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1980s Traditional Kitchen Update

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It had been 30 years since our traditional kitchen had any updates. What started as one appliance replacement (the refrigerator) quickly turned into what I refer to "scope creep". Before we were finished, we added under-counter and pendant lighting, replaced countertops and almost all the appliances, AND we even threw in new kitchen sinks!
Although our layout and storage space was always great, the space was tired, especially that built-in blender on the island next to the cooktop!
My design board of updates shaped up as the above photo collage (the complete source list is at the end of the post, and can also be found on my Pinterest Board titled Kitchen Update Ideas).
I lugged around quartz samples for months, trying to find something to blend with the existing cabinets and tile, while maintaining light. My quartz choice (Viatera Aria) has a nice blend of grey, white and khaki-tan veining that helped me achieve the goals of blending and keeping things light, as did the sinks, which are a granite-blend composite by Blanco. The Delta faucets have a nice touch feature that allows the stop and flow of water by touching anywhere on the spout or handle (which you can opt to disengage).
The ceramic subway tile is Walker-Zanger's Fog Matte. The grout color is TEC's Sterling. I found a grey stone finish backplate that coordinated with my ceramic tile, and had all the electric outlets and switches changed to light almond. 
Initially, I wasn't certain about replacing any appliance besides the refrigerator, but because we installed quartz, we did not want to risk future issues with keeping the existing cooktop set within the new quartz on the island. The tricky part, then, was finding suitable appliance replacements, given our layout and dimensions. 

We ended up replacing all appliances except the trash compactor. The cabinet above the refrigerator became an open shelf (to use as either a bookshelf or for decor).
As you can see, my wet bar is situated at the edge of my kitchen, in the adjacent space where we have our breakfast table. I chose not to tile the wall behind that faucet so it would look less like a kitchen in that space. My goal is to use the wall and shelves for display (there are additional peg holes and one more shelf for cabinet portion). By not having a tiled backsplash, this allows me flexibility in hanging a print or plate(s) on the wall, as well as leaning them against the wall. There's an outlet in that wall now.
This project was completed in just over one week by my contractors. Of course, lead time for ordering materials was pre-planned, so everything was on site once the work began. A fresh coat of paint in SW Creamy (SW7012) completed the job...for now. :) See my blog link for more details.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Viatera Quartz (Aria)   (Johnson Granite, Mt. Airy, NC)
  • Black Stainless Refrigerator, D/W (Samsung)   (Home Depot)
  • Monogram Cooktop, Wall Ovens (Upper with Advantium Technology)   (Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery)
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To see more: https://wvpanoply.blogspot.com/2017/04/kitchen-update-is-complete-for-now.html

  • Susan Ludlum Phipps

    My husband and I are in the process of doing a makeover in our kitchen from the 1990s. We have been struggling with the replacement counter tops. We are now awaiting our third remake (delivered with imperfections the first time, the second make

    • Lisa Smith
      Lisa Smith Columbia, SC

      I totally agree with Susan. She said exactly what I was thinking!!!

  • Polly
    Polly Summertown, TN

    You sure brightened that up. Love those Blanco sinks. I'm on my second one (new home remodel). Good job.

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  • Nita Jones
    Nita Jones Olive Branch, MS

    The cherry cabinets are lovely and look like "furniture". The light colored walls and floor tile really showcase them.

  • Rita C. - Panoply
    Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV

    Thank you Nita!

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