We sanded them, primed them, then painted them with Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray that the local Sherwin Williams mixed up for me. The walls are painted in Sherwin Williams Grayish which has a bit of a lavender undertone and was a “happy” accident. “Happy” because the color is cheerful but not exactly what I wanted. Originally I was going to paint the cabinets a purplish color by Sherwin Williams. I think it was called Chinchilla, but it looked way too purple with the walls painted Grayish. You can see both next to each other below.
I bought all my appliances on Black Friday from the Home Depot. They were 40% off with an additional $100 off because of another promotion they were doing. Guess how much I paid for my suite of Samsung appliances? Seriously! Guess! Side by side refrigerator, microwave hood, dishwasher, gas range oven. ALL for under $2,500! The refrigerator alone retailed for almost $2K. I bought them way before I needed them because of the price. Home Depot was willing to keep them in their warehouse for up to two months. When they arrived, they stayed boxed up in the dining room for a little while too. The dining room is basically a storage room right now, but is slowing dwindling down in boxes as we finish projects.
We ripped up the first layer of our laminate countertops until it was basically plywood. We then used Ardex Featherfinish to make these concrete counter tops! We really like the way they turned out – very rustic and imperfect. I actually still haven’t waxed them 😁 which I really really really need to do because they will stain very easily! The job wasn’t too difficult, but it was messy. Obnoxiously messy. We did multiple layers and would sand them down in between which caused A LOT of dust! We had taped off the doorway but not nearly well enough.
The subway tile is from Lowe’s. They are smaller than your average subway tile and come on a sheet of 15 which made it much easier to lay. It was my first tile job so it made it easier on me.
I also chose a sheet tile option for the counters on the other side of the kitchen. We did this little countertop after the concrete countertop project because we did NOT want to deal with the mess again. We found these stainless steal tiles at Lowe’s which we thought helped us not be too matchy-matchy while still coordinating with the concrete gray across the room and and stainless appliances. You’ll learn that I much rather things to be curated to coordinate rather than match and be exactly the same. It really helps your space look more unique and styled.
These open shelves actually were the hardest job for my poor boyfriend!! Haha! It’s the last thing we did and had to agree on. After convincing him we needed some wood for another texture, and we only need two brackets instead of three; I thought I could let him handle it alone while I worked on something else. Boy, was I wrong! He put so many holes in the wall trying to get them level; I had to mud and repaint LOL! Together we were able to finally get it done, and it’s actually my favorite spot in the whole kitchen! I like to sit on my little yellow bar-stool, have a glass of wine and listen to some music while my guy whips something up on the stove! These stools were from my previous place and are basically place holders until I decide what to do right there. That’s a project for later!
P.S. Sorry about the quality of the photos. These are all with my iPhone because I couldn’t get my my pics from my Canon to upload properly 🙁