The Kitchen | 7 years later

Hard to believe we have been living here for more than 7 years post renovation - time really does fly. Certainly the room that got the most money and deliberation was the kitchen.  It seemed like as good of a time as any to do a look back on how the most used room in the house is holding up.

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I took a few new photos after work last night so please forgive any stray crumbs. As you can tell it looks very much the same save a few accessories.  What can I say?  If I like something, I stick with it. (I know that isn't a very smart philosophy to have as a home blogger but it's the truth.)

Want to see more of the transformation?  Check out the original kitchen before, during and after post.

So here is a short review on each key element along with a quick 5 review. 

Cabinetry:  Plain & Fancy have no complaints whatsoever.  With the exception of the random bit of dust that is easy enough to clean off, they look and operate as well as the first day we had them. These were a major splurge and it was definitely the right call. 

Countertops: Black Venata Soapstone Still happy with the choice.  As expected, it did get scratched and dinged but it's not as soft as I was warned about. It's patina has deepened to a deep grey and I still love how it looks.  I put everything directly on it - hot pans, juice, tomato sauce, etc and it can't be stained.   

Bridge Faucet:  Rohl Country Bridge Faucet  No complaints - still love it. 

Sink:  Rohl Fireclay Farmhouse Sink  This one is a little tricky as I love how it looks nor have we had any problems with it but I do find it slightly more annoying to clean than a stainless sink.  That's because of its handmade nature, the bottom is not perfectly sloped so not everything slides down the drain without a little push.  So while it's a good product that looks great, I think we could have saved a little money by going with one that was cheaper and had a more uniform base. 

Bar Stools: Lyon Industrial 24" Stools Since I painted them a brighter blue, I thought I'd have to repaint them every few years but so far, they still look great.  They were super affordable and have really worked beautifully for us..  

Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware Glass Knobs Mostly surviving so far but we did have one handle that broke on a heavily used drawer.  Easy enough to repair with a little crazy glue so I would pick these again. 

Fridge: Ge Profile French Door with Ice  So far, so good.  Still like the design and it's not difficult to clean.  The ice maker isn't perfect but it does the job.  The only thing that really drives me crazy is the crisper door has a tendency to fall off but its easy enough to pop back on. 

Microwave: GE Cafe Over Range Microwave  Bit the dust in year 4 right so not happy there.  We have replaced the microwave 3 times now.  I'm convinced these things are built to be obsolete in general but I still regret not doing a kit microwave and putting it somewhere else.  Oh well, live and learn.  NO  stars for you! 

Stove: GE Cafe Free Standing Range  No complaints. Work well and I'm happy with how it looks. The only small complaint is the handles are made of plastic with decals which aren't so easy to clean. At this price point, I would have liked metal handles. 

I think that covers it but feel free to ask about anything I've missed.


18 comments:

  1. Still as beautiful as it was 7 years ago - true test of a great design! Love it!!

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  2. This is actually super helpful as we're planning on (finally) renovating the shorehouse kitchen this off season. Totally with you on the microwave -- we're going to get a small freestanding one that we can tuck away on a pantry shelf, since in inevitably it will bite the dust in under 5 years. I've always loovvveeed your soapstone counters. I think we have to go lighter (dark wood) but I have admired yours for years...7 of them, I guess! :-)

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    1. I'm so glad it helpful. Yes, definitely go with a microwave you can hide or more easily swap out. The downside is that you lose a bit of shelf space but knowing what I know now, it would have been worth it.

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  3. Perfectly classic. I predict you will love it still in 7 more years.

    I hate our farmhouse sink. It was here when we bought our home and not worth the hassle of switching out unless we renovate, but I truly can't stand it, It's huge and I don't need that much sink, I really don't. Takes forever to fill, bottom isn't flat, etc etc etc.

    If we ever do renovate, I will be getting your faucet for sure, and maybe your soapstone counters. Gorgeous.

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    1. Yea I hear you. I never fill it so that is not a problem but I hate to clean it. It only takes a second but its just not something I expected having only had stainless sinks before. That said, my friend has a stainless and the water spots drive her crazy (something I didn't even notice) so she wishes she had a ceramic. Different strokes :)

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  4. I've always loved your kitchen and still do.

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  5. Your kitchen is timeless so the choices were great! on a diff. note can you share the community website you used to purchase the jenny lind bed earlier this year ?

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    1. Thanks! The local group that I found the bed on (or I should say several readers alerted me to it) is Park Slope Parents classified. I believe you have to be a member to join but I could be wrong.

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  6. Your kitchen is beautiful - I love that you revisited it. I had a non-stainless farmhouse sink in our last house and am going back to stainless. It's just simpler to take care of - but I do love your sink. And, GAH, those countertops are the things of my dreams.

    For your cabinets, I'm happy to hear you haven't had chipping or anything? We're going with custom-built painted cabinets and I was concerned about wear over time.

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    1. Oh definitely no chipping at all. Our cabs were custom but they were painted at the shop - I believe a lacquer - so quite a hardy finish. I would think hand painted cabinets wouldn't have the same durability but sometimes thats a good thing too :)

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  7. I don't think I would change one thing!

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    1. Thanks! So much sweat went into this, so it's a good thing!

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  8. Beautiful kitchen. I would say you were ahead of your time! Love reading about how your choices have stood the test of time. Keep em coming! :)

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    1. Thanks Anne. Really sweet of you to comment.

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  9. Do you have a dishwasher?

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    1. Oh doh..i forgot to include that. Yes, we do. It's a GE Cafe. I'd give it 3 stars - cleans well and we run it a lot but the automatic dishwashing liquid dispenser feature (the one where you just pour the whole bottle in and don't have to put in more liquid each cycle) broke a few years ago. Still works fine with the regular dispenser option. A little loud but nothing I find too disruptive.

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