A Modern Update for Turntable Kitchen's 1930s Home
This post feels like a long time coming. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you know that we spent a good chunk of our summer living through a kitchen remodel. And when I say living, I mean living: we literally lived in our home (with our three kids, no less) over the 6 weeks or so that it took to complete. Overall, I’d say, it went better than expected: we grilled out A LOT, I only had a few meltdowns (mostly all clustered towards the end), and when it was all said and done, we were blown away by the results.
We learned a lot along the way, including that nothing ever goes to plan, and renovating an old house sort of becomes a game of Domino: once one piece tumbles, the rest follow. For us, it involved dealing with issues related to settling, needing to move a wall two more inches than we had planned, and modifying a cabinet front.
For months, I felt like I had a third, very time-intensive part-time job. But man, was it WORTH IT. I can’t emphasize how much delight and joy I get every time I walk through the archway between the dining room and kitchen (we had our contractor match the opening to the other archways in our home, and it feels like it’s been there forever!).
As a family that lives and works out of our home, we knew that we needed to upgrade to a modern kitchen. We needed more space, or more functional space. We needed an oven and stovetop that we could rely on. We needed a refrigerator that could easily store enough groceries for a family of five.
Going down to the studs gave us an opportunity to not only address our needs, but also thoughtfully approach how we wanted the heart of our home to look.
Selecting the Countertop Material and Backsplash
We wanted to compliment the rich navy lower cabinets with a crisp, fresh, and timeless countertop and turned to Caesarstone‘s quartz surfaces (the stone is molded and pressed into slabs and is known for its durability). We opted for one of the colors in their 2017 collection called White Attica, which features gorgeous gray veining, and after much back and forth, and incredible guidance from our local fabricators, we opted to extend it all the way up to a full-height backsplash. Now that we’ve been living with it for several months, I can tell you that it was definitely a good choice for us. Granite and Marble Specialties recommended that we use the same slab for both the counter and backsplash (the fabricators cut the stone for us for the backsplash) in order to create a seamless transition. It’s ridiculously easy to clean (I usually wipe down with a mixture of vinegar and water, then wipe clean with water) and makes the space feel so spacious.
We hope this kitchen will be the site of many new discoveries (both food and music-related) and we are thrilled to welcome you — virtually — into our home.