Monday, February 6, 2017


The kitchen was the first part of the house that I designed and built the house out from there. I wanted the kitchen to be the center of the house and it is both figuratively and literally. The last picture I shared of the kitchen, it was dirty and not finished completely.

When guests gather, the kitchen is where we stay. My attempts to relocate us to another room always fail.

This room is still coming together. The appliances are from our old house. The buyer offered them to keep and we gladly took them. I eventually might change the color, but I can wait until these die. I loved my gas slide-in range and was happy to keep it. Same with my fridge. At the time we got it, it was the largest in cubic feet.

Because we will eventually have to replace our appliances and will entertain changing the colors, we bought a cheap microwave to match the black. It was so cheap, that the plastic on the buttons has bubbled up. This happened within a month. A scratch came first and I scratched it some more thinking it was a protective layer we accidentally left on. NOPE. That is the beautiful finish.

The dishwasher was going to be black no matter what, since the island is a dark color and I wanted the dishwasher to "disappear." I don't know if I ever shared the struggle with the new dishwasher at the old house, but it was a nightmare and scared us. It had cool features and was soooo quiet. But it broke within the one year warranty and at the time when we were selling the house. After more than ten service calls and blame being put on everyone but themselves, we finally got a new dishwasher. Picking out a dishwasher for the new house took some time, but I will say after a year of almost daily use, it is awesome.

We mixed up the hardware on the drawers and doors of the cabinets and that threw the cabinet installer for a loop. After a couple mistakes, I ended up putting the hardware on myself. I admit I was picky about the hardware, but I am happy with it. It has held up and is worth it.

Behind the kitchen is a hallway. It may not be "efficient" for a mass-production home builder as it is "wasted space," but that was what I was drawn to about older homes. You don't just walk into a room when you enter a home. That hallway is a buffer. It leads to the garage and our side entry porch. Guests come in that way and we don't have to have blinds because you don't see straight into the house!

Because of the open floorplan, the flooring choice for the kitchen was simple. Yet, even though I knew my only option was wood, it made me nervous as you hear about flooding in the kitchen. And we had our share of that! When we got our fridge back from the old house, the new owner had taken it completely apart. Since I did not have a manual and I didn't watch the disassembly, I had to play the guessing game when putting it back together. I finally figured out where everything went. We were good. Except if you wanted a glass of water from the door dispenser. The ice dispenser worked fine, but when you tried to get water, nothing came out and your toe would get wet. I investigated and the tube that ran from the fridge to the door was cut in half. I researched and there was a connector missing. I ordered one that was wrong and finally ordered the correct connector, but in the meantime I had to warn people not to get water. People would forget, and I put up a sign . I was constantly having to pull out the fridge and mop up the water. Glad we caught it and it was fixed!

When the cabinets were installed, the microwave and the cabinet above it were hung too low.

They were suppose to be slightly higher. The height was fixed, but it left holes in my drywall. I never got it fixed because I knew I would eventually tile a backsplash that would cover it. Hard part = picking a tile for that backsplash. I finally picked something and installed it on New Years Eve. A new post on that will be coming.

The faucet in my kitchen was a splurge, but so worth it. I wanted a bridge faucet and was specific on the design. I found it and that was it.

The single basin apron-front sink is also perfect. I went back and forth on whether it needed to be divided or one big bowl, but the single bowl is perfect. I can wash very large dishes/pots with ease.

A baby also fits in there!

The kitchen is a work in progress. I was head-strong about nothing being above the cabinets (no baskets or plants) but it started to look plain. I found a pallet board at Michael's and thought it might be the right size for the fake cabinet above the microwave. Turns out, it was. I painted "JW Homestead" on the pallet and hung it up. JW Homestead was the name we gave the house while we were designing it. Because we were combining two households, the JW stood for Jenson-Wilkinson. I knew I wanted to display the name somewhere in or outside the house, and this spot turned out perfect.

I liked how the color of the signed pulled the color of the floors up with it. And I never thought putting more things up there would make the room feel taller, but it did. It drew your eyes up. So I went to find more warm wood tones that I could display up high. I used a cutting board, a tray and woven chargers.

I don't think the space with the chargers is complete, but it hasn't hit me yet how to finish it.

Once I looked at these pictures and created this post, I knew I wanted to change the set up above the fridge. I was browsing at Hobby Lobby and found a cute shelf. I was hopeful it would work.

The sides are natural wood tone, so that ties it to the chargers. And I put a succulant up there in it to add some color.

I like the design of our barstools, but don't like the quality. The screws are constantly falling out and they are wobbly. Even using Locktite, the screws are found on the floor. Hopefully I will always find them before the baby does.

Eventually I would like to add more trim pieces to the ends of the island to make it look more like a piece of furniture, and that will come.

The island is 10 feet long and it is great. There is plenty of room to work and get messy in the kitchen. It is definitely a favorite spot. I sometimes have the kids do projects or homework on the island.

The kitchen really is one of my favorite spots. The view I have from the bedroom is wonderful.

I wouldn't mind laying in bed all day to stare.


Wall Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore - Stone Harbor 2111-50
Island Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore - Iron Mountain 2134-30
Kitchen Wall Color: Benjamin Moore - Barren Plain 2111-60
Barstools: Target - Industrial
Faucet:  Rohl Perrin and Rowe

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