Let’s Talk Wood

Last week, we revealed to your our 3D version of our kitchen.  We’d like to show you some photo examples of some of the wood elements we’d like to include (budget willing).  We’re aiming to add as much wood as we can without the room feeling like a lodge or cabin (which are wonderful… just not for this house).

Here’s a recap of last week’s reveal:



We’re into reclaimed floors.  They create such a warm, casual feel.  They’re not too perfect, which is not only something we like… but something we need. [I hate cleaning floors]

I came across a featured home in Better Homes & Gardens Refresh Magazine that absolutely spoke to me.  The homeowner, Amy, also has a blog called Gather and Build about her renovation process.  I will start off by saying that there isn’t anything I don’t like about her home- it is absolutely beautiful and you should click on either of the links above to check it out- but my favorite part is her flooring.  The magazine contains a fantastic picture of her kitchen (that I can’t find online) that showcases the floors, but this picture of her living/dining will give you an idea of what we’re talking about:


Phewwwwwwwwwwwww.  Those are great.

If you’ve ever looked into salvage materials or reclaimed wood floors, you’ll know the prices are generally not cheap.  We’re going to keep checking our budget as this project comes along, but this is the look we’re aiming for.


In the spirit of trying to make classic choices within a tight budget, we’re aiming for plank walls in lieu of a tile wall.  The pattern is subtle, but will be more resistant than drywall to stains and moisture.  It can always be removed/painted/skipped if we change our minds. Here’s the look we’re going for:




Once you took a look at the 3D Kitchen plan, you probably noticed our cascading wood island idea.  Here is the photo we’re aiming to imitate (minus the cook-top and sink):



And, there it is… Wood in a nutshell!  We can’t wait!

3D Kitchen

Aaron and I love food.  Seriously.  We need regular feedings… and they’d better be delicious.  Because of this, it should come as no surprise that brainstorming for the kitchen has been a very fun process for us.

You may remember when I learned to use Sketchup in this post.  Fun!  Well, it was all in preparation for the below project.

Here is what we are thinking for our new kitchen- in 3D, no less:

Overall view (there will be doorways to the right of the fridge and left of the dishwasher):



Behind view of the island will likely include the microwave, large drawers, and storage compartments for cutting boards/baking sheets.


If you read our History & Design post, you know what inspires us in this home.  Here are the ways we’re trying “color within the lines” we’ve created for ourselves:

We’re thinking white plank walls, re-claimed wood floors (we hope), shaker or flat front cabinets, and a farmhouse sink for a classic feel. We’ll talk countertops later.

We’re using rustic wood for the island to bring in an industrial element and the warmth of wood. We’ll probably use a matte black or charcoal paint on those cabinets so the eye is drawn to the cascading wood counters.

The teal cabinets are classic, yet nod to the 50’s.  We’ve thrown in pops of orange for fun (perhaps a marquee light or something similar) and industrial bar stools.

And… do we need to even talk about my favorite part- the sweet Sputnik chandelier?!?


Of course, there will be changes.  It is likely that the uppers will be completely different, but at least we can all get a visual!

Can’t wait to share how we’re planning to make this classic-modern-fun look happen!  More than anything, I can’t wait to cook in this kitchen and have you all over (even if it is only on Upcycled Ugly)!