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May 3 / jfletcher

Update: My Kitchen

Big news, folks. Remember when I said I’ve been daydreaming about my kitchen?? Well, day dream no more. It’s actually happening.

The photo above was my original motivation for the kitchen.  As soon as I saw this picture, something just clicked. Mostly because it’s just a gorgeous kitchen, but also because I knew something like this would fit seamlessly into our current home. There was also a part of me that immediately recognized ways to obtain a similar look for a lot less. As much as I hate to admit this, budget was the biggest factor in our decision making process. Our kitchen is original to the house. Like from 1947 original. So, we had no choice but to start completely from scratch. We’re going to move walls, change plumbing, and update electrical (in a big way). Not to mention all new appliances, cabinets and counter tops. Based on all these expenses, we were very interested in figuring out ways to cut some costs where we could. One way we did this is by using really good products at really great prices. For example, we went with stainless steal Kenmore and Maytag (on sale at Sears!) and even Ikea cabinetry (after much consideration). Once we decided to take the Ikea route, we enlisted the help of Mr. Doug Brooks of Wood N You who specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling. And Ikea products. And he just so happens to be Sarah’s dad! Mr. Brooks completely understood our approach to the the design of the kitchen (and our budget!), and has already been so helpful in offering advice and suggestions when faced with a tricky decision.

From there, Mr. Brooks worked out the floor plan. The dotted lines represent the current kitchen walls (photos of my current kitchen can be seen here. The photos were taken right about where that blue 1’5 is in the lower left corner)…

And I got to work designing…

1. Pendants: I selected these Industrial Glass Pendants from West Elm for over the peninsula.  My first instinct was to use the Hicks pendant (isn’t everyone’s?) or some sort of globe, like whats in the original inspiration picture, but I went with these instead. I think the shape is more interesting. And I really love the bronze detail along the top. I think that adds warmth to an otherwise simple fixture. Digging the chrome tip bulb, too.

2. Paint color:  I’ve recently fallen in love with Ben Moore’s White Dove (after testing it out for a client) and I think I’ll go with that. The family room off the kitchen is painted Revere Pewter which will be a nice match. Hmmm. Time to paint test samples.

3. Stools. I found the world’s most perfect barstool from Industry West but it doesn’t come in counter height. Ugh, I’m devastated. I will not rest until I find it. Give me that barstool!

4. Counters: OMFG. I am in love with my counters. This is Frosty Carrina from Ceasarstone. It’s new and it’s to die for. I went with Ceasarstone because I knew I wanted a pure white counter. And white counters don’t exist too often unless they come in the form of marble. Yeah right. Marble isn’t the best idea in a Kitchen. Especially not in my world.

5. Hardware: I found this cup pull and knob from Amerock. It’s the Highland Ridge collection in Polished nickel. I really like the transitional feel of the hardware. And the polished nickel is a tad more fancy than basic chrome.

6. Rug: I want this Dash and Albert rug really, really badly. I’m still deciding between a runner (that will sit in front of the sink by the back door) or an all over area rug. My birthday is in June. Just saying.

7. Cabinets: Here are the door styles and finishes we chose from Ikea. We’re using “medium brown” along the bottom (it’s a little darker than what’s pictured) and “off-white” along the top and fridge wall. The Adel style for both. Can’t beat a shaker style door front, if you ask me.

8. Floors: Right now the kitchen has this FUGLY laminate floor that no matter how often you scrub, it still looks dirty. So, we’re going to remove that an install hardwoods that will be stained in English Chestnut to match the rest of the first floor. It’s a little lighter than what’s pictured.

And there you have it! My plan is to update you as we go with lots of posts on the progress of the Kitchen (which is scheduled to start mid-month). I hope you’re as excited as I am!!

Photo credits: Aaron Leitz Photography, Floorplan designed by Wood N You, and Design Board created by me via Olioboard (my very first one!).


  1. SamW / May 3 2013

    I love a kitchen renovation! And I love the two-tone shaker cabinets. Take lots of before and after pictures!

    • jfletcher / May 3 2013

      Thanks Sam!! Will do. You’ll have to come to our kitchen warming party later this summer!

  2. notYOURmombutAmom / May 3 2013

    OMFG? Obviously My Favorite Gesture? Overly Mature Female Gymnasts? Occupational Misunderstandings and Failed Groupings? Otherwise Miscast Film Gentlemen?

  3. jfletcher / May 3 2013

    It actually means “obsolete manufacturers of fiber glass”.

  4. Kayla / May 3 2013

    So excited about this! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Mr. Brooks is the best!

    • jfletcher / May 3 2013

      Thanks Kayla!! He is!

  5. Jessica / May 3 2013

    Super excited for you both!! Hope it’s done for THE white party!!!!

    • jfletcher / May 3 2013

      Thanks Jessica! That’s the plan! August deadline 🙂

  6. Sherry / May 5 2013

    Please keep us updated on all the details! I can’t wait to see how it goes. About how long will the renovation take?

    • jfletcher / May 15 2013

      Will so, Sher, thanks! About a month.

  7. Sarah / May 8 2013

    YES! A Fletcherzaid/Brooks kitchen collabo?! It’s going to be gorgeous! Just make sure to stock your fridge with lots of Ice Cream Novelties during the renovation and Doug will be one happy contractor. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • jfletcher / May 15 2013

      Thanks Sar! I already bought bagels. And sucked the air out of the bag before I put them in freezer.

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