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I Render our Tuscan Kitchen…

1 Oct

The kitchen was my favorite part of the renovation even though it required a lot more planning and design.  It was awesome having a clean slate and building it back.  Everything that was lacking in the previous kitchen I wanted to remedy here, namely cabinet and counter space, even though I think you can never truly have enough.  Even now I have almost filled the new cabinets back up!  I love to cook and entertain, so the kitchen to me was very important.  I wanted it to be functional and I wanted it to be beautiful, because everyone always ends up in your kitchen right?  I wanted to have plenty of room to spread out so that several of us could be in the kitchen cooking on holidays, namely my sister, niece and me!  A large island gives plenty of work space and a prep sink was added by the range as a secondary work area.  I planned a five foot walkway between the island and the range and the island and the refrigerator wall.  Standard is three feet, but I didn’t want to be crowded or not be able to open the refrigerator door and dishwasher door at the same time.  We wanted the Old World Tuscan flare that is so warm so we chose the dark wood cabinets but contrasted those with the lighter granite color.  For the island we decided to do a laminate edge which has an extra thick border around the counter and gives it a dressier look since it’s really the focal point of the kitchen.  Copper sinks were in keeping with the Tuscan look as well as copper accent tiles in the backsplash.  The microwave, dishwasher and wine chiller are built into the island.  My preference was for a one piece range with double ovens.  When you’re trying to finish the turkey on Thanksgiving and still cook the dressing and sweet potato casserole two ovens will be great!  Also one can serve as a warming oven for parties.  I don’t like a lot of things out on the counter tops so during my design phase I planned for two appliance garages, one for the mixer and one for the coffee service.  I love my big Kitchen Aid mixer but hated heaving the 50 lb thing out of a cabinet when I was ready to use it, but I also don’t want it just out all the time.  With the garage it and all its’ attachments stay concealed and when I want to use it I only have to move it a few inches and I’m ready to mix.  Electrical outlets are in the back of each garage.  Same for the coffee maker.  That is used daily, of course, but when we’re through with our morning coffee, the pot, along with the grinder, cream and sugar containers are neatly stored away in the appliance garage.  There is no wasted space with this either because they would be out on the counter anyway!  So here we go, from yellowed white cabinetry, L-shaped counter setup, to demo and construction, to the final finished kitchen!

Kitchen Preview…

3 Apr

After months of planning, demolition, design and construction you are finally seeing the transformation take place!  We have gone from a dated, neglected house to a construction zone – well technically we’re still in a construction zone, but now when we leave our basement quarters and walk upstairs and look around we can envision the new house!  It is coming together.  The kitchen is complete with all plumbing and electrical in, cabinets installed and painted and slate floors installed.  All that’s left is the counter tops and appliances and they should be installed in around two weeks or so.  Oh and paint…yes when you look at the pictures and see a few drywall holes and patched up paint, well we’re doing that too, but that’s the very last touch.  That’s progress!!  Here’s the peak.  I can’t wait to show you that’s why you’re seeing each stage, not just the befores and afters – all the in betweens.

Kitchen Paint and Stain, Step 1…

13 Mar

The first step of the paint and stain has been applied.  This is the base coat.  They have to come back and add the black glaze and wipe it off, and then do the clear coat but it’s already taking shape.  You can see how the colors will be and how they work together.  I am so excited about the kitchen!  The granite is the next thing to select.  I know what my first choice is – typhoon bordeaux, just have to find it and see if it’s in the budget.

Kitchen sample colors and fabrics…

12 Mar

The kitchen cabinets have arrived and have been installed as you saw in my last post and are in the process of being painted and stained now.  I am so excited about how it is coming together.  Cecelio had installed the cabinets the day before and I had gone out to run some errands while the electrician was doing some work.  I came back and there were two more vans in the driveway and a 4 man crew that had already removed half of the new cabinet doors and were prepping them for paint.  Ah the joyous sounds of construction!  One end of the house had the electrician’s country music playing and in the kitchen was Mexican music!  The sounds of progress indeed!  The paint color for the island came out exactly as I had hoped.  I had found a color that I wanted and Marco and I went to the paint shop to get it mixed.  After two days the paint shop called with a sample and it was perfect, absolutely perfect.  I was afraid that it would look more like it was ‘paint’ and I want a ‘wash’ or ‘glaze’ look.  Marco is super talented with his painting processes.  They have scheduled 8 days to paint the kitchen because there are so many steps involved.  They spray the first coat on then they do the glaze by hand, wipe it partially off, let it dry, sand by hand and then redo it all.  It’s just beautiful when they’re through.  The wood stain is for the perimeter wall and base cabinets.  The greenish, grayish wash is for the island.  Our breakfast room furniture is on order.  The wood sample for that is shown in the drawer picture below and the fabric swatch is what the chairs at the breakfast table will have as their cover.  It’s really looking like a kitchen now!!

Kitchen Cabinets Arrive!

2 Mar

Wow this has been one of the most exciting days for me of the renovation.  The kitchen cabinets have arrived!  The kitchen has gone from awful and outdated to demolished and barren and now it’s beginning to show signs of new life and is beginning to look like it can be a kitchen again!  Cecelio has done a beautiful job of making these cabinets.  This was a big job for me because as project manager, designer and decorator this was my baby… My job was to not only pick out the look of the cabinets meaning wood type, door style, color and finish but also to more importantly design the layout of the kitchen.  My goal was to have a very functional kitchen so a lot of planning went into where things were placed, where drawers were chosen over cabinets and where appliances were built-in.  I wanted things as convenient as possible.  Pull outs are being placed on either side of the range so no more walking to the pantry or cabinets for spices, oils, vinegars and such.  It’s all right at hand.  The prep sink with garbage disposal is immediately to the right of the range so all vegetable prep is done near the range so no dripping water and walking across the floor with the ingredients.  The microwave, wine refrigerator and trash pullouts are all built into the island.  This seems to be really coming together.  I’ll post more pictures when everything is installed!

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