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Among the things that have kept me busy this summer, a kitchen renovation right here in Birmingham has been a fun project that I’ve enjoyed working on.

Lovely brushed stainless steel faucet works nicely with the double stainless undermount sink. Since the existing hinges on his cabinets were already antique brass and they are not hidden, I decided the best way to update them would be to add antique brass knobs and pulls, so I ordered these off Ebay for him. With complimentary bin pulls for the drawers, it totally gives this kitchen a fresh new look without starting over with the hinges.

The tile is a sturdy porcelain with mottled brown/tan and complements the granite nicely. There is still a little bit of touching up under the countertops to be done and you can see that not all the doors had the knobs attached when I took these pics.

With the lighter cabinets, it works fine to go darker on the floor. For the new overhead light, I opted for this antique brass rail lighting system with halogen lights, very similar to the one I put in my own kitchen.

I tried not to go super trendy, but picked out some basic colors and finishes that I think will last for many years for the next family who lives in this house. New cabinet paint, molding and trim paint, wall paint, porcelain floor tile, granite countertops, sink, faucet, cabinet hardware, and light fixtures. I chose a Bisque subway tile for the backsplash and it looks great with the cabinet color of Creamy by Sherwin Williams.

He hired a contractor to do the work, with supervision from me along the way and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it came out. I worked off the color strip of Sherwin Williams Rice Grain for the wall paint, with Rice Grain going in the kitchen and diningroom and the lighter shade, Nacre, going in the den, which I didn’t get pics of, since it wasn’t put back together yet.

We may have used the next darker color, Ramie in one room, but it seems that the painters got a few colors mixed up, so I totally think most of what you see is Rice Grain. I advised him to get a deep stainless steel undermount sink.The granite is the same one I chose for my house, Napoli. Clean and fresh, it looks like a whole new kitchen and it is a whole new kitchen!The unfortunate part was that it covered the kitchen, dining room, and most of the bathrooms.We concentrated most of the efforts in the downstairs areas. The house is really a beautiful traditional brick home that just needed some updating to bring it into the 21st century. Not a bad color, but neutrals show off a home to its best advantage, most of the time.The dining room really need to lose the wallpaper and light fixture too. Also, note the fluorescent light fixture box that so many of us have dealt with.My main concern in the foyer and dining room was just to lighten it up with a pretty neutral paint. This area had dark stained woodwork, linoleum floors, and again the wallpaper border that just screamed “help me”. With the dark moldings, it really closed the room in. The first thing I told him was that the cabinets really needed to be painted. He commissioned me to go out and pick out paint, tile for the floor, cabinet paint, granite for the countertops, and hardware for the cabinets, as well as updated fixtures for the kitchen and dining room. My goal was to keep it neutral and pretty, so that someone could see themselves living here.