A Few Kitchen Pics

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my kitchen. It’s a tiny little kitchen, but it’s definitely my favorite room in the house. The farmer, our cabinet guy, and I put a lot of time into designing it to be pleasing to my eye and as efficient as possible. Storage and countertop space were my biggest issues. Take a look. (Just don’t judge me for having unfinished electrical work.)

I wanted painted cabinets in an off-white, creamier color. Eugene from Whetstone Woodworks took the picture I gave him of what I was wanting and created his own color because my picture showed cabinets that were just a little bit more gray than any of the paint samples he had. He said the closest thing to it was called Biscuit. So, that’s what color I call them. Biscuit. (Why are all the paint colors in my house food names? Biscuit. Bagel. My carb-loading sub-conscious is apparently always hungry.)

The countertops are laminate, but I went with a custom edge to fancy ‘em up a little bit. More of a solid surface look without the fancy expense. It’s also very textured, which I didn’t know if I would like for cleaning purposes, but so far it’s been no problem at all. (My camera’s interpretation of the wall color is a little bit off. They’re beige, I promise. Not the ombre look of beige to orange.)

My vision for the kitchen was cabinets all the way to the ceiling and glass, paned doors. The farmer wanted them staggered. I acquiesced and we went with staggered. I’m no cabinet expert, but we went with staggered for a reason. I have no idea what it was because I stopped listening and pouted when I couldn’t have them all all the way to the ceiling. But ya know what? I’m glad the farmer reined me in because I had a spot to put a nifty little Bistro sign. The other space is going to be home to a big, wooden dairy cow I found at Hobby Lobby. I’m pretty excited about it.

There are so many things I’m glad I went with in this kitchen, but the best thing I did was put glass in the cabinet doors. Not only is it gorgeous, but it gives the illusion of space and openness. Next Saturday, all the electrical things will be finished up. There’s undermount lighting on the cabinets that’s not ready yet. I can’t wait to see it.

I also have two middle and lower big, deep drawers between the oven and fridge. Didn’t know how I would feel about using those for pots and pans rather than cabinets, but I absolutely love them. I also made sure my oven had a cookie sheet drawer underneath. (There was a lot of planning that went into this. I have a lot of stuff.) The cabinet doors on the back of the bar are all fake but one. It opens up to a hidden cabinet, per se, where I also have some space for various cookery.

Is that a word? I don’t know, but I like it!

Finally, a picture of the tile. The farmer did this. He’s really good and I’m not just bragging. He has mastered tiling. But, I have kind of a funny story. He thought laying it like this would be ugly. I said, “Just trust me. I saw it done. It’s not ugly.” One of our neighbors walked in when he was about half-way done with it and said, “Oh, I really like how that looks! I wish our tile guy had laid ours like that!”

“HA HA!!!” I said. I love it when that happens.

The Dairymaid

My Kitchen Cabinets

Just wanted to show you all my kitchen cabinets that were installed last week. I. Love. Them.

I don’t have my countertops yet, obviously, and the hardware is on its way, so I’ll have pictures later of it totally finished.

My appliances aren’t here yet, either, so the kitchen is currently lacking all functionality.

But, the end is in sight.

Kitchen Dilemma

I’m taking a poll because I can’t figure out what I like and I need help. I’ve got the color and the style of the kitchen cabinets picked out but I cannot decide on the countertops. It’s keeping me up at night!

Well, not really…. But I would love some opinions at this juncture.

So far my only two participants in this poll have left me with a hung jury.

These are the cabinet doors. This color is called Mushroom, but I think the color I picked out is just a tad bit lighter. Barely noticeable at all. This door looks like it has a glaze in the creases, too, and mine won’t.

My mother-in-law is a big fan of this color for the countertops. It’s called Girona Cavern. It’s supposed to look like marble, therefore, it’s very shiny. And it would be a cinch to clean. However, I worry about possibly scratching it. Can you scratch laminate?

My sister-in-law, Linda, picked this one. It’s called Parquet Cafe. It has a honed finish, so it’s very textured. Therefore, probably not quite as easy to clean, but it won’t scratch. She liked them both, but she liked the colors better on this one. I kind of like how it has blocks all in there, too.

Again, I need assistance. And I trust all of you, so please help me.

The Dairymaid

P.S. Sorry you’re not hearing much from me here lately. I’m being a little worker-bee trying to help wherever I can. Just bear with me til I actually live on the farm and then you’re going to wonder if I ever shut up. 😉

I don’t.