Now that we’re about to finish the Greenfield kitchen renovation, I figure it’s about time I share my design plan, ha! Sure, I’m doing things a little backwards, seeing how you’ve already seen the new cabinets and countertops installed, both here on the blog and Instagram.
But there’s a reason to my madness – or so I hope!
I know many of you enjoy learning about my design process, so I owe you that much. Tackling a kitchen renovation is no easy feat, and even though I’ve done it many times, I still like to research and learn from others before starting another. So buckle in, today’s post is chockfull of information.
Another reason I’m adamant about sharing the design plan: I’m still undecided about two details in this renovation, the backsplash and the shelves. I’m hoping once you see the full kitchen design plan, you’ll chime in with your opinions, hopefully steering me in one direction or another.
Before we go much further, let’s see how this space looked before. If you’re curious about the layout changes we made – and why – I wrote all about redesigning the kitchen layout last month, as well as our breakfast nook plans.
Below you can see most of the finishes I chose for the new kitchen, along with my reasoning for choosing each one.
Side note: By the time I got around to photographing a physical moodboard (the first photo in this post), we had already installed our BLANCO faucet. So I had to substitute with another BLANCO chrome faucet – one we’re actually using in the Greystone kitchen remodel. That’s why you see that discrepancy between the physical moodboard and the digital one below.
Chrome Kitchen Faucet | White Subway Tile | Brass Cabinet Knob | Brass Cabinet Pull | Brass Cabinet Pull, Extra-Long | White Kitchen Sink | Exhaust Fan | Four-Door Refrigerator | Electric Range | Dishwasher | Brass Wall Sconce | White Shaker Cabinetry | Brass and Black Pendant | Gray Velvet Ottoman | Brass Gallery Light | Round Breakfast Table | Gray Velvet Settee | Floating Shelf | Floating Shelf Brackets | Countertops | Wall Paint Color: “Chantilly Lace” by Benjamin Moore, Color-Matched at Farrell Calhoun
Choosing the Cabinets
My starting point for this space were the cabinets. Due to today’s supply chain issues along with budget limitations, I knew we’d be going with a ready-made cabinetry line. Having previously used the Hampton Bay Shaker Collection from Home Depot, we chose to go that route again. My color options were wood, white, or gray. Of course, I chose white. Gray is also beautiful, but I figure white has a wider appeal, which is a factor we have to keep at the forefront of every decision since this is an investment property that we’ll be selling once we finish the renovation.
I keep telling myself I will design a non-white kitchen one of these days, but honestly that’s sort of losing its appeal. White kitchens are classic and timeless, if done right. If you’re anything like me, you’ll get tired of a color real quick. White, on the other hand, is a tried-and-true choice that will never lose its appeal.
You already know my love for combining brass and chrome, and that’s what I intend to do in the Greenfield kitchen, too. Brass and chrome create such a nice contrast when paired together. This combination makes the kitchen feel more visually interesting, multi-dimensional. I’m introducing the chrome through the faucet, juxtaposing it against brass lighting and cabinet hardware.
A Top-of-the-Line Faucet and Sink
Speaking of the kitchen faucet, both that and the sink are part of a collaboration I’m working on with BLANCO, which I’ll share more on soon. Have you heard of this premium German brand? I first discovered it when renovating our very first house in 2015. In fact, I used the BLANCO “Precis” sink for our first kitchen renovation and even wrote a detailed review on it.
BLANCO’s “Urbena” faucet is another work of art that deserves its own post. Recognized with the prestigious Red Dot Award, this pull-down faucet is the ultimate mix of function and sophistication. Mmy favorite features include the high swivel spout, the hidden spray head, and the ergonomically designed handle. Like I said, you’ll hear more about this dynamic duo when I share the kitchen reveal tour, so stay tuned for that!
The wall paint color throughout the entire Greenfield Remodel, including the kitchen, is “Chantilly Lace” by Benjamin Moore, which we got color-matched at a local Farrell Calhoun store. Supposedly it’s the most pure white you can get, without any sort of undertones, although sometimes I do notice a slight green tint if the light is just right. Regardless, it’s a beautiful white paint – another tried-and-true element. I’ve previously mentioned the advantages of painting the entire house one color, but it bears repeating: Do it!
Unsure on the Tile Backsplash
For the backsplash I’m planning a 3×6 subway tile. It’s classic, it’s beautiful, and it’s inexpensive. I’m using the same subway tile in all three showers at the Greystone House. Some may say subway tile is overrated, but there’s so much you can do with it to keep it interesting! So, while the rendering shows the backsplash in a brick layout, I’m actually considering doing the first row in soldier style to add some visual interest to the space. What do you think?
