Here are the simple steps that we used for our classic kitchen refresh that include new lighting, tile, paint, barstools, and accessories. But first, let me explain why we choose this house for our move from an apartment in San Francisco to Jacksonville, Florida.
Originally, we thought we would buy land and build a house from the ground up (we have done that before in addition to extensively renovating down to the studs). But with all the supply chain issues that my clients and I were experiencing, I was hopeful that we could find a house with good bones that we could make our own.
Luckily we did! And gradually, we are updating rooms one by one. The latest is our classic kitchen refresh.
As you can see here, it isn’t bad, right? We liked the cabinets, counters, island, and floor. So we were off to a good start!
- The hood feels too modern compared to the rest of the house and Howard actually cut his forehead on one of the corners while cooking.
- The small pendants will probably come back eventually, but I’m not getting any younger.
- The white subway tiles are timeless but the horizontal glass tiles were not to my taste. I even asked other designers about them, and they said they would change them, too. Sometimes it helps to get other opinions.
Ceramic Subway Tiles From Spain
The glazed ceramic pearl tiles have a handmade appearance and come in different shades of white and pale grey.
We ran the tile up to the ceiling for a little drama. Although this is not a new idea (it was used for years in old manor house kitchens like in MUSÉE NISSIM DE CAMONDO in Paris). It’s a popular trend now.
Our home is dark (surrounded by trees), so the light subway tiles, in addition to painting all the other walls Benjamin Moore Simply White help brighten it.
New Larger Pendants Over The Island
We installed the Layton by Visual Comfort 14″ pendants over the island. This required some electrical work and drywall repair…but it was worth it to me, and the little touch of black!
Rods Installed For Copper Pots
We used these metal rods to hang the copper.
Low Back Wooden Counter Stools
These CB2 stools are comfortable, yet unobtrusive since this is a walkway. The wood stain is a shade that blends with the floor and island colors.
White Wood Range Hood
This hood is raised higher (safer for Howard’s head) and the simple Shaker style blends with the cabinets.
We used a compatible square tile on the opposite wall backsplash for the beverage center.
It was Howard’s idea to place my little porcelain collection in the wine cubbies since we store our wine at cellar temperature.
And that’s how we accomplished a Classic Kitchen Refresh. It feels like a new kitchen to us without starting over! Please leave any questions in the comments!
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