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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Cindi at

    Michael it’s fabulous! Anxious to see all of the completed rooms

  • Andrea at

    Beautiful! Love the quartz!

  • Denise at

    Michael — I also have quartz. While I read that it is heat resistant, it is not as heat resistant as I thought it to be. I was using our sous vide in a large plastic bin and after about 30 minutes, I noticed the counter was splitting! Naturally, I immediately removed the bin with the sous vide and luckily it went back together. The sous vide was set at 126 degrees; however, I guess from the constant heat and the weight of the bin it took its toll on the countertop.

    I did find a wonderful article and here is an excerpt from it.

    Quartz is resistant to heat, but if the temperature gets to too high, you can damage your quartz countertop. The reason is in the resin. A quartz countertop is an engineered surface. Natural quartz material is combined with a special resin (epoxy glue) to form a countertop. A quartz countertop is made up of nearly 93% quartz with the rest being the resin and pigments. The resin can only withstand temperatures of around 150 degrees. That means if you are taking a pan out of your oven or a hot pot from your stove, you cannot set it down directly on your quartz countertop. The resin will burn and may cause permanent damage. The way to avoid burning your countertop is simple. All you need to do is set hot objects on a hot pad or a metal trivet. This removes the risk of burning your countertop.

    The link to the entire article is:

    Your remodel is absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see everything in place. I am sure the “kids” are happy the renovation is coming to a close. Cats are not the best with change.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! Yes, the fabricator that did the installing also mentioned not to place anything really hot (directly from the oven) onto the surface. I typically don’t do that, but I really appreciate the heads up. Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Phil Ellis at

    Absolutely beautiful…iam a G.C. and do alot of kitchen and baths…The Hans Stone is hands down the best value for the money…your design in every detail is continuous and free it

  • Anne at

    Enough with the teasing already. I can handle the suspense of seeing the final product! Looks so amaxing – I just want to redo our kitchen! 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know. I’m the worst. I’m really not trying to “tease”. I still have a few more details to finish and I’ll get the reveal up. Thanks for your patience.

      xo Michael

  • Debi at

    I Ve been waiting to see your finished kitchen and wondered if I missed it! Can’t wait to see it Michael!

  • Lyn at

    Fabulous!! Lusting over that stove! We are going to be downsizing in the next year or so – we have our eye on a beautiful townhouse area in a small historic village nearby. They don’t come on the market very often but we will grab it when it does happen. We could almost buy it sight unseen as we are very familiar with them – but no matter what the existing kitchen is, we plan on gutting it and doing a white kitchen with high end appliances. Even though we are now retired seniors, I still want that gourmet kitchen. I can’t wait to see your kitchen when it is fully staged. Enjoy.

  • Linda L Lane at

    I just Love! The tile backed cabinet!!!

  • Karen at

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! Thanks, Michael, for your comments about your tile, grout color, and quartz counter tops. I’ll be using your ideas in our kitchen.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      So happy to provide some inspiration! Happy renovating!!

      xo Michael

  • Sharon Lynn at

    I really love the paint colors. Could I use them in a contemporary style? Suggestions on hardware too.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Choose what you love for your space. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Kara Maguire at

    Hi, Michael!! I love your renovations! My house is set up almost identically to yours before, and I’m wanting to knock out that wall between the dining room and the kitchen like you, but I can’t find any pictures or videos of that part of your space. Can you direct me to where I can see what that looks like now?? Thanks so much! I love your home!!

  • Barbara Hill at

    I love the contrast between the soft dark finish on the oak floor and the cabinets – love the custom cabinets. What brand is your refrigerator. The serenity I feel when I look at that room. On the sink, brass faucet, what brand? Do you expect it to tarnish a bit and do you like that liik or the highly polished? Also ? Would a carpet runner or some such in front of the sink have interfered with the spare serene look? Very zen. Thanks so much. I am currently doing a Reno plan for my kitchen. I just love yours. My house is 1920s dutch colonial revival. Barbara

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