Modern v.s. Vintage Cabinet Hardware

This just in:

our kitchen tile floor!


Chloe the Dachshund approves!


After 2+ years, the closer we get to the finish line,

the more I yearn to get those little features

that will finally make this place a home.

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Let’s start with kitchen cabinet hardware, shall we?

At first, I toyed with the idea of going modern farmhouse

+ picking something similar to our dishwasher handle:


I mean, we both love it,

+ in fact, it’s the reason we chose the dishwasher!

Is that so wrong? 

But really.  Really?

I just couldn’t get on board.  It wasn’t right.

So.  After (lots) more searching, I decided on vintage-style glass!

Like these:

cabinet hardware -- black glass pull and knob

The black would tie in all the dark grays + nearly black floor tiles!


Within moments, I ordered a sample, from here:

While I was at it, I threw all caution to the wind

+ ordered some colored ones, as well!

Blue milk glass:

cabinet hardware -- pale blue milk glass pull + knob

These are beyond gorgeous in person,

+ their pastel awesomeness is so ‘now’!

But really.  Really?

I mean, it had to be these:

cabinet hardware -- red glass

cabinet hardware -- red glass knob

That’s more like it!

And there’ll be no mistaking whose kitchen it is!

Which is pretty much how I roll, décor-wise.

And people.  The pulls cost a mere $4.45 each,

+ the knobs are only $2.09 each!

That’s just crazy!


What do you think?


I think I ordered them yesterday,

+ have already received an e-mail heads up

that they’ve already been shipped!

Stay tuned!

Kitchen Countertops Are Here!


Kitchen countertops!


After a slightly exhaustive search, we chose quartz.

We ordered it from Menards,

which is a Midwestern version of Home Depot or Lowes.

A dark gray — Genesis — will top our white perimeter cabinets:


I love the contrast of the dark against the white!


For our oak kitchen island, we chose Flaked Pearl quartz.

Again, there is a nice contrast!



* * *

Well, just wait a minute — here’s where it got scary.

Believe it or not, G.O. measured + ordered them by himself!

WOW — I thought, what could possibly go wrong???

surprised boy

The good news is that nothing went wrong, + they look fantastic!

I should have never doubted him!

* * *

Anyway, I’m especially fond of the beefy ogee edges

+ think they add vintage charm.


Sadly most places charge a hefty additional fee.

I couldn’t remember the exact $ amount, so I asked G.O. just now.

He said something about $30 per linear foot.

Yikes — no can do!


Fingers crossed the gray Genesis quartz will play nicely

with everything else in our kitchen’s ‘color story’. . .

. . . especially my beloved gray backsplash tiles:


Stay tuned!


My Kitchen Rug Obsession

Quickie update:


 Because of a 1/8″  disparity in size between our dark + light tiles,

our checked kitchen floor hopes + dreams were dashed.


Thanks to some quick thinking on my part, plan B happened.

Here ’tis:

1. All the dark tiles have been laid in a running bond pattern.

2. The lighter gray tiles have been returned to our local build-o-rama, Menards.

3. We now wait for more darks so we can complete our task.


Part most of me is glad we’ll have a plain Jane floor,

because I am obsessing about patterned kitchen rugs.

Maybe you’ve noticed that they’re a ‘thing’ now.

From Apartment Therapy:

kitchen with rug - fuscia blue tiles apartment therapy

More specifically, kilim rugs in kitchen are a thing.

One of my designer faves, Emily Henderson, is on board:

rugs in kitchen

Ditto for This Old House magazine:

kitchen with orange rug -- this old house

Since I’ve been a fan of kilim rugs for years,

their surge in popularity is good news for me!

Here’s one I bought way back in ’06:

rug -- kilim in living room

As you can see, it has all the ‘Kay colors’, as I like to say.

rug -- kilim in living room with typewriter desk

Yep, that rug really tied the room together.

big lebowski on rug

HA!  Did you recognize that quote from one of my favorite movies,

The Big Lebowski?

