Well, I’m still waiting for the backsplash tile to come in, but here is a sneak peek of the kitchen. You can see a small swatch of the aforementioned tile propped up against the back of the cooktop in the next image below. The countertop appears to by shiny but it’s only an illusion as the overhead lights are glaring a bit in this photo.
Pulls are Restoration Hardware 'Aubrey' in Oil Rubbed Bronze.
This cooktop is a workhorse!
The kitchen installation began last week with the delivery of many large boxes. Each box was carefully transported into the house up a ramp on an industrial dolly by two men. Then the box was placed gently on the floor. Once uncrated, corners were protected with thick cardboard caps.
The first task was to measure to confirm placement. It was at that time that we realized some things had shifted and we were two inches shy of the ideal placement. After a discussion with the team, we agreed the best solution was to shave two inches off the back of the endcap (my term) bookcase. This will not affect the look of the kitchen, though the shelves will be too shallow for many of my cook books. This cabinet was also intended to function as a convenient charging station for phone, ipod, etc. and is equipped with an interior outlet. I know I’ll find many uses for the space. This cabinet will either be finished with trim similar to the open shelving over the cooktop or have cabinet doors installed. TBD.
Cabinetry awaits installation.
The entire house is a combination of stained and painted wood, so I decided to continue that look throughout the kitchen and addition. The oak flooring will be continuous throughout the downstairs including the kitchen. So here’s the lineup:
Upper cabinets, pantry and oven tower: natural cherry
Lower cabinets: buttermilk painted composite (great value!)
Countertop: antiqued nordic black granite
Floor: white oak
For months I’ve considered various countertop materials and keep coming back to soapstone. I did not want a shiny counter that I’d feel obligated to polish. I love the look of soapstone, the feel and the sense of solidity it brings. However, in a last minute change of heart, I went with antiqued granite, surprising Mr. Cook and myself. I initially had steered away from granite because I did not want a dominating or distracting pattern. The antiqued granite has the depth and feel of soapstone without the maintenance. The granite has been treated with an epoxy fill to plug surface gaps. This is visible as shiny flecks that look like mica. Overall the surface is matte, not shiny, meeting my original criterion.
This granite feels soft but not completely smooth.
Simple cherry cabinets will complement buttermilk paint.
Cabinet door has simple bevel.