Just stopping in really quick to share our new fancy traditional kitchen that keeps me awake at night. These pictures are from the MLS listing when the house was for sale. It’s a Chefs dream kitchen. The layout is amazing and the appliances are to die for. The ceilings are high and the door adds fabulous visual appeal. The traditional cherry cabinets and dark granite are indicative of a formal traditional kitchen. For me personally, I wasn’t a fan at all of the kitchen when we first looked at the house last October but it’s starting to grow on me. Yes I am admitting it, it’s starting to grow on me. -ha. Don’t get me wrong, the kitchen is gorgeous if you love this style. For those of you who know me, I am more of a white cabinet and quartzite kind of girl (see our previous kitchen). I have been awake at night thinking of ways to tone down the formal and traditional aspect without breaking the bank and without sending my parents and husband into heart failure. You see, they love this kitchen.
Our new fancy traditional kitchen that keeps me awake at night
Our new fancy traditional kitchen – new paint
If you notice in the background, the walls were a faux kind of gold finish. One of the things we had asked the previous owner to do was to have the entire interior painted an off white color. My parents and husband loved the faux finished walls but me, not so much.
Our new fancy traditional kitchen – pendants got to go!
First on the list are the pendants. I am thinking of swapping out the existing pendants for more of a lantern glass look. Something light and airy and more of a Modern Rustic look. Light fixtures are a fairly inexpensive update (in the large scheme of things) and can help create an entire new look in a space.
Our new fancy traditional kitchen – new faucets
One of the faucets needs a little TLC so I think we may plan on swapping out the existing oil rubbed bronze faucets for something different as well. Whatever finish we choose for the light fixtures, we will choose the same finish for the new faucets and hardware.
For now, the granite will stay but down the road, I would love to swap out the existing dark granite for something more neutral. I am not opposed to leaving the cherry cabinets either but perhaps switching out the hardware for more of a modern traditional look will help tone done the formal aspect as well. The island also has potential for a different color down the road and maybe less formal corbels.
Do you see the fireplace in the background? We have a mason coming next week who is removing the stone mantel. The existing mantel is too high and we are having on old 100+ year old beam sandblasted and stained which will serve as our new mantel. I cannot wait to see how the rustic old beam looks once mounted to the stone. In an effort to create a Modern Rustic home, the fireplace makeover with a gorgeous rustic beam will most certainly help achieve that look. I will be sharing that entire process on the blog starting next week and it’s going to be such a fun project. My friend Jake (who did the kitchen for the Police Station makeover) is the one doing the beam for us so you may recognize him when I start sharing the fireplace makeover.
For now the three things that we can do to update the space on a budget are pendants, hardware and new faucets. Further down the road, we may tackle the kitchen in a bigger way but for now, a few small updates will help tie the kitchen in with the rest of the changes in the house. We are going for more of a Modern Rustic theme throughout the house with hints of Tuscan to stay true to the original design of the house. Feel free to leave any ideas below in the comments section. Want to see more of our new home? Check out our Mediterranean Home page.