes:
- Added sliders for existing drawers
- Chose a smaller fridge to keep the room feeling more open
- Kept the old hinges to maintain a historic style and matched with antique brass pulls
- Honed marble counter top (sealed) so that it feels matte and not too shiny. Kept extra marble as a cutting board
- Installed shelves into the frame behind the plaster so you don’t see any brackets and maintains the look of a floating shelf.
- Removed cabinets on range side and replaced with a French worktable
The Master Shopping List
On the Shelves:
Dusty Pink Salt & Pepper Shakers
Rustic Cheeseboard via Elsie Green
Mason Jars for food storage
Waffle towel from Parachute Home
Stainless Steel Pour Over Water Heater
White Wood Dish Rack
Sink, Hardware, & Appliances:
Farmhouse Apron Sink by Kohler
Antique Brass Faucet by Kingston Brass
Brass Cabinet Pulls
Reclaimed wood shelves sourced from Heritage Salvage
French worktable via Etsy
Magnetic Knife Rack
Vintage Chambers Refridgerator (larger size here).
Materials & Etc.:
Cabinet Paint Color: Sage Green by Benjamin Moore
Countertops: Honed Marble