Sunday, April 23, 2017

#GrazianoBungalow - Our Kitchen (After)

I'm so excited to be able to share our finished kitchen with you today!! We've faced a lot of hurdles with this particular space over the last few months, so it feels so good for it to finally be DONE. As you may remember from my "before" post, here's how the kitchen looked when we moved in:
And here's how it looks now!
^You can find our DIY shelf post (and shop these shelves) here
^This beautiful Turkish rug was a vintage find and I'm obsessed with the lighter coastal colors
^the cheese board/cutting board wall is back! We used the same boards we had hung in our apartment
^I love that our island has this little storage area that I've claimed for all of our vases and vintage glass bottles
We've been through a lot to get to this point, but our kitchen makes me so, so happy now. The big bay window over the sink and the french doors that lead out to our patio let in so much sun, so this room is constantly flooded with light. It's just such a bright and cheery space! Here are the steps we took to get it here:

Project list: 
1. Remove tile and install hardwood floors
Of anything, I think this made the largest impact in the space. Choosing the perfect hardwoods was a tough choice and a big expense (I wrote more about that here), but they took our kitchen from being somewhat stark and cold to a warm + inviting space. If you are on the North Shore and are looking for a hardwood installation or refinishing, I'd highly recommend SCL home services. After we had major water issues, Steve jumped in to save the day, made our floors look beautiful again, and is an overall just a really stand up guy.

2. Install pendant lights over the counter
Our kitchen is extremely open, so this really helped to break up the space and sight lines. We ordered two of these pendants from Wayfair and I love them!

3. Install open shelving on either side of the sink
I love the farmhouse touch that this has added to our kitchen. Josh built these shelves from reclaimed wood floor boards we had in our attic, and I wrote more about that process here if you are interested.

4. Swap knobs, pulls and faucet to brass
Interestingly enough, all the other hardware in the house when we moved in was brass, aside from the kitchen! Which was of course the one place I really wanted it. :) All brass everything is a trend right now, and I'm definitely on that bandwagon. We ordered these pulls, these knobs, and this faucet to swap all the kitchen hardware from nickel to brass.

5. Paint walls white  
I'm a firm believer that the best color for kitchen walls (and cabinets) is white! Painting the walls white (they were a yellow/cream color before) has really brightened up our kitchen and made it feel so much cleaner and more modern. The paint color we went with is called "Cloud White" by Benjamin Moore.

6. Choose new counter stools
We sold the counter stools left by the previous owners on Craigslist and put the money towards these ones. My vision from the beginning has been to create a coastal meets country kitchen, and these light wicker/rattan counter stool really bring that coastal vibe in.

So all our "to dos" for the kitchen is officially crossed off and we've created the country meets coastal kitchen that I've always dreamed about. I love spending time in here, and am so excited to be able to open all the kitchen doors and windows soon and make this space just an extension of the outdoors. Shop this post below and stay tuned for our dining room "after" photos, coming soon! xx








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