Friday, August 26, 2016

Shiplap Backsplash

 Happy Friday! I am so ready to go play this weekend! Kind of the last hoorah before Miss K heads back to college and Miss H starts her Senior year. My baby will be graduating in nine short months. WOW!

This is where we left off last time. I found some time to restyle these guys, keeping it functional, but pretty. The rest of the kitchen remodel will have to wait, because we have an entryway to widen, closets to remove, drywall to patch and then floors to install. 

Floors? ...

Yeah, well, never mind. This happened instead. Bye, bye silly 6 inch granite black splash, hello shiplap. The original inspiration was subway tile. Once we really started seeing all the kitchen parts and pieces come together we had to make some decisions. One of those decisions involved the sink wall...

Ahh, the before...
We need more natural light, plain and simple. The upper cabinets are gone, so a larger, pass thru window is on the agenda. I told you I had plans for that extra granite slab from the other side of the kitchen. 

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It won't be nearly as fancy, but you get the idea. The entire back wall of the house will have a deck, and this pass thru window concept will be part of our design. That project may not happen for another year or so. In the mean time, we needed to do something with the walls. The drywall is original to the house and while its structurally sound, it isn't pretty. Shiplap fit the bill perfectly. Cheap, easy to install (and rearrange later), and it continues our desire to add charm to the box.

Getting there, slowly but surely. The shiplap adds dimension to an otherwise boxy room. The whole area feels just a bit more expansive. I think the subway tile would have been too repetitive next to the brick wall. Don't you?

Back to the fridge wall, notice the original granite slab is now replaced with butcher block? That's the slab that will go outside when we get around to the window project. Waste not, want not, right?
 But, we still have so much to do here. The upper cabinets need to be blocked in all the way to the ceiling and we have trim work to do at the bottom of the cabinets. I didn't want outlets cluttering up the shiplap, so I had hubby install electrical underneath, which meant we needed to cover the wiring. We decided to continue the ship lap up and under for a seamless look. Now it all needs trimmed, and then the cabinets can be painted too. This side will be the same white as the backsplash.

And this side will be a grey tone from  the stone. Have Mentioned how much I love the slide in stove with the new shiplap? It almost feels seamless. A few IKEA shelves to hold everyday cooking necessities help keep the clutter at bay.  A note on using these IKEA brackets... Standard lumber doesn't fit, there is a gap, but stair treads fit perfectly. All you have to do is rip them to size on your table saw. 

Ahh, a better after :) 
Reminder to self, do a post on your appliances because you really do love them!
So, this is where the kitchen is at, we really did move onto floors next. :)

Enjoy your weekend!

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