Here it is folks! My kitchen renovation on a renovation! What does that mean?? Well, when we bought this home almost 3 years ago, we renovated the kitchen rather quickly. There were things that I knew would be short term band aids. I also knew that I wanted to add some texture and pattern. Below is the kitchen when we first bought the home AND a picture of when we first renovated it, which if you’ve been following Simply Grove you know it was quite a transformation.
A lot happened on the first round (see the entire post here). We tore down upper cabinets, painted the existing cabinets, added new soapstone counters, installed all new Kitchen Aid appliances, painted the floors a glossy white and added all new lighting. I loved it and felt so happy with the progress, but always knew that we would add a backsplash. Now, fast forward to a few months ago.
Voila! We added all of the elements that we’ve so desperately needed to. I’ve listed out all of the major changes below.
I LOVE Fireclay with my whole heart, I love hand painted tile with my whole heart and I love unexpected shapes in the kitchen with my whole heart. That’s A LOT OF LOVE! After looking and searching for the perfect pattern and tile for the kitchen, in the end I chose Harvest in the white motif from Fireclay. I couldn’t be happier with this decision! It feels fresh and new. And the round shape of the half moon is a great juxtaposition to all of the straight lines in this space. It’s amazing how one addition of pattern can change the look and feel of the whole space!
After choosing the Fireclay tile, I wasn’t satisfied with the existing sconces. I’ve had my eye on the amazing Long Ube Sconce from Triple Seven, and I really loved the idea of pairing them with the half moon tile. When we went to install them, I assumed that we would hang them vertically. Because we have a soffit running across our wall, it didn’t quite fit like I had hoped. My husband flipped them to run horizontally and it looked PERFECT. Plus it adds way more light across the counters.
Another major change that we made was switching out our existing range hood for this beauty from Zephyr. The one that we first installed a few years back kept attacking people. How, you ask? Well, because it hung so low, you would make a wrong turn and gauge your eyeball on the corner of it. I started actively searching for an option that worked on an island that had lower ceilings. The best option I found was from Zephyr. The Lux Island range hood is flush to the ceiling and has a remote control for the lighting and the use of the fan. I couldn’t be happier with this product! Our kitchen feels so much bigger and brighter without a low hanging range hood. And because we chose white to match our ceilings, it really is flush with the ceiling. Once your realize it’s there, your captivated by it’s coolness.
Also, one more thing to note is we painted the floors a glossy black. If you remember we painted them white at first. White in the kitchen can be a pain. Black is also a pain, but it’s the lesser of the two evils. We will eventually get new floors in this whole space, but for now we needed another quick fix. My favorite thing about having black floors is how moody it makes the kitchen look and feel.
Adding styling details to this kitchen gets funner and funner. Because there are so many shapes happening, I can now layer with any shape that I want. Also, adding wood pieces gives the space a more organic feel, which leads me to another addition. My husband snagged a large piece of butcher block from a building that was being torn down. He installed it at the end of the kitchen counters where we had a large open space. I can chop and cut to my hearts content on that whole block of wood. We also put our toaster on the butcher block and make that the breakfast station in the mornings for the kids. It’s the perfect situation.
Next week I’ll be revealing the dining room makeover, which went along with the kitchen makeover and included this GORGEOUS Pembridge Pendant by Original BTC. I’ll also be hosting a really good giveaway that your kitchen will love. Also, as funny as this sounds, we have one final detail to tackle in the kitchen. I thought we were done, but my brain thought of one more thing. At least we thrive on projects, right??
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