Many of you know I stare at beautiful pictures of interiors everyday for pleasure and for the marketing I do for Restyle Design. It was slowly driving me crazy seeing beautiful kitchen updates with what appeared to be a coat of white paint! My poor husband as I kept talking to him about my white kitchen dreams until one day… he said OKAY. I don’t know about all of you but when I finally get the go ahead on any house project, I try to casually leave the room right after and then frantically get in touch with a contractor as fast as my fingers can dial.
So, last fall I contacted Summit Cabinet Coating and got a bid for painting my alder cabinets WHITE. As soon as I saw some before and after pictures, I was SOLD. What I thought would initially be one small change, became many. To list a few; new faces on my cabinets, the demo and new install of counter tops, new sink and faucet, larger crown molding, new under cabinet lighting and all the hardware. One thing leads to another… and luckily I am still on good terms with Susan at Restyle Design now that we are done. She was really a champ with my late night indecision and my often WILD pinterest ideas.
This process was pretty short in my opinion. I signed the paint estimate in January and then worked backwards with my paint date being scheduled for April. After researching all sorts of marble knock-offs, my husband suggested we stick with black counters as we would need to ground all the white I was planning! He was right as now that the kitchen is complete- it would have been one big sea of white had we not installed a honed black granite. I also went for a BIG Blanco sink which is so thrilling to me! No more divider for my pans! I do find that with a big deep sink, however, my kids just pile those plates deep in there thinking I won’t find that they didn’t make it to the dishwasher. Oh well- small price to pay!
The other thing I could not decide on was the back splash! My sister joked that I really had high expectations from a tile. She was right! I was all over the board- color! detail! shape! until I slowly realized that everyone was saying the SAME two words to me – “subway tile”- there is a reason it is a classic! Thanks to Erin at Everitt and Schilling tile- I chose the Jeffrey Court subway which has a very subtle basket weave pattern to it. Here was my attempt at a design board with my choices-
And here are some before and after pics-
Special shout out to some other people who I drove crazy during this project as well- Wendy, Stephanie, Becky, Trisha and anyone else who felt like I told you every single detail of this kitchen remodel. Oh, and my husband.. because you know he had it worst of all.