Hey everyone! I hope you had a great holiday! I feel like we all need to just grit our teeth and hold out for 4-6 more weeks before we see a light at the end of this godforsaken COVID tunnel of doom.
In the meantime, my house renovation is rocking and rolling and it is SO EXCITING! If you aren’t following along on IG, follow me there, as I post a lot of updates to stories during site visits. We are T-minus 2.5 weeks until the move and I am freaking out/SO excited.
A lot of questions have come up about my kitchen mini-renovation, so I wanted to answer those, as well as share some progress photos and the final design board plans!
tile // pendants // faucet // vintage runners // cabinet hardware // stools // utensil holder
Yes. I am not a fan of the layout of the kitchen and since we believe this will be our forever home, I want to have my IDEAL kitchen. I can’t afford that right now because this house was at the tippity top of our budget, so since the kitchen has nicely-made cabinets, I decided to refinish (professionally, for the best quality/wear) and change out the counters, tile, lighting and hardware. It’s a lot for something I will eventually tear out, but as a designer I needed to make the space pretty – it’s my business after all. And if I don’t get to do the BIG kitchen renovation before I write a third book (IF I write a third book), I wanted the kitchen to be nice enough to photograph.
Here’s a VERY rough sketch of what I’d ideally want to do layout-wise: put the range where the fridge is now and make it a super statement with slab backsplash, as it’ll be recessed into a nook, which is cool. Put the fridge where the stove is now and open up the center of the room instead of having a passthrough and doorway. The island would get deeper and house the sink, dishwasher and trash. If I could I would close up the wall with the door to the mudroom, but that is the only window “in” the kitchen, so that would make it a little dark I think – also we’d have to expand the mudroom then to create a new entrance from it into the house (which I’m not opposed to, if I win the lottery). Instead we’ll probably take the mudroom down to one window from two big ones and do cubbies on top of the bench we already have built. Either way, this is a few years away.
The cabinets are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey and the walls and trim are Benjamin Moore White Dove, though I am thinking of wallpapering the walls though with a vinyl grasscloth :) The countertops are a very affordable stone called Jurassic Grey granite (sometimes called Silver Grey, too). When polished it’s kind of sparkly and spotty, but when honed, it looks SO much like limestone due to the white veining. I may have to seal it, which will make them a bit darker, because they do turn dark when wet and I’m a little nervous about spills. Here are some process pics! The cabinets looks white but they are NOT.
It’s an affordable version of a zellige, which means each piece has a slightly different tone, giving it more warmth and movement while staying classic. It is not handmade zellige, which is thicker and much pricier. IF you are local, you can find it at Tiles Plus More in Natick. If not and you can wait, this is one we use a lot that is VERY similar (if not the same -but when I was ordering had a long lead time).
We are reusing the old Wolf cooktop for the kitchen, as new appliances made no sense if we’re redoing it down the road. I just hope they all hold on for 3-5 years!
You can see a peek into the mudroom here– more on that space on Wednesday! I know a lot of you have questions about my “faux” brick tile! :)
I will be sharing all of the design plans for each space in the new house here on the blog over the next few weeks/months. If you have any questions about my plans, selections or process, leave them in the comments!
Ok, off for another site visit!!!
can you share the color of the backsplash? is it the gray, creme, or white. i absolutely love it!
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Something fun to look forward to each week, thanks for bringing us along!
I see you have the dreaded corner cabinet—large endless space where things get lost. Do you have any tips as to what to put i the cabinet to keep it organized and useful ?
It looks wonderful!! Curious – there is no large counter space next to range. Where would you prepare food? On the island, near fridge? I have a similar (albeit tinier) kitchen set up and am always wanting more counter space. I was so concerned with storage space, I forsook counter space…
LOVE your renovations in your stunning new home! The progress, thus far, is gorgeous!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE write a third book!
godforsaken COVID tunnell of doom is now how I will refer to time…thank you for the much needed laugh! I will be sure to credit you!
Beautiful as always! Do you mind sharing the source for the grasscloth vinyl? Thank you!!!
I have the Lorford lights … they really are beautiful ! Love seeing your choices . Beautiful home !
Beautiful!!! I’m curious to see your countertops once they are sealed. In the midst of a kitchen renovation and going back and forth on soapstone vs. honed granite!
