Claymire is Getting a New Kitchen
Folks, for the past several months, mr husband and I have toyed with the idea of leaving Claymire for greener pastures. Local pastures, but greener, in that we considered purchasing an even older house, hoping for a bungalow or tudor revival with natural woodwork, stone, tile, and dripping with vintage character. Frankly, we could not find anything we liked any better than Claymire, and called off the search for a new home.
The above photo is NOT our house! (sniff!)
As a compromise, we decided to gut the kitchen and make it our perfect (as far as possible in the space allotted and without moving anything major) kitchen. Actually, we wandered into a kitchen display last week and gasped as we saw our dream kitchen. Kraftmaid craftsman cabinets, Lynchburg Cherry, with copper hardware, tall cabinets and elegant crown moulding. Even our son thought it was the perfect thing for the house.
After dealing with reality – we could not have both the tall cabinets and the crown, the etched glass was ridiculously expensive (over $700 for one cabinet), and the total estimate of over $11,000 just for cabinets, we took a step back and reconsidered.
We found these:
They’re all hardwood, plywood, with NO particle board or melamine. Our cost was less than half the estimate of the others.
We’re going with arts and crafts oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and are looking at a piece of grey-green granite with beautiful veining, not at all shiny, for the countertops.
If anyone had ever suggested I would choose a cherry kitchen with granite, I would have laughed at them. But this is beautiful. We’re thinking white (or pale green) subway tile for backsplashes. We’ll be keeping the honey hickory floors, and the Italian Marble wall paint, as well as our light fixtures and appliances, which are only about a year old, anyway. We’re hoping to sell/give away the old cabinets, and probably the wonderful new steel roll-outs, as well. They won’t fit the new cabinets!
We aren’t changing the footprint, either, there’s no room for that, but we are putting a 12 inch cabinet between stove and fridge (finally!) Any advice, warnings, etc., from those who have done this, please pass them along! And stay tuned for progress on this (slightly) daunting process.