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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

{New House} The Renovation Continues

Thank you, thank you for the kind words about the Bathroom Reveal yesterday! I know it was long overdue, and I was cracking up at some of your teasing comments and emails stating, 'About time!!'

I intended to post it weeks ago, but then all this new house business came along! So you may have had to wait for the Bathroom Reveal, but hopefully I made up for it with all the Kitchen Reno in the meantime. I'd say it's a fair exchange, no?

And speaking of the Kitchen Reno....how about this lovely view?!

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

Okay, that picture cropping is a slightly deceiving...we still have a little ways to go yet. But I can definitely see the finish line, and it looks better than I'd dreamed.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

It was another super-productive week...the cabinets were sprayed, walls painted, and pendants hung.

(Sorry for the jump-break, but there are so many pics it was dragging down the site!)




Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

And how glorious are those pendants??!! I love the drama they add, yet are still so clean...and they really help to add definition to the space.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

They are still a little wonky, and the ceiling needs to be patched...but those little things always come last.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

The cabinets were painted with SW Mindful Gray, and the walls SW Repose Gray at 50%...which should have been significantly lighter. But instead the walls and cabinets appear to be the same color...and in some lighting, the walls even look darker than the cabinets!? Why is paint so haaaaaaaaaarrrrd?!

The cathedral cabinet doors wouldn't be my first pick, but budget and common sense didn't allow us to replace them...so I didn't want to call too much attention to them with the paint. But I did want some definition and variation against the wall...especially now that we have the lovely new and simpler crown installed on them.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

Not to mention where this gorgeous new hood is involved. You can see a little more definition here, but I'm not sure it's enough. Obviously I'm not going to re-spray the cabinets again...the easiest and cheapest fix is to re-paint the walls above the cabinets.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

This angle looks to the Butler's Pantry (will I ever get used to saying Butler's Pantry without grinning like a loon?!) #nope

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

These cabinets got a shot of drama with SW Iron Ore...a delicious charcoal that pairs perfectly with the backsplash.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

The hole will house a drink/wine fridge, and we've decided to add pull-out drawers in the lower cabinets for table linen storage. Yes, I realize how completely obnoxious that sounds.


Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

This is the previous owner's fridge that somehow keeps returning to the Kitchen! We'll bring our stainless one with us when we move, and this little lady will find a new home in the garage.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

This picture gives you a better idea of the full Kitchen/Breakfast Room space, which opens to the Family Room. The first door is the Laundry Room, the middle a Powder Bath, and the right door leads to the garage. The opposite wall has a door leading to the backyard. I promise a more complete home tour soon...and if I can figure out how to create them, I'll include floor plans, too. You know, in case you're planning a heist.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

The wallpaper was removed from the Breakfast Room, the walls skim-coated, then painted SW Repose Gray 50%. I have no idea what light fixture will go here, but I figured staring at a light bulb would force me to decide faster than living with a fixture I didn't love.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

The door next to the fridge is the walk-in Pantry...it's pretty much the entire length of that wall, and then curves under the stairs. I told you it was ridiculous. #shesayswhilegrinninglikealoon Now do you see why we had to buy this house?!? The hallway to the left leads to the front door, and Living and Dining Rooms.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress
I spy with my little eye...vinegar. #random

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Renovation Progress

I think I'll wait until the floors are in, and the cabinet hardware in place, before deciding what to do about the cabinet/wall blending situation. Any suggestions? Are you starting to see it all come together? Admit it, you were skeptical about my backsplash tile before the cabinets were painted, weren't you?!

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44 comments:

  1. gorgeous! i love those pendant lights! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. It looks beautiful! I would say the walls need to be painted something more dramatic that plays off the tile like your butler pantry cabinets do. Probably not that dark but in that family. They really do compliment well and with the while cabinets and counters you can afford a darker upper wall

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  3. It's beautiful, it really is, even in a state of un-finished.
    {I too saw the vinegar before reading your subtitle - ha!}
    xoxo
    Rachel

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  4. That tiiiiiiiile! It looks incredible. And the butler's pantry? Yes, ma'am. Also, I typed "panty" on accident and almost left it because I thought you might get a kick out of a "butler's panty". Much more risque.

