Yesterday I talked about the plan and budget for the kitchen remodel. Today I’m gonna discuss the major design decisions and inspiration. There are so many design decisions to make when it comes to designing a kitchen. Stainless appliances or white? Tile or wood floors? To backsplash or not to backsplash? To marble or to quartz? Custom cabinets or pre-fab??
A lot of the questions got answered for us with simple budget constraints, but other questions, like the colors, are just really personal. So Jason and I started off by sharing a secret Pinterest so we could get on the same page about design. This images, we both loved and informed our design.
Sarah’s kitchen was really inspiring to us too. Again, a similar palette with that kinda sage-y green, lot’s of metallic details–and here, wooden accents to bring in the earthy vibes. Yes! I wanted that too. But both of these kitchen skewed more modern than boho, so I knew I was going to have to turn up the volume a bit, and I did that through tile. I’ve talked about my tile choices here.
Once the tile was installed, and the white shaker prefab cabinets went up, it was time to pick the countertops. I love the look of the marble in Sarah’s kitchen pictured above, but after talking to friends who have kids, and knowing how eh-hem, boho we are when it comes to stains and stuff, we decided that marble was a little too high maintenance for us. So we headed to Lowe’s to do some intel.
We took a look, and copped a feel at all of the options. We were drawn to Silestone Quartz in Lagoon. It looks and felt a lot like the light marble, but it’s highly stain and scratch resistant. It also is more white and less grey, which I like. Ida helped us decide on the square edge for the countertops and we made an appointment with Lowe’s to get the measurements and estimate.
The process was actually really interesting. Umberto came over and took all the measurements, created a map and a scale model of the the countertops with wooden strips.
I was asking so many questions and taking so many photos that Umberto and I became homies.
Umberto then brought his wood-strip model back to the lab and used it to cut the quartz into the right shape with as few ‘cuts’ as possible so there are no visible seams. A couple of weeks later they came to do the install.
The install took about five hours. They had to trim little things here and there to get all the pieces on.
They cut holes for the faucets and finessed it, and then Umberto came back to check in on everything…and it looked like this…
I am really happy with our countertops. For those of you considering new countertops, the cost for the Silestone and the install for our kitchen was about $3800*. Here are some other items that we decided on for the design, and below, where you can purchase them…
GE Slide-in Gas Range
Yesterday, a reader asked to see the floor plan of our house, so here it is. We knocked down the wall between the living room and the kitchen to create our breakfast bar. We moved the laundry room out to our garage and knocked out that wall too. I’ve marked where we added a new window.
Please let me know if you guys have any other questions!!
*Jungalow Kitchen Remodel Sponsored by Lowe’s
Top Photo of Jungalow Kitchen by Danae Horst