A Few Words About the Countertops
For the countertops we chose Carrara Select Quartz. I shared all the countertop details in a post three or four weeks ago, if you’d like more information on that. In short, quartz is one of the most durable countertop materials – not to mention, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Splurging on the Appliances
Moving on to appliances, I’ll talk more about those when I share the full reveal, but suffice it to say I have never owned such beautiful appliances. My ultimate dream would be to have built-in appliances – the kind that look like they’re part of the cabinetry. But this house is not the house to do that. Nonetheless, seeing how it is in a higher price range, we did splurge a bit on the fridge and stove, and I can honestly say they’ve elevated everyday life for me. Maybe the newness has yet to wear off, but I truly feel joy when using these appliances.
I’m not talking about coddling material things – I’m very much against that. What I’m referring to is the fact that items you see and use every day can have a huge effect on your overall mood, productivity, etc. So, I’m a huge advocate of getting not only functional but aesthetically pleasing utilitarian items, like appliances, kitchen gadgets and tools, etc.
The New Layout
The most notable changes to the layout include moving the garage doors into the dining room, widening the doorway from the kitchen to the dining room, and extending the kitchen cabinets all the way to the bay window.
Again, if you’d like to understand the rationale behind those changes, check out the post all about the kitchen layout changes. It addresses a lot of the frequently asked questions.
Below are 3-D renderings of the new kitchen, along with a cool sliding feature where you can see how the before compares to the design plan. After seeing the layout changes above and the before and after comparison below, you’ll definitely understand why moving the garage access door out of the kitchen was an absolute must.
It was the only way to open up the cramped space without sacrificing storage space.
Our To-Do List
Like I’ve mentioned, we are nearing the finish line with the Greenfield kitchen renovation.
Below is a list of tasks we’ve done and have yet to do. Goodness, it’s so satisfying to see most of this massive list completed! If you’ve ever considered a kitchen renovation, the list below will give you a pretty good idea of what all it entails.
Demo Cabinetry Remove Existing Appliances Patch Up Ceiling Remove Existing Lighting Order New Lighting Rework Electrical and Plumbing Design and Order Kitchen Cabinets Choose Countertop Slabs Order Exhaust Hood Install New Kitchen Cabinets Order and Install New Appliances Order and Install Sink & Faucet Install Countertops Install New Lighting Fixtures Order Cabinet Hardware
- Install Cabinet Hardware
Design, Build and Install Custom Floating Shelves
- Paint Shelves
- Tile the Backsplash
Install Hood and Reroute Exhaust Level Cabinet Doors and Drawers Install AC register
- Paint Ceiling, Walls, Trim, Doors, Molding
- Style and Organize the Kitchen
As usual, it’s always that last five percent that takes the longest. Items I have left include installing cabinet hardware, painting the shelves, tiling the backsplash, and painting in general.
Another reason why it’s taking us so long to finish this space: I’m still undecided about the shelves and backsplash. Originally, I planned to paint the shelves white for a built-in look. Had they been unattached to cabinetry, I would consider staining them a natural white oak. With this being an all-white kitchen, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to break up some of that tone-on-tone look with wooden shelves. But I designed the shelves to look like a part of the cabinetry, with each shelf tightly flanked by white cabinetry on either side. So, I’m afraid if I opt for stain, it may look like we forgot to paint a part of the cabinets.
However, when I posted the question in my Instagram stories, an overwhelming majority voted to stain them. What do you think? Now that you understand the rationale, would you choose to stain or paint the shelves?
As for the tile, I mentioned doing the first row in a vertical soldier style, as illustrated in number 1, below. There are numerous other ways to create patterns from subway tiles for a big impact. But that’s sort of where I’m stuck. The possibilities are endless!
Do I go with the classic brick layout, or do one of the options below? I don’t want to do anything too complicated, because the backsplash layout will be interrupted by shelves. So an extremely complex pattern will get lost when it’s cut into sections. At the same time, I don’t want the space to feel boring with a regular, ol’ brick-style pattern.
That about covers most of our major decisions. If you’ve made it this far, thank you – seriously. Do you have any questions, comments, concerns? Anything specific you want to see or learn about the kitchen renovation process? Anyone have a kitchen renovation coming up?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section, below.
Looking for more kitchen inspiration? Check out the following posts:
- How to Redesign a Kitchen Layout + Floorplan Changes at the Greenfield Remodel
- Edgmon Ranch Kitchen Reveal Tour, Product Links + Design Tips
- Edgmon Kitchen Design Plan, Moodboard + Before Images
- Making the Case for White, Undermount Kitchen Sinks: BLANCO Precis Sink Review
- How To Tile a Kitchen Backsplash: DIY Tutorial
- 14 Tips for DIY Assembling and Installing IKEA Kitchen Cabinets