NEW HOME: Kitchen Dreaming

As we continue to watch our new home being built, I want to try to document as much of the process and details as I can. We've made all the main choices at this point but I still get nervous about seeing it all come together. It's one thing to see a small sample of a cabinet, a square of tile or flooring/carpet... but it's a whole other ballgame when you go, "Yeah! Put that all over my house!" So let's just pray the stuff we chose looks good once it's plastered throughout the home ;)

Today I wanted to talk about our kitchen selections in particular. Before we met with our design rep, I honestly didn't think we were going to go with white cabinets- but (spoiler alert) that's what we ended up picking. I know white cabinets seem to be what everyone is doing these days, but I was still a sucker for the darker colors! Once we looked at some combinations at the design center, I really saw the appeal to the white, though. 
Just some sample kitchens that have similar colors to ours.
The home we're moving out of always felt very dark and something we were excited about with a new home was better natural lighting and lighter colors in general. White cabinets just made sense. With semi-custom homes like ours, you pick and choose what things you want to upgrade and pay more money for....AKA, the price tag can go up quickly if you aren't careful. We decided on the nicer cabinets with crown molding and they are also soft-close, which I love. 
Our cabinets are in the middle! This is a crappy cell phone pic from the design center.
For countertops, we decided to stick with the basics and not pay for the granite upgrade right away. To do granite for our whole kitchen would have been a LOT of extra money and I figured we could always update those down the road if we decided to. We also opted not to add a backsplash because I didn't think the cost was worth it, when I know that's a project Jared and I can tackle together if we want to. I'm pretty happy with the countertops we picked out, though. Anything is better than our current navy blue ones, ha!
Samples of our gray laminate counter tops that I think look pretty darn good!
I think with our whites and grays we're going to do some green accents in our new kitchen, maybe some yellow too- we'll see. You know you're an adult when you're already picking out new potholders and tea towels, right?! I am just so excited to have a kitchen with an island, a pantry and lots of cabinet space. Three things we haven't had for the past 6 years in our marriage. Hosting and entertaining is about to go to a whole new level once we move in- I can't wait!

And while our house certainly won't be as decked out as the models they show, here's an idea of our layout in the new kitchen. Have I mentioned that I CANNOT WAIT!!?!

24 comments

  1. Yay, I'm so glad you're sharing the process. So fun! I dream of a white and gray kitchen and dark hardwood floors. And an island! Our kitchen is the one thing I don't care for in our house. So excited for you!

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  2. Oh how I dream of a big open kitchen! This is the one thing I am so excited about when the time comes.

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  3. When we were looking at houses, our realtor knew that I had to have the island, an open concept and a pantry because our apt and condo never had one. Man I feel like there's a lot more space because we do have one now! And yes, hosting will go to a whole new level once you're moved in :)

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  4. How exciting! Mic finally gave me a trime frame of when we are going to start the remodel/rebuild of our house and I can't wait! I have been looking at pictures on Pinterest of kitchens and it is all so dreamy!

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  5. Your new kitchen is going to be gorgeous!! Can't wait to see the after photos :)
    Kelsey
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  6. Oh man, those pictures are absolutely to die for! I really love white cabinetry for the reason you mentioned - it makes everything look so much lighter! Aren't kitchen islands the best? I definitely want one when we make the move to a house. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  7. I love love love it all. Maybe one day I'll see it in person?

    Does that makes me sound totally bizarre? Probably. And you know? Momma don't care :)

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  8. Looks so nice and big! I love our white cabinets :)

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  9. Yayyyy!!! I can't wait to see it in person! Eek! So excited for you guys.

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  10. Oh my gosh, that countertop looks just like granite to me! We are remodeling our kitchen in the next year or so and granite is so expensive and I'm worried I will ruin it! I've heard it's really sensitive to water, cleaners, etc. I will have to check out some other options too! Your cabinets are so pretty, and I love soft-close cabinets!!

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  11. I am a big fan of white cabinet kitchens because I feel like it is classic and never goes out of style. And also, it really does feel bigger and brighter!!! So many fun decisions in the building process.

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  12. I can't wait to see how it all comes together! My sister has soft close cabinets in her new house and they are the BEST!

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  13. Can't wait to come visit and be entertained!!!!! :D

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  14. This is so fun! I love the sneak peak into your design choices. We are about to embark on our kitchen renovation and making final decisions can be so daunting. I imagine a semi-custom approach streamlines things. We have SOOOOO many choices; it is overwhelming. I LOVE white cabinets and until yesterday, that was our plan but we've switched it up! We're going with a rustic cherry that has knots and imperfections. We aren't doing upper cabinets so it won't be wood overload. We're going to have open shelving above. Our home is an 1840's farmhouse so were trying to add in rustic looks with some newer styles. Most of the house has uneven/creaky original hardwood floors. We fell in love with the character but don't want to go super traditional with our upgrades, if that makes sense. We decided not to go for granite either but opted for a local stone company that has quarries the next town over. Its a gray that looks like granite but not shiny. Ahh! Is your pinterest exploding with home decisions? Mine is!

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  15. It sounds so nice! My kitchen here is the size of a closet, ha ha. Have fun decorating!

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  16. I LOVE that kitchen! I LOVE the white/gray kitchen look but my husband hates it! He also hates white subway tile as backslashes and I love that too! We would probably have the hardest time customizing a kitchen together because we both like extremely different things in kitchens! I love the light, airy look and he's more traditional. However, I oddly love wood molding and door frames.

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  17. I'm flat out jealous! Your kitchen sounds like it's going to be gorgeous!! Can't wait to see how it all turns out :)

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  18. A custom designed kitchen sounds like a dream world to me! It all looks beautiful and I can't wait to see the big reveal once you're all settled :)

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  19. So fun! My husband is a homebuilder and always tells me that he wished people would learn to do things on their own for certain elements after they close! You would be shocked at the profit margins of home builders! So great choice in realizing y'all can do things on your own. :) One of the biggest tips: NEVER upgrade paint....go with the cheapest and do it on your own later. RIP.OFF. :)

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