Kitchen Remodel: Sources

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

Where did you find …. for your new kitchen?

Wondering where to begin with a kitchen design project? Where do I find things like hardware, lights, cabinets, tile, sinks and faucets or accessories? For an extensive remodel or an all new kitchen, you might want to consider hiring a qualified kitchen designer to make sure your kitchen is safe, up to code, functional and to help you avoid expensive remodeling mistakes. Remodeling can be stressful, expensive and overwhelming!

But with both of my most recent kitchen remodels, I was able to do the design work myself (since I left most of the appliances, electrical, plumbing and layout where it was) and then just worked with local contractors (a general contractor, a plumber, an electrician and painters and local or online suppliers) as needed to make the changes and updates I wanted on a reasonable budget — and in keeping with the quality and style of my house.

Cheap or poor quality DIY projects or remodeling choices may not be worth doing if it lowers the value or quality of your home. As you make decisions, always consider your budget but also what impact your home improvement projects will have on the value of your home should you sell down the road. And over-remodeling or pouring too much money into a home you plan to sell may not make financial sense either. There is a balance there and all of our circumstances will be different.

My decisions or choices may not be right for your house or your budget, but perhaps it will inspire some ideas or resources you can use as a springboard, even on a larger or smaller scale kitchen project.

If you haven’t seen the reveal of my kitchen remodel, you can find the kitchen remodel post here

For your convenience in this post (below), I’ve spent a million hours (haha, ok not a million but it was a lot of hours) putting together a list of my specific kitchen remodel sources (my kitchen paint colors, finishes, hardware, accessories, lighting and appliances as seen in my kitchen reveal.) Hopefully this post will be useful to you and save me time searching for stuff later when questions arise.

If you might want to refer back to this post for future reference or inspiration down the road, you may want to pin any of these images as well favorites from the kitchen reveal post (you can use the convenient new pin it buttons that will appear as you scroll over each picture). 

You’ll also find a links of some related posts below some of the sections, if you want to find out a little more detail on specific items that I’ve written about. Everything may not be listed so if you have a specific question on a source and I haven’t answered it here, feel free to ask in the comments. 

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

Left to right:
Upper white cabinets, plank walls, island base and trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove {satin finish}
Kitchen ceiling: Glidden Polished Limestone
Kitchen/pantry/family room walls: Glidden Polished Grey (lightened version of Glidden Wood Smoke, ask at the Glidden counter)
Family room ceiling: Glidden Wood Smoke
Lower Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore (Kendall Charcoal, satin finish)

Related posts:
Cabinet colors post
Kitchen painting post

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

Wood Flooring: Natural Hickory by Mohawk
Quartz Countertops: Caesarstone {Organic White}
Subway Tile: Daltile (Arctic White)
Grout: Polyblend Oyster Gray #386
Island Stain: Minwax Jacobean 2750
Cabinets: Huntwood {we only added two banks of drawers to the right of the dishwasher, all the other cabinets were already in the kitchen}

Related posts:
Mohawk Wood Floors Post
Counter & Subway Tile post
Grout for Subway Tile post
Island Makeover Post

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

Mix of hardware:
Brass Knobs: Anthropologie
Mirror Knobs: Anthropologie (sold out, but here is a similar)
Satin Nickel Pulls: Restoration Hardware

I used all 6 inch pulls on my drawers (which were all 16 inches wide or 22 inches wide) except on the 34 inch drawer in my baking area which I used the 8 inch pull. Then on the cupboards I used the round knobs from Anthro.

