My Maryland Home Tour

Welcome to my 1970 kitchen renovation journey! Join me as I take you through the incredible transformation of my outdated kitchen. Through my blog posts, I share every step of the process, from discovering hidden potential to making strategic design choices. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for creativity, I’ve carefully curated every element to reflect my personal style and vision. From selecting the perfect materials and color palette to ensuring optimal functionality, I’ve poured my heart into every decision. The fixtures, appliances, and finishes I’ve chosen bring cohesion and harmony to the space, creating a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional. This renovation has allowed me to create a warm and inviting hub for cooking, gathering, and making cherished memories. I’m thrilled to share my 1970 kitchen renovation journey with you and inspire you to transform your own spaces with passion and creativity. 

antique step-back hutch & breakfast nook

antique step-back hutch & breakfast nook

The kitchen will be our next big project in the house and I can't wait to tackle this space.  As I've shared before, it's a bit of an awkward room that is sort of a U-shape.  One side of the U is a hallway that leads to the pantry (the door to the right in the photo...

reno recap four | kitchen plans, steam cleaning, & pacing ourselves

reno recap four | kitchen plans, steam cleaning, & pacing ourselves

Home renovations aren't always full-steam-ahead, especially if you're living in the home while doing the work.  Sometimes you need to take some time to slow the pace, ponder upcoming projects, readjust the plans, and properly clean the house.  With a sick kid at home...

reno recap three | new toilet, shelving, doorknobs & more

reno recap three | new toilet, shelving, doorknobs & more

We have a bit of catching up to do on the renovation recap (since I missed a couple of weeks), so I'm circling back to share some things we did over the past month on top of what we did this week.  While there was plenty of activity happening in the house this week,...

refrigerator shopping with forté

refrigerator shopping with forté

Disclosure: I am working with Ilve and Forté as a part of a long-term partnership on my kitchen renovation.  As always, all opinions are honest and my own. Now that the roof is done, it's time to turn our renovating attention to the kitchen.  In fact, my renovating...

weekly reno recap | new roof, new range & more

weekly reno recap | new roof, new range & more

Someone asked where the weekly reno recap went... Ummm.  Yeah.  So...you see, when you're in the process of moving in and major renovations are happening as well as normal life stuff, well, things just slip through the cracks.  Hence, no recap. The inquiry didn't feel...

James Farmer Inspired Corner

James Farmer Inspired Corner

There are times when a design I see in a book or online sticks with me.  I keep coming back to it again and again and I find myself imagining it in my own home.  Most of the time, it just remains an object of admiration.  I just don't have the space or things to pull...

golden oak floors

golden oak floors

Let's talk about the cause of the upheaval in our house and the reason Jeff and I are still living out of suitcases - the wood floors.  We knew that we would get the floors installed ASAP so when we do finally settle in the house, we can completely settle.  We won't...

weekly reno recap | wood floors & more

weekly reno recap | wood floors & more

There are so many things happening in the house (you can read about our new house HERE if you missed it) that I decided I should write a weekly recap while we're in the thick of renovations to give you a rundown of the activity. Some projects we do are not worth a...

Kitchen

Like the rest of the house, the kitchen has great bones, but it needed a lot of paint to make it fit my design aesthetic!

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seedsuburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seedsuburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

We replaced the modern pendants with some small spot/task lighting to accommodate the pot rack.  We also painted the cabinets, walls, and trim, replaced the faucet and updated the appliances.

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

…and we built some simple open shelves in the awkward recess.

suburban kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

  • Wall color: Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore mixed at 50% in Aura, matte finish
  • Trim & cabinet color: custom match to Farrow & Ball’s All White (mixed by Benjamin Moore in Advanced, satin finish)
  • Doors: Coventry Gray, Benjamin Moore, Advanced, satin finish
  • Island: Custom green to match Boxwood from the MMS Milk Paint Line mixed in Benjamin Moore Advanced, satin finish.  You can find the exact recipe HERE.
  • Counters – Hanstone Quartz in Monterey
  • Tile backsplash – Venatino Marble Subway Tile form Lowe’s.  You can read about the installation HERE.
  • Bar stools: Restoration Hardware
  • Pot rack: Calphalon Stainless Steel Pot Rack
  • Faucet: Delta Cassidy Kitchen Faucet
  • Sink: Riverby Undermount Castiron Sink by Kohler
  • Cabinet hardware: Hobby Lobby
  • Braided jute runner: Joss & Main
  • Applianced: Kitchen Aid (you can read about the “beefy range” HERE)

Still on the to-do list:

    • Sew a simple valance for the kitchen window
    • Maybe replace the range hood with something custom, but that won’t happen for a while!
 

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