"Did you really want to paint the kitchen island Dallas Cowboy blue?" is not a question you want to be asked by your husband after your kitchen island has been painted -- as you walk through the door -- when you are excited to get home to see the just-painted result.


Absolutely not. 

I had researched the perfect blue and sampled several on mock up doors and settled on what I thought was the right navy blue hue. Funny thing is, though, once we pulled up the kraft paper on the floor, exposing the wood tone of the floor against the island -- whew! -- the navy looked like it was supposed to! (Though I often stare at it accusingly-like and think maybe it does really look like electric blue?)

Speaking of blue islands -- certainly a trend, right? Maybe not the smartest thing to do, but the beauty of paint is that you can always re-paint if needed.  In the meantime, I will thoroughly enjoy my too-trendy blue island until I'm ready for a new color! 

Read on for details on how we stretched our money and made our kitchen selections. 


Before this house, I had just gotten through with the dark wood cabinets, deep red and olive green wall trend (anyone remember this?!?) and was ready for light and airy. White cabinets, bold islands and subway tiles had me swooning. My husband, Rick, wanted to try his hand at some woodworking so we blended all of our wishes together to create our kitchen. 



Because cash was low, we used a discount-shop for our kitchen counter quartz. Instead of a creamy white with pretty veining, we ended up with a dull-grey-white. I don't like it, but the subway tiled wall behind the range makes up for it. So cheap were these subway tiles, they were almost free! 

Half of the island top is a tabletop wood top crafted by Rick. Making the wood features for the kitchen was something new for him, it took a while, but I think it was satisfying to him. I know I love that he made them. 

Kitchen finishes

I wanted Rejuvenation everything when picking out our kitchen lighting and hardware finishes.  I know quality details can really make a difference, but, unfortunately, I don't have a money tree in my backyard. We have an entire house to remodel, furnish and style.

It is painful to pay $25 for one cabinet pull when I can buy a pack of 6 for the same price at a big box store. I did, however, really want brass in my kitchen so I paid the $25 per cabinet pull; the knobs were a little less expensive.  (note: this has been my one and only Rejuvenation purchase to-date and I can testify that getting a Rejuvenation package is more satisfying than picking out fixtures and accessories at a big box store!)  

Kitchen Sink & Faucets

I love the idea of brass plumbing fixtures, which are hundreds to thousands of dollars, and when I win the lottery I'll  splurge for them. In the meantime, chrome fixtures are fine with me. I don't have a matchy-matchy personality so mixing metals works for me, and chrome saved us $$ for something else.  

I wanted an apron sink with only one compartment (easier for washing large pans and platters).  I searched high and low and finally settled on a high-quality sink and pull-down faucet combo from Kraus. The quality and appearance are great and I get an A+ for the price ... got both the sink and faucet for a little under $600 with taxes and delivery.  

Rick aded a cold water supply line behind the cooktop when renovating the kitchen. It wasn't really on my wish list but was on his. The plumbing cost was minimal since he was already re-routing the plumbing lines, so it was more or less just his time. I was shocked at the cost of the actual finish -- pot fillers can be expensive, starting around $350 (*%&!).  I found our $70 plain fixture through Amazon.  And I must say, for the record,  this is a point for my husband --  a pot filler is by no means a necessity but is convenient because we cook a lot. 

PENdant Lighting

We purchased simple brass fittings & glass globe through Amazon's site. The maker seems pretty cool and quirky.  You can check out his website and even buy fixtures directly from him here: mpdesignshop  My pendants are simple and gave me the look I wanted without costing a fortune. 


Our luckiest kitchen buy was floor model Kitchenmaid appliances purchased from Pacific Kitchen and Home located inside of our local Best Buy.  Pacific Kitchen and Home is an arm of Best Buy dealing with contractors, but open to the public. We were in a rush situation, had to make a decision fast, and I found it very cool that we were able to pick out our appliances, pay a small down payment and pay them off at delivery. The floor models came with a full warranty.

If you're looking for a great deal, shop the floor models and talk to the sales people. Our appliances weren't marked down in the store but through conversation we found out they were getting ready to be significantly marked down. There were some nerves involved with buying floor models but they came with a full warranty. 

    Kitchen Finish Summary

    • Unlaquered Brass Cabinet Pulls & Knobs: Rejuvenation
    • Kitchen Sink and Faucet: Amazon
    • Pot Filler Faucet: Amazon  (note: mine is in chrome, what is available now is stainless steel but the price is still great -- around $70)
    • Pendants: Ordered through Amazon:  brass fittings & glass globe