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Kitchen Remodel - Part 1

Hooray! Today is the day all of our planning, scheduling and decision making come to fruition. Today, our kitchen remodel begins! Right now, our awesome Contractor and friend of mine from high school (Nick Webb of Blue Oak Construction), is hanging our new cabinets and fitting our sink cabinet for the farmhouse sink!

Before the countertops are installed we had to decide on a faucet. We ended up purchasing the Fontaine Oil Rubbed Bronze Modern European Residential Spring Kitchen Faucet from I love the industrial look of this gorgeous faucet, I think it will accomplish that industrial/farmhouse chic style I aiming for. We are using oil rubbed bronze finishes on the hardware through out the kitchen and our appliances are stainless steel which matches the stainless steel hose inside the coil, this piece felt like the perfect way to bring it all together.

The day before the remodel began, my husband mentioned how small the kitchen may feel if we kept our large 8 top, pub table with the additional cabinets. We decided to sell our beautiful pub table online, it actually sold with in a few hours. It was a beautiful piece from Ashley Furniture and I was sad to see it go, but it made the most sense! I also love any opportunity to redesign a room so I took that as a fun challenge. With the new space available for a table we thought a 4-5 top, round table with neutral, upholstered chairs.. AND SCOTCHGARD! Lots and lots of Scotchgard, for toddlers with messy hands.

I found this gorgeous table on World Market's website:

It seats 4-5 people comfortably. I love the finish and it has pretty good reviews. I searched for hours on Wayfair and Overstock for a round, rustic table but every one I liked (in my price range) was out of stock. A budget is so important in a remodel so I need to create savings wherever I can. I read that I will need to protect the table top with a layer of clear coat spray, but for $300, I am fine with that.

Trying to find the chairs was a little more complicated. I really love the look of the distressed metal chairs, I have four in my dining room. They look lovely, are affordable and also are quite comfortable for a special occasion dinner or get together. As far as using them in our kitchen, where we sit down for dinner every night, that gave me pause. Being a designer and a stay at home mom, I often sit at the kitchen table and work so I can watch my son simultaneously. Comfort is a must! After hours of searching I found these gorgeous upholstered chairs. I thought the neutral color of the chairs would pop amongst the dark, grey paint of the lower cabinets.

I have an obsession with jute rugs, so I purchased a round one for underneath the table and chairs. I love the look of neutrals with grey. I think this is the perfect table to compliment our new and improved kitchen. It also ties into the living room with our brown couches and neutral pillows.

Looking forward to sharing more soon!

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About Ashley

Ashley Mancione is a wife, mom, freelance graphic designer/developer and home decor enthusiast. Stay tuned to read more about styling House 3, favorite recipes and her DIY adventures.

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