Revere Pewter, Off-White Quartz Countertops & SO MUCH MORE!
After years of bouncing around, updating, and climbing the real estate ladder, we’ve finally found a home to really settle down in (famous last words, right?) I MEAN IT THIS TIME!
And btw, the exterior is WAY different now – stay tuned for THAT blog post
If you aren’t aware of the long and sordid drama about our six-month
forever ‘summer home‘, here’s the gist…
There weren’t tons of homes on the market and we walked into this gorgeous newer house with a killer 180-degree ocean view and were like ‘sure, let’s do it, let’s raise our family here’. A ‘new’ home was also a new concept for us, seeing as EVERY home we’ve owned updating/renovating *needed being a relative term. This house was only a year old and needed NOTHING.
However, it was a home with no heart – it was an almost tangible thing and I had to get out of there.
Don’t let it suck you in…sure it looks cute, but it bites
And luckily, I have a very understanding husband who agreed that the house was sucking the life out of us. We were able to sell it and buy our friggin’ DREAM HOME! Seriously, I’d stalked this house for years as it was in our old neighbourhood. I’d walk buy it whispering ‘oh yes, you will be mine, one day you will be mine…’ and now it is. I am that creepy.
SO, long story kind of short, we gutted it (naturally) and did a remodel on most of the rooms. We didn’t take it down to STUDS, but just short of it for sure. And rather than drag it out over years, which is our usual habit, we did it all in one shootin’ match. We did this with the idea that we could then relax and enjoy it. But you know me, I’ll ALWAYS find projects to do.
Are you ready to dive in? After sharing the entryway last month (above), it’s time to look at the kitchen!
Check out this before photo, showing you how our entryway and stairs tie into the kitchen. I tried to get the whales in the bargaining process, but no such luck. Just joking, they still haunt my dreams. FREE FRIGGIN’ WILLY!
SHUT THE FREAKIN’ FRONT DOOR! Just LOOK at the difference. I mean sure, the kid’s college fund is dry, as is the bottom of my wine keg, but it sure looks pretty!
Now, before we get much further, let’s give some credit where credit is due. This WHOLE project was brought to you by Jackson Triggs, Robert Mondavi and Tanqueray – proud supporters of my drinking habit which was further encouraged by the FREAKIN’ STRESS OF THIS RENOVATION! Seriously though, re: credit, I’ll touch on the trades/companies within this article.
Looking at this next photo, I’m not going to lie and say it was a terrible kitchen, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t MY kitchen. This seems funny since I tried to cook Mr Noodles the other day (which Maggie fondly refers to as ‘non-gender specific noodles’ and actually burnt the water and ruined the pot. But regardless, I wanted a pretty kitchen!
And I got my pretty kitchen…
Just LOOK at how much brighter and welcoming it is. It almost makes me want to cook. Just kidding. Nobody needs to suffer through that.
In this next before photo, we’re looking the other way, so you’re seeing a snippet of our backyard, which is our personal oasis (and will be another blog post unto itself) as well as a dark and dismal dining area.
I’m sure THOUSANDS of you recognize this granite from the early 2000s!
And after, I can’t even tell you how restful these spaces make me feel. Because it is all about me, am I right?
And you even get a sneak-peek into the living room – you can see the before and after photos HERE.
I also chose a consistent undertone between the island, cabinets, backsplash and countertop – green. You know, if you’d asked me a few years ago what my least favourite undertone was, I would’ve said green. Well, I change my mind on my fave colours as often as I change my underwear, so I’ll let you figure out how often that is.
Before, the light fixture (with matching island pendants) was like a bug zapper. If you have a mosquito problem, let me know and I’ll pop these babies in the mail for you.
I’m in LOVE with our new light from Wayfair with it’s clean, simple lines…
And you might be wondering what the cabinet colour is (or not). Either way, I’m gonna tell ya! It’s Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, darkened by approximately 25%. I always have clients saying, ‘if you had to darken it by 50%, why didn’t you just choose a different colour?’. Because if there were a colour nicer than this, I would’ve chosen it. I played around and hit JUST what I was looking for – a warm soft gray with a green undertone.
The island is Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, which is a completely badass mix of greige and green. Tims says it’s gray…but it’s not. The walls? Well, the walls are another Kylie concoction. Finding the PERFECT off-white is like finding that random hair that’s slipped down the front of your shirt and is tickling you, but you just can’t seem to find the damn thing so you reach in and plunge your hand around looking for the damn thing while people stare at you strangely. Anyways, I picked Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, 50% lighter.
I know, I’m anal, but when I pick a colour, I want what I want – whatever that takes. And with Edgecomb Gray 50% lighter I’ve got this whisper of warm gray/greige with the tendency to FLIP through undertones throughout the day. The trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove.
WANT TO LEARN MORE: Our Kitchen Remodel – All of The Details
And check out our big hunka wood dining table – MAD LOVE…
I don’t have a great before photo of this next area, but note the built-in microwave and the side of the pantry door…
We opened up that area a bit by having a small counter above our wine fridge and painted the pantry door to tie into the cabinetry. This also makes the kitchen look wider.
The countertop totally slays me. It’s Brittanica WARM by Cambria Quartz. It has a white…ish base, but it’s more like an off-white with soft, greige warmth to it.
As for the backsplash, OH THE FRIGGIN’ AGONY. Can I just say that while I can sit down and advise clients on what do to all day long, having to make decisions for myself gives me serious hyperventilating, twitching in the corner angina? Seriously. I look forward to renovating, but the process just about does me in.
The backsplash tile is an Ames Tile (I can’t remember the name at this second) and was installed by none other than BE Tile. The cabinets were custom from Mid-Island Cabinets. Notice that the grout is OPPOSITE the norm as I opted for a DARK contrasting colour rather than the usual white/gray.
And although I usually prefer a stool with a full-height back for better badonkadonk support, Tim asked for backless ones, so I listened to him (first time for everything)…
All of the painting, including the walls, ceilings, trims and stair railing, was done by the most patient and talented duo of Delea and Shalyn of Details Painting.
If you want to take a close-up look at our entryway remodel and how it relates to the kitchen, you can visit this blog post – Our Entryway Remodel, from Dark and Dismal – To DAMN Gorgeous HERE.
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2021