(Originally I had these links just at the bottom, but what the hell…it’s a lengthy post.)
STYLE: Modern Classic Island Galley
Schuler (Lowes) Plywood Cabs /
Hampton Door Style /
Maple Wood Divinity Paint / Cherry Wood Chestnut Stain
Carrara Marble (Magma Granite / Ocala)
3 Integrated drainboards / honed island / polished perimeter
8′ x 30″ Tabletop: Sapphire Brown Granite
Kenmore All Fridge (purchased in 2005 from Sears) /
Samsung Dishwasher (Lowes Clearance) /
Broan 60″ Hood (Discontinued / Sears) /
2 30″ Fivestar Dual Fuel Ranges (AJ Madison)
Hakatai Classic Series in Mint Ice / Meadow / Porcelain (white grout)
American Olean White Glossy Subway Tile (gray pearl grout)
Gray sockets on aluminum (Tasklighting.com)
Avian Fan (Lowes) /
Fluorescent Undercabinet Lighting (Lowes)
Kingston Brass Wall Mounted Faucets /
Model # KS200SN /
Model # KS3228AX /
Model # KS216SN /
6o” Custom Belvedere Soapstone Double Bowl Sink (M. Teixeira)
Aubrey Pulls & Duluth Pulls 8″ / Satin Nickel (Restoration Hardware) /
Aubrey Pulls & Duluth Pulls 8″ / Antique Finish (custom finish by Horton Brasses) /
Cast Brass Bin Pulls 4″ / Antique Finish & Polished Nickel (Horton Brasses) /
Diamond Cut Crystal Glass Knob (D. Lawless) /
Octogonal Cut Old Fashion White Milk Glass Knob (D. Lawless)
72″ 16-gauge Stainless Steel Restaurant Shelving (The Web Restaurant Store)
Rustic Pre-finished Red Oak 3/4″ x 2-1/4″ (Lumber Liquidators)
Custom Steel Table Base (Gainesville Ironworks)/
Large Wood Table (Purchased 2003 from Pier 1 Outlet)
Wood Chairs (Purchased 2004 from Target)
Aluminum Jailhouse Chairs (Discount Seating)
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (Walls) /
Coqo Floral Curtain in Natural (Anthropologie) /
Dahlia Curtain Holdbacks (Clearance / Curtain Rod Store)
Chris Nietanbach @ Nietanbach Construction 352-246-3098
KD Clinton Moreaux & Lotus @ Moreaux Carpentry 352-339-6801
Loved working with Ted & Paula from Magma Granite in Ocala! They gave *excellent* pricing, were super nice to deal with and did an exceptional job on the fabrication.
The internet was my best friend, allowing me to price engineer a killer kitchen at a price point we could swallow.
Orion at Horton Brasses is a sweetheart. This hardware company is family owned and Orion will personally talk to you on the phone, send you cute little cards and just bend over backwards to make your hardware purchase perfect.
My husband is such a generous guy with, thankfully, flawless credit! XOXOXO
Chris, KD and Lotus are the BEST contractors in the Alachua County/Gainesville area. Ridiculously hardworking, strong like oxen, precise and all around gems–these guys are a terrific buy and do amazing work. Love them!
I am extremely happy with how the kitchen turned out. So close to perfection! If I had it to do over again, I would have gotten the cabinets in White Icing, not Divinity (prefer the white white look to creamy white), worked in island seating for the husband to hang out and would paint the walls a different shade of white. We used the same paint that we had elsewhere in the house, but the 1962 walls are plaster and concrete. The paint looks different on the sheet rock and it is driving me slightly crazy. I know it is relatively easy to repaint, but we have other parts of the house that need our love now. Gotta move on. Same thing with the stone dining table. Originally planned for white marble, that didn’t work out, had a granite I could deal with fabricated, an accident happened on the way to the truck and then had to pick a new slab. Not my all time fave, but it is nice, and the husband really likes it. The dark color will make it a prime spot for spreading khandvi.
What I love loVE LOVE?
*The functionality. I am a walking disaster, possibly one of the messiest cooks you will ever meet. Clean up is a cinch in the new kitch. Love the galley layout, which is basically in the same footprint as the original, just longer.
*The soapstone sink, which is not too deep but plenty roomy. Belvedere was not my first choice but it is the hardest soapstone in M. Teixeira’s repertoire and also in the cheapest class category. But you know what? I love it so much now. We are leaving it unoiled
*My marble! For those of you who have kept up with my kitchen obsession on this blog, white marble has an affect on me akin to a dinner of oysters, chocolate and Viagra. Sorry, it’s true. My countertops, especially the honed island where I do most of my work, is like a dream. A very sexy yet soothing dream. It is stone yet it is soft. Evocative of a cloud, pocketbook friendly carrara has a certain translucence and lightness that is divine and inspired. Love it.
*The big sink wall. I love the el cheapo white subway tile. Love the gray grout. So easy to clean. Wall mount satin nickel faucets MMMUH! And the mirror. The mirror was an unauthorized purchase before the green light was given for the remodel. We had no funding. No firmed up plans. Just my vision. And I spotted this beauty at Pier 1 and let me tell you…it was a lot of money for Pier 1. I bought it on the spot and, well, the husband and I were at odds for an entire weekend over it. Ooops.
*Hakatai Classic Series Tile. Whenever I showed people the tile sample or pics, they really tried to be polite. I saw it in their strained smiles and read it in between the lines of their courtesy emails. Very few people liked it. They thought the tile was too bathroomy and that the colors were too bright. But I think everyone agrees now that the Hakatai tile choices worked out fabulously, bringing color into the space without kitsch.
*I love the cheap stuff, like my $2 curtain holdbacks, $17 ceiling lights, stainless steel restaurant shelving, Kingston Brass faucets and the magnetic knife holder we recycled from the old and ugly kitchen.
Basically, I am living in my dream kitchen. If you don’t see me out and about, it’s because I would rather be home cooking. Cleaning up…well, not so much.
I am going to work on getting a page up devoted to the remodel, including the worker bees who toiled so hard on what somedays seemed like an endless vortex of monster kitchen–so stay tuned!
In the meantime, here are links to the finished kitch: