Considering a kitchen remodel? Learn about the process of designing kitchen cabinets and ordering KraftMaid cabinets for a rustic modern kitchen.
This post is sponsored by KraftMaid; all opinions are my own.
Remember when we bought a new little project house? And then I shared my big dreams for the kitchen/living/dining space? Well, fast forward a few months and we finally have permits and sledgehammers in hand 😉 (note: construction timelines never go according to plan, so we expected some delays… just not quite that many). Demo started a few weeks ago (you can see the progress in my Instagram stories if you’d like), and – even more exciting – I just ordered all my kitchen cabinets!
So today I want both to update you on the progress in the house and to tell you exactly why I’m so excited about our cabinet choices.
First, though, I’m thrilled to say that this current kitchen planning project is my second to tackle alongside KraftMaid. Our first experience with KraftMaid was just three years ago when we purchased a home that already had KraftMaid cabinets. The quality was amazing, but the style wasn’t really “us,” so we met with a local KraftMaid designer and were able to completely change the look of our kitchen for an incredibly reasonable price by simply ordering new doors to fit our cabinets. That project was not sponsored; we just loved the look, quality, and convenience of KraftMaid’s cabinetry. So you can imagine how thrilled I am to be partnering this time with KraftMaid directly to bring you another incredible space!
Here was my original design inspiration mock up:
Design considerations for a rustic modern kitchen
We knew that we wanted a highly functional, modern kitchen with an open floorplan with the living and dining… but we wanted it to feel appropriately rustic and charming for our Texas hill country acreage (in case you missed it, this tiny house is also on the property!).
Additionally, we knew that to achieve that, we needed to open up the space so that the rather small living room that was on one side of the kitchen and former bedroom on the other side became one large living/kitchen/dining space. With 8 foot ceilings and not a very large footprint, it was important to us that the full space feel like one giant room – a gathering point for family and friends.
And after lots of deliberation, we’ve finally landed on our choices.
Planning kitchen cabinet finishes
You know I love two-toned kitchens, and we decided to go that route again here. This time, though, the giant island will be our accent color (along with a little twist that you’ll see when the time comes… I’ve got to reserve some secrets! 😉 ). For the majority of the cabinetry, I’ve chosen a 3” shaker style door in Dove White (which is actually almost the same door I chose for my current kitchen, but it will have a chunkier edge). And for the island, I’ve chose a 3” shaker style door in a natural wood tone. The wood color was the hardest part! I compared lots of options (and psst… there’s a sneak peek of the floors we’ve chosen!)…
But in the end, we wanted something on the lighter end with rustic wood grain, and I love all the variations that the natural rustic alder has and the way it contrasts with the white oak floors without darkening the space. So here are our final decisions: white dove on main cabinetry, natural rustic alder on the island.
We’re still debating hardware (I’m open to your suggestions!!), but I think we really can’t go wrong. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
Planning kitchen cabinet layout
Oddly enough, the floor plan design was the easy part. I spent time identifying a list of things I knew I wanted in the space (farm sink, dishwasher, trash pull out, spice holder, etc.) and we worked the puzzle to fit it all in. The KraftMaid designer was even able to put the exact plans into a software that gave me a full 3-D view of our choices! It makes big decisions like this much easier to swallow.
Given that two of the current three kitchen walls are being demolished, it was important that we maximize storage in the island and along other walls in the kitchen/dining space. So we added a serving bar at the end of the dining room and maximized our pantry with incredibly efficient storage.
Kitchen cabinet organization
Speaking of the pantry, I’m absolutely giddy (warning: serious nerd alert!) with the organization options that KraftMaid has: drawer dividers, pull outs, rolling shelves, auto-open drawers, and even partnerships with OXO and other container brands allowing for a perfectly organized fit. Seriously, I felt like a kid in a candy store while choosing the specific drawer inserts and cabinet types!
And now it’s more demo, new framing, floors, and so many other fun things at the property while the cabinets are made and shipped… I can’t wait until they arrive for installation!
Tell me, do you have any questions on our choices? The process? The options? I’d love to know! And I can’t wait to show you how it all comes together.