Our Refreshing Coastal Kitchen Renovation
Our coastal kitchen renovation is complete and I couldn’t be happier. Our tired traditional kitchen has morphed into coastal cool and we love the results.
The project began with Pinterest searches for kitchen inspiration. Trying to jive new materials with our existing cabinets and flooring was more challenging than anticipated. The flooring is travertine. I don’t love travertine, but I don’t dislike it enough to rip it out and replace it. Too much hassle and expense when it’s not your forever home.
Besides, travertine is up to the challenge of rough-and-tumble families like ours. So, my challenge was to find greigy-toned materials that would jive with travertine. Spoiler alert: there aren’t many.
I convinced my husband to renovate the kitchen by saying it would improve my cooking.
OUR REFRESHING COASTAL KITCHEN RENOVATION
The first material we chose for our coastal kitchen project was the countertop. Despite many people ripping-out their quartzite because “it’s no longer on trend,” I love it. It’s rich and creamy with a hint of gray. And it has the perfect movement without competing with the flooring.
I designed the island with drawers and pull-outs. I find drawers much more functional than cabinets, especially when they’re lower. So, I opted for a trash/recycling pull-out with a sub-drawer for trash liners. There is also a nifty dog food/supply drawer. The only cabinet is under-the-sink.
On the patio/pool side of the island, I opted for four equally-sized drawers for pool towels and swim trunks. This makes it super easy for the kids to grab what they need to swim or hang by the fire pit.
This side of the island is where I got crafty. I don’t like dirty phones on the countertop, so I had enough depth to add a charging station shelf. It’s equipped with a USB outlet, phone sanitizer/charger and Google Home. Below the charging shelf is Georgi’s and Bodhi’s food/hydration station. No more knocking over water bowls.
We added backsplash tile and two floating shelves to the accent wall above. I keep canisters of chai latte on the lower shelf and my cookbooks on the higher one— high enough that I can’t reach them. Smart cookie, huh?
We sanded the top layer of our polished travertine floors to remove the yellow tone. Now, our once Tuscan travertine resembles the color of sand. It’s perfect for our coastal kitchen vibe.
Let’s pretend the little nubby piece next to the faucet isn’t there. It’s an air gap. I don’t like it, but the state of California requires it. *sigh*
I wanted to keep the backsplash clean and simple. I’ve found when you add accents to the backsplash you tire of them. Besides, backsplash accents are trendy. Trends come and go while clean and simple is timeless.
Renovation projects will have snafus and most deadlines will come and go. It’s helpful to choose a GC with a creative mind and attention to detail. We chose Eskan Developers because they understood our vision. They took our coastal kitchen inspiration and brought it to life. And their photography skills are much better than mine. Thanks to the talented Alena for taking amazing photos.
The before and after images look like two different homes. What a difference a new backsplash, countertops and hardware can make.
It feels good to have a ‘new’ kitchen. —Almost good enough to cook in it.
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