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Kitchen Progress: Details Details

2013 July 11
by Becky

**See more kitchen renovation posts hereherehere, and here

It’s been a couple weeks since my last kitchen post, mostly due to our crazy schedules and sheer lack of progress.

This is where we left off in the last post:

Kitchen Remodel with floating shelves subway tile @

The hood was up, tile was on the wall, and shelves were coming together. But there were three huge tasks left to complete…and they, well, sucked.

Grouting, sealing, and caulking.

The end details are where we typically lose steam. We start other projects and let the little things go on forever. But, as always, we slowly got everything done. Luckily Stu stepped in to finish the grouting on most of the big wall…my back was having none of it. All the pressing and pushing of grout into each and every little crevice…ouch.

Then came sealing and caulking, which we completed simultaneously in just a couple hours. And wow, what a difference these two seemingly unimportant details make to tile. What’s more, we decided to go with a caulk that matched our grout (Polyblend Pewter Sanded Ceramic Tile Caulk) and it really finished things off nicely.

White Subway tile with gray grout @

White subway tile with gray grout @

We were a little nervous when we first started caulking because they color seemed too light. But once dry, it matches the grout perfectly.

Anyway, here’s where we are today:

Kitchen Remodel with floating shelves subway tile @

Kitchen Remodel with floating shelves subway tile @

Kitchen Remodel Coffee Bar with subway tile @

Our floating shelves got a nice coat of paint (they were just primed before) and I stared working on accessorizing. The bottom shelf and most accessible end of the middle shelf hold our every day items. Plates, bowls, salad/popcorn bowl…the important stuff. Otherwise I took the opportunity to display a few items I’ve had tucked away for lack of anywhere to show them off. Like the beautiful blue and white plate from my mom, the gorgeous pasta bowl we got in Italy, and my newly acquired “locker basket”. It’s still a work in progress.

Decorated Floating shelves subway tile @

And the under counter lighting has made a huge difference. Stu easily hooked it up thanks to our slide-on floating shelves. Then we drilled a few holes in the bottom of the shelf and screwed in hooks for pots/pans. Nicely within reach but offering a nice industrial look…love it.

Floating shelves with under cabinet lighting and subway tile @

Floating shelves subway tile @

I also factored in a few “stations” while thinking about our kitchen redesign. 

For instance, the pots and pans hang near the stove for easy access. My oils and most-used spices are very near by but also on display near the cutting board where I do my prep. Easy to grab while cooking but also look great. (I move my cutting board next to the stove when I’m tossing cut items directly into pans). There’s also a coffee station (as seen in the above picture with the orange stools) housing our espresso machine and the cabinet above holds all our capsules, flavorings, coffee mugs, and other coffee accessories.

We take coffee seriously around here.

But something I’ve never had and always wanted was a baking station. Mine is still in progress but as you can see, my beloved mixer is cozy in the far corner all on its own. In the nearby windowsill I’m planning to have large glass jars (to replace the current plastic ones) for holding flours, sugars, cocoa, and other baking necessities. In the drawers and cabinet below are my food processor, measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixer attachments, cookie cutters, cake pans, and decorating items.

Kitchen stations with subway tile @

Other details we’ve completed:

-Painted/stained the center island
-Took down ugly metal blinds
-Hung knife magnet strip (may be moving…not all that convenient) 
-Painted new recessed wood windowsills 

Still on the list:

-Do something on a budget with the ugly, cracked tile floor.
-Change drawer pulls
-Hang a piece of art in between the windows.
-Complete our custom lighting plan above the long counter section.
-Hang utility bar above stove for utensils and spices.

The most expensive yet most important item on the “to do” list is the floor…we’ve GOT to get it changed. Neither of us can stand it any longer. Dirty, cracked, gross grout lines, and it’s pink. Yuck. But we aren’t willing to break the bank on it, and since I can’t do the work myself due to the whole back issue, we will be paying for installation, which up’s the bill. Laying floor tile would literally kill me. We’re thinking a dark-ish, rectangle-shaped tile will be the winner.

Until more gets done, here’s another look at how far we’ve come.


Kitchen Remodel with Subway tile, floating shelves, and range hood @

Pretty big difference with just some paint, tile, a few shelves, and a hood.

I promise to someday soon post details of the floating shelves…they are pretty awesome. 



11 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I love how much lighter and open the area is now compared to the previous look. You both did a great job on the tile and grout. The space looks clean and open and ready for You and Ethan to do some cooking and baking.

  2. July 14, 2013

    Looks beautiful.

  3. October 4, 2013

    Your in progress is so fresh and open. I am a big fan of the subway tiles and like that you have them from counter to ceiling on the one wall. Sharp!

    • Becky permalink*
      October 5, 2013

      Thanks chad! The whole wall wasn’t the original plan but the project grew. As they always do. :) So happy we did it!

  4. Ali permalink
    February 17, 2014

    Thanks for posting, very inspiring kitchen reno. Just one question – where did you put the microwave in the revamp? I’m hoping to redo our kitchen and this has shown me how taking out overhead cupboards and using shelves can open the space up so well.

    • Becky permalink*
      February 17, 2014

      Thank you! As for the microwave, we are lucky to have an abundance of counter space and the corner next to our fridge (you can see it in the backed-out view of the shelves) wasn’t very useful so that’s where the microwave lives. I wish we had a cabinet to tuck into, maybe in the future, but for now it’s great, out of the way, and easy to access. Good luck!!

  5. June 25, 2014

    Am in the process of doing up my kitchen, what colour grout did you use was it light grey?

    • Becky permalink*
      June 25, 2014

      Hi Brenda! I used Pewter. Good luck!

  6. June 2, 2017

    I absolutely love the look of your new kitchen. From experience though, the open shelves will allow a great deal of grease to get on everything on them… I guess it is all about what is important to you. For me, I don’t like cleaning, even though I like things clean. But, if the look of the kitchen is more important, cleaning is no big deal…

    Good Luck,


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