This kitchen at first glance was pretty nice – quality wood cabinets and already updated with granite countertops. You almost don’t notice that the cabinets go straight across the gas stove – only 18″ inches above the open flame burners. Definitely not a safe distance for cooking – nor built to code.
With the recent addition of two spacious pantries on the right wall of the kitchen, storage wasn’t an issue, so the cabinets over the stove had to go.
An added bonus was the opportunity to also update the dated tile backsplash that was used throughout the kitchen. We made quick work of removing that as well.
An off-white distressed subway tile with a dark taupe/gray grout was selected to coordinate with the existing granite.
We decided to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling on both walls, which created height and really brightened up the room.
I always think of installing the grout as the easy part of the job, but it is really a workout for your arms when you’re grouting this much tile all at once!
With the messy grout job complete, it was time to install a new stainless steel hood vent, and reclaimed wood floating shelves on the new tile wall. The existing wood cabinets got a good cleaning and new matte black pulls for an updated look.
Then the fun stuff begins – styling! Wired bottles, cookbooks and cooking essentials are both practical and pretty – bringing a touch of updated farmhouse to this kitchen.
The overall feel is spacious and bright. Pair that with the tons of storage, ample work surface and multiple seating areas, I’d say this is a pretty great kitchen for both cooking and entertaining. A win win!