For starters, let’s talk flooring. Hardwoods are always my first choice in kitchens, but they are not conducive to all of the pool traffic, so they just don’t work here. Our build was going to have a nice-sized entry and my favorite tile treatment underfoot, why not do that in our new kitchen?
Subway tile will have center stage on the kitchen walkway’s walls to make wiping down dog dirt and handprints a cinch. This is a very on trend look, but my choice was confirmed by one of the British mysteries I watched a few months ago. I know, I know…I need to find another source of inspiration. This sounds really morbid, but the series is about a coroner during World War II and his morgue was covered in subway…
It’s such a practical application and one that makes sense for the spaces around the door to the garage, the main door to the backyard, and the guest bath. If it’s practical for a coroner, it’s practical for a mom too, right? Yikes.
The one major element I’m still trying to work out is the backsplash. I know what I want, it’s just a matter of figuring it out. I met last week with a glass company about options for an antique mirror backsplash. I’ve seen this done on bar backs before, but never in a kitchen. I think it would add magnificent sparkle and really help open up the small footprint, we’re only dealing with a 10×10 space while the antique will add depth and hide dirt. The only problem with this option is the unknown cost. They told me they can’t give me a price until they can measure, and they can’t measure until the new cabinets and countertops are in place. I know this will definitely be a splurge in the space, but one I think will be worth it to have something special. I’m hopeful I can find a way to make it work. Where there’s a will there’s a way!
A year later, I’m still just as giddy about these details, so I feel confident in their lasting power. I am thrilled to be partnering up with one of my favorite brands, Lowes, to complete this space and while it seems like we’ve been living with a dingy and difficult kitchen for a long time, it’s hard to believe in just a few months the room will be completely transformed! Because you all seem to like the process more than a complete before and after, I’ll be sharing our journey along the way: the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Because it’s got to get uglier (and sometimes Micah and I do too) before it can get a whole lot prettier.