A Lil’ Modern, a Lil’ Transitional and a Wee Wink Farmhouse: Our Home Update Journey
Oh, this house. Or let me rephrase that, ‘Oh this home’. That’s right, we’re finally home. 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’. It was a new idea for us, seeing as EVERY home we’d ever had needed updating/renovating *needed being a relative term, but this house was only a year old and needed NOTHING.
Don’t let it suck you in…sure it looks cute, but it bites
However, had I listened to my gut instinct which was tuning in at an ODD frequency to the ENERGY of the home – we would’ve walked away…fast. Because if there’s one thing I know, it’s that when I love something, there is NO stopping me. And at every step of the negotiating process, I could’ve walked away from this cold heartless home…with the killer ocean view, but I didn’t. DAMN THAT OCEAN!
The view outside the windows behind Doug was pretty gobsmacking…
But, luckily, I had 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, with the idea that we could then relax and enjoy it. Really though, you know me, I’ll ALWAYS find projects to do.
Are you ready to dive in? After sharing the entryway a month or so ago, it’s now time to look at the kitchen!
Cabinet: Muse & Merchant but no longer available
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, but for photography, if you see a GOOD photo – it’s not mine, it’s via the talented Jen, from Jen Wynia Photography.
Looking at this next before photo, I’m not going to lie and say it was a terrible kitchen, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t MY kitchen. Which 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.
My new chandelier is from Wayfair. I wasn’t a bit fan of the ones with chains, I prefered the simple more modern rod look and was pumped to find this Odie Chandelier in my price range, plus there’s a whole collection of them!
That GLORIOUS china cabinet is from Muse & Merchant and looks an AWFUL lot like this one here
And you might be wondering what the cabinet colour is (or not), but either way, I’m gonna tell ya! It’s actually Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, darkened by 50%. 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 SW 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. I decided on BM Edgecomb Gray, 50% lighter.
I know, I’m anal, but when I pick a colour, I want to pick what I want to see – 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, all the while being INTENSELY passive about it. The trim is BM White Dove.
The dining room table is a big hunka hunka wood from Muse & Merchant, which isn’t a store you’ll find easily. However, there is a VERY similar one here / here or a similar smaller one here. The dining chairs, same thing – Muse & Merchant. I can’t find anything EXACTLY the same, but a few worth checking out if you’re in the market here / here.
I don’t have a great before photo of this area, but note the built-in microwave and the side of the pantry door…
And after, I 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, which also made 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, that having to make decisions for myself gives me serious hyperventilating, twitching in the corner angina? Seriously. I look forward to renovating, but the process about does this anxiety-challenged, OCD magnet in.
The backsplash tile is an Ames Tile (I can’t remember the name this second) and was installed by none other than BE Tile. The cabinets were custom from Mid-Island Cabinets and Krystallyne the kitchen planner was my saviour. I also did the grout a bit different, opting 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). I was tempted to go gold like this, but in the end, wanted something a bit more timeless with a bit more curves for my curves – just like these.
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, my two fave painters and just awesome people to work with. BTW, Doug misses you guys!
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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