New Hardware, Art and Other Updates in the Kitchen

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I’ve been slowly making some tweaks in the kitchen.

[Ugh. Every time I go to type tweak - one of my favorite words, as you know - I want to type twerk. So annoying. Thanks a lot, Mi-Cy.]

Anyway, the biggest thing has been the cabinet hardware. I knew I wanted a more modern style but couldn’t commit to the finish. I originally wanted gold or brass but then thought I was over that so I didn’t know what I wanted. While I was mulling it all over, I found these Colonial Bronze Co. gold pulls that were really pretty so I bought one as a sample to try out. Well, that was that. It complemented the marble countertop and the gray cabinets more perfectly than I imagined.

Here is the before:

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and the after:

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At some point, I should switch out the hinges to match but I’m okay with it for now. (I took these pictures on different days hence all the variations in color. The one above is probably closer to the real thing.)

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You know you’re a design freak when drawer pulls bring you so much happiness.

Secondly, you may have seen on Facebook that we have art on the blank wall. I was considering that Manhattan print I mentioned a couple of weeks ago then I remembered the Jim Datz Manhattan print I had been wanting for years (I blogged about it here over four years ago!). The tones were also much better for the space so….. done and done:

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New York is my first big love so this makes me ridiculously happy too.

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And finally, under the Things No One Really Needs category…… I finally got around to turning that random sink in the eat-in space into a flower cutting station:

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All it took was installing some ready-made Rubbermaid shelves which happen to be the right dimensions. (It was a hair too wide so we - and by that I mean my very handy husband – just sanded them down a little.) These were the only simple brackets I could find and they’re a little larger than I’d like but at least they were plain so I just went with it. I then gathered all my vessels and voilà.

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So much better than the big gaping space that it was. And I’ve actually been using it as a flower cutting station! Crazy, I know.

Now all I need is a new runner and I think I can leave the kitchen alone – at least for a little while.

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17 Comments

  1. Heather

    LOVE the cabinets! I am so jealous! Our kitchen has the 90′s oak cabinets that are just so BLAH. And the flower cutting station is so cute! That is a great idea to have all the vases in one spot. While packing, my husband asked me why I had so many vases. I didn’t use many in the apartment, but now that we have a house I can cut roses from our garden in the summertime and put them in every room <3

  2. Daria@ExhibitD

    Wow, that is the most gorgeous gray on your cabinets!!!! And I’m guessing throughout the house? I haven’t had a chance to check out all the posts yet, but I will. I’m a fan of grey too (the color, not the book)! ;)

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