Hi – who refinished your cabinets – were they hand painted or spray painted? Thanks:)
We did the same thing last year. Have design plans for a major load bearing wall to come down between den and kitchen with a 6 figure kitchen project but that’s a huge project and will do in 2-3 years. So we did a makeover as I call it versus major plastic surgery. We painted, new quartz counter and a new backsplash and tile floors, sink and fresh knobs and new stove top etx as well as a new kitchen table. Makes me not hate it so much so I am ok with the wait for the major overall. Your cabinets look amazing! Our home is 70 years old and a classic PA brick colonial and is also our forever home so we want to do it right!
So excited for you Erin! And your family. What a beautiful home and you’ll only make it better. I’m looking forward to seeing the before and after as you go along. I only subscribe to two blogs and yours is one of them. You’re my decor guru. I have and love both of your books. All the best, Terri in Calgary xo
I like how your painted the cabinets vs ripping them out. Looks great. Gives me ideas for my kitchen
Erin, Your house it going to be phenomenal. One question though about your future kitchen, where will you cook? I struggle with the cooktop on the island, but you have the same problem with the sink in the middle. It doesn’t leave much counterspace to work with. Just wondering how you see it?
I just asked the same question!
Is there a vinyl grasscloth brand that you prefer? I think you have it in your current dining area? Thank you.
Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year !! This is all so exciting ! What a beautiful/historical home you are renovating !! Again….thank you for sharing !
Would you please share your choice of vinyl wallpaper? I have been looking for one for my kitchen. Thanks.
I used Thibault vinyl grasscloth twice! It’s amazing!!
Thank you Kate. I looked at the Thibault book and found Jindo Grass and Glam Grass in different colorways. Vinyl. I thought they looked great. I want the look and do not want fussy.
Beautiful! Just have to say I feel so validated – I chose edgecomb grey and white dove for my own kitchen reno/addition.
The kitchen choices are beautiful. Are you using oil based paint on your cabinets? It’s supposed to provide a more durable finish.
Redoing my powder bathroom right now…demo today and found out the microwave over the range is not up to code so now I need to find a hood and the microwave discussion begins…I refuse to put a microwave on my counters tops.
do a microwave drawer! we love ours
We have a microwave drawer too and we love it.
I couldn’t look at one either. Ours is in one of the cabinets.
Love all your plans, grasscloth is awesome but my experience is that if the room gets any natural sunlight it will turn color quickly and I would not make this investment in the kitchen! xo
It is so fun to get an inside look on this process – especially since I love your choices and I am redoing my kitchen too! For the faucet – will you be doing the satin brass finish or the burnished brass finish? I am torn!
Absolutely beautiful. Admiring from South Carolina.
Are the cabinets painted using oil based paint?
Amazing transformation already! Thank you for sharing the details with us. Happy New Year!
I’m loving that honed granite! I love the soapstone look so I’m filing that away. It’s so fun to watch you do this.
I just got these countertops–I feel so validated by you getting them too! Even the countertop installers admitted they weren’t sure about the stone when it was in the shop, but they liked it installed against light cabinets. I didn’t like the way they looked when wet, so enhancing/wet look sealer was out. I sealed 2x with Laticrete Stonetech Bulletproof sealer. It didn’t change the color at all and they’re mostly impervious to spills, but I could probably use a third round of sealer for protection against oily stains. I got one oil ring prior to sealing and was able to remove it with a mix of cornstarch and acetone. Hope this helps!
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This looks so good! I have the same cherry cabinets in my early 2000’s remodeled kitchen for our island – painted white on the perimeter cabinets. I have been debating having everything painted. Was there any challenges with coverage on the wood? I just did all my interior doors in BM Revere Pewter, so thinking that could work for the island…
We definitely recommend having the cabinets professionally painted to avoid any coverage issues!
I’ve posted about this before, with more paint and hardware recommendations: http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/2019/07/updating-a-just-fine-kitchen.html
Looks amazing. Can vinyl grasscloth be washed with soap and water? Tried to google it but couldn’t find the answer. Congrats on the house!
I have it in my powder room. I’ve had to gently wash some splashes of unknown origin, and it’s done just fine. However, I used some leftover as a background for a project. In order to get my objects to adhere, I decided to rough up the surface. The only thing I had near at hand was 90% rubbing alcohol–it took off not only the top bit of vinyl but ate through to the backing. So, maybe not as durable as I first thought.
Thank you, Mary (I didn’t ask the question, but your response is helpful to me as well!)