At the end of 2017 I decided it was finally time to update my kitchen. It had been almost thirteen years since we built this home, and while most elements were in great shape I really wanted to change out the backsplash and countertops. I still liked the white cabinets and the overall fuctional layout. I thought if I just changed the countertops and backsplash along with a few fixtures it would transform the entire kitchen...
My old countertops and backsplash were dark and had a lot of gold undertones. The warm color palette was very big in the early 2000's, but didn't really go with my recent cooler color scheme of white, gray, and taupe. I was ready for a change and wanted a fresh bright look!
Here is a shot of how it looked before...
The first step was to hire a subcontractor to demo the old backsplash.
The next thing we did was take off the old countertops and replace with the new.
For the new countertops I went with a quartz called Callacatta Nuovo by Orion that mimics the look of marble. I chose this because I liked the bright white statuary look without the maintenance of marble. Quartz products have come so far in the last ten years and now there are so many beautiful design choices. For my backsplash I wanted marble subway tile. I chose Grecian white marble tile from Home Depot because the price was great and I liked the mix of various shades of white, cream, and gray.
Within a few short weeks our kitchen was finished!
The new countertops are so much whiter and brighter giving the kitchen a whole new look!
We actually made the island a bit bigger by extending the length a few inches, as well as increasing the overhang. Our old island was curved on the outside making the overhang at each end only 8 inches. We decided to square up the ends and make the overhang 15 inches straight across. This made the island so much bigger with more room for prep as well as knee space. No more bumping knees on the corners getting in and out of the stools :)
Another simple change we made was to remove the corbels that were under the vent hood. I had planned on getting new corbels, but in the end I decided against them for a more open look. I still love corbels and I can always add them later if I want, but for now I'm enjoying the change.
I debated back and forth if I should have a framed mosaic over the cooktop as I previously had. It was my contractors idea to keep the field tile a simple running pattern and do a pot filler for interest instead. I hadn't thought about a pot filler before, but after he mentioned it the idea grew on me! I found this one on Amazon in the color "Champagne Bronze" from Delta; this also has a matching faucet that I fell in love with!
My brass accessories are a nice complement to the champagne bronze. ;)
Once I ordered the champagne bronze faucets I knew I wanted to also change my cabinet pulls. The old dark bronze ones would have been fine but I just wanted a change. I found these crystal knobs on Amazon and knew I had to have them to add a little glam! I then spray painted my existing pulls (which are on the lower cabinets) in Rustoleum "Warm Gold Metallic." They are a pretty close match so they will do for now until I find something better :)
We previously had a TV on the countertop, but decided to do without at least for now. I've always hated the clutter of all the cords and cable box, and am liking the cleaner look although we do miss having it here. It was always so handy to catch up on the daily news or HGTV, haha :) The cable outlet is still there so we can add it later if we want.
We also changed out our old sink for this single basin square corner sink. The length and width are the same size as the old one, but it is much deeper. Amazing how a single bowl vs double gives so much more space for washing dishes! I would have loved an apron sink, but our existing corner cabinet would not accommodate that. This one is still a fun change and I love it!
In the theme of going for a more simple clean look we also removed the corbels that were under the wine rack. We can always add new ones later if we so desire, but again, I'm liking the change.
Since we got a new Kuerig and pod rack for Christmas, this area has become a bit of a coffee bar as well as a wine bar. I still want to get a new wine cooler and am on the hunt for the right size to fit in this space.
For some reason I think that flowers look better against the new white counters and look forward to using fresh bouquets more often!
I'm very happy with our kitchen remodel and I hope you enjoyed seeing the changes. Sometimes you don't have to completely gut your kitchen to affect change. Just updating a few elements can do the trick.
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