The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.
~ Mario Batali
Kitchen renovations require a lot of thought and decisions. This is the third kitchen M and I have remodeled, and I’m still astounded by how many little details require us to make a selection of some kind. Every time I think we’ve got it nailed down, something else crops up. In fact, looking at the samples in the photos, I realized I needed to change the back splash because the first tiles we picked out won’t match some other changes we made. (The slate tiles shown above are what we will be using.)
For me, the decisions usually start with one or two things I like and we go from there. In the Bogs, it started with the character-grade hickory flooring. Here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, it is the counter top. I fell in love with a quartz counter top, and have compromised in other areas in order to get it. As counter tops go, the price is comparable to most other materials. The exception is laminate, something I just don’t like no matter how many times kitchen designers tell me that laminate has come a long way in 20 years. It still looks like laminate to me. (Sorry, laminate. I know you do your job well and you keep the costs down. I’m just not a fan.)
A good home must be made, not bought. In the end, it’s not the track lighting or a sun room that brings light into a kitchen.
~ Joyce Maynard
Mother Nature provides such a wonderful color palette that I’ve tried to borrow from her when it comes to the colors in the kitchen. Greens, grays, hints of blue and purple, brown and bronze, and some big dashes of white. I think the walls will be some shade of purple, but I’m still pondering and looking and trying out different colors with the samples I have of the counter and the cabinets.
One of the things I’m going to have to attempt soon is the removal of the wallpaper border. I’m not looking forward to it as it seems like it will be an arduous process. If you have any suggestions on how to make it easier, please pass them along. I’ve looked it up online and there appear to be three methods. Soaking and scraping, heating (with a blow dryer) and scraping, or steaming and scraping.
Scraping, it seems, cannot be avoided.
Since the previous owners were fans of wallpaper and wallpaper borders, I will be an expert at removal by the time we finish all of our renovations.
Well, I think that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today. Thanks for stopping by. You’re welcome to stay and give me a hand with that wallpaper border if you’ve nothing better to do. It’s too hot to spend much time outdoors. The weather people are promising a cool down soon. It’ll be in the upper 80’s instead of the 90’s. Funny how 80’s might actually feel cooler.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