Brass Island Fox & Bunny Knobs: Anthropologie

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

accessories featured in kitchen collage, above:

1. Striped Runner: courtesy of Dash & Albert

2. Round Rug: Pier1 Imports

3. Colorful bowls from open shelf: Anthropologie

4. Round wood “porter mirror”: courtesy of Lulu & Georgia

5. Glass drying rack: World Market

6. Dog food container: IKEA

7. Blinds: Select Blinds (Bamboo Tortoise) >>  (the post with details on ordering the exact blinds online HERE, plus get a 40% discount on your order)

accessories not pictured in collage*:
Freestanding Dish Cabinet: Homegoods
Family Room Rug: Overstock (Safavieh Poolside Gray/Beige 8 x 11)
Portland Street Subway Art (hallway): Red Letter Words
Map wall: wrapping paper from Paper Source.
Whale Tongs (seen in kitchen tool crock)…google search “whale tongs” and you’ll find them!

Items not listed may have been purchased via flea markets, Goodwill or collected over time.
Many accessories in my home have come from Target, World Market, Pier One, Anthropologie, West Elm, Homegoods & TJ Maxx.
See below for related  posts and more info on specific items.

Related posts:
Round rug
Striped Dash & Albert Rug
Bamboo blinds {Tortoise}
Round wood mirror
Family Room Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Teacup gardens from window sill
Pantry makeover/baskets/bins/shelving
White rattan chairs
Freestanding Dish Cabinet
DIY framed chalkboard on refrigerator
Wood framed “Take Action Command Central Board” in map hallway
Maps in map hallway

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

Wall Sconces: Restoration Hardware

Ceiling lights: courtesy of Barnlight Electric

Barnlight Electric Light Order Details:

1 x Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light
Options:  Shade Size: 12″ Shade  (+$10.00) ,  Finishes: 355-Jadite ,  Mounting Options: 6″ Stem | ½” Diameter ,  Mounting Finish: Same as Shade  (+$20.00) ,  Canopy Options: Hang Straight Canopy  (+$15.00) ,  Wire Cage: None ,  Cast Guard & Glass: None ,  Cage or Guard Finish: N/A- Not Applicable

1 x Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light
Options:  Shade Size: 16″ Shade  (+$40.00) ,  Finishes: 250-White ,  Mounting Options: Flush Mount  (+$5.00) ,  Mounting Finish: Same as Shade  (+$20.00) ,  Canopy Options: Hang Straight Canopy  (+$15.00) ,  Wire Cage: None ,  Cast Guard & Glass: Cast Guard & Ribbed Glass  (+$85.00) ,  Cage or Guard Finish: Same as Shade

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

The new ‘appliances’ I got specifically for this remodel: microwave, the range hood, and the sink and a faucet. But in case you are wondering, I’ve listed all my appliance brands below (several of them were already in the kitchen when we bought the house).

Faucet: Danze {can order locally or online, research for best price}

Sink: Kohler Whitehaven short apron front sink {you can buy through a local plumbing or online source, just google to compare prices and measure carefully or check with your contractor before buying a sink}.

Range Hood: Zephyr Anzio 30 inch {you can buy through a local or online appliance store. It did require some electrical work and venting from our kitchen through an outside wall}.

Dishwasher: Electrolux

Stove: Maytag {four burner gas}

Refrigerator: Maytag

Microwave: Panasonic {we got ours at Costco}

Espresso Machine: Jura Capresso Impressa S9

Related Posts:
Choosing a Kitchen Sink and Faucet
Range hood, sink and faucet post
Dishwasher {we kept the same dishwasher pre-remodel}

*If you are local to me:
Cabinets & Countertops: Creekside Cabinets/Creative Countertops

Some affiliate links used, thank you!

PS .You can read the series of kitchen posts in reverse chronological order in the kitchen category here.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

Many of you might remember back when I talked about my unfinished kitchen island and my uncertainty about how I was going to finish it (or if I was actually even going to keep it).

Well, as you probably saw in the recent kitchen reveal, I finally made up my mind — the island not only stayed in the kitchen but it got a new distressed antique furniture look!

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

Did refinishing the island take special DIY blogger super skill, fancy tools or equipment or a workshop where you have to wear a safety mask and goggles?

Nope. Not at all! This was EASY. Unless you consider a bag of screws, a hammer and a can of stain scary DIY supplies.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

Here is what it looked like BEFORE.

