Better late than never! I finally feel as though I've completed the kitchen enough to photograph it. It's wonderful how you can add little details like new knobs and pulls, shelving and decorative elements like paint and window treatments, swap out a few appliances, and the space will go from feeling sterile to homey.
I still haven't wallpapered the section when you enter but I think for the time being, it all looks finished. The wall to the right although maybe a little cluttered for some, is a great space to hold all of our dry goods, vases and containers, that we often use. I find myself making flower arrangements more often than baking, so I have set the mixer way up top. It's so pretty yet, sadly isn't used too much. I've finally come to terms with the fact that I'm not much of a baker. I cook, and I sauté but I don't bake.
The shelves were a super inexpensive and surprisingly easy answer to storage. I found the brackets online [here], I purchased the 9" deep ones at $8.49 each (model no. CB809), and the planks are 1" thick x 10" deep pine boards from Home Depot. Home Depot, kindly cut them to size at no extra cost. Making the final cost of these shelves to be around $160.00, not including the paint I already had lying around.
I purchased the runner from ECarpetGallery.com, they have a wonderful selection of new and antique rugs at really great prices. This one is so soft and was only about $240 with free shipping. I wanted something that would pull out the warm tones of the copper and brass elements through are dispersed through out the space, but also ground wit with the black and navy blue background. For the most part there aren't any colors in in this space accept for accessories. The shelves have touches of yellow and turquoise which are all represented in this rug. It truly ties the whole space together.
I spent a long time talking about adding a back splash and this spring I finally went for it and paid a contractor to do it. We definitely did it on the cheap, not the "correct" way, ignoring the step of straightening the walls, which could have required a gut reno..... It's an old building and the walls certainly aren't straight. But I had to take into consideration the resale value of the home, it's a starter apartment having only one bedroom, so a $75k kitchen would not pay off in a sale. I'm not going to replace the Ikea cabinets or the Corian countertops that were installed before we moved in, so I don't see the value in spending a ton of money on a backsplash. The end result looks great and I think only myself and a few select nit-picky people can see the imperfections.
For appliances, we've definitely made some upgrades. By replacing the refrigerator with a taller, leaner and more proportionately appropriate one, adding a dishwasher - which has been amazing, replacing the microwave with one that fits better, and replacing the faucet, the entire space is more functional and looks so much better. Last but not least, I'd love to bring in a better oven range, but it's not entirely necessary and as I mentioned earlier, I'm not much a of a cook, so it would be purely for aesthetic reasons.
To give you a little perspective, here is the space when we first moved in.
Materials List + Sources
- Tiles - 3 x 6 Marble
- Grout - The Tile Shop, Whisper Grey
- Faucet - Kohler
- Refrigerator - Summit
- Dishwasher - Bosch (similar version)
- Microwave - Frigidaire
- Shelves - Home Depot, see above text.
- Rubbish Bins - Simple Human + Locking Lid Simple Human
- Glass Vendor for cabinet mirrors - Bear Glass
- Bamboo Roman Shade - Home Depot
- Rug - ECarpetGallery.com
- Paint Color - Benjamin Moore, Skipping Stone