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1980s Traditional Kitchen Update

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 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)
See all materials

To see more: https://wvpanoply.blogspot.com/2017/04/kitchen-update-is-complete-for-now.html

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Apr 18, 2017

    So beautiful!!

  • Veronika Bruckner
    Veronika Bruckner Australia
    on Apr 29, 2017

    What a beautiful result! And I was so glad to see that you did not follow the trend to paint over the superb timber

    • Rita C. - Panoply
      Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
      on Apr 29, 2017

      Thank you, Veronika! Not once did I consider painting the cherry woods. Traditional pretty much means bucking the trends, I suppose, and I'll gladly take that label. ;)

  • Magda Goossens
    Magda Goossens
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Gorgeous! Have you thought of giving the cabinets a new colour! That would really lighten everything up! Go for it!

    • Rita C. - Panoply
      Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
      on Apr 29, 2017

      Magda, thanks for your visit and comment, but not even for a minute did I consider painting the cherry wood! We get a lot of natural light streaming in from the all-window sunroom adjacent to the kitchen, and our style is traditional, through and through.

  • Lauren Lund
    Lauren Lund
    on Apr 29, 2017

    I kept waiting for the painted cabinets, and was thrilled that you left the gorgeous wood! What a rich, sleek looking kitchen. Beautiful job.

    • Rita C. - Panoply
      Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
      on Apr 29, 2017

      Thank you, Lauren. Our home is very traditional, and the current trends of white or variations thereof just wouldn't work for us. I won't ever paint these cabinets!

  • Jrarmstrong38
    on Apr 29, 2017

    I, too, am glad you didn't follow the trend and cover up the wood cabinets with a coat of paint. I'm from the old school and I appreciate nice wood cupboards. You were lucky to have such a well laid out kitchen to work with. It appears the kitchen had a lot of thought put into it when the house was built. I'd enjoy your kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

    • Theduke1234
      on Apr 29, 2017

      It is a beautiful kitchen!! Here is the way I look at it. Everyone wants Rustic and Country, correct. I am NOT trendy. I love my house the way it is. If I do anything I break or fix what needs done, but lookin' country and rustic is what everyone wants. So, that bein' said, I'm not changin' only what NEEDS to be replaced. Just decorating my way and I'm satisfied. ON DOWN THE ROAD, people are takin' these brand new kitchens and makin' them look old. WHY NOT build them old lookin'...............IT CAN BE DONE!!

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