January 15, 2014

Kitchen Update: Paint+Tile+New Rug

Last year I shared how we were installing a new backsplash, and that brought about the need want for a fresh new coat of paint and few little *tweeks* to update & brighten the space.

To jog your memory, this is what the kitchen looked like before....

Looking at all this green now is making me cringe! Ugh. I was so over it and ready for a change. I shared a mood board that I created for inspiration as well as what I had planned for the space which included a much needed tile backsplash and a fresh coat of paint.

Now that the backsplash is up and the walls are painted, its looking sooooo much better. I am completely smitten with the tile!! (And btw....I know these aren't the *best* photos, BUT my kitchen is so hard to photograph because it is really dark. And I didn't style it at all. I took them clearly because the space was actually somewhat clean for once! Promise I will take better photos for the final reveal :) The space really does feel so much brighter and the tiled backsplash gives the kitchen a more finished look.

We chose Claros Silver from the Tile Shop which is a Travertine. It co-ordinates beautifully with the Gray counters and brown tile floor and gave me the marbled look I was after. I loved the long, slim shape of the tile and decided to lay it in a subway pattern. We also updated the plate covers with these ones from Lowes which look so much better than the white plastic ones that were on there previously.

As you can also see by the wires hanging from underneath the cabinets, that we also took down the hideous florescent under cabinet lights and are currently trying to source some affordable, low profile puck lights to put in their place. 

I also picked up a new rug for under the table from Joss & Main awhile back. I chose it because the square design fit perfectly under the table, AND because it is an Indoor/outdoor rug which means it can be hosed off which I GUARANTEE you will be necessary at some point living with 2 small boys. And a dog.

Speak of the devil...here's one of them now! Amusing himself while I capture a few shots. This desk area always has me perplexed. I need to come up with some sort of organizing solution that looks decent. Right now it always ends up being a catch all for mail and paperwork that comes home with the kids from school.

The rustic wood chalk boards I made were are a start, and I have folders made up for the kids school work, but it needs to look prettier. MUCH prettier. Seriously...no styling here! This is real life people! I will leave you with one nice picture from the tutorial though:) Make sure to check it out here.

And if you follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen our newest kitchen splurge! The Espresso maker is a Christmas present we bought for ourselves this year. We literally got this the same day I shot these pictures, so a coffee station is now on my "to-do" list to create for this spot!

Almost forgot...the paint color is Sherwin Williams 7016 Mindful Gray and I used the Emerald line in Matte. I've said it before, but the Emerald paint by Sherwin Williams is the bomb-diggity. Hands down best paint I've ever used. It goes on like a dream, covers well, and the best part is it is SCRUBBABLE! A must have for high traffic areas and small kids. And a dog. 

So here's my updated to do list to finish off this space:

  •  Install Backsplash
  • Paint
  • Paint table & chairs
  • New light for over table
  • Rug?
  • New chair for desk 
  • Plant Shelf
  • New stools for Island
  • Coffee Station

I'll be sure to keep you updated with my progess! 

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  1. That tile is gorgeous! Plus, I love the gray. Looks much more fresh/modern. :)

  2. Looks great! I really love the color of the tile and the new rug!

  3. Hi Sarah! We're in the same "tribe" for the SITS challenge. Came by to say hi and I LOVE your new tile, so pretty. I didn't know there was a matte paint that could be washed, I'm definitely going to have to check that out. :)

  4. Hey Sarah, Saying hello from SITS Tribe challenge. Went over your blog post a couple of time and I have to say I love the your backsplash. It compliments your cabinets perfectly.

  5. Hi Sarah, just to say hello as we are in the same tribe building challenge group. I love your rustic blackboards.

  6. Love the updates to your kitchen!

  7. Hi,
    Love your kitchen! Could you tell me where you got your round metal tray,containers by your coffee station? Thanks!

    1. Thank-you! The tray I actually found at the Goodwill for $3, and the stackable containers i've had for years and can't remember for the life of me where I got them from! I have seen similar ones at Home Goods though if that helps:)

  8. Hi, I am in the process of updating our kitchen and adding tile. Just love what you picked out and so happy you linked to the product. Can you tell me what grout you used, I plan on going with the same coloring combination?



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