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  5. Love it! I really want to paint our cabinets but hubby is worried they won't hold up. Did you get a warranty? Can you ballpark price? Thanks!

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  6. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I get for the {New House} posts! Your design choices are definitely different than I would make (because I tend to play it safe/stick to the neutrals) but they are coming together so well and are such a breath of fresh air in the world of blogging! I'm obsessed with the dark cabinets and the tile in the butler's pantry!

    I love how you took the tile higher around the range hood but you left it shorter where the cabinets end next to the sink. Have you played around with taking it higher to match the rest? To me, it just kind of looks a little unfinished (and I like to see the pattern repeating higher up on the wall!). Just a thought!

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  7. i smile every time i see that tile. (OMG it's a poem!)

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  8. We had a butler's pantry in our last home (dream home, 64 acres, top of a mountain--yeah, would you believe me if I said I didn't miss it. Life's too good now to pine away for that. :) )Anyway....I had a friend call while moving in, and ask what I was doing. I replied "Shining the cupboards in our butler's pantry." She had a good laugh. I didn't think anything of it--it's what I was doing! It served as the side entry to our home also. I called it the mudroom as I had added a small bench, a few hooks for my girls, and we could drop everything on the counter when we came in the door. Your kitchen is looking fabulous!! Such fun!

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  9. I can't imagine how excited you are to move in... I get excited just waiting for a new reno update! Everything looks SO fantastic, that tile makes my heart go pitter pat! I think I would almost go way lighter on the walls, white? It would be a nice contrast with the cabinets and look amazing with the tile, and relate to your countertops. Looking at your big white pantry door I could see that color continued through the space. Just a thought, I know whatever you decide will be gorgeous!

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  10. It is gorgeous! I adore the tile. Oh and Mindful Grey is quite possibly the perfect grey ever. I've used it as is and cut by 50% all over my homes and it's always just perfect. Good choice! I can't wait to see your new home evolve.

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  11. I love the look you are going for. Are they planning on tiling the right side by the cabinet to the mid cabinet height like the others? As your eye follows around the room it all the sudden drops off. Are they capping the tile with anything on top? Whatever you chose it will be amazing!!

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  12. Oh my!! It is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! Can I move in? I heard you like Mexican Food and it just happens that I am an excellent cook :)
    Seriously though I LOVE your kitchen and all the choices you've made so far. Can't wait for the final reveal. I know patience is not my forte.

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  13. I absolutely love it! It is simply beautiful! I would never have had the guts to use that backsplash, but it totally makes the space!

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  14. What a transformation! Seriously, it doesn't look like the same house. The layout is just perfect, and I really can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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  15. I bet I am one of TOO MANY, who was NEVER skeptical and thought the tile was OUTSTANDING from the get-go!

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  16. Love love love it!!! I think you need to go dark(er) with the kitchen paint, the contrast in the butlers pantry is awesome and I think it would look fabulous if you carried out something like that in the kitchen!!! Can't wait to see what you decide!!!

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  17. I'm in love with that hood! and those pendant lights!! Can't wait to see it all done!

    www.lee-lee-land.com

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  18. Watching you remodel a new house is waaaaay more fun than doing it myself! I'm totally in love with these posts!

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  19. Before you had said anything about the paint I was thinking it could use some dark to balance the pendants and backsplash (like the cabinets in the butler's pantry, gorgeous). However, my advice would be to take picture after the floors are in and then photoshop EVERY option, dark, light, white, color, EVERYTHING. I looks amazing and I am so excited for you and to be following along with you!!

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  20. I think it's all coming together beautifully! I love the backsplash tile too! I think the colors look fine as is. Definitely do not paint the kitchen darker. I think when you have a dark paint color on the wall and cabinets that don't go to the ceiling they look squatty. Does that make sense? My cabinet heights are similar to yours and I also have a light color on the wall. I personally like when the cabinets, molding, walls, etc. are all painted out the same color or very similar. I think it will look fabulous as is.

