Monday, February 18, 2013

Kitchen progress… the little details

Going into this kitchen renovation, I knew the major things that I wanted… white shaker cabinets, butcher block countertops, and a farmhouse sink.  But when it came down to the smaller details like which faucet style or what kind of range hood, I hadn’t given it much thought and I really had no idea what I wanted.  I guess I initially thought that those little things wouldn’t matter too much as long as I got the big things right.  But through this process, I’ve realized that those little details do matter and they make a big difference in the final outcome of your kitchen.  It could kind of be compared to putting on jewelry after you’ve put on your clothes.  The jewelry you choose can possibly make or break your outfit.  Your jewelry can be really elegant or it can be very simple and understated or it can just look cheap or even thoughtless.  But in the end, what you pick does matter in your overall look.

So since I was pretty much clueless about what I wanted, I had to do a lot of research to really nail down what I liked when it came to these things.  I’ve spent the last few weeks searching Pinterest and reading kitchen renovation blogs to see what’s out there, what others recommend, what I think looks good, and what doesn’t.

In the end, here are the things we’ve decided on:


I really wanted a bridge faucet, but since we only have one faucet hole to work with, I decided on the Danze Single Handle Bar Faucet.  I wavered back and forth between a chrome finish or stainless steel. But in the end, I went with chrome, because I wanted it to have a little bling to it.  I mean it you’re going to have a nice faucet, it might as well shine and make that farmhouse sink look extra pretty.  And I also realized that every pin on Pinterest in which I liked the faucet, was a chrome faucet.  Gotta go with what you love.


We ended up returning our Ikea 36” range for the NXR 30" Pro-Style Gas Range.  A detail that we had overlooked was that the Ikea range took a 240 watt outlet and our outlets are the typical 120 watts and we didn’t want to add any extra electrical work than was necessary.  Plus I really didn’t need the larger 36” range with six burners.  A 30” range with four burners will be plenty big for our family and it will also allow me to have those extra 6” in counter space and cabinets.

And I love the look of this one better anyway.

Featured View


Plus, look, it’s blue inside!

Oven Interior View


When it came to the range hood, at first I really didn’t have much of an opinion, but in an effort to make an informed decision and to make sure I would be happy with my choice for the long term, I did my Pinterest research.

I do like the big range hoods like this

charcoal painted kitchen cabinets

via the inspired home

But, for whatever reason, Tim wasn’t much of a fan. 

And we are going to have cabinets on both sides or our hood, so ours would look more similar to this (below picture) and neither of us really loved how that looked.

kitchen subway tile

via here

But when we came across this next picture, we both immediately agreed that we loved the look and that it would work well in our kitchen.

Range and hood

via here

The above range hood is a Viking and runs upwards of $1000, so we settled on this much more affordable, but nearly identical, Broan Pro-Style Range Hood in Stainless Steel.

I’m still in the decision making process when it comes to pulls and knobs.  I’ve already bought these from Restoration Hardware.  I love the pulls, but I’m not in love with the knobs and they may get returned.  I kinda want to do something a little more fun with the knobs.

Duluth Pull Duluth Knob


I love what The Inspired Room did in her kitchen.  If you look closely, you can see that the top knobs are different from the bottom knobs.  It’s fun and unexpected, a little bit quirky and I’m really liking it. 

two toned kitchen cabinets


At this point, we’re still in the process of cutting and installing the butcher block counter tops.  Cutting them has been really nerve-wracking.  We measure, measure, measure, hold our breath, and then Tim cuts.  We still have two more to cut.  I’ll be excited when this part is over.  It’s too stressful for me (and I’m not even the one with the saw!).

Once it’s done and they’re installed, I hope to be back with a blog post about it.



  1. You didn't say anything about the fridge "frame"! In our old house, we got more compliments on out kitchen knobs than you could imagine. Some were forks knobs and some knive knobs But... They always bruised my thighs after doing dishes, etc.

  2. Girl I am cracking up right now! Our styles our sososo similar! I have the Danze bridge facet and the single one on my island sink and we have the 36 in nxr range with the griddle in the middle with a similar looking hood to the one u r getting! By the way its awesome! We installed our own soap stone which was crazy! I was so proud of my husband when he was done! He was so stressed about doing it but he did a perfect job and has had no experience with anything like that! You guys are going to have an amazingly beautiful kitchen! Can't wait sit to see your future posts! ;)

  3. Oh my goodness--I remember the stress of kitchen renovations!! We were under a time crunch, so I didn't have time to research, think it over, and decide what I wanted--it needed to be decided NOW! I was beyond stressed. So I just picked what I liked--not really seeing the big picture or how it would all look together. I just picked each individual element--cabinet style, cabinet color, overlay, knobs, faucets, appliances, flooring, wall color--and hoped for the best. It was seriously like "um...I like that cabinet...and that knob...and this stove...ok, that flooring..." For the amount of money we spent vs the amount of time put into choosing the finishes, it was crazy! worked out better than I could've imagined. I was so pleased with how it all came together because I liked each individual element, so overall I LOVED the big picture! So, my advice is to go with your won't be disappointed!

  4. Ok, so how in the world do you have time to write all these posts? I mean you do have 3 young kids, a traveling husband AND you are renovating your kitchen. I thought it would be like at least a month before you caught your breath. I must find the time to check your blog more!

    I love the shiny faucet and the stove is amazing! Love the blue inside!!! The countertops look so good! I love the color!!! Although there is A LOT of prep work for the butcher block, I think it will totally be worth it all when you see it all finished. I am so excited for you!!! Can't wait to see!

    p.s. I want those drawer pulls!