Hey, hey! I’m finally getting around to show you our French country cottage kitchen. Well, that’s the style I’m working toward, anyway. I think I have a good start on it….
The cabinets are Kith Kitchen cabinets; the color is Alabaster, a slightly off-white, though it looks a little more yellow in some of these pictures. Mark Ladd at Ultimate Kitchens in Greenville, SC is wonderful to work with. I gave him our floor plans and he drew up the kitchen almost perfectly right from the start. I made only a few minor changes to his original design.
I absolutely love these cabinets, so much detail. The extra little trim at the bottom is for hiding under-cabinet lighting, one of the things I hope to add later on.
The deep single bowl sink is awesome for washing big pots. Our granite is Azul Platino from Old Castle. They supply granite to the big box stores, but you can also get it direct from them at a bit of a discount. I wouldn’t work with them again, though. Just a hunch, but I think the salesman quoted me a lower price than they intended on a beautiful quartz remnant. He set it aside for us, but when I went back to look at other remnants for the bathrooms, he told me that the quartz piece was damaged. It was still in the yard, but when I asked him to pull the piece and show me the damage, he refused. I’m okay with this granite, but it wasn’t what I fell in love with.
Isn’t this bird-on-a-branch light fixture sweet? I think it gives the kitchen a cottage vibe. Remember the bird stencil in our laundry room? A theme seems to be emerging….
The canisters from our last house match perfectly with the cabinets.
Just to the left of this corner is a doorway into the living room. To the left of the doorway is the fridge and the bar area. Though our other appliances are stainless, we kept our black refrigerator. It was only a few years old, so we couldn’t justify spending the money to replace it.
One of the modifications I asked Mark to make to the kitchen design was to move the microwave from above the stove to the base cabinet in the bar area. This is so much easier for short me. Safer, too- I always felt a little skeered about pulling a hot bowl out of the microwave when it was above my head.
Rather than paying big bucks for a built-in microwave, we bought an inexpensive one from Target.
The dining room is on the other side of the bar- ignore the piles of junk still to be organized. One room at a time.
In order to save money, we opted not to do certain things right away. I’m still trying to decide on a tile backsplash. You may have noticed a subway tile sample in the first picture. I’m also kind of liking the arabesque tile at Home Depot, but not sure if it looks too bathroom-y.
What would you suggest for tile that would help create that French country cottage kitchen style?
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