Monday, June 17, 2013

Vintage Subway Tile

Hello-and welcome back. I promise I didn’t forget about you!
Between my Etsy shop, working, Instagram, Facebook, Tumbler, Pinterest,Twitter, DIY projects. lol Things do get a bit hectic at times!!!!
As we soon discovered, there is a lot to learn about kitchen redesign.  We became quite adept at jumping hurdles along the way!  Just to name a few, try three compound miter saws later, losing all electrical in the kitchen two days before hosting Thanksgiving dinner, finding out our hood exhaust fan was never properly installed by the builder and what we had was simply a noise-maker!  If you would like to get caught up on just what I have in mind for our ever evolving kitchen, please visit my previous posts, "Our Kitchen Redesign," and "Our Kitchen Redesign Part 2."

(kitchen before)

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Sorry about the blurry photos friends, our travertine floor really isn't pink,  although it looks like it is! :-)

(Island Before)

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Inspiration photo for the proposed light fixtures above the island  ????


The cost was $4,950 each that was just a skosh over our budget.  Instead I chose these lanterns below as a lower priced alternate at $49.00 each,  and did a happy dance. 

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We accented the island with inexpensive beadboard, casings, and Ralph Lauren’s “Black Truffle” smokey black paint.

( Island being painted)

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Updated island with new vintage hanging lanterns.   They sort of have a vintage vibe,  don’t you think?

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer at The Old Painted Cottage)

Below are a few of the cabinets that we removed and modified on the left side of the kitchen.  (See photo above.)
  They are just screaming out for updated hardware??? Yikes!!

( cabinets before)

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My hubby’s millwork skills are very limited,  however,  his is always up for a a good challenge!   We chose a large size 6 inch crown molding. It takes my breath away.

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Here’s our newly updated vintage subway tile cooktop backsplash!!!!
As a cost saving idea,  I chose to modify one of our old larger cabinets into two new smaller side cabinets.  This visually opened up the space above cooktop.  We decided to make our cooktop “hoodless”. lol    Due to the fact that when we removed the existing exhaust  hood,  it wasn’t really working any who.   This photo shows finished millwork and cabinets with primer,  still waiting for paint – (in a future post.) The vintage subway tile still waiting for grout.

( cabinets with updated millwork)

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I designed the backsplash area to be fitted with three of these swing arm stainless sconces - Circa Lighting.  As seen in Tyler Florence’s gorgeous  Kitchen of the Year.  Also up for consideration,  this stunning cooktop with integrated fan and countertops.  I think I’ll save the countertops and proposed Island slab replacement for another post.

Three weeks have passed,  cooktop backsplash area still waiting for grout.Sad smile

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Six weeks have passed cooktop back splash area still waiting for grout. Sad smile

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I will try my best to keep you informed as this kitchen inches it’s way to it’s newer look.
Thanks for visiting.


  1. Love the remodel. The warmth that the dark island brings is simply stunning. Thank you for sharing and inspiring Laurie. xo malibugirl

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  3. Hi Laurie, I am glad to see you back blogging. Your kitchen is looking fabulous and my favorite is the molding above the cabinets. You did an amazing job on the island and the entire space is beautiful.

  4. the lanterns are fabulous. do you like your drawer dishwasher? I've had a bit of trouble with mine, but love the look so it's worth it

  5. Would love the source of your lanterns. They make the space! What a lovely job.

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    2. Thank you for your sincere comment!!! I purchased the lanterns at HomeGoods and had them electrified.


  6. I've loved seeing the look of your kitchen evolve. You guys have put in so many hours of hard work...labor of love. I can't wait to see what color grout you decide to put in!


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  8. There is so much character in this kitchen, Laurie! For me, the island counter makes the best feature. The choices of furniture are lovely too. This kitchen absolutely needs a good kind of kitchen fan. I'm sorry about how the installation went. The builders are responsible for it and you could have called them right after you saw the problem. Good luck on your renovations. Keep us updated!

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  9. Hi Laurie, Your kitchen makeover is fabulous and I appreciate you sharing it at the Open House party.

  10. Laurie what a wonderful makeover!

  11. oh my goodness! Ok, questions…..where are your lanterns from? Those are what I have been looking for!

  12. Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.

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