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Our Kitchen Refresh

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Before we bought our new house in September, we had one deterrent. The kitchen wasn't my style AT ALL. But ultimately, I don't feel like it's realistic to be able to easily purchase a house in your budget, not having to wait to build, and have it be exactly what you want with every finish. And I'm okay with that. I want to live in an all white world, so our dark cabinets were a surprise to us. But we knew that this house was for us. It was an interesting combination to me, the bright white walls with the dark cabinets and gray granite, but whatever. We knew this house was meant to be ours. We don't plan on being here for more than a few years, but who knows what the future holds, and we want to really enjoy living here while we do. Originally we had planned to budget to paint the cabinets and change the backsplash right away. But when we moved in, I slowed my roll. I wanted to live with it. I don't think it makes sense to paint the cabinets at this point, especially when we probably won't be here forever. Honestly the little bit of dirt coverage on cabinets is nice. The gray granite isn't my favorite for the opposite reason, it's pretty speckled, so it hides too much dirt. It will be interesting to see what we choose for our family long term. The backsplash though, is honestly terrible. I'm sorry if that's offensive to someone who has something similar or likes it, but it just isn't our style at all, and honestly I don't think it really matches the other elements. 



These two photos are from before we even moved in, hence the construction dust. The gray granite is a random choice with the cabinets and backsplash, I feel like they should have gone with something brown, but ultimately I like gray better and backsplash is easier to change. I'm rambling at this point, but I was at a loss to choose something more my style that would unite the dark cabinets with the gray granite. I searched a lot for inspiration, and ultimately decided that white subway tile with a gray grout to bring in the granite, would be a good option. None of it is a perfect option, but I think this is a really good solution. I found a few photos that confirmed my thoughts. 






The last photo is really the one that convinces me that this will look good, even though the granite is a lot lighter than ours. We actually had the backsplash redone yesterday and I can't wait to share all the after photos! Cliffhanger! Haha! :) 

9 comments:

  1. Definitely a good choice! I would hesitate a guess and say you are already happier with that space xx

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  2. I can't wait to see the finished project!!! And I'm with you on countertops that are "busy"--I didn't realize that ours would hide lots of stuff when I first picked it out and now I regret it. Now I know for the next house we build!

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  3. I love the look of white subway tile - just so classic!!! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  4. This is too funny, the house my husband and I bought is so perfect for us but we HATE the kitchen too... mainly due to the fact that it's dark and our backsplash isn't backsplash, it's floor tile. You have floor tile too! We have dark cabinets, black counter tops and DARK slate backsplash (yuck) so we are in the process of addressing that now :) Can't wait to see your finished product!

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  5. My mom has the granite you are looking at and it turned out really pretty!! Can't wait to see the changes, and you are right, that backsplash needs to go. I'm obsessed with my bright white kitchen and how it turned out. ;)

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  6. I love your inspiration!! Can't wait to see the finished project! I love your style for design!

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  7. We have white subway tile in our home and LOVE it! It is going to look so good in y'all's kitchen as well! Can't wait to see it!! :)

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  8. Not offensive-- that is a terrible backsplash ;) haha! One of my clients did white subway with gray grout and it's great!! Can't wait to see yours!

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  9. Can't wait to see the finished kitchen! If you think your kitchen is awful, you should see ours. It is STRAIGHT out of the 1970s --- brown appliances, a linoleum fake brick floor, and this ugly gray laminate that is both the counter and backsplash. Round it out with some wood paneling and wallpaper with a print of orange flowers and cider jugs, and it's a total antique! I always say we could send it to the Smithsonian museum as part of a display of the history of homes in America lol!! But we have plans to remodel the whole thing top to bottom, and it's been so fun to pick out colors and options! I will have to consider subway tile, these pictures make it look so pretty!

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