This post is possible thanks to DLawless Hardware and Aspect Design Tiles. I am so grateful for their support on this project and can’t wait to show you what I did with them!
When we moved into this house almost two years ago, the one thing I really didn’t like (at all) was the kitchen. It’s not set up logically, the cabinet style does not at all go with the house, and it’s very small. Once we were in, I realized the knobs caught your fingers every time you would open a door or drawer. It was awful. Not to mention… knobs…. on drawers. Right in the center. Then with all the trim, you were very limited in being able to replace them.
Then there is all the beige… everywhere. If you’ve been a reader here, you know I am not truly a fan of beige… fast forward to Haven Conference this past year and I met the awesome people at Aspect! Little did I know we were old friends. They make the plastic “tin ceiling” tiles I used in the old house as a backsplash AND the self stick metal ones we replaced the “metal” tiles with. Finding the right ceiling components was tricky, and the ceiling tiles installation wasn’t pretty to look at but once they were done, it was well worth it. I think they really bring the whole room together and create a really warm atmosphere in the home. We’ve also added some new lights into the ceiling so that it’s much brighter and doesn’t feel as beige. I talk about that here and here. I had been dreaming of glass self-stick tiles and GUESS WHAT?! That’s what they were there to show off- Woot! I was thrilled! When they offered to supply them for the update, I could not wait to get started. (they make other stuff too- more on that later)
I knew the knobs HAD to go too so I reached out to DLawless Hardware for help. A few backplates would cover the center holes on the drawers and if I used the old knobs holes and added one extra, I could add some lovely pulls instead.
What started out as this:
With just a little work, now looks like this:
It’s honestly one of the easiest and quickest projects I have ever done. The tiles were insanely easy to install. I primed the walls and then used my tile saw when I needed to make cuts. You could even buy a diamond blade for a rotary tool and use that. For lining up the holes for the pulls, I recommend you buy a jig. It makes all your holes in the same place on every door or drawer. I used this one from Rockler Woodworking. It comes with the punch and is super easy to get the hang of. The punch is great because it marks the perfect spot for your drill bit to sit for the hole. We also decided on a new kitchen door. The old one was a little grubby, and again, it just didn’t match the house. We opted for Georgian doors and now it all matches and makes the house feel like a home. You know what they say, the kitchen is the heart of the home…
Would I do this again? In a heartbeat! I still don’t love the kitchen, but it’s SO much better than it was. I’m waiting on a granite guy to give me an estimate to drop that bar down to counter height and create a large island with better seating for the kids. I’m hoping it won’t be much and it will help the space feel more open and not so small.
The paint change in there was a huge help too. It looks cleaner and the light bounce from the tiles gives the room more energy.
We have plans for a huge kitchen tear out at some point. We will take down the wall where the fridge is and open it up into the next room for an open floor plan…that’s a project I am not ready to take on just yet. This will hold me for a while. Now I have to paint the rest of the house… because isn’t that what always happens?
What do you think? Can you take on a quick kitchen update? Aspect and DLawless have SO many options- you’re sure to find something you love! Check out these sites for ideas: Aspect Ideas and DLawless Hardware (you won’t believe all the types of hardware they carry)
Personally, I want to use the Fasade panels from DIY Decor Store in one of the silver metal tones for the ceiling in the entry way and the cabinet label holders from DLawless to make a key rack. It’s fun to look through all the ideas on both sites and plan for future projects!
What’s on your list? I can’t wait to hear all about it!
(While DLawless Hardware and Aspect Tiles provided products for me to share with you. All opinions are my own and always will be.)