If not, rent it.  Watch it.  Thumbs up!

* * *

But I digress.

kitchen with turquoise southwestern rug

Check out the wallpaper on the ceiling here — yay or nay?

kitchen with rug navy with ceiling wallpaper apartment therapy

Apartment Therapy

I’m going to vote ‘yay’,

 but would our relationship survive our attempting to wallpaper a ceiling?

While we ponder that query,

let’s have a look-see at another rug with the ‘Kay colors':

kitchen rug -- southwestern style red blue pb

From Pottery Barn

This version of the ‘Kay colors’ is lighter + more now

than those in our current living room.

.The pretty, pale-ish blue of the PB version would play nicely

with our kitchen’s blue ceiling, don’t you think?



kitchen rug -- pb close up

Plus, it’s an indoor/outdoor rug —

pretty much a must-have for a kitchen in my little world!

Luckily for us, indoor/outdoor rugs seem to be a ‘thing’ now, too.

The choices are endless!

Time to go online shopping — stay tuned!

Major Tile Problem — Solved!

Imagine my excitement earlier today,

as we finally started laying our checked tile kitchen floor!


We’d chosen Daltile’s Color Scheme 12″ porcelain tiles —

1/2 in Black Speckle + the other 1/2 in Desert Gray Speckle.


Everything was going swimmingly — up until the third tile,

when G.O. discovered we had a major problem.

The lighter tiles were maybe 1/8 of an inch larger than the darks!

surprised boy


But how can 1/8″ possibly be an issue? — you ask.

Well, when 1/8″ is multiplied over dozens of tiles in an entire room,

it definitely becomes a major issue.

Meaning: goodbye, checked floor.

Meaning: now G.O.’s mad!

(Thankfully, not at me this time!)

cat fight




Somehow, I decided on a suitable Plan B, within mere moments!

See for yourself:



We’d use only the dark tiles + lay them in a running bond pattern!

And I owe it all to my extreme indecisiveness!


My extreme what???  — you ask.

Well, over my many months of kitchen floor planning,

before finally settling on the checks,

I had seen several that I really loved.

They looked just like this!


So it’s not so much “GENIUS” as good fortune,

but I’ll we’ll take it!


And while the plain black speckles aren’t as retro-charming as the checks . . .


. . . the plain Janes add a nice modern country look that I love.


Crisis averted!

(As long as we can get a couple more boxes of tiles

that look exactly like + are the same size as these!)

Fingers crossed, so stay tuned!

Our Kitchen’s Mostly-Gray Color Scheme

 Our Dutch colonial kitchen remains in mid-redo,

or as I like to call it — “that awkward stage” —

see also: ME, in 7th grade.  Ha!

While I’ve matured from “awkward” all the way to “granny” . . .

. . . our poor kitchen still looks a tad iffy!

Fear not!

There have been lots of improvements!

Check out this wonderful, new trim around our wonderful, new window:


People, I can’t over emphasize how awesome this is.

When I say new window, I mean it.

Check out this before snappie:


Here’s a during photo, showing a much larger new window:


And now:


G.O. masterfully reproduced our Dutch colonial’s original window trim

+ then gave it a couple coats of fresh, white paint.

Now it’s impossible to tell that it wasn’t always there!


Look closely, + you can see another improvement — bead board walls.

The kitchen needed them, for instant charm + character, don’t you think?

But wait!

It’s not paneling; it’s actually paintable wallpaper!

Martha Stewart from Home Depot.


wallpaper martha stewart from home depot

It’s already been painted a very pale gray —

Thin Ice from Pittsburgh Paints.

There it is with the rest of my kitchen color story:


At left is our kitchen ceiling’s Chambray blue,

also from Pittsburgh Paints.

The white represents the woodwork + cabinets,

+ the dark gray was* chosen for the doors

(*I’ve since opted to go darker, though, so stay tuned.)


