Feb 24

My Mom’s Kitchen ::The Finishes::

If you’re new to my mom’s kitchen renovation series of posts, you might want to start here

When it comes to selecting hard finishes for any space I tackle, I tend to like to err on the safer side of things and opt for classic, timeless, materials in a more neutral palette. I mean, a throw pillow or a piece of furniture can be easily switched out if you grow tired of it. But it’s a little more difficult to re-tile your kitchen five years down the line, you know what I mean? 

Knowing full well that my mom plans on living in her current home for as long as her body allows her, the focus on timelessness for her kitchen renovation was paramount. This will most definitely be her forever kitchen, and it needs to act as such and stand the test of time. So when it came to selecting all of the hard finishes for my mom’s kitchen, we stuck to my rule of thumb and largely stuck to neutrals. The secret? Much like my tricks for decorating in all white (which you can read about here!) Playing with texture, material, scale, and tone reigns queen. 

Here’s a peek at all of our hard finishes we’re working with. I’m also sharing all of the exact sources in the credits below. 

{my loyal and trusted employee being super helpful, as always}



The Before Photos & Plans

The Inspiration

The Floor Plan

The Vibe



Floor Tile: Ciot, 24″ x 24″ Black Rio Slate, Natural Finish, in a brick layout
Backsplash Tile: Ciot, 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ Calcatta Extra Polished, in the brick layout
Countertops: Hanstone, Riverwashed Finish in Storm 
All Lighting: Hudson Valley in their Distressed Bronze Finish
Cabinet Colour: Benjamin Moore, Revere Pewter
Upholstered Bench Fabric: Tonic Living, Tate Inside Out Faux Leather in Saddle 
Cabinet Pulls: Emtek, in the Satin Brass Finish
Cabinet Knobs: Emtek, in the Satin Brass Finish
Sink: Blanco, in Anthracite finish
Roman Shade Fabric: Decorview, Hunter Douglas, Folio S, Greige Brown


linen tea towel (old – similar here) | candle | faux olive branch | mug | pinch pot | palo santo

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  1. Joanna says:

    I love all her choices. It will be classic & timeless. The goldenrod leather on the bench will add a cheery touch, that I’m sure she will repeat in littles. Can’t wait to see the reveal.

  2. Stefanie says:


  3. David Stuart says:

    Lovely choices, the kitchen is going to turn out great, amazing imagination and innovative ideas, Some pieces will go wonderfully with the theme you are going for. Follow the link to find the rustic and industrial pieces I love.

  4. Kim Grant says:

    Would you mind sharing hat size knob you used, the 1 1/4″ or 1 5/8″? I found my way to your project photos while searching for examples of the Freestone pulls and I really like your choice to mix it with the Newport. My guess is that you used the smaller knob but wanted to confirm. thanks!

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