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I thought I would share our fancy traditional kitchen that isn’t white and modern. These pictures are from the MLS listing when the house was for sale a couple years ago.
It’s a Chef’s 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 while for sale but it’s starting to grow on me.
For those of you who know me, I am more of a white cabinet and quartzite kind of girl (see our previous kitchen).
Our Fancy Traditional Kitchen that isn’t White and Modern
How to update a traditional kitchen with paint
If you notice in the background, the walls were a faux gold finish.
One of the first things we did was have the walls painted white – Westhighland by Sherwin Williams.
White paint is an easy and affordable way to modernize a space.
The kitchen island pendants and chandelier are definitely indicative of Italian traditional design.
Swapping out the existing pendants for more of a lantern look will help modernize the space and tone down the Italian design.
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.
Kitchen lighting and fixture updates
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.
THis is a shot of the kitchen and family room that was on the MLS listing in 2018.
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.
UPDATE: See new mantel here.
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 (see new beam here!) 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.
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.
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