Things have been slow moving these days for the Bosch renovation. With Greg having tons of work at the end of 2016 and snowpocalypse 2017 happening in our area, things have been slowed almost to a halt. People warned us that things wouldn’t go quite as planned and that we would have setbacks and all of that has been confirmed, repeatedly. But things are looking up. Greg’s work is slowing down and the weather is supposed to warm up this next week; the perfect storm (or lack there of) for us to get some major work done. In the last couple of weeks, we have been slowly but surely moving out of the house; boxing up everything and moving some things to my mom and stepdad’s where we are now staying. I have been filling the void of not having my own house by organizing my moms. I think she appreciates it but there is a strong possibility that she actually hates it. With us displaced, hopefully the work at our house can really pick up some steam in the coming weeks. We have torn out the majority of the kitchen and Greg has started digging the foundation for the new addition. By this time next week hopefully we will have some concrete poured and be preparing for framing, while also continuing to gut the existing house.
One thing that is almost complete, however, is the kitchen design. We have been pricing everything out and forcing ourselves to actually make some decisions. For me, it has become a game of mixing budget pieces with high end, more artistic details to give it the boho/eclectic feel that I love. It has been a great lesson in limits for me and, despite the little bit of stress, it has been really fun. I can’t wait to see it all come together in the coming months.
This is the basic layout that we created on Ikea, where we are getting cabinets as well as a few other things. The tool was pretty easy to use and self-explanatory, which was a plus. The wall to the far left will actually be open to the new dining room and family room that are being added on, and the brick fireplace and wall encloses the kitchen from the spot where you are looking in this picture, but I couldn’t figure out how to do all of that in the layout so there you have it. The space for the kitchen is a very unique, dare I say weird space. There are french doors and a brick wall with a fire place. The ceiling is wood that will be painted white with the beams left the dark brown. The space is long and skinny, almost like a galley kitchen but open on the one end. The funkiness of the space is the one thing that I love about it. I love that it isn’t cookie-cutter and that it will be truly unique to our family.
I vacillated endlessly about the cabinets, basically going back and forth between white and grey. In the end, I decided that the white would be a bit more classic, less trendy, and would help to keep the space bright and airy, even with the close quarters. The cabinets, and the ones that we chose, are IKEA Grimslov in off-white. In total, because of the odd space that we have, there are only eight actual cabinets. This made the price of these very reasonable and will give the kitchen a clean and basic starting point.
Cabinet hardware is one of those things that can really add up. $20.00-$30.00 per piece adds up very quickly when you start counting doors and drawers. And my heart was set on brushed brass, my current crush. So I started looking for an affordable option that wouldn’t but the bank and I found an etsy shop called Forge Hardware Studio that has some wonderful hardware for a really reasonable price. I love these modern bars above and I am deciding between those and another set that is a little softer. Either way, I am really loving them.
As of now, this is another item we will be getting through IKEA. I love the dark walnut that they have in their butcher block and you just can’t beat the price. We are still checking around for a couple of other prices on butcher block but I am thinking we will just go with these. The only thing is that on the countertop with the stove, there will be a bar so we will have to splice two of their butcher block pieces together in order to get enough depth. I think the contractor hubby can figure that one out though.
Greg is going to be making our island, which I think is pretty special. I basically want it to be a long, fairly skinny table. It will be stained to match the countertops in a dark walnut. I may also have him include a shelf on the bottom for more storage. We need all that we can get. By taking out the peninsula that was in the kitchen to open it up, we are losing storage and counterspace that I am hoping to make up in a better way through the island.
Flooring has been, by far, the hardest decision for us. Originally, I wanted to do a really amazing concrete tile from Cle Tile, but I just couldn’t justify the price. I couldn’t find any other tile that I was in love with after falling so hard for the concrete so the alternative became to just run the wood that we are doing in the rest of the house through the kitchen. Simple enough if you know what floors you are putting in the rest of the house. At least we have it narrowed a bit now. I know that I want something on the light side and after doing some research and talking to the flooring company that Greg’s company uses, we have decided to go with LVP, luxury vinyl plank. I think that is what it is called. It is basically a wood-look vinyl that is completely waterproof and foolproof. With kids and eventual pets and a ton of ware, we thought this would be a smart decision. The three above are all Coretec from US Floors, which is the brand that our flooring people recommended. I just need to now make a decision.
This tile is one of the things I am the most excited about in the kitchen. I fell head over heels for this zellige tile from Cle Tile when I saw it a few months ago and I think it is going to add the perfect boho, vintage touch to the space. We are getting the tiles in weathered white, which is what is shown above. So in love.
This is the Domsjo Double Sink from IKEA. I read a ton of reviews on this sink and it seems like it holds up well and does the job with form and function. Once again, I love the style and the price-point. It is apron-front without looking too cutesy and manages to be modern with a vintage flare.
The faucet is one thing that I really wanted to splurge on. I just haven’t been able to find a comparable one to the picture in my head for a decent price. I am in love with brushed brass fixtures right now and Newport Brass has the most beautiful ones that I have found. This one is Jacobean Pull Down Kitchen Faucet and I am really feeling the idea of this in the brass. There is a less pricey one from Delta that has a similar look but I am tempted to go with quality and construction on this choice.
As we continue on this journey, wish us luck and good weather! We are so excited to keep up the work and to finally see and feel the progress of our hard work! MEB