Today I’m sharing the next room up on my fall home tour, my kitchen! I love to decorate this space for any time of year because there’s so many different areas and elements to refresh: open shelving, fireplace, table settings, and more! I usually use a lot of bright colors in here normally but add an extra pop of orange in as well for fall. I love how it looks mixed with the greens, blues, and gold accents I usually have in this space. Some of my favorite elements of this room are the simplest decor items- like the blue vase on the kitchen table filled with a tall autumn leaf stem; or the fireplace filled with a combination of firewood, bright pumpkins and gourds, and modern brass candlesticks.Read More
I've been saving this kitchen post for a while for a couple of reasons: 1. I feel so overwhelmed to share this space because of how many details and elements there are to discuss 2. I feel like I still have a lot to do for it to look truly "finished" 3. And finally, it clearly is the biggest project (and best room) of the renovation so I wanted to save the best for last! I finally decided that I have waited long enough and I would go ahead and share some sneak peaks. I have been so busy trying to catch up from the move that I haven't posted any renovation progress in a couple of weeks. While all the big projects are behind us (check out the before pictures here), I still have a ton of decorating work to do in just about every space. The kitchen just keeps evolving as we get settled, find places for everything, and slowly add some decor. I don't feel quite ready to title this the official "before + after," so we will just call it a progress update for now!
If I'm being honest, this whole renovation adventure started with the fireplace. It is what we fell in love with before even seeing the house in person and the reason we even gave the house a chance. I love having a fireplace in the kitchen and if it was up to me, I'd have this beautiful exposed brick all over the house! We removed the outdated trim that was covering the edges and replaced it with reclaimed barnwood trim. I found our new dining table at our local Restore and it is the perfect style and size that I was looking for! It also has leaves on both sides that pull out to make it twice this size if we need it. New dining chairs are something that is still on my to-do list but I have a few options in mind.
Our kitchen island was one of the last items we finished and I love the way it turned out. The island was originally an old workbench that was rusty and covered in dirt when I first found it (also at the local Restore). We had the metal powder-coated to match the kitchen cabinets (thanks to Electrostatic Painting for working their magic!), and then my husband sanded down and resealed the butcher block top. The front side has tons of drawers on each side and is completely open in the middle. We are wanting to eventually create a big shelf or pot rack across the middle space inside the island. I love having all the extra counter space and it ended up being just the perfect size for the room.
One of my favorite focal points of the room is this subway tile/open shelving wall. This wall holds my beloved vintage refrigerator (a $25 garage sale find that now serves as our "drink fridge"), our microwave, toaster, dishes, and more! We also added some industrial-looking sconces at the top for extra lighting. I'm still playing with the shelf arrangements but I feel like I'm getting a little closer to my original vision every day.
My husband threw out the idea of doing the subway tile vertically on this wall and we just went with it. We both really like how it turned out especially with the industrial open shelving on top. Our contractors built the shelving using plumbing fixtures and more reclaimed barnwood.
Here you can see the basic layout of the kitchen: fridge, dishwasher, range, and sink are all on the back wall with cabinets below. The island is in the center with the table behind it. On the left side wall is the open shelving area shown in the previous pictures.
We are using this old baker's rack for more open shelving closer to the back wall. I keep all my drinking glasses, measuring cups, olive oil, vinegar, and anything else I need within reaching distance of the stove and sink. The industrial look of this rack fits perfectly and it has more than enough storage.
When we began this renovation, the kitchen had no floors! The entire kitchen now has new ceramic tile that looks like slate. So far I love this flooring- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt, dog hair, or paw prints (which is super important in our house)! I'm on the hunt for some rugs to add a little pop of color and pattern. I would like a bright oriental-type runner for in between the sink and island and a more neutral textured rug for under the dining table.
Another thing on my to-do list is window treatments. I'm thinking a little cafe curtain on the windows above the sink and long panels on the other two windows. I would like something simple and neutral- maybe a ticking stripe, burlap, or chambray.
