Finally sharing the plans for our kitchen! I started making calls to have cabinets made back in April. Most everyone was out 6-12 months. Busy season. I found one cabinet company that could make them in about 6 weeks, but they didn’t offer some of the custom features we wanted. Thankfully I saw my friend sharing on Instagram her new bathroom and laundry room, I immediately called her reference and luckily he could fit us in!
First, let me share what our kitchen space looks like today so you can visualize where everything will go! And for fun, let’s look back and what the kitchen looked like in December when we bought this 1970’s home.
Current State of Kitchen-
A lot has changed! We raised the ceiling, took out the old cabinets, added wood floors and painted the wood so it didn’t seem as heavy up top.
Kitchen Floor Plan-
It can be so overwhelming narrowing down ideas. First thing I do is go through all my saved images on Instagram and Pinterest. And look at my favorite things. Individual things that catch my eye. Then, I make a google doc with all the ideas. I also do a design board or “mood board”.
Kitchen Design Plan-
- Fireclay Sink– we had this exact sink in our CT home and I was very happy with it. We are going to turn it to the fluted side (you can use either the smooth side or fluted).
- Aged Brass Faucet with Rinse– I can’t believe I did aged brass, but I am obsessed with Devol Kitchen and I totally got sold on an instagram story from them! My plumber might be disappointed because he said “That aged brass would drive me crazy, how it spots”, and I agree to a degree:) I like the character.
- Light Fixture– this will go over the sink and our little pop out window.
- Counter stool– I wanted to add some wood accents into the kitchen to pull in the wood ceiling in our open family room.
- Light Fixture– the way our island is positioned we can only do one large light fixture instead of two pendants. I LOVE this light, I had ordered it originally for our office, but I am excited to see it over the island.
- Tile Backsplash- our kitchen has a lot of light, so I thought the dark contrast was needed and I have always been drawn to this tile design.
- Dual Fuel Range– this green range was my starting off point! I really wanted a fun color on our cooker. The green feels very retro, goes with our 1970’s home. Plus the green will always be in style with my plants 🌿
- Aged Brass Pot Filler– another thing my plumber said was “all those pot fillers end up looking crooked after a year”. Well….I am going to think positive mine won’t! I like how the brass will pull in from the kitchen hardware and faucet.
I will say I struggling on a way to bring in the green, and make sure the kitchen was going in the right direction I was envisioning. I had asked Patrick from Farrow and Ball when we were talking what colors he would suggest and he told me these colors! Thrilled with his ideas and running with it.
- Cabinets- Bone Modern Eggshell
- Pantry Cupboards- Bancha Modern Eggshell
- Island & Interior of 2 glass fronted cabinets left & right of cooker- Down Pipe Modern Eggshell
- Ceiling and Trim- Wimborne White Estate Emulsion
Our cabinet designers did put together a video of our kitchen plans, it was hard to share here. I asked my graphic designer to draw a sketch of our kitchen to visualize it better. LOVE how this all looks!!!
Inset Cabinets vs Overlay Cabinets-
The main thing we were looking for that a cabinet maker could do was inset cabinets. Inset cabinets do cost about 15-30% more than overlay cabinets. Kevin and I went back and forth inset or overlay, after looking at all my inspiration saved kitchens they were all inset. So that is why we went with!
Example of Inset Cabinets. Inset cabinet doors are set into the cabinet frame and fit flush with the face of the cabinet when closed. They have a smooth, clean appearance. But keep in mind cabinets with inset doors have a smaller amount of storage space.
Example of Overlay Cabinets, our Connecticut kitchen had overlay cabinet doors. An overlay cabinet door is when the doors partially or fully cover the cabinet face.
Kitchen Cabinet Cost-
I like to share prices to be helpful to you. Our first bid for this Utah kitchen was $16k for overlay cabinets. This kitchen is about the same size as our Connecticut remodel and the bid for that kitchen was $25k for overlay cabinets. The bid we went with for this house, with inset cabinets was about $22k. We do have a butlers pantry that is about $10k and our mudroom area $7k.
I do get asked why we didn’t do Semihandmade like we did in our Connecticut Kitchen, those ended up costing $9k. If we were only doing a kitchen maybe I would have considered it again, we really liked them.
Kitchen Counter tops-
I love the look of Soapstone. We are doing Soapstone around the perimeter of our kitchen, by the sink and cooker. I like how it won’t be such a contrast from the backslash to the counters. Soapstone is a little more high maintenance, but we don’t mind having to oil it.
This marble slab stole my heart! We picked a slab for our island. I like how the gray pulls in the island color, Down Pipe. And in some areas it has some really dark green. Pretty sure we are going to hone this to match the sheen of the Soapstone.
Kitchen Inspiration Photos-
I like how this kitchen shows a dark backsplash, dark perimeter counters and lighter marble island. It really helps to find a photo of what you are thinking!
This lovely cozy kitchen has a pop of the green we want to paint our panty cupboards, Bancha! After I pick a paint color I search for images online to see the paint in an actual room. In the case of the Bancha, I have liked it even more every time I see it!
Banquette seating even got some Bancha!
Basically, I love all things Devol Kitchens. I want our kitchen to feel old, vintage and pops of shiny gold things.
Last thing, we need to decide on the look of our kitchen hood. I am thinking simple since the island will have slats on the edges. Just like the above photo.
I will be sharing as it starts to get installed on my instagram, they should be in by the 10th of September so we can do a template for the counters!