I show clients new home communities all the time. There are so many new home developers in our area, that there are dozens to choose from. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the new kitchens. They’re so clean and bright and open to the heart of the home. The flow and feel of them are beautiful.
So, I started to grow really tired of the dark speckled granite in my kitchen and the island with the bar stools. I didn’t even like the cabinets. I mean, the cabinets are really beautiful and they’re built like beautiful pieces of furntiture, but it’s the color I didn’t like. White and gray cabinets are the thing right now in our area. The natural wood look in my kitchen goes against that.
However, once I priced out new cabinets as well as the option to reface the cabinets, I realized that I could live with the existing cabinets after all! And, I hate to be wasteful and get rid of perfectly good cabinets. So, we decided to update everything else and lighten up the kitchen.
We started with the handles. Our cabinets had the old “birdcage” style pulls everywhere. We changed these to more modern looking ones that we purchased on Amazon. That was a surprisingly easy and quick change to the look and feel. We also installed new lighting (The island pendant was from Amazon and the three pendant lights were from Lowe’s).
Here’s a link to the handles in case you’d like to see something similar:
Here are a few photos after we changed the handles, but before we changed the lighting:
The most fun part though, was going to pick out the countertops we wanted. Looking through various slabs and colors, we decided on this marble look. We choose this because it actually has some small veins of brown running through it. This picks up the color of the cabinets a bit and makes it feel more cohesive. Once the old granite was off (and stored for re-use in a rental home kitchen reno), the bar height of the island was brought down to make it one large smooth and open island. It immediately looked bigger and connected the kitchen even more to the family room.
At first, I wasn’t sure how I would like the combination of white and wood, but I have to say that I think it goes perfectly in our home. I’m glad that it’s not the same kitchen that everyone else has, but that it does appear modern and clean. The natural wood goes well with the spanish/mediterranean style of our home and the white counters make the entire space much more modern and bright. I hope you like it. I would love your feedback, and I wonder if white and wood will become the next kitchen trend….
Below are all the “after” photos. I also want to leave you with a link to similar, well priced, faucets and lighting:
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