We get fairly a number of questions on our not too long ago reworked kitchen every week. I personally all the time discover it actually informative to listen to what folks take into consideration their newly reworked areas after the mud has settled and so they’re truly residing in them, in order that’s what we’re doing right here!
Let’s dive into the eight questions I’m requested most continuously about our kitchen. If you wish to know extra, our kitchen transform reveal posts (half one and half two) are all the time out there to browse as properly.
Why didn’t you paint the wooden paneling?
I’ve had so many individuals ask this query! They are saying painted paneling would make the design of the house really feel extra English nation (which is certainly an aesthetic I lean towards) and so they’re not unsuitable! The wooden would look good painted, but it surely additionally appears to be like good in its pure state.
I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to color the wooden for some time. Finally, after deliberately weighing the professionals and cons, we determined to maintain the unique wooden colour. The paneling isn’t essentially meant to be matchy-matchy with the remainder of the house and I feel that’s a part of what makes the design actually attention-grabbing. The paneling can also be made from actually high-quality wooden that’s nonetheless in nice situation, and the considered having to take each panel off, sand it, paint it, and put it again up didn’t appear well worth the effort (and value) in the long run.
The dishwasher is so distant out of your storage cupboards! Why did you make this format alternative?
I wished the U-shaped space of the house to be solely for cooking and prep work; having a fast, straightforward path to take the ensuing soiled dishes to the dishwasher was key. We determined that straightforward dishwasher entry whereas cooking was extra essential to us than having quick entry to storage whereas placing clear dishes away, in order that’s the selection we chosen. There was additionally loads of house within the eating space of the kitchen to incorporate cupboards for dishes, so it made sense when it comes to the format. We’ve gotten used to taking the brief journeys from the dishwasher to the cupboards and it doesn’t actually trouble us.
Inform us extra concerning the cupboard paint colours! Are you continue to pleased along with your alternatives?
We nonetheless love the paint colours we selected, that are Sulking Room Pink from Farrow & Ball within the cooking space and Hague Blue from Farrow & Ball within the eating space. Given the pure mild within the kitchen, the looks of every colour tends to vary all through the day; within the morning, the colours current as extra of a grey tone, which then seems hotter because the day goes on.
Do you are concerned about scratches and stains whereas cooking on marble counter tops?
It appears to be a really American notion to assume issues ought to by no means look weathered over time. We selected these counter tops as a result of the fashion made such a fantastically dramatic affect that labored so properly with the colour of the wooden and introduced unimaginable visible curiosity to the house. As a result of there’s a lot veining and texture, any small scratches or stains that happen aren’t actually very noticeable.
That being stated, whereas we’re not delicate with the counter tops, we’re cognizant of their tendency to scratch, so we’ll put a dish towel down earlier than doing one thing that would probably scratch them, like opening a bottle of wine or setting down a dish with a tough texture on the underside.
You don’t have higher cupboards in many of the kitchen. Why did you make this resolution?
I wished the U-shaped house to really feel bigger and airier than it did earlier than and I wished to maintain our view of the yard intact. As a result of there was house for extra cabinetry within the eating space, it made sense so as to add higher cupboards there and omit them from the U-shaped cooking space. This alternative additionally allowed us to maneuver the range away from its earlier spot subsequent to the window, which I’m glad we did.
The place did you discover that pendant and why did you choose it? I adore it!
I’m requested about this mild on a regular basis (and, for the document, I perceive why)! It’s the Menu Dancing Pendant from 2Modern.
Once I was deciding on which mild so as to add to the eating space, I wished to search out one thing that was trendy and likewise very massive to assist body the house. I actually love the best way it appears to be like, though now I do typically want it have been slightly extra rustic.
Is there something you’ll do in another way now that you just’ve lived along with your kitchen for a number of months?
There are not any main components of our kitchen I’d change! That is, nonetheless, following the method of minimal structural modifications; if we had been doing a “intestine” transform, the choices we made would have been completely different. Due to that, one of these undertaking was a lot completely different than our first kitchen transform in our earlier house.
These are a few the minor issues I’ll doubtless replace sooner or later:
- We didn’t put lighting below our higher cupboards within the eating space and it bothers me to no finish. We’ll be including this lighting aspect in 2022.
- I want I’d have gone slightly extra conventional with the design of a few of the lighting fixtures. I could finally transfer the present fixtures into different areas of the home, however I do nonetheless love them.
- We’ll doubtless add completely different stools to the eating space which have extra conventional or rustic character.
- I don’t assume I’ve fairly gotten the sizing of the rugs “proper” as they relate to the size of the house, so we may replace these down the road.
What a part of the kitchen do you like most and why?
I like the movement most of all. All the pieces has its personal spot; it’s really purposeful (particular shout-out to our cupboard organizers!) and works very well with our household’s way of life. I can see every thing I’ve in my pantry, my cooking course of is seamless, and internet hosting right here is only a pleasure.
By way of particular components, the counter tops make me pleased every single day. I additionally love the vary. It heats up actually shortly, it’s really easy to manage the temperature and hold a steady simmer, and it’s additionally very easy to wash.
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