Inspiration for Sandra and Justin's Kitchen

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Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.

Last week we introduced you to Sandra and Justin's kitchen remodel. They're taking on the cramped and outdated kitchen in their Texas home and transforming it into a beautiful, open space that's perfect for gatherings of family and friends. In this post, they're sharing some of their inspiration for the project.  

From Sandra:

Our style is casual, contemporary, modern, and colorful. I love gray neutrals with loud pops of color from accessories and art. I appreciate it when a room feels soothing and timeless with cool grays and whites, but then has bursts of color and surprise — pieces that make you smile when you see them and color pairings that have just enough friction to make them interesting together. 

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White kitchen and gray countertops, relaxed with natural wood and bold color.

The goal is to have a super functional space that has a fresh feel: clean lines, and a classic white and gray palette with a playful amount of color coming from accent pieces to keep things fun, without being overwhelming or too dark. I crave natural light and am making choices to keep the room feeling as light and open as possible. Toss in a few experienced items — some weathered wood, and my collection of vintage milk glass, and it should look like us.

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Dark gray countertops, white cabinetry and industrial metal stools.

We had originally planned to use a designer (we are in love with the excellent style at Neighborhood in Dallas), but we realized our purse strings were pulled a lot tighter than we thought when we started thinking about the scope and expense of the remodel we needed — we had to just go for it ourselves.

I love the clean look of white painted cabinetry, accents of weathered, natural wood, crisp tile, and cool gray countertops. We are going with white painted shaker style cabinetry, and cement colored gray quartz countertops; we are undecided about backsplash tile, either a small honeycomb hex or a classic subway tile in white. 

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Bright white hex tile with dark grout. 


Hardware is still undecided — we aren't sure whether to go for a more modern look with sleek stainless steel drawer pulls or a more traditional look with a classy bin pull. We love the modern look but feel the need to make the kitchen work within the existing style of the house, since we aren't able to overhaul everything, and we do like the classic look too.

As far as flooring goes, we shopped around for bamboo or cork flooring. I liked that they were unique and sustainable, but then we saw a gorgeous cypress hardwood floor that we swooned over. But we were still sold sold on stranded bamboo for its durability above everything else we've seen. Paint for the bits of wall that won't be covered by the cabinets and backsplash will be a pale pastel blue or green with some gray tones.

The materials we're planning on using: 

Cabinets: Custom Shaker style cabinets in a paint grade wood, to be painted bright white.
Countertops: Ceasarstone quartz countertops in concrete
Flooring: We bought a 50 year stranded bamboo in a variegated light to medium tone at a killer closeout price at Ged's Floor Store Outlet.
Appliances: All appliances are new and shiny and stainless steel.
Sink: A massive composite angular basin by Blanco that I adore. 
Backsplash: Will most likely come from datile.com- as soon as we can decide what we want.
Lighting: Will be a simple industrial style and hopefully red, orange or yellow — I'm thinking of ordering a pair of these or checking out Lights Fantastic in Dallas.
Barstools: Stools for the bar will take an industrial look be colorful backless tabouret ones.  

You can see even more of our inspiration on our Pinterest board

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #3 of Sandra and Justin's Diary.

(Diary Text: Sandra Jergensen. Images: 1. Emily Johnston Anderson/Raina & Robert's Modern Farmhouse Makeover, 2. House and Home, 3. Country Living, 4. Design Seeds, 5. Houzz, 6. Mi Casa via The Style Files, 7. Atlanta Homes, 8. Cultivate)

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