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Gray + White Kitchen Remodel

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Grandma’s kitchen remodel is complete! Okay it took a few extra months beyond our projected completion date due to various delays, but I’m proud to share it with you today!

This small attached home is a duet in a retirement community and will go on the market in a few weeks. Since the remodel was on behalf of her estate and solely for resale, I purposefully chose a neutral palette mixing warm wood tones with cool chrome fixtures, gray cabinets, and a marble look countertop.

I wanted it feel modern and fresh but have traditional touches too, see the original design plan here. This is a 55+ community so the style I went with was transitional, elegant, and classic. I styled it with a few dishes and decorative objects for both the real estate listing and to show it off at its best.

gray white wood kitchen remodel

Here’s a reminder of the kitchen before we remodeled it. It had cream painted cabinets that had yellowed over time, even yellower plastic pulls, and the wall oven was separate from a lowered cooktop. The cabinets were sticking from layers of paint, the linoleum floor was very dated as were the tan laminate countertops. We thought about salvaging the hood, the fridge, etc, but the project ended up being a total gut job down to the drywall since we needed to upgrade all the electrical and lighting anyway.

range wall before

 

Here it is complete with new everything.

gray cabinet kitchen remodel

The cabinets come with a story, back in November I chose Kraftmaid in Chai but the paint color was backordered until January so I switched to Martha’s Sharkey Gray but those cabinets took ten weeks which turned out to be good because then we had that soffit ceiling fiasco in late January and Martha’s uppers didn’t come in the shorter size so we canceled that order and went with Thomasville in the Cottage style in the Sterling color which arrived in late March and were installed in early April.

The cabinets were worth the wait because they are absolutely beautiful, the finish is so smooth, the construction is sturdy, and inside the cabinets and pantry are wood pull out drawers (forgot to take a pic!). I chose a chimney hood instead of a stainless steel hood in the same paint color as the cabinets.

gray and white kitchen corner view

I chose white appliances because I’ve always liked them and they feel very clean to me, and also I felt stainless appliances would be too much gray given that both the uppers and lowers are gray. If I’d gone with white uppers (a trendier look) then I probably would have chosen stainless appliances, but since this kitchen is more transitional in style, I chose white appliances for contrast, so the gray and white combo is the reverse of a white kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The white appliances tie in with the flecks of white in the backsplash, the white that is present in the marble look countertops, and the crisp white sink and ceiling.

The wood floating shelves are from Kraftmaid, we never changed that part of the original order. They were a pain to install but I so love the stained wood which ties in with the dark floor, also the medley of glass cabinets and open shelving allows for both storage and attractive display.

gray kitchen cabinets wood vinyl floors sink view

 

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Big Comeback: Brass Kitchen Hardware

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen and looks wonderful in silver and gold tones, also glass and bronze. The use of brass hardware in kitchens is on the rise and to be expected since we’ve all been giddy for gold in the past few years.

For the kitchen remodel I’m featuring next week I chose polished chrome hardware (these gorgeous knobs and these beautiful pulls) and they are so yummy. However, I’m just as crazy about the brass hardware that’s popping up in many a magazine and blogger kitchen remodel, the golden tones of brass against cooler hues in painted gray, green, or blue cabinets is a beautiful medley and of course white and gold is a timeless combination.

gray cabinets brass hardware

martha stewart

blue cabinets brass hardware

k marshall design

brass kitchen pulls

sophie burke design

gold hardware white kitchen

owens + davis

emily henderson brass hardware in kitchen

emily henderson

Brass hardware is especially striking with deep blue cabinets.

navy cabinets brass hardware

via domaine home

blue cabinets brass hardware sarah richardson

sarah richardson design, hgtv

How lovely to see kitchens that aren’t matchy matchy, the cabinet colors are different and the mix of brass and stainless steel appliances totally works. Yes, you can mix your metals!

kitchen makeover smittenstudio

smitten studio

brass hardware charcoal cabinets brittanymakes

brittany makes

white cabinets brass pulls stainless appliances

love joy designs

Like anything that comes full circle in design, the look of brass hardware again has modern appeal. The house I grew up in in the 80s had all lacquered brass faucets, fixtures and hardware and as a result gold hardware was a turn off to me for years. Yet the newer looks in brass kitchen hardware feel very fresh with their clean lines and matte satin finish. Are you a fan?