Let’s pretend that I didn’t promise an exterior update post last time, and we’ll barrel ahead on a kitchen post, okay?
The cabinetmaker, Jim, brought over the sample door for the kitchen cabinets for my approval. I LOVE them! There is the slightest of recessed lines running along the trim edge, giving that nice shadow depth. I decided to use white quartz for the countertops (pure white with no specks) and this 5″ honed marble hexagon for the backsplash. Jim just sprayed on a gray paint he had in the shop on these doors–pretty, but I have 9 quarts of mint green paint that I’ve been experimenting with this week. Of course, if I chicken out with the mint for the cabinets, gray will be my default.
I was really underwhelmed as I looked through kitchen cabinet inspiration photos. Yes, there were lots of really pretty kitchens, but I just didn’t see anything that kicked me in the pants (that was in the budget)…until I saw this kitchen by Workstead.
You can see more of the space here. Love at first sight. Obsession, really. Like when you know you’ve met the one. We are modifying the handles to just a horizontal element (except for pantry and fridge, which will have both the horizontal and vertical handle). And I will gold-leaf the handles that Chris will make out of wood, hoping that the gold leaf will patina nicely over the years of use. A little rub here, a little rub there, to a loved-in look.
I’m so jazzmatazzed that I get to customize a kitchen from bottom up this time around. But the key budget player is IKEA, which I’m hoping doesn’t kick me in the pants (in a bad way) in the long run. I picked up IKEA cabinet boxes for the U-shaped kitchen–a huge savings to custom-built boxes. Jim kindly agreed to make custom doors and facing for the IKEA boxes to give me that custom look on a budget. He is, however, building the kitchen island completely custom due to unique sizing. But the savings with the IKEA cabinets means I can do custom cabinetry in all the bathrooms. I researched a bit on the IKEA boxes, yay or nay, and ultimately felt pretty confidant about using them as a base. I’ll keep you updated. This post in particular had some pretty impressive IKEA kitchen customizations.
The guys at the house may be cursing my name this evening after the 7 IKEA cabinets they put together this afternoon for the laundry room. A test of patience, it is. The laundry room cabinet boxes will keep their doors but be trimmed out in custom trim. We’re getting so close…maybe we’ll be home for Thanksgiving!