Kitchen Remodel: Changing Overlay Cabinets to Inset
Today’s post is an exciting one! After months and months of waiting patiently for it to be complete, I am so happy to say that I finally have the kitchen of my dreams! We moved into our custom home five years ago. I was able to make all the design choices, and I have to say I instantly regretted the choices I made. We originally designed our kitchen in 2013 when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my son. I was sitting in a design center and I told the designer that I wanted a French Country white kitchen. As soon as those cabinets went in, I knew I hated them. They were not white, but rather a pale yellow (that’s what bright design-center lighting gets you). Combine that with a room with no windows, and you end up with a dark and drabby kitchen. For years I wanted to change it. So what am I to do? I didn’t want to pay the money for new cabinets. So I hired a good carpenter who was able to transform my dated kitchen into the kitchen of my dreams without getting new cabinets!
My old kitchen was nice at the time, but I admit my tastes changed as well. I wanted my kitchen to be light and airy, and most of all inviting. I want my kitchen to flow with the rest of the house, which is also light and bright. And I want my kitchen to stand the test of time. So what does that mean – a white kitchen, of course!
Finding a Good Carpenter is Key
When undertaking a kitchen renovation like I have done, finding a good carpenter is key. I had one that I had worked with for the last three years (he finished my basement and installed my coffered ceiling in my living room). The inset cabinet look has become much more in vogue lately and I can see why! I love the look of old build-in cabinets, so inset cabinets was the way I wanted to go. I didn’t want to change the layout as I was happy with the way it was. To retrofit older cabinets to new inset doors, however, requires very precise measurements (and a few tricks to make everything look even and level). We ordered brand new doors, and painted them with Sherwin Williams Extra White paint. With my carpenter’s keen attention to detail, we were able to make my old and dated cabinets look brand new! And I can tell you we saved thousands of dollars over investing in brand new cabinets.
Since we weren’t changing the layout, all of our appliances stayed in the exact same place. We did change the granite to quartz, however. I decided on using LG Minuet quartz countertops, as I have them in my basement kitchen and I like how natural they look.
This Caitlin Wilson rug helps to balance out all the white, and adds some warmth to the room.
We decluttered most of the spaces on the countertop. So in this corner I added this Pier 1 tray. I love adding pops of blue throughout the kitchen, and this petite ginger jar is perfect for the space.
We added this Newport Brass faucet in Antique Brass for the kitchen farmhouse sink. We added a smaller Newport Brass bar faucet for the island sink. These faucets are so nice, and I love that they coordinate so well with the Darlana Pendants we installed over the island.
Crate and Barrel Vinter Counter Stools
I though long and hard about what counter stools to use on the island. The space isn’t overly wide, so I had to be conscious of the dimensions. I thought about using Ikea chairs, but in the end we settled on the Crate and Barrel Vinter Counter stools. I am so happy we purchased these chairs. They are nice and sturdy and the quality is excellent. I do recommend the Vinter chair cushions if you want a more comfortable chair. The chairs and chair cushions coordinate so well with the kitchen too!
Tile Backsplash by Fireclay Tile
My old backsplash was a cream carrara marble tile. It was simple, but I wanted something even more classic and timeless and not overly busy. And I didn’t want to get a standard 3×6 subway tile from one of the big box stores. After searching high and low I stumbled across Fireclay Tile and I’m so glad I did! All of their eco-friendly products are handmade in California and they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Fireclay Tiles makes all their tiles by hand and made to order. You can get tiles in a huge variety of colors and shapes. Ultimately I went with a simple 2×6 tile with a slight crackle finish, in the color Frost. I am so happy I found the traditional and timeless look that I wanted to achieve.
Table by Rustic Elements Furniture
We had the kitchen table custom-made from Rustic Elements Furniture. This table was designed by me and it turned out more beautifully than I could have ever imagined! I highly, highly recommend Rustic Elements Furniture for beautiful custom tables, buffets and chairs (see this post where they made my dining room table and buffet). They are about the same price as any other piece of high quality furniture and I’m telling you they are 100 times better than anything you could find a conventional furniture store. Their tables are made to last and I can see them lasting over 100 years! They are based out of Chicago but they ship all over the continental United States. And we upholstered these chairs with Crypton Fabric as I have no fear using their stain resistant fabrics on our most used furniture – even with four small children!
Overall I am just so thrilled with how our newly remodeled white kitchen looks! And I’m so glad we made the change from overlay to inset cabinets. Our kitchen is classic and timeless, light and airy, and is everything I could have possibly dreamed! See below for links to everything you see in the kitchen. And please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any questions!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo | April
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