We LOVE everything about our Thermador appliances. They have the refined industrial look we wanted but are also made specifically for chefs, so they have every innovation and feature we could ever want. They were definitely our biggest splurge but so worth it since we both love cooking and entertaining. You can tell just by the weight of the doors and handles that the quality of these is above and beyond anything else on the market.
We went with a stainless farmhouse sink and a super industrial faucet, which I love. I'm a little OCD about keeping my sink clean and the stainless is so much easier to clean than the cast iron sink I had at our old house. I also really like having the large open sink instead of a divided one- it's so much easier to wash larger dishes, pans, and water my plants!
TJ at Kitchen Concepts went above and beyond to make sure our cabinets and countertop were exactly what we wanted. I really love the brass hardware against all the gray and stainless and the quality of the cabinets is SO much better than anything I've had before. The countertop is flamed granite which has a subtle texture and definitely fits the industrial style of the kitchen.
My husband was adamant about his giant range and I was adamant about my tall fridge! Once I saw these fridges in the store, I fell in love and since we had limited space for the fridge, the tall, skinny design ended up working perfectly! I love the sleek simple look of the outside and Kitchen Concepts made sure that the cabinet fit perfectly around the fridge so it wasn't sticking out beyond it at all. My island pendants are from West Elm and I love how they are a mix of modern and industrial styles. The glass shades are milkglass and they have brass accents at the top which ties in with my brass cabinet hardware.
It's still hard to believe that this is REALLY our kitchen some days! It truly is a dream come true and we are having so much fun cooking and eating in here every day. I've added a list of all our sources to the end of the post in case you want to shop any of the items (if you have questions about anything not listed- just ask!). I can't wait to see how it evolves over the next couple of months as I continue to add more finishing touches to warm it up and pull everything together.
We have (some) flooring, we have cabinets, there's no holes in the walls, we're so close to having a real kitchen! I'm so relieved that all the plumbing and foundation repair is behind us and this space is finally starting to look like a room again. Here's what we started with in the kitchen:
After demo, we basically re-plumbed the entire house and also repoured the foundation in the back half of the kitchen. At one point the whole back of the kitchen was a pile of dirt! Now everything is slowly being put back together. New drywall has been put up to cover all the holes from the plumbing and smooth out any rough patches. This week they will be painting all the trim and walls too to be bright white.
They have begun laying our slate tile which will fill the entire room and flow into the hall and mudroom as well.
It's still very dusty from all the drywall but you can tell how much this flooring is going to transform the room!
We also now have cabinets! The day we got our cabinets installed was like Christmas morning to me (and this week when our appliances come, it will be like Christmas morning part two!). We are still waiting on counter-tops too which will be installed next week. I love the gray color of the cabinets against the slate floor and the pops of brass with the knobs.
Below you can see our stainless farmhouse sink that has been installed too. All of our appliances are also stainless- the dishwasher will be in the open space to the left and the range and vent hood will be in the big open space to the right.
There is also a custom enclosure for our fridge (far left). I'm really excited about this because it's a little pet peeve of mine when fridges stick out way past the cabinets. There will be a white subway tile backsplash (with dark grout) over any part of the back wall that isn't covered.
The cabinet to the far right by the window is a spice rack pull-out! This will be perfect to have right by the range and oven, and I may also do some mini floating shelves on the wall above it (to the right of the range) for olive oils, vinegars, cooking sprays, and other necessities we will need nearby.
Below you can see a close up of the cabinet color/finish and the brass cup handles. This cabinet is a double trashcan pull-out.
Thanks to our friend TJ at Kitchen Concepts for working with us on these custom cabinets and giving us just what we wanted! I highly recommend Kitchen Concepts for any kitchen projects or custom cabinetry that you need, they really go above and beyond to make the experience as easy as possible and are super organized (which I love!). I can't wait to see how it looks with the whole wall filled once the appliances are in. If you want to catch up on our full design plans for the kitchen check out our post here.