Yikes!  That door really needs a fresh coat, no?

And the naughty, obviously bad-replacement door hardware?


It will soon be replaced with this —

our house’s beautiful, original hardware!



Much, much better, no?

Looks like I need to go shopping for a new cat door, too . . .


. . . more on that, later.

* * *

Anyway, back to the color story!

There’s yet another gray — that of our fabulous backsplash tiles:


My mostly-gray color scheme is very subtle, ’tis true,

but there will be enough contrast to make things fairly interesting.

I hope.

Fingers crossed!

* * *

So.  Let’s recap, shall we?

1. Gray walls are slightly darker than white woodwork.

2. Gray backsplash tiles are slightly darker than gray walls.

Check, check!


Oh, + did I mention that today, at long last,

the kitchen floor tiles are being installed?




The operative words are at long last,

so imagine my excitement about that floor!

In fact, I must step away from the bozoputer + head over, to view said-same!

Stay tuned!

Kitchen Tiles’ Arrival

The tiles for our checkerboard kitchen floor have arrived!


You can read about my kooky selection process here:

* * *

So, anyway, here’s what we ordered:

5 boxes each of Desert Gray Speckled + Black Speckled

12″ square porcelain tiles,

from Daltile’s Color Scheme collection @ only $2.99 sq. ft.!


Let me tell ya, 10 boxes of tile are crazy heavy,

(I couldn’t even lift one),

so G.O. used a cart to transport them from his truck to our back door,

5 boxes at a time:


Once the boxes reached their destination IN-side the house,

we immediately laid out a few tiles for a look-see:



Hey, look!  It’s our new Maytag dishwasher!


Is it wrong that both G.O. are madly in love with that handle?


It’s so chunky!  It’s also stainless steel,

which pops so nicely against the white appliance.

* * *

But back to our floor:


Getting the layout just right is going to involve a whole lot o’ math.

Here’s G.O., getting a head start on said-same:


Definitely stay tuned!



Kitchen Floor Tile Is En Route!

A subfloor** has been installed in our Dutch colonial’s kitchen,

making things nice + level for some future tile (soon!)

**There are no pictures of said-same subfloor however,

as I decided it’s too boring + not photo-worthy.

Meanwhile, here’s a before:


Just a tad rustic, is it not?

Some people (meaning me) would love to paint those original boards.

Like here:

checkered floor humongous

WOW, am I right?

Aren’t those greens gorgeous?

And who doesn’t love a checkerboard kitchen floor?

* * *

Which takes us back to ours:


Natch, G.O. nixed the possibility of my having a painted floor,

+ this time, I couldn’t blame him.

I could have a checkerboard floor (yay!),

but the checks would have to be tiles.

* * *

Oh, dear.  What size tile, then?

I like the looks of these small, 6″ square ones:

checkered floor six inches

They might be the most period-appropriate size

for our Dutch colonial — but sorry.  No can do.

What if that busy floor gives me vertigo,

like that poor Liza Minelli on Arrested Development?



* * *

But back to our floor.

I chose 12″ tiles:

checkered floor twelve inches

Believe it or not, I actually found something I liked

from our local build-o-rama, Menards!

It’s Daltile’s Color Scheme porcelain collection,

@ only $2.99 per square foot,

with an addiltion 11% discount from Menards!


I wanted the traditional black but not with white (oh, the dirt!)

Maybe a light gray?  Yes!

Check it out!  Black Speckle + Desert Gray Speckle:



I chose speckle for its dirt-hiding capabilities

and because it looks like retro linoleum!

What’s more period appropriate than that?

* * *

Here’s another look-see at my samples,

with my chosen gray backsplash tiles from Home Depot:


I’m loving the way they look together!

And check out how nicely they play with my kitchen paint color story:


Sadly, the tiles won’t be here until February 12th,

so definitely, stay tuned!


Our Kitchen’s Color Story

Let’s have a look-see at the color story of our Dutch colonial kitchen, shall we?


