There are so many details to pick out for any renovation. And then you always hope and pray that it all works once they are all put together!
First a couple of inspiration pictures.
Most kitchens I am attracted to have white inset cabinet doors, exposed hinges, farm house sinks, bridge faucets, commercial style ovens, black countertops. I have chosen all of those for my new kitchen.
The cabinets I ordered are made by Medallion, they will be white in an inset door style with exposed brushed nickel hinges.
The faucet I ordered is the Waterhill Bridge style by Moen in the stainless finish. It's just like a brushed nickel finish, very soft looking.
The farm house sink that has been ordered is the 36" Kohler Whitehaven sink.
I've ordered a Blue Star 36" commercial style range. I had never heard about this range until I started reading posts on the kitchen forum through "That Home Site". Someone even said that once they starting cooking on the Blue Star their life changed! Not sure a range can do that, we'll see!
I've also ordered a 36" french door Viking refrigerator. I like bottom freezers. Because there is only a counter to the right of the refrigerator it would have been most useful to have a single door refrigerator that is hinged on the left. But that style only comes in a 33" size and it just seemed to be too small inside. I have never had a French door refrigerator but I like the look, so I hope it works out.
I wanted something other than granite for the countertop. I love the marble that I used in the master bath but it was going to be verrrrrry expensive for the square feet of counter material needed in the kitchen. I have read a lot about soapstone, it's not carefree, but it has the same soft feel and look as marble, and that is what attracts me to these stones. I also think the dark color will be a nice contrast with the light cabinets. You can leave the soapstone as is and it will be a gray color. Or it can be oiled to darken it and the veining will be more pronounced.I love the veining, so I will be oiling my soapstone. In this picture the stone was wiped down with water to show what it would look like oiled. And the soap stone is not much more than the granite price. So soap stone it will be.
Am also thinking of putting a couple of sconces on the walls where there will be no upper cabinets. This one from Restoration Hardware is a front runner so far.
At the end of the first week towards the journey to a new and better kitchen space this is what she looks like now.
That's our old refrigerator in the picture, too heavy for our contractors to get out of the house. But guess what, I sold the kitchen, everything, cabinets, appliances, countertops and even the kitchen sink! So the refrigerator will have to be taken out by the people who bought the kitchen. The rest of the old kitchen is stacked neatly in the garage and should be taken this upcoming week.
One week down, how many to go?