Now onto another fun space: the butler's pantry, which looks just a little different since the last time I shared about it.
It is amazing how much difference a little drywall can make! This room has beautiful high ceilings but they were super outdated looking with popcorn-like texture. Now they are completely smooth and will be getting a fresh coat of paint this week (along with all the trim and walls!)
Another big change that you will notice is that the awkward low doorway is gone! Now it is just a regular wall, and it makes the room feel even bigger!
Next up for this room is flooring! We chose a super unique tile that looks like white-washed brick (see below). I think this will be perfect for the French industrial farmhouse vibe of the kitchen and butler's pantry. I chose a dark gray wall color to contrast since the floors and trim will both be so light. If you want to read more about our plans for this room check out our post here.
I'm already getting anxious to decorate all these spaces but I have to be patient! I'm looking for a fun bright but distressed looking rug for this room and I hope to also paint those old glass french doors (into the mudroom) an unexpected pop of color. I've made a short summary of some of our sources used in the kitchen and pantry below. Keep checking back for more updates as we get closer to move-in day!
We're nearing the end of all the plumbing and foundation work this week and hopefully (fingers crossed!) floors, dry wall, and more fun stuff will start happening early next week! Today they had started demo on the second bathroom upstairs (the guest bath with the clawfoot tub) and they will continue the final plumbing work in there this week. While they finish that up, another important job is happening in the kitchen.
If you read my last fixer upper blog post, you know that we came across a not-so-fun, unexpected surprise in the kitchen. Since the plumbers had to remove large sections of the sub floor to finish the plumbing in the kitchen, the inadequate foundation that was holding up the back wall of the kitchen was revealed. We could not take a chance and move forward without correcting the problem, especially when we have all kinds of brand new flooring, cabinets, and appliances coming that will add extra weight to this already wonky foundation. So here is where we are now:
All the sub floor has been removed in the back half of the kitchen. The front half appears to be framed correctly so we don't have to touch that. We are guessing this back half was an addition, but it is hard to tell because everything that is under there looks ancient. Either way, you can tell by the pictures that everything underneath these sub floors was a complete mess and was never framed correctly. There were random bricks and concrete blocks stuffed into holes, old plumbing pipes just buried in the ground, and support beams that had completely collapsed. The good news is that now that they have dug this out, they will be able to pour a new concrete footer and then re-frame this entire area in a couple of days. I will be so relieved when this is taken care of and we know that we have the proper foundation we need.
We've also been doing some treasure hunting for some specific fixture pieces for certain areas of the house. I needed to find a large furniture piece to use for our kitchen island and we wanted something unique that would fit the industrial farmhouse look of the space (get all the details of our kitchen plans here.) I found this old workbench at Restore and it just happened to be the perfect dimensions and height!
It is in rough shape now, but I can see its potential! The base is all metal and we are going to have it powder-coated by the same company who is reglazing my clawfoot bathtub. They can even match custom colors so they will be able to make it match our gray kitchen cabinets! If you have never heard of powder coating, it is the same process they use for painting many appliances, cars, and bicycles. It gives metals a super smooth, shiny, and perfected finish that you can't get with other painting techniques. Here's a sample before and after of powder-coating:
via My Altered State
I cannot wait to see how it transforms this workbench! We love the butcher block top and are going to try to sand it down and reseal it so it looks like new. Eventually we may have a larger reclaimed wood top made that hangs over the edge a bit (so we can have some island seating up to it). The workbench also gives me lots of storage drawers and we are going to do something creative in that open middle space too between the drawers (maybe a couple of shelves or a bar to hang our pots and pans from?!). What we are envisioning now is one or two bars going across the middle (made out of plumbing fixtures) with hooks to hang all our pots, pans, and skillets from like this:
Onto the master bathroom! I also was unsure if this rustic sideboard I had in our entrway now was going to work for our master bathroom vanity (it has three big drawers in those open holes but I removed them to make it easier to move).