At the far left, we have Chambray (Pittsburgh Paints),

a medium blue that is already up + at ’em on the kitchen ceiling.

Yikes! — that swatch is way too bright!

This photo is more accurate:


Much better!

I’ll admit that the blue ceiling looks a tad odd by itself,

but I think that it makes sense when combined with my other color choices.

Speaking of which:


The small white swatch represents the room’s future white crown molding,

all the woodwork + our white IKEA cabs:


Third from left is the palest of grays —

Thin Ice (Pittsburgh Paints) — for our walls:


Yes, it’s pale, but pale’s a good thing, sometimes.

I made certain that it does pop a bit against the white cabinets,

+ yet, it won’t be as dark as the gray backsplash tiles I’ve chosen:


Home Depot

I love those tiles so much!  I want them to be the ‘stars’ of our kitchen!

Just look at this inspiration of mine!

Don’t you love the gray tile backsplash?

white kitchen with gray tiles -- heavyontheveggie

heavyontheveggie blog

But I digress!

Back to my color swatches + the darkest of my grays, fourth from left.

It’s Volcanic Ash (again, from Pittsburgh Paints):


We will paint our kitchen door (see below) this dark gray,

along with the other interior doors throughout the house:


So far, I am very happy with all my colors + hope they’ll play nicely together!

But wait!

There are a couple more colors — the 2 dark squares to the far right:


They represent my choices of floor tile for our kitchen.

I’ll talk more about them in another post.

Stay tuned!

Towel Bar Musings

While G.O. is currently busy as a bee in our kitchen . . .

. . . I’d personally like to go back a room or 2.

To our powder room:


It’s nearly finished — only a few minor tweaks remain,

including this vintage shelf:

shelf for powder room

for here:


this mirror for over the vanity:


+ this vintage milk glass towel bar for where?

The side of the vanity?


Not so much.

On the wall?



Not really.

Frankly, I couldn’t decide,

so, instead of fretting or — worse yet — making a mistake,

 I waited for inspiration to strike.

And, in my little world, inspiration = Pinterest!

Let’s have a look-see at what I spied, towel bar-wise:

towel bar on sink base cab

towel bar on white vanity -- yellow walls

towel bar on marble with mirror

towel bar on tables turned vanities

Is this a thing?  Towel bars on the fronts of sinks?

I hoped it would work for our situation,

so I dashed over for a trial spin on our vanity front.


I love it!

What do you think?

And isn’t it great when a design,

no matter how small,

comes together?

Amazing Kitchen Bargains

Progress continues to be made in our Dutch colonial kitchen.

Slowly but surely, the IKEA cabs are being assembled + put into place.


I really need to make a decision on the sconces above the window.

Here’s what I’d originally planned to order (from Home Depot):

lighting -- kitchen over sink gilded iron

However, since I’m currently thinking warm metal hardware

for our warm oak island . . .


. . . I’m going to see what I can find

 in the oh-so-trendy antique brass.

Disclaimer: yes, that would be mixing one’s metals,

but I am okay with that.

I do think that I need to repeat the antiques brass,

at least once, for continuity purposes.

What say ye?

Yes or no on the mixing of metal finishes?

* * * *

Meanwhile, please notice our sink cabinet below the windows:


We bought this farmhouse sink from IKEA:

IKEA farmhous sink

With this IKEA faucet:

IKEA faucet pull-down

G.O. didn’t really want that sink, but really.

We kind of had to get it.

Both the sink + faucet were in a display kitchen of discontinued cabinetry,

+ they were crazy inexpensive!

That’s why we got such a great deal on our refrigerator,

as it, too, was being discontinued.

IKEA white fridge

Here ’tis, in its space beside the pantry in our kitchen:


It will be flush with the cabs after it’s hooked up + installed.

* * * *

Next on the agenda:

wall color, backsplash tiles + counter tops!

Stay tuned!

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