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  21. Wow! Everything is looking real great there. Kitchens shouldn't be a worry, if they are really placed right and if all the interstitials, such as the plumbing are all well accounted for, right down to the contingencies. Thanks for sharing that! All the best!

    Traci Romero @ Harris Plumbing

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  22. I never doubted your backsplash choice and I don't know if this will help make it better, but I think the cathedral doors actually tie into the ornate backsplash, in a good way. You've definitely pulled it off!

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  23. Wow! Ya'll are moving right along! Everything looks beautiful! Love the tile backsplash and your pendants...I have the same one over my breakfast table and love it! :) So fun following along.

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  24. Love the tile. I especially love the tile with the dark paint in the Butler's Pantry. I know it would be a pain to repaint the cabinets in the kitchen, but I think your kitchen would be mind blowingly gorgeous if all the cabinets were that color.

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  25. Hi Cassie, I don't comment often since I am usually reading your posts on my phone. But I wanted to pop in and say how much I enjoy your style. I love the bright colors. The new tile in your new kitchen is fabulous. :)

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  26. That tile!!!!! So bold and to die for! Bravo!! I love your brilliant choices.

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  27. Have i mentioned how much i love that tile! #sogood

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  28. What a transformation! How about painting the range white like the ceiling? That would make it pop!

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  29. i love the transparent cabinet doors. They will be so fun to decorate with pretty plates, glasses, cake plates!
    www.lovelylifeofliz.blogspot.com

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  30. Looks amazing!! I might try painting the hood gloss black to make it pop off the wall and bring more focus to your stove.

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  31. So so good. I love every bit of it!!

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  32. Is the crown moulding on the kitchen cabinets painted a different color than the cabinets? The moulding looks white and the cabinets look either cream or light gray (depending on the image).

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  33. I never doubted your backsplash tile choice!! I think grey is one of the hardest paint colors to work with! We have it in our kitchen painted next to a blue room and they look almost identical unless you are right up close to them side by side. I LOVE that Iron Ore color in Jeeves' pantry!

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  34. I loved your backsplash since the first time you showed it, so I have no clue what you are talking about ;). I'm seriously having kitchen envy right now. I cannot wait to see how it will all come together once the floor is done, and you are right to wait after to see how the color combo works.

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  35. That kitchen is just breathtaking! We are moving to a new rental soon, and though I am grateful for the home, I can't wait to have my own house and make dramatic choices again. FYI we had an older fridge with yellowed handles...like your previous owner's fridge and we were able to buy new handles for about $50 and it looked as good as new.

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  36. The transformation is dramatic. I think the bold backsplash definetly makes a statement, I love it! I think you are right about the paint though, the cabinets and walls look too similar. Even though you have that dramatic tile, the monochromatic look of the walls and cabinets are taking away from it. I think you either need to go lighter or darker above the cabinets, I would try the color of your trim and full strength Repose Gray. Looking at the second to last photo photo though it appears you get a good amount of light from the windows beside the hood. It gives the impression the area above the cabinets are a completely different color than the walls around the door to the walk in pantry. Because of that you might need to go a little darker for a contrast.
    I have two other thoughts that I think will help give balance to the space. First is to paint at least the body of the hood Iron Ore, I love how that color looks in the butlers pantry with the tile. It would bring the drama on that wall all the way to the ceiling and tie in with your pendants over the sink. Second, I would bring the tile on the wall beside the sink to the same height as the tile beside the hood.

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  37. It looks beautiful! I love everything!

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  38. oh my gawd it looks great!!! i saw that cuban tile in that magazine spread that you also featured in another blog post and it is to die for. you will not regret it!!

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  39. oh my gawd it looks great!!! i saw that cuban tile in that magazine spread that you also featured in another blog post and it is to die for. you will not regret it!!

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  40. Hello!
    I have been following your remodel and love your ideas for color and style! I am trying to learn about what it would involve to spray paint my kitchen cabinets and wish you had lots of tutorial details in what the process involved. Can you add some comments on how it was done and close ups of the outcome? Thanks so much!

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    1. They didn't use traditional spray paint, but a professional paint sprayer that you fill with oil-based paint. They also thinned it a bit with paint thinner, for a smoother finish.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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