Last we left off with the kitchen remodeling chronicles, we had finally gutted everything and were starting completely over with a nice, clean blank space (which in itself was already a massive improvement!). The next step was picking flooring and cabinets, which ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be!
For flooring, the biggest challenge we had was that the floor would need to coordinate with 2 other kinds of flooring. We have an espresso laminate floor in our living room and the piano room which both border with the kitchen. We also have hardwoods with orange tones that border the kitchen in the stairwell.
We decided on going the tile route for the ease of care and I’m really happy we did! While I love the look of wood floor in the kitchen, the last time we opted for that route we had an unexpected major water leak that completely ruined the flooring (such a sad day!). So, we decided to play it safe and stick with tile this time. 🙂
To keep costs down, we went to a local surplus store to choose tile. Luckily they had plenty of options we really liked. We took 3 samples home and picked the one that went best with the floors in the adjoining room. Here was our winner!
I love the gray, but it also has orange and brown undertones that help it flow well with the other flooring, see?
Luckily for me, we hired out installing our tile! The hardest part was trying not to step on the wet grout or any uneven pieces—and encouraging our dogs to do likewise! 😉
Once the flooring was in, we could move onto cabinets. After shopping around, we went with a local cabinet guy who Scott’s dad had used previously and been happy with. The cabinets are dovetail and really sturdy, and they were also extremely affordable for what you get.
I went back and forth for a bit trying to decide if I wanted white cabinets or gray, and in the end, I went with my gut, which said white—so glad! We love them so much—we seriously couldn’t be happier!
We ended up pushing the row of cabinets that make the island out 2 additional feet so the kitchen walkway wasn’t so tight. Our living room is pretty big, so we had a few feet to spare. I’m really happy with it!
As you can see, we already have our appliances picked out and a few installed. Is it lame that I am most excited about the dishwasher?! If you have ever hand washed pots in a bathroom sink, you’d get it. 😛
I’m SO excited to share which counters we went with soon! They are so gorgeous! <3 This place is startng to turn around, finally. 🙂
What remodeling projects are you working on right now? There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, promise! 🙂