Today we are headed back into my kitchen remodel so I can give you a final rundown on the kitchen finishes including countertops, tile, and lighting.
Yes, my friends, it’s been a hot minute since I gave you a kitchen update. At this point the kitchen is about ninety-five percent complete. I have a few final items to attend to: details from the cabinet makers, exterior painting (as a result of the added windows), and a bit more plumbing in the powder room. Beyond that, I just need to style all of the spaces.
As a heads-up, I want to take my time with the styling so it’s likely that when I do share the completed renovation it won’t be fully styled.
Styling aside, I want to use today’s post to wrap up some of the finishing details in my kitchen as promised. In two previous posts I shared details on the appliances, sinks, and faucets as well as the paint, hardware, and trim. Now I’m covering the countertops, tile, and lighting.
Let’s get to it!
Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Countertops
Kitchen and Pantry Countertops: HanStone Quartz – Montauk
Selecting countertops was somewhat of an easy decision. Before starting the renovation, I did some research and ultimately decided quartz was the best option for me. When I’m in the kitchen I tend to make a mess. Yes, I’m a messy cook and baker. I love the quartz option because quartz is not only chip and scratch resistant, but it’s also resistant to heat, bacteria, and stains. Quartz is non-porous so it requires no sealing, conditioning or polishing! It’s basically maintenance free. Love that!
While there are many different quartz manufacturers, I opted to go with HanStone Quartz after hearing and reading several great reviews from friends and fellow bloggers.
HanStone Quartz has over sixty patterns so I knew I would find something that would work for me. I wanted mostly white with a look of marble to it.. While I considered five different patterns, I ultimately ended up selecting HanStone’s Montauk color as it worked beautifully with all of my paint colors and finishes.
The pattern has a subtle veining with both warm and cool grays which coordinates nicely with the cabinetry colors. I opted to use this quartz pattern in both the kitchen and the pantry to unify the spaces.
Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Tile
Kitchen Tile: Walker Zanger – Cafe 3×6 in Milk
Grout Color: Mapei – Warm Gray
As the design plan came together, I knew that I wanted two tile details. The first detail being a fully tiled wall and the second being tile behind / inside a glass-doored cabinet. Thankfully there was space to make both of these things happen.
As you might remember from the design plan, the back wall of the kitchen (behind the range and the sink) will be completely tiled from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.
On the opposite wall, the cabinetry to the right of the refrigerator will have a base cabinet, tiled wall, and then a glass door upper cabinet placed onto the tiled wall. This is the cabinet where I will store my everyday glassware and dishes. I think the tile backing will really make it extra special.
The tile I chose was a standard, white subway tile that has an uneven handmade look. There is a special feature to this tile: when you walk into the kitchen the tile sparkles because of it’s glossy glaze and uneven handmade texture. I think every space needs a little sparkle and bling. This tile adds just that!
Bayberry Kitchen Finishes: Lighting
Because of the layout of the kitchen, there aren’t a lot of unique opportunities for lighting. However, I did want to take advantage of the spaces I do have and add something special to them.
Kitchen / Pantry Over Sink Lights: Hip Roof Shade Picture Light (Old Brass)
Typically you’ll find a pendant hanging over the sink, but my designer, Katy Popple, had a great idea to use brass picture lights. I loved this idea. Not only was it unique and different, but it really helped to tie in the brass faucets. There will be a light over each of the two windows in the kitchen and one over the pantry window.
Overhead Pantry Light: Eastmorland Semi-Flush (Old Brass Finish, Opal Shade)
Speaking of the pantry, I opted for this beautiful schoolhouse-inspired fixture for the overhead pantry light. The size suits the space well and the brass detail coordinates with the picture light and faucet.
Dining Room Chandelier: Radcliffe 30″ Round Bare Bulb Chandelier (Oil-Rubbed Bronze)
Since the wall that separated the dining room and the kitchen is now gone, I wanted a really impressive fixture for above the dining room table. I’ve been in love with the Redcliffe Chandelier from Rejuvenation for quite some time.
It checked quite a few boxes for me: the size was substantial, the design was modern but the exposed bulbs felt vintage, and the oil-rubbed bronze color matched the kitchen cabinet hardware beautifully.
And with that, my lighting choices were complete! I should also mention that the kitchen will have a total of eight dimmable, recessed lights as well as two under-the-cabinet lights. The range hood also has a built-in light.
That wraps up all of the details on the kitchen finishes. I hope that sharing all of these details is helpful and will provide some insight into the design of the kitchen.
As you may know, my entryway and powder room were also updated as part of this renovation. I am going to cover those spaces in a separate post. Therefore, I’ve just limited these Bayberry Kitchen Finishes posts to the kitchen, pantry, and dining room.
As always, if you’re new here or missed a kitchen remodel post, you can access all of the kitchen remodel posts here. Have questions? Let me know in the comments below.
In the next kitchen post, I will finally be revealing the completely remodeled space. I’m hoping to get that live around mid-August. Stay tuned.