We brought it over and placed it in the bathroom and it is just the perfect size! I know it is hard to picture it with all the plumbing exposed and walls torn up but eventually we will have a white rectangular vessel sink on top and a wall mounted, oil-rubbed bronze faucet above it. You can see all the details on our plans for the master bathroom here. All the plumbing in here is brand new, finished, and ready to go.
Today we also moved everything that was in our guest bedroom and hallway over to the new guest bedroom. Besides painting the walls, sanding that brown paint off the floors, and switching out the ceiling light fixture, this room won't be having any major work done. I'm not sure when we will get around to painting, so I went ahead and set up the room for now (minus hanging anything on the walls). Even if we have to move the furniture to the center of the room or cover it to paint, it makes me feel a little more accomplished to get that entire room moved, unpacked, and put in its place.
It's amazing how much space we have in this bedroom compared to our old bedrooms! Eventually when we are able to upgrade to a king size bed for our master, we will put our queen bed in here, but for now this super comfy twin bed will do. I'm so excited to have this cute little window seat (it also has storage inside!). This room has so much great natural light from the giant windows and the front window looks out onto Main Street. I was surprised that the colors on the walls and floors actually looked decent and matched most of my decor already, so if I have to live with them for a little while it will be fine!
That's all the updates I have for now, but hopefully I will have a ton more (with maybe some new floors?!) by next week!
One of the reasons we wanted to dive into a fixer upper was because we have a lot of unique, and sometimes unconventional, ideas and designs for our home. Transforming an older home allows you to maintain all the character and charm but also gives you the opportunity to completely make it your own. Right off the kitchen on the main floor of the house there is a room that would probably traditionally be used as a den or formal dining room. We were initially planning on using this space as a dining room, but after sifting through all our ideas and needs for the house, we've decided it would get much more use as a HUGE walk-in pantry. We do not have a formal dining room in our house now, and would probably only use it a few times a year if we did. Since our kitchen is so big and open with plenty of eat-in space, both at the island and at a dining table, we pretty much decided it's a no-brainer to spring for the pantry. Here's an approximate map of the 1st floor so you can get an idea of where the pantry will be in relation to the other rooms:
I love these old French doors that lead into the mudroom from the pantry! They let in a lot of natural light from the mudroom which is full of windows. Should I paint them a fun color or stick to something more neutral?
The carpet has already been removed and we will be putting down a really unique tile that looks like white-washed brick flooring.
As you can see in this photo, there is an awkward third door that leads into the front entryway of the house. This strange low doorway seems to be a result of maybe adding on to the house, or perhaps it was just always that way as older homes tend to have quirks like this. Either way, we have decided we don't need the doorway and it just looks distracting, so we are going to close it off and just make it a regular wall.
Our electrician has already gotten this dated ceiling fan down too and we will be putting a vintage chandelier here that belonged to Alex's grandparents.
These giant windows are one of my favorite features of the house! They are this big in every room and these look out onto our side patio.
There's also a door to the basement/crawl space in this room. The basement is pretty small and just holds the furnace and hot water heater.
Dixie would like me to leave the carpet so she can get better traction when chasing Hank around!
Here's the doorway from the kitchen into the pantry. I may be more excited about this room than any other room of the house! It will be like a mini market with tons of shelves that I can style and extra prep space for us when we are entertaining. It will also give me room to finally have my extensive collection of vintage dishes, serving pieces, tablecloths, glassware, etc. all in one place where I can see them. The overall style of this space is similar to our French industrial farmhouse kitchen- here's some of my inspiration photos for the design:
This space is everything I'm hoping our butler pantry will be. I love the mix of industrial metal shelving, rustic woods, glossy tile, and open shelving. We are hoping to have an island-like prep space in the center like this with stools around it for extra overflow seating from the kitchen. We have a vintage butcher block for the center and will probably add another piece of furniture beside it.
I'm going to need to be creative with the shelving in our pantry as there's no money left in our budget for real cabinets or custom made built-ins at the moment. It will probably slowly evolve as we get settled in and try different things, but I'm planning on mixing and matching different furniture pieces to create walls of shelving and storage. This large antique cabinet with open shelving built around it is very similar to what I'm picturing.
I will already have plenty of subway tile like this in the kitchen, but I love the beautiful shelf styling in this pantry. I'm planning on having a mixture of baskets, glass jars, and metal bins on all the shelves to organize and hold everything.
I love this beautiful built-in with glass doors. We will not be able to do anything this fancy right away, but I'd love to eventually have something like this across one of the walls. The prep table in the middle of the space is also what we are picturing for the layout of the room.
The color of these shelves is just perfect and I love the beadboard molding on the back for added interest. I also love how the shelves are slightly messy and look like they have been collected and added to over time.
I don't know how I could possibly need this many jars of things but I love the way it looks! I do want to have at least one section of shelving full of glass jars.
We are going to use an antique chandelier that came from Alex's grandparent's house in the center of the room as the light fixture. I think it will be the perfect glamorous touch to mix up the more industrial, rustic space.
These antique shelves are perfect and I'd love to find something like this because it already feels like a built-in cabinet. I especially like how they have painted the back of the shelves a contrasting color and left the outside wood.
A great mixture of shelving, racks, baskets, and jars for a pantry.
via Indeed Decor
These metal shelves are easy to find inexpensively and look so cool with all the metal bins. I like how they kept the room mostly neutral and then painted the shelves a bright, bold color.
via Proverbs 31 Girl
This blog shares a how-to guide to making this wall of storage using Ikea shelves and wood planks- this may be something to try for shelving.
A great mixture of vintage furniture pieces to create pantry storage- that hanging white cubby shelf is amazing!
It probably would not be necessary, but I'd love to have a ladder like this! That wood plank painted ceiling is very similar to what we are picturing for our ceiling but we would like to paint it a darker color. I love how the shelving goes all the way to the ceiling!
via Trend Land
These built-ins were just too beautiful not to share! I won't be able to afford anything this intricate and custom anytime soon but a girl can dream!
I would love to find some unique storage pieces like those metal bin shelves for our pantry. This pantry has such a dramatic contrast between the dark walls and light floors that I love.
Another set of shelves to dream about- and I love the marble walls! I've been slightly obsessed with marble lately and have seen some tutorials on Pinterest about how to faux paint marble (and it really looks real). I may have to try it on an accent wall or make a faux marble countertop.
via Art Home Garden
I love the mix of traditional and modern in this space. The stately shelving, glossy marble, and more industrial stools are all elements I'd love to incorporate into our pantry.
One more amazing ladder pantry with the most beautiful glass cabinets- so perfect! Here's some of the fixtures and pieces we have picked out already for our pantry:
What do you think- did we make the right choice going for the pantry? I can't wait to start hunting for fixtures and shelving! This will be such a fun room to collect accessories and furniture for! Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to make progress on our fixer upper!
As I'm typing this, demo has begun on our fixer upper and it is kind of surreal that this is already underway. One of the reasons we love this house: the kitchen is so big! Most older homes have very tight and impractical kitchens but this kitchen is very open and has so much space and natural light. It even has a corner brick oven! This room is the biggest project of the entire house: we are gutting everything and basically starting from scratch. We both love to cook and spend the majority of our time in this room, so we want to create an amazing space that has everything we've ever wanted in a kitchen. The inspiration for this kitchen: industrial French farmhouse (and yes, I keep adding more and more words onto the description as we go!).
