Just Add a (back) Splash of Tile and It’s Done

A quick post to give you a peek at how the kitchen is progressing. It’s mostly done and only awaits back splash tile, a new floor after our backyard is done (the linoleum is a placeholder) and some wall paint. The first photo (below) is how it looks right now and the second one shows the same view from when we first saw the house. Amazing the difference!  The yellow-green paint sample you see next to the trumpet print is the what we’ll put on the walls and we’re thinking of using a colorful glass mosaic for the back splash tile.  The cabinets are the AKURUM/ RATIONELL system from Ikea, as are the Domsjo sink (sorry, no link) and TÄRNAN faucet .  The counter tops are Caesarstone in ‘Blizzard’, the Halo fan is from The Modern Fan Company and the stove is a 36″ Blue Star range with six burners.

We kept everything mostly in the same places, adding a stacked washer/dryer where the old refrigerator was (they were in the basement) and moving the sink over toward the stove to accommodate a dishwasher – a must have for our big hungry family.  We love the height of the restored tin ceiling that was hiding behind the old dropped one, and the full-depth counter that replaced the 12″ wide one that was there before.  The Room and Board kitchen table and Eames, lcm chairs from my old apartment fit perfectly and we’re even able to put both leaves in.  The eat-in style of the kitchen helps to create a wonderful family atmosphere and with the south-facing garden light, it’s always the brightest, warmest spot in the house – just the way we like it.

New Kitchen
The Old Kitchen


  1. Angela

    Hey there! I tried to post earlier but it did not take. I love a good reno blog.

    Where did you put the fridge, and how are you going to put the floor in later. What kind of floor are you planning.

    Looks great!

    • Elizabeth

      Thank Angela! The frig is on the north wall to the left of the main counter/cabinet wall (which is the east wall). We’re thinking of doing a patchwork of Moroccan tile ‘seconds’ that will carry through to the entry hallway. The whole reno is on the cheap, so this fits with our mantra. You guys will have to come over one of these days for a visit. :)

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Angela – just saw your comment, um, how many months later? If the sink is on the east wall and the frig is in the northwest corner. We thought we’d put tile down for the floor, but now we’re thinking wood. We actually bought enough tile for the entry and kitchen, but may end up using that in the basement. It’s a ceramic tile that looks like dark slate.

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