Kitchen: Chapter 2

First, a sweet Mother’s Day pic of my little family! They showered me and it was a special day spending time with my mom and mother-in-law too!

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Well, now we are getting to the fun part of the kitchen renovation. Cabinets, granite, appliances, floor tile, back splash tile, trim work and lighting! So far, Brian and I have been in pretty much identical agreement on design options, which has made the process really fun for us!

First though, since our house is already completely out of control, we decided to mix it up even more and put new recessed lighting throughout the downstairs and replace the big fixture in the foyer. If you are in the Mid-South, I cannot recommend Magnolia Lighting in Hernando enough! They are the best lighting store and have semi-annual sales in April and November. Totally worth the drive! We had our fixture replaced. I am not the best at taking pictures of the inside of my house, but here is an iPhone pic of the new fixture!

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After passing framing, electrical and plumbing inspections and filing the permits needed in the kitchen, the patched up the walls and ceilings.

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Then, they painted the ceilings white throughout the downstairs and the kitchen walls Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. It is the prettiest color! Sometimes it looks gray, sometimes it looks blue, and sometimes it looks green all while being a neutral color.

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They also delivered and installed our cabinets! I am quite impressed with the speed of this remodel. We are planning to finish ahead of the original schedule. Part of that is because we have remained issue-free, and I am so thankful to find a contractor that is as good as ours.

For our cabinets, they are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove, the same color as the trim throughout our house. We went with mostly drawers, since there is nothing more annoying than getting on my hands and knees to dig through bottom cabinets. I’m still working on selecting the hardware.

It should look like this pretty soon!


The 8 ft island layout. Those are BIG drawers for pot and skillet storage, and then a cutting board/tray storage section in between them with double trash pull-outs for regular trash and recycling. I can’t tell you how fun it was to design these cabinets!




We still do not have a pantry in this kitchen, so Brian is rigging one up for us. We bought a solid wood TV cabinet with sliding doors on a local Facebook resale site for $100. Brian built shelving for the inside, sanded and whitewashed it. It will go on the other side of the kitchen and hold our microwave, canned goods and baking supplies.

For the flooring in the kitchen, we selected 12 x 24 dark gray slate tiles from Floor & Decor. They will be laid in a brick pattern. Still trying to determine the backsplash!

Appliances… Thanks to Memorial Day, we should get pretty good prices on these. We’re going with a Bosch dishwasher and an LG french door refrigerator. For the stove, we talked about running a gas line in, but it was going to be expensive and not easy, so we opted to keep the electric cooking. However, our contractor called us yesterday and said that while the cabinet guy was installing, he came across a capped off gas line very near the location of the range! We couldn’t believe it! So, we are going through the process of getting the permit to reconnect it, and we should be good to go on cooking with gas. I was so excited over this! We will be going with the LG double oven and convection gas range.

We still have to select granite this week and finalize the window seat we are putting in at the bay window – just across from the island. It will have large pull out drawers for storing small appliances, serveware, linens, etc. He is coming to build it Saturday, and I can’t wait to see all the cabinets with the window seat installed!

We’re making progress, and we’re scheduled to be complete on June 5. Woohoo!


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