Just a simple, unfinished piece of furniture. (Sitting on hardwood floors with holes, heheh, all prior to the new floors).

Ideally we would have wanted a real antique table from a thrift store or something, but we already had this island (it was given to us) so it was free. Free is good. Very good. So we cheated and made it into what we wanted, an antique!

If you can find an affordable new island or table that works for you but is a little “too new” looking or not exactly what you want, you can make it look older! Easy peasy! Or if you are so inclined, you could build one or have someone build it for you.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

Here are the basics of what we did to distress this piece and how to do it yourself!

1) Start with an unfinished piece of furniture. Obviously you can also use a finished piece too. 

2) If you want a time-worn look, beat up the top. You do not have to beat up your counter top if you don’t want to. My old wood kitchen counters were smooth and pretty like a brand new piece of furniture. That was the look I wanted for that kitchen and we loved it.

But for this island we decided we wanted a more rugged contrast from the pretty white countertops.  We wanted something that had a bit more character and that “been there a long time” look, something we could abuse without fear! Reclaimed wood is cool looking so we decided that was kind of what we were after.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

So to get started, we grabbed our furniture stain, a few tools and started wrecking the top of our island.

It was therapeutic, actually. You cannot mess this up unless you accidentally hit your thumb with the hammer. And, those screws are SHARP so be careful when you start beating your island up.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}
We really scratched and gauged the top A TON using our high tech skilled DIY’er tools: a piece of sandpaper to rough things up, a baggie of screws and nails (just hit the baggie on the counter surface), and a screw driver and hammer to dent it.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

What was REALLY effective for us was this FUN but loud technique: use the hammer to soften the edges of the counter and wear it down in a few places. Just hammer away around the edge of the counter and see how cool it looks! We also just grabbed screws and screw drivers and dinged the top up in random places.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

3) Next we sanded any sharp or rough places with a sanding pad so it was smooth (but still dented and scratched) and then wiped it down with a cloth to remove all the dust.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

4) The stain we chose was Minwax Jacobean.

We wanted a medium to dark rich tone for the wood so this one seemed perfect. We put the stain on with an old brush and a foam one (really you can use whatever you have but something old and not fancy is all you really need), let it sit for awhile (follow the directions on the can) and then wiped the excess off with a cloth. I think we repeated that about four times, waiting a few hours to a day or so in between each coat. You can judge how many applications you need, if your piece accepts the stain right away once might be enough. Ours was stubborn because it had been previously sealed.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

You’ll notice the stain will settle in the distressed parts. Those areas will become much darker than the rest, so be aware. That is the look I wanted, but if you want consistency in the color then you might not want to distress it.

5) I finished up the top with Aqua Spar to give it a nice water resistant finish (you know, to protect all the beautiful damage we inflicted on the top, haha). Maybe this part was unnecessary but I’m not a pro at this and I probably do random things I don’t need to. This was the product we used on our unstained cherry counters in our old house so we just decided to use it here. Just because.

6) After the counter top was done, we painted the legs and body of the piece with dove white, the same as our white cabinets. We deliberated on all sorts of colors but in the end, simple and white won out. We didn’t want the paint to look shabby so we didn’t go for that chipped or peeling paint look, although we did distress the legs a bit with our techniques mentioned above so the entire piece would look aged. And for a little more fun (and because painted white shelves would have been a pain in the rump to keep looking good) we stained the shelves with stain too.

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

7) Lastly, we personalized the piece by removing the wood pegs and knobs and adding our own favorites:  Brass Anthro animal knobs and Rejuvenation hooks on the side — perfect for hanging towels or oven mitts!

DIY Kitchen Island {from new unfinished furniture to antique!}

I’m quite pleased with it and how it added so much character to our kitchen! PS. The kitchen source and detail post will be out probably Monday, I’m almost done!

For more kitchen island inspiration, check out this post!

And for a helpful tutorial and video on how to make new furniture look old, check out Young House Love’s post!