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Classic Kitchen: Install and Stalls

I’m excited to share a kitchen update with you today. It doesn’t look like much, but a lot has happened in the past couple weeks. We had a few setbacks, but things are moving forward and we’re still on schedule. Most importantly, my range is in!

The lower cabinets have been installed and the uppers and doors should be in later this week. When we decided to move forward with our custom cabinet maker, he was just going to make the bases and bring me samples of the two different door styles we were interested in and different species of wood to choose from. A few weeks later I followed up with him for those samples and to my surprise he had already made both. I was nauseous, frustrated and disappointed. 

I thought I wanted a little more detail in the doors {and still think they’re lovely}, but thanks to DeVol Kitchens, I’m also still drawn to the simplicity of shaker style cabinet doors, much like the doors we had made for our home. either way, I knew it would be beautiful. After a lot of thought, Chris and I decided we would move forward with the shaker doors, but have the drawers remade to flat fronts. For some reason when they’re more detailed, I love detailed drawers, but for shaker cabinets I prefer flat front drawers. 

I was feeling a bit nervous last week and asked my cabinet maker to send me a few images of my cabinets, hood, etc. I was surprised to find the extra detail for the cabinet side panels. We had opted to give the cabinets a more finished look by having side panels, but it’s a decision I’ve come to regret. They’re not bad, they’re just not what I had in mind. I’ve realized that so many things are left up to interpretation.

The side panels look like cabinet doors, which looks a little less polished in my opinion, but overall, I’m still thankful for our new kitchen and think it will come together beautifully. It’s just all a little more nerve wracking than I’d like!

As for the island, we’ve been playing with stains, varnishes, Modern Masters Dead Flat, wax and tung oil to see how we can achieve the look I’m going for. I didn’t want the island to be painted because it will have seating and 3 little girls are likely to make a mess of it. I turned this task over to Chris and he’s been working on several samples. We’re hoping to make a decision this week so that it will be done in time for the marble install! 

The hole in the wood floor was made to repair the pantry wall…we originally had standard 24″ cabinets and now we’re doing just 13″ with a bump out in the middle to provide more space for a larger island. We didn’t even have to sand and restain! See below – you’d never know that they weren’t always there.

The kitchen window is in and I’m so excited that despite a few obstacles we nearly doubled it’s size because it makes the space feel bright and cheerful. 

Just below the window you’ll see that my sink has been set – I’m so glad I chose this traditional sink – it’s sleek and adds a lot of character to our little kitchen.

And of course there’s the range. She’s everything I dreamed she would be. I just might break her in this week even though that means I’ll be doing dishes in the bathroom sink. 

Oh, and I need your help! I ordered a GE Monogram built in refrigerator with a trim kit. I didn’t realize that it would be that 80’s style where the silver would show around all of the panels. Do you know what refrigerators offer a more refined look where you don’t see the “trim”? 

Our kitchen reno has reminded me that things don’t always go to plan and sometimes you have to adjust your vision, but in the end, it will be just as beautiful and most importantly, functional.


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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



8 comments on “Classic Kitchen: Install and Stalls”

  1. It’s coming together and looks larger already!

  2. Julie – it’s BEAUTIFUL!!! I am in the same boat at the moment: lots of adjusting. I love the way the brass knobs on the window tie into the brass on the stove. It’s coming together so well!

  3. This is going to be the most beautiful kitchen! That range is fantastic, a show stopper for sure! I can’t wait to see how the fridge trim kit works. I’ve thought about doing something similar but haven’t made the leap. I can’t wait to check back. 🙂

    • Thank you! The refrigerator has been the most challenging piece to date, but if I can make it work, I’ll share every detail to save you hours of stress. I think it will be worth it in the end. Have a beautiful weekend!

  4. Hi Julie! Your kitchen is coming together beautifully! My husband and I are in the middle of a kitchen renovation ourselves. The cabinets won’t be installed for a few more weeks. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. So many details go in to a kitchen renovation. Excited to see your finished product! We’re having our red oak hardwoods throughout the house refinished as well, and I wondered if you knew your stain color? I really love the color! They look to be dark walnut but figured I would ask too 🙂 Thank you!

    • Yours are red oak and ours are white, so the stains will read different, but I would test walnut. I think it would be beautiful! We used it on the red oak in our previous home and it really toned the red down. Congratulations on your reno!

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