Looking for white and wood kitchen inspiration? Tour my parents’ new, beautiful, rustic-transitional kitchen with two toned kitchen cabinets!
This post is sponsored by KraftMaid.
It never gets old: the feeling of excitement when I get to reveal a new room to you all. Even better, I get to reveal my parents’ brand new rustic-meets-transitional kitchen. Complete with beautiful two-toned kitchen cabinets, quartzite countertops, marble backsplash, and all the details needed for a functional and beautiful space.
If you want to watch the full transformation, you can catch the story from the beginning here. The short version is this, though: my parents were looking to retire in the Texas hill country (see here for the story all about why this place is so special to our family). And, providentially, the property two doors down from our little ranch went up for sale.
But it needed a lot of work. The kitchen, in particular, was pretty rough.
In fact, my mom was skeptical that we could do anything with this house, but I kept telling her it would be amazing… Fortunately, my parents were willing to trust me. 😉
Thoughtful kitchen design is SO important, especially when the homeowner uses her kitchen as much as my mom will. She’s the type to home cook every meal, snack, and dessert. And nothing makes her happier than gathering her grandkids in the kitchen to help. It was such a joy to partner with KraftMaid again to make this dream come true for my parents.
You can read more about the process of working with a KraftMaid designer to create this space here. Since we opened the wall that used to house the fridge, it took some rearranging to fit all we wanted… but I simply love how it came together.
Kitchen Cabinet Layout
The location of the windows in this kitchen created an asymmetrical space from the beginning, and the removal of the wall between the kitchen and dining room further complicated things.
To create a focal point, we centered the range and hood on the island. And to create a sense of symmetry, we used matching cabinets on either side and dramatic pendant lights to draw the eye. The far left white cabinet will hold the microwave, but until it arrives (shipping delays are just part of remodeling right now), I couldn’t resist displaying some of my parents’ beautiful pottery.
To keep costs down, we left the sink by the windows and used a panel-front dishwasher to continue the beautiful cabinetry.
And since an efficient kitchen layout is super important to my mom, we moved the fridge to the wall beside the windows to complete the kitchen triangle.
We made the most of the spaces beside the windows by using open shelving. It’s pretty, functional, and allows more light into the room than full, closed cabinets would.
To balance out the tall fridge cabinet, we put in a floor-to-ceiling decorative cabinet with beveled glass. I’m especially excited about this cabinet.
Since that end of the kitchen now leads into the dining room, this 24″ deep cabinet can hold much of my mother’s beautiful serving dishes.
And the side door access makes reaching everything in this deep cabinet easy.
The other side of the kitchen (which used to have a closet-style pantry that was half filled by a hot water heater) got a full wall of cabinetry as well as a little coffee bar.
The coffee bar and open shelving might just be my favorite spot. The breakfast table will be on this side of the kitchen, under the long black iron lantern, so the coffee bar’s location is just perfect. And I love the look of these floating shelves.
Kitchen Cabinet Finishes
Two tone cabinets are one of the kitchen design trends of the last few years that I hope stays around for a long time. I love how it allows you to get the best of both worlds: white and wood kitchen cabinets are a beautiful combination.
I took a risk in this space, though, by mixing up the white and wood kitchen cabinets. Instead of upper cabinets vs lower cabinets like I did here, or even island vs perimeter like we did at our ranch house, we simply used Dove White cabinets for the fridge and uppers above the range.
KraftMaid’s Dove White is such a lovely white: not too warm and not too cool. It pairs well with Carrara marble (both here and in our kitchen) and with warmer stone (at our ranch house). Since the ceilings (which are 8′) are lower than my parents’ previous kitchen, I wanted to make sure that the space didn’t feel too heavy. The white kitchen cabinets help to brighten and lighten up the space.
The natural wood kitchen cabinets are my favorite, though. We chose a rustic maple cabinet with a Husk stain. Maple is naturally a very light-colored wood, so the Husk stain gives it a subtle light brown color that blends beautifully with their white oak flooring.
Natural wood kitchens have a rustic leaning that is perfect for the Texas hill country… But by including some crisp white cabinets and marble, I feel we achieved a beautiful transitional effect.
Kitchen Cabinet Organization
This tour of the kitchen wouldn’t be complete without pointing out the incredible storage options we have. First of all, my family of six could definitely use a pantry like this. 😉
Especially since these floor-to-ceiling natural wood cabinets have some incredibly efficient storage solutions, like a multi-storage pantry section and large pull outs.
I also love the hidden counter for appliances you might want to tuck away. There are also shelves to go above (we are just waiting until my parents move in to decide the spacing).
I can’t imagine needing anything more!
Kitchen Remodeling Sources
I will share the rest of the sources for the kitchen soon, but for now…
See here for more about the design process and working with KraftMaid.
Wood Species: Maple | Paint Colors: Dove White
Finish: Suede (which is KraftMaid’s most matte finish) | Door Style: Raised Panel
Wood Species: Rustic Maple | Stain Color: Husk | Finish: Suede
Door Style: Raised Panel
Brainstorming these kitchen ideas with my parents and then seeing them actually come to life with KraftMaid has been so very rewarding.
I cannot wait for them to get to fully enjoy this beautiful space (and for me to fully enjoy the free babysitