When we first moved into our home, we had no intention of “flipping” it. However, Mr. Geek and I have come to recognize that it’s time to move on and plan on selling after a few more projects. This July, we will have lived in this house for three years. Looking back, the transformation has been pretty incredible. Although it wasn’t always easy, we’ve learned a lot for our next home.
Blast from the past! I was very excited to have our vintage cooktop and 1960 Westinghouse wall oven when we first moved in–until we started actually cooking and baking with it. Good thing Mr. Geek likes burnt food!
We also hated the “kitchen triangle”. It just didn’t make sense to us. The fridge was behind the entry door and caused many collisions. It was also super far away from the cooktop and oven. The center of the kitchen had nothing–which was good for a dining room table, but didn’t provide much prep space. It was very cramped. But on the plus side–TONS of cabinet space for a smaller kitchen!
The walls were covered in wallpaper and had a wainscoting of plastic tile–some of the pieces were held on with scotch tape. The cooktop backsplash was actually a few layers of wallpaper that were peeled back when it was time to remove the mess.
I am not knocking this kitchen in any way. Walking into the room, you could sense this kitchen had memories of family gatherings and home cooked meals for decades. But now it was ours–and it was time to update it to our style.
We moved the fridge from out from behind the door and replaced the oven with a full range. Momma also needed a big-ass island with bar seating and electrical for meal prep!
Off-white cabinets brightened up the space–especially for a room that does not have a lot of natural light (okay, it does, but not enough to my liking). I prefer off-white to white because bright white makes me think of hospitals (yes, I understand that sounds insane). I tend to lean towards warmer tones.
Remodeling our kitchen as a couple for the first time taught us both about each other’s tastes. For me, I always decorated with warm neutral tones and favored browns and tans. Mr. Geek, on the other hand, is a grey guy. This was a new way we needed to compromise. Although most of the kitchen is grey, the warmer floor stain and hints of brown and tan in the countertops bring in my neutrals.
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Top 3 Products in Our New Kitchen:
#1: LG Viatera Countertops: Wildwood
These GORGEOUS quartz countertops are at the top my list. I did not like any other countertops in this process. When we were quoted some outrageous numbers, they did not seem like a possibility. I’ll be honest, I was prepared to have a full-on bratty spoiled meltdown if we couldn’t get these countertops–or we really had to make some decisions to change around the budget.
#2 GE Slate Appliances
I knew stainless steel was the trend, but knowing the tendencies of little children and wet dog noses–there was no way I wanted to waste my time wiping down our appliances from smudges. Thankfully this was also a time when the slate line was coming out and companies were trying different variations of stainless steel. I am so grateful we took a risk on the GE Slate. I love the matte finish with little to no smudges. The color just ties in everything perfectly.
#3 Grey Brick Tile Backsplash
Our backsplash tiles are a bit bigger than typical subway tile. They look more like large bricks. We were very particular about the look of the backsplash tile. We probably brought home and sent for 20 samples–nothing seemed to work until…
WAYFAIR, you’re just what I need! I ordered samples of three different colors of this tile and sure enough the Grace 4” x 12” Ceramic Subway Tile in Sabbia was the one! A longtime family friend did an incredible job putting up this backsplash in no time.
And shoutout to the handyman himself, Mr. Geek. I’m very lucky to have a guy like you making our renovation dreams come true–and the fact that you LOVE this stuff!
Countertops: LG Viatera Wildwood
Vent Hood: Wayfair
Cabinet pulls: Wayfair
Appliances GE Slate
Bar Stools: Wayfair