A tour of our (new) kitchen

January 23, 2018

Well hello! How was your weekend? It felt like spring around here so that was a bonus. I'm back today with another room reveal in the new house! 

If you've missed any of the room tours so far, here's a list:
I've shared bits and pieces of our kitchen but wanted to get a few projects finished up before I showed you the whole space. I laugh when friends ask what I'll do with all my time in a new house -- I have SO many projects in mind I can't even tell you. It's a blank canvas and I'm so excited! That being said, the kitchen is the most "done" by far -- I focused on it first.

I've wanted these pendant lights for years and when I discovered we had an allowance for our light fixtures in the house I knew I'd skimp on most of the others. I made it work! Most of the rooms have $20 lights I'll change out eventually (or no light at all for now) just so I could get these beauties:
Soothing light gray and white kitchen with wood accents

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I absolutely adore them! (I'll link to all items in the room at the bottom of the post!)

Overall I wanted a lighter feel in this house -- I went a little softer with the colors compared to our old kitchen. I went back and forth on whether or not we should do the two toned cabinets (gray on bottom) like I did in our last house but ultimately decided on classic white and a light gray island. 

I pulled in the gray island by doing a light gray grout on the backsplash:
Wavy subway tile with gray grout

Of course I had to add my IKEA bar over the stovetop again! I was terrified to drill into that tile! I mean, literally sweating. 😂 I figured out that I could drill into the grout instead (this doesn't hold a ton of weight) and it worked perfectly! Much easier to fix if I ever need to do so. 

I also added this one to the side of the island. I had one on the old island and liked that little detail:
Three pendant lights over island

As you can see -- this room has stainless, black and brass finishes and they work together well. Don't be afraid to do the same! 

I showed you how I stained and treated the kitchen island here. I knew any forever kitchen of mine would have to have butcher block -- I love the warmth it brings to the space! It's the one thing that EVERY single visitor comments on (even kids, ha!). We just love it:
Pretty light gray island, white cabinets and wood counters

We had a braided jute rug from the old kitchen but it was starting to wear out. AND it was too tall -- we couldn't open the trash compactor. So I was on the lookout for a new one for a couple months. I found this one on Rugs USA and loved it (I wanted some color!) but it was on backorder. Thankfully it came in a good week before they said it would:
Long rug in kitchen

Overall it's a blue/gray, but it has tons of color in it -- navy, pink, red, orange. Love it! 

You can see how I hung the shelves in this post. Those are another thing I knew I'd want in this kitchen and I love them!:
Gray island with wood countertops and sink

Light gray and white kitchen with wood accents

Overall we're thrilled with how this room functions. The best part of the kitchen is the pantry, which is still a total disaster. I left the light off in there on purpose. ;) 
Black and brass pendant lights over island

That pantry has so much storage (will have even more when I get it organized), we keep most of our small appliances in there. I had them add an outlet and I have a plan to make that even more functional -- stay tuned! But I absolutely love that I'm able to keep the counters cleared off. 

I just finished decorating the upper cabinets this morning. When I built them in our last house I just had baskets up there to keep things simple. The decor may change over time but for now I'm calling this kitchen done:
Adding open shelves to kitchen

Kitchen with glass cabinets at top

I'm still considering adding wood hood over the vent hood but we'll decide that in time. I quite like the way this one looks (I didn't think I'd like it this much):
Wood countertops on island

I hope you enjoyed the tour! A few years ago I completely transformed our old kitchen and was able to add everything I loved -- I pulled so many of those details into this one and we love how it's come together. 

I like this room even more at night, so sometime I'll take pics at dusk and share them with you. We have cabinet lighting (like I did in our old house) and it's so perfect in the evenings. I want to add dimmers to everything in here as well -- there is a LONG list of lights that will get them eventually. 

Here's a list of the projects and items in this room! If I forgot anything let me know: 

**Go here to see the latest tour of our kitchen (with a bunch of DIY updates!).

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  1. Such a beautiful, timeless kitchen! Love it! Do you have a source for the perimeter counter top?

  2. Your kitchen is beautiful and has a pinch of the industrial vibe without any of the chill. I love it!

  3. Your kitchen is stunning!! I love the choices you made and how you have it styled. I am sure you love walking in there everyday!

  4. where did you get that little stool?

  5. Love the kitchen....and the rug! Would you be able to provide the link or the style number?

  6. Love it! Great lighting...really adds a vintage feel!

  7. Beautiful job! Where did you get your barstools? What type of material are they made of? Thank you!

  8. BEAUTIFUL....I only thought kitchens like that were in magazines! What a great job.

  9. It's just beautiful - and so classic!!
    I was curious so I looked up the bar over the stove. It is the Fintorp Rail in case anyone else wants to know. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00201904/
    Nickel plated - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40213839/

  10. Did you you use a food grade stain on your butcher block counter?

  11. Beautiful kitchen! We are building a home and considering a vent hood. Where is your microwave? The builder suggested putting it in the island, but I'm pretty opposed to that for various reasons.

  12. i am wondering about your range hood. we are renovating the kitchen and i want an exposed range hood. what brand is yours? how are the lights and how noisy is it? thanks, beth

  13. Hi Sarah! I love your rug and think it would go perfect in my family room/kitchen! I looked a couple times on RugsUSA but can't find it, there are just too many. Can you set up a link or the name of it? Thanks!

  14. OMG that kitchen.....SWOON!!! DROOL!!!!! GAAAKKKKK!!!! Ok I'm officially in love....I'm going to go home and take a sledgehammer to my kitchen! Kidding....but someday!

  15. Hi! I am trying to explore using Peppercorn in my house and saw that you painted the lower cabinets in your old house that color but didn't do it in your new house. Currently all of my cabinets are white - will I regret it!? Why didn't you do it in your new house?

  16. I think the simplicity of the vent hood you have is spot on!


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