This week’s room tour on A Look Inside is of our kitchen. The kitchen is a very special room to me. It’s the room that everyone always seems to gather around, and it’s the first (and only) kitchen that I was able to pick the finishes on. I had to pick them all in one day, but I always loved this kitchen.
I chose a dark cherry cabinetry with a black glaze. The backsplash was slate with oil rubbed bronze accent tiles. The granite color was absolute black. I know that we live in a world of white kitchens, and I actually love that, but this kitchen and color scheme just seemed to fit in this house. Perhaps because the wall of windows. There are six very large windows looking out to the back yard. When we moved in the wainscoting on the back of the bar was painted white. It turned out to be too bright and completely impractical as it was constantly kicked by the stool sitters. I painted it black and it just blended better.
They always say that you really can’t understand the pitfalls of a floor plan until you live there. We found this true in our Cincinnati house. I always wanted an island kitchen… until I actually lived in it. It’s probably not the island’s fault, but at the time we had a really big black lab – 125 pounds worth! He managed to make half the kitchen unusable when he laid down. I decided a kitchen with a good work triangle where there is open space in the middle just functioned better for our family. On top of climbing over a dog intentionally making himself a road block in hopes of causing me to drop something, I didn’t find walking around the island all the time to be very efficient. This kitchen had exactly what I asked for… an open middle.
When I designed this backsplash I was having a love affair with slate and cherry together. I still really like the combination. I was also excited about oil rubbed bronze because my last house was brushed nickel and it was an exciting change. So I chose oil rubbed bronze accent tile and drew out what I wanted the design to look like for the tile installers. The lady at the tile showroom told me it would be ugly and tacky–which stressed me out! I had one day to pick out everything for this house. I didn’t need a second guesser. My husband didn’t even go with me to pick stuff out. I was truly on my own. Because the choices I made were so unusual for the area (I am pretty sure anything but light wood, tan countertops, and travertine was out of the ordinary), the builder waited to put the backsplash in the day of closing. He later said he loved it, but he too was a doubter!
A few years later we added the built-in. It provided much-needed storage for beverages and storage. I drew it on a piece of paper, and a carpenter came and built it for me. And he only charged me $600 for labor and materials! I painted it myself. The granite was a remnant and was only $150. I loved how it filled an awkward space in the room.
Our kitchen table was a Craigslist buy and served us very well over the five years we had it. It was nice to have a table that seated six so I didn’t have to use the dining room when my parents were visiting.
Well that’s it! Thanks for stopping by to view my kitchen. I’d love to hear what you think!