moving on to post #2! since my last update, a lot has happened in the beverly house, though mostly related to the dining and coworking/2nd living space. as of last weekend, every surface of our kitchen and front living room has been covered in a thin layer of drywall dust. to distract from the endless cleaning ahead of us, lets talk about the plan for the kitchen, shall we? another fair warning - this one is long.
this kitchen was my least favorite part about the house when we had looked at it online, which sounds like a deal breaker, but we were determined to make it work. after seeing in person, i was at least happy to see it was quite a bit wider than it looked in person, plus i saw endless potential for the dining nook right next to a beautiful window that looks into the backyard. even with the too-large table left by the past owners, we have already been using this nook to eat dinner. in fact, i think even once our dining room is finished we will continue to use this space to eat our day-to-day meals. shoot, have we become those people with a "formal" dining room?
before deciding to leave the structure as-is, we considered knocking down the wall to the living room to really open it up, fixer-upper style, but honestly with how open the whole house is, i really liked the idea of a cozy separate space. the deciding factor was the wall that would be knocked down housed our large built-ins, so it was an almost immediate "no" after realizing that!
here are a couple before pictures:
so main plans include the following: remove the vinyl "wood" flooring (done), install the fresh new black tile (done! more below), remove the drop-tile ceiling (done, but now we have drywall to replace up there), new cabinet doors (ordered), new counter top (ordered), new lighting (ordering soon), and paint (lots and lots of paint).
so for the fun part - the actual design plans:
some things will be changing from the board, but i think it's fun and important to show the whole process. we were largely inspired by the look and feel of this incredible high-end "modern deco kitchen" design by Ginny MacDonald from Emily Henderson. so much so, that we almost sprang for a seriously pricey encaustic cement tile with a really fun design. in the end, we decided to go for our own take on the look, still going with a tile that would make a statement (matte black hexagon with charcoal grout), white walls, and a fun blueish-grey lower cabinet color.
overall our vibe will end up being much less farmhouse-y, a little more modern, but really throwing mid-century together with a bit of a 70s vibe, mixing brass accents with some chrome/stainless steel. that's a lot of different finishes to pull off, i know.
cabinets and countertops:
for the cabinets, after much deliberation, we decided to order custom doors vs. starting completely fresh, since our current bases are solid wood and in great shape still. they will be unfinished, and we plan to paint them "oxford grey" by Benjamin Moore, which is really similar to "wolf grey" used in the example above and linked from Emily Henderson. Up top, we are still undecided on the color, but will most likely keep them glass-less and paint white to ensure the kitchen doesn't go too dark. the awful pictures may not show it well, but that kitchen gets a TON of light from the nook window and above the sink. hardware will be brass, though we are still not sure about the style. for the counter tops, we are going with silestone quartz from home depot in the color "blanco maple", which is the brightest white they offer, but it has more flecks of sparkle than the "white zeus".
i'm happy to report our tile floor has been installed and it is incredible - so, so, so happy with how it turned out and i think it's giving us some motivation to keep going. if you follow my in instagram i won't shut up about them. here is how they look installed.
i'm still a huge fan of the schoolhouse light fixtures shown in the mood board, but ultimately we decided we needed more of a pendant light above the nook, and something with more presence in the galley area of the kitchen. For the nook, we chose this one (but will order in all brass finish and a longer "drop"):
and this one for the galley area. it's very cool because the hinges allow for bringing each arm down together so it's almost like two fixture options in one!
additional design notes:
We scored a couple vintage Marcel Breuer cesca chairs at a shop near our house and I can't WAIT to see how they warm up the nook area. here's some inspiration i had pinned before finding them:
so long story long (lol), that's where we are right now. let me know if you're interested in some sort of amateur DIY on our cabinet painting journey. we have done it once before, but this time we may spray vs. roll them.
bravo to you if you finished reading this. im still figuring out this blogging thing, so please feel free to call me out if i didn't link something correctly, but i definitely don't need someone correcting my grammar yet (ha!). i also figured out how to turn comments on, so have at it! i'd love to hear your questions or opinions on our crazy ideas. thanks again for reading! big hugs.