Well, if that title isn’t a mouth full, I don’t know what is. Obviously, trying to come up with catchy titles isn’t my strong suit…so modern/rustic/industrial kitchen it is.
It’s been awhile since I posted any updates on this ongoing reno, but not to fear things have been moving along, slowly…but still moving forward.
When I last left you, I had posted about the finishing touches and we were patiently waiting for the new cabinetry boxes to be done. Well, they were finished up fairly quickly and installed. Which meant lots, lots and I mean lots, of boxes filled with various kitchen paraphernalia, most of which will not be making their way back into the new kitchen.
Once the cabinet boxes were installed, the counter fabricators came in to template the kitchen and about two weeks ago the new counters were installed.
Swoon……(excuse the reflection in the photo, my bad…)
The Caesarstone quartz looks exactly as I had expected it to look, warm, calm and natural. The perfect compliment to the busy, stone island wall. The stone, black island cabinets, hardwood floor and the quartz make me very, very happy.
And speaking of counters, I had originally wrestled with the thought of putting butcher block (which I had in my previous cottage kitchen and loved) on the lowered cabinet area (under the windows) to break up the quartz and to also make this area look even more like a piece of furniture. Well, I had decided to keep things simple and just go with quartz everywhere. But when my fabricator came to measure, we discovered that we would be short with two slabs and we would need to order a third to complete all the counters. Well, I felt that it was a big neon sign that I should go back to my original thought about the butcher block and it would also keep our budget in order.
So, off I went to Ikea and I picked up the Hammarp countertop in Oak, the best match with the oak flooring and the golden oak stained pine.
I also received this stunningly gorgeous runner from West elm that I had ordered a few weeks ago and placed it up against the blue/grey cabinets. Isn’t it charming?
And for my November birthday, I asked hubby for some new everyday dishes. The current ones at the cottage are a hodge podge of my first set of dishes, my Mom’s old dishes, my sister-in-law’s, mother-in-law’s old dishes (I knowwww) and the previous owner’s dishes. I mean…really…..it was time to move them all out to their new homes and get some fresh new ones. I knew I wanted white, organic, matte and durable. It took quite some time to find and commit, but I’m thrilled with my new dishes. I think they will be so pretty sitting up there on the wood shelves.
And speaking of the wood shelves, when I was in Miami last week for Modenus Talks Miami (stay tuned for a future post), we spent some time at DesignMiami. And when I saw this vintage 1950’s credenza in all its live edge loveliness, I knew this was exactly the look I wanted for the shelves. So, I will be sanding my little heart out to get the rough maple slabs, currently in my garage, to get to this look. But it will be well worth it, don’t you think?
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading. If you are interested in the previous posts on the kitchen, here’s the links.