Give or take the kitchen is done except for that last 2%. My partner says the last 2% of any project is the hardest to finish but he is trying his hardest to complete it all.
Here is where our kitchen completion projects stand:
We ordered the backsplash tile, Tabarka Studios tile from Norberry Tile, last week. I had to drop the sample tile off for them to match. It will take 6-8 weeks for the tile to arrive and in the meantime I'm working on getting quotes from tile installers.
We have the four small ceiling lights for over the island, unfortunately we have discovered that the ceiling is slightly warped and we are going to need to get some of the dry wall replaced. The original plaster and lathe is still up there but one prior owner laid some plasterboard over it rather than deal with whatever damage it had and somehow, perhaps when we had that water problem during the upstairs bathroom renovation, the plasterboard has bowed. You can't see it just by looking at the ceiling but when the lamps would be hung they wouldn't be level with each other so it needs addressing. Bleh!
The wainscoting ceiling of the addition is primed as of last weekend and ready for painting. One lamp is installed and the other, an interesting chandelier from Egypt is hung so I can try to figure out how to reassemble the chains and glass drop pendents that hang from it. It is quite the puzzle.
We still haven't sorted out the final solution for the addition eating area. Right now we have my old kitchen table from my first apartment in there, which has two leaves and closes up quite small, as well as our preschooler's child's table. We layed out a rug there temporarily with an afghan and quilt for the new baby (born in August) to be able to roll around while I'm cooking. We found a fairly suitable table at David Smith last weekend, as well as some seating, but we weren't quite ready to commit as putting the table in will fill up all the great open space that we are enjoying of the new room. We will get there I'm sure, but for right now it seems like we are going to hold off.
The kitchen floor is sealed and looks gorgeous now. As you look from thd front hall through the diningroom into the kitchen it invites you in.
We made a decision on our cabinet knobs, though we still need to place the order. Here's the link to the Season knob (http://www.restorationhardware.com/rh/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1278178&navCount=0). It's oil-rubbed bronze finish matches what we selected for window and door hardware in the new eating area addition.
Our new picture window above the sink will be installed tomorrow, finally ridding us of the ugly and architecturally inappropriate metal clad box bay.
Both island and outside countertops have been ordered now. The stone counter will go in next week followed by finishing up of the kitchen plumbing install. The butcher block counter will take a couple more weeks to arrive.
After that there is some paint touch-up to do and then we will make our decisions about the backsplash tile and kitchen table and seating.
It has been a long process, it's pace driven by our limited time to focus on it as we run a business, care for our son and had time to process all the inter-connecting decisions of a kitchen makeover. I highly doubt we could have moved much more quickly than we did but our thoughtful deliberations have paid off.
I'll share more photos as we finish up over the next few weeks.
Here is the floor in and grouted. It still needs to be sealed and there are a couple small spots that the tile still needs to be added around the edges.
This week the stove, fridge and dishwasher will be installed, as well as the power for the microwave in the island so we can start to move in a bit. No countertops yet but we finalized our selections this morning.
We haven't finalized on the backsplash yet and we are still looking into cabinet knobs and pulls.
The cabinetry is in - hooray! We found a few gaps as the install happened so a few additional pieces will have to be made by Kountry Kraft.
The wood of the drawers is really solid, it takes up some of the internal drawer space compared to what we had before. We have plenty of space to work with though so it shouldn't be a problem. The bottom corner cabinet hinging was does differently than we specified (not sure why) so that it is two separate doors that open from the corner outwards. You have to close the doors in a certain order to have it close properly and we are certain the door finish is going to get a bit dinged overtime -- especially when guest are visiting.
We are still making our final decisions on countertops which means that we can't move in just yet, but the floor and radiant heating is going to be installed this week so we aren't going to be able to access the kitchen for a few days anyway as that sets up.
The replacement picture window for the ugly box bay window is going to be a couple weeks yet as well.
I'm also glad to see that the Ralph Lauren Architectural Offwhite color I selected for the walls (for a tone-on-tone effect) is working beautifully. I really stressed about what color to use and then whether it would contrast well with the finish color hue of the cabinetry. It was a little bit of a leap of faith when I decided but it is perfect.
It is amazing to see it coming together, the culmination of so many little decisions over so many months and years. I can't wait to try it out.
We were shopping for knobs and drawer pulls today, as that is the next step in finishing the cabinetry. My partner was leaning towards something decorative and glass -- which he had in his last home -- but I was thinking of something darker.
We stopped by Rejuvination in South Seattle to take a look at their selection, having browsed there briefly once before.
They had some vintage looking glass knobs but they looked really shiny. What finally caught our eye were these simple oil rubbed bronze ones (top right corner knob; lower left corner pull). What I like about them is their simplicity (not bulky like the bin pulls), and their matte finish which fits with our other finishes so far in the kitchen.
We are going to keep on looking but these have some potential. I'm wondering if they will look a little strong on the pale yellow of the wall cabinets (versus the dark red of the island).
After much debate and inspecting samples from Tierra y Fuego of their Barcelona encaustic cement floor tile, we finally decided two weeks ago that this was our favored pattern.
It is the Fontanella alternating with Sweet Maple solid. Once we had the cabinets in the house it was a lot easier to pick. We also really liked the Casanova and Palma patterns but thought they might be too fussy. With our selection we get the interest of the cement tiles, without it being overwelming.
Since it took us so long to decide it won't be another 4 weeks until our order arrives. We will be able to start installing the cabinetry before then and there is a lot of plumbing and wall repair work to do in the meantime.