Refined Rustic – A kitchen Renovation

So, maybe you remember me talking about the kitchen renovation that I was doing this past spring and summer.  My client wanted a refined rustic look with classic details.

And here’s how it turned out.

The befores –

As you can see storage was a major concern.  The above photo shows the wall that we had partially opened up to the family room.  It makes the light flow through both rooms and makes the entire house feel more spacious.  This area, which used to house the stove and fridge was then repurposed with an integrated counter/table and extra deep bottom cupboards.

On the wish list was –
– lots of storage
– blue/gray finishes
– specialized storage for collections
– more lighting
– an integrated counter/table for casual eating
– double oven
– opening up the wall to the family room
– keeping the window and plumbing in the same area
– easy clean surfaces

For a “Refined Rustic” feel we used –

1.   Beadboard cupboards in the softest gray/white finish. The shaker style says contemporary but the beadboard says country traditional.

2.  A matte finished 12″ x 24″ porcelain floor tile in blue/gray/brown. The brown ties in the hardwood floor in the adjoining rooms, the blue to the granite and the gray to the cupboard.  It was laid in an offset brick pattern to add interest.

3.  The blue pearl granite countertops were chosen by my client for it’s lovely touch of blue.

4.  Tumbled marble backsplash with gray, blue and brown tones coordinates with the matte finish of the floor as well as its’ colours.  Not shown in the photos, the far wall was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Stone House CC-120, which also complements the flooring and the backsplash.

5.  And finally, squared dark bronze hardware and pendants bring a touch of arts and crafts to the space.  The faucet ties in with the dark bronze finish to complete the colour scheme.

My client is absolutely thrilled with his new kitchen, which really is the best feeling in the world!



  1. This is a stunning reno! I am loving so many aspects of it, but I think my favorite is the tile. It’s so pretty without being precious, and the colours in it are amazing! Great work. Lisa!

  2. Fabulous job Lisa. No wonder your client is thrilled!

  3. We spend so much time in our kitchens…how nice to have one as fabulous as this. That would be one happy client!

  4. Atta Girl! it looks fantastic! congrats on a job well done 🙂

  5. Beautiful job Lisa! I love the mix of the materials and how you carried the cabinets all the up~then to have the cupboard at the top with a glass front showcasing their collection of silver beer steins:) I would love to have this in my house~ Well done!

  6. *all the WAY up…lol.

  7. OH my goodness, its amazing Lisa! Waaaaay better than the before!

  8. What a fabulous transformation! Your clients must be totally in love! Wonderful work, Lisa, thoughtful design – feels warm and welcoming and just beautiful! 😉

  9. Awesome job, Lisa! I love the floor & backsplash tiles – the colour combination is so pretty and relaxing 🙂 And the oil rubbed bronze door hardware & lights & faucet contrast nicely with the light cabinets and stainless steel appliances. I could cook in this kitchen! 🙂