Kitchen – the finishing touches…

We saved a bunch of money by doing so much work ourselves on this project so I felt ok about splurging a bit on the finishing details. Here we are – a bunch more stainless steel type finishes and some woodwork to pull it all together (prepare yourselves – this is the first of many cliches in this post) …

Hardware – the cabinet hardware is oversized.  The salesman at the hardware store asked if it was for Paul Bunyan’s house.  I say go big or go home.  I went big – and I went home (with my new beautiful cabinet hardware) and never looked back.


Outlet and switch plate covers – the fancy five. There are only 5 switch/outlets visible in our kitchen – so I went for fancy, hand hammered ones. The bumpy surface adds additional texture and interest to the flat tiled walls.


Lighting – I think we might have more lighting in the kitchen than we have in the rest of the entire house.  I wanted a bright kitchen and I got just that!  We have recessed lighting, a center ceiling fixture, a pendant over the sink, under shelf task lighting, and ambient uplighting.

We reused our ceiling fixture from the old kitchen – it has a bit of a craftsman feel – we like that.


The pendant over the sink is from Restoration Hardware.  It is old school in design, but has a modern feel with the brushed finish.  I also like the slightly industrial vibe.


The under shelf lighting and above cabinet lighting is quite lovely at night.


The under shelf lighting required a fair amount of research. Tad insisted on an LED fixture.

The above cabinet lighting was planned from the beginning – we installed outlets tied to a light switch. We tried a bunch of different types of fixtures up there – most were too bright and spotlight like.  Eventually, I opted for LED strips – custom cut to size – it came as a kit – inexpensive – easy to put together – easy to install.  The above cabinet lighting was Tad’s idea – so he received it as a Christmas gift.

A common question I get about the lighting design – why didn’t you put pendants over the peninsula (everybody else does it)?  Simple answer – I didn’t need it and I wanted to keep the view from the front of the house to the back of the house unobstructed.

Woodwork – for me the woodwork was the single biggest transformation of the entire project.  It provided the detail/element that made the kitchen finally feel finished.  I was so happy on this day!  I think I mentioned that we hired out this part of the project.  We could have done this ourselves to save some more money, but I think Tad just wanted the project done.   Anyway, Tad had done most of the window woodwork in the rest of the house so we wanted to duplicate it in the kitchen.   The woodwork is what pulls together the kitchen with the rest of the house.  It  bridges the new (addition) and the old (house).  I could go on and on with the cliches, but I think you get the picture.

The new cherry beam mimics the existing, structural beam found on the other side of the kitchen.


I am not sure it is really considered crown molding ( I am talking about the trim along the ceiling here) but I like it anyway.


Cherry and maple wood – trims the window.  We have this cherry/maple combo throughout the rest of the house – we kept it in the kitchen too.


The woodwork was finished with Watco Danish Oil.

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Toe kick – this is a detail most people don’t think about or even notice.  I had the stainless toe kick cut to size and installed it with some adhesive – less than $100 and the kitchen is finished, finished, finished!