This back wall will hold most of our appliances and cabinets. The kitchen sink will stay where it is but be replaced with a stainless farmhouse sink and new industrial-look faucet. We will have a very tall stainless fridge on the left side, dishwasher beside it, and a large stainless range and hood on the far right side. Whatever backsplash is visible will be covered in white subway tile with dark grout. We will have lower cabinets only and they will be dark gray and the countertops will be a light stone (we are still deciding on the exact material). We are going to get as big of an island as we can possibly fit and hopefully be customizing it out of an antique furniture piece with reclaimed wood top. There will be two pendant lights over the island and some can lights in the ceiling above. The floors are going to be a dark slate tile that will continue into the hallway beside the kitchen and into the mudroom. Here's a mock-up of what the back wall will look like:
Mock-ups courtesy of Kitchen Concepts
See that little nook to the right of the large longer window in the above picture? I'm hoping to also squeeze in floor to ceiling open shelving here. I'd also like to put one or two thin floating shelves on the wall to the right of the range for olive oil, spices, and things we use most often.
Above you can see a picture of the other side of the room. The cabinets on the right are all being removed. This entire wall will also be covered in white subway tile with dark grout and there will be industrial floating shelving covering the entire upper part of the wall. On the lower half, we are putting my vintage 1940's white fridge on the far left side and a long, counter-top height rustic workbench I have on the right side. I'm picturing the open shelving being built around these pieces so it all looks like one unit. The ceiling fan and exposed wires will all be removed and we will put a big table in front of the fireplace. We are going to remove all of the awkward molding surrounding the fireplace in hopes that there is more brick behind it.
Here's another view of the main wall. I think it will really open the entire space up when those giant upper cabinets are removed! Here's some of my top inspiration photos for the kitchen that helped me put together the overall design.
via My Domaine
This entire kitchen looks very French industrial and has exactly the vibe I am after. I love the dark floors, subway tile with dark grout, cabinet color, brass knobs, and open shelving. This is exactly the style I am aiming for in our kitchen, except that our appliances will be stainless (even though those brass and black appliances are just stunning, they cost about as much as our entire house did!)
via Made NYC
I also LOVE the look of this kitchen: the dark cabinets, subway tile, and stainless steel appliances are very similar to everything we will be doing in our kitchen. My favorite part of this kitchen is that gorgeous antique wood island! We are hoping to find an antique piece for our island and I love the tone and overall look of this wood piece. I'm all about mixing different styles and I love the contrast between the industrial and more traditional pieces in this space.
I loved this picture because the layout of the back wall is very similar to how we are going to set up our kitchen. I also love the light fixtures, especially the ones mounted over the open shelving (I'm hoping to also do this on our big open shelf wall).
via Live Simply
Subway tile, stainless appliances, dark cabinets, and brass knobs- this is all very similar to my vision for the kitchen. I love the contrasts of light and dark, rustic and modern, and mixed metals.
How gorgeous is that exposed brick? These kitchens are what made me fall in love with the dark cabinets. They are so unique and beautiful and really make the space pop. I love the farmhouse sink, stainless appliances and unique contrasting backsplash.
I love the French countryside feel that this kitchen has. The more rustic furniture, brick floor, and stately cabinets are a perfect mix of old and new. I definitely want to incorporate some old, rustic furniture to give our kitchen this feel but with a little bit more of a modern, industrial twist.
The layout of this kitchen is also very similar to what we are planning for the back wall. The built-in around the refrigerator without any upper cabinets is also exactly what we will be doing. Again I love the contrast between the light walls and dark cabinets. Have you noticed almost all my photos have vintage rugs in the kitchen? This is such an unexpected touch for a kitchen that I love!
Just look at all that beautiful subway tile! This is a good visual of what our open shelving wall covered in subway tile will look like. I love the old piece of furniture for storage too!
These floating wood shelves are exactly what I'm picturing for our open shelving. I love how their rustic look contrasts with the glossy tile and bold cabinets. This kitchen has such a striking mix of antique and modern pieces.
Right now our kitchen is an empty shell but I'm so excited for all these ideas and visions to take shape and I can't wait to share each step with all of you. Below are some of the pieces that we have picked out so far. What do you think of my initial ideas and designs? Which inspiration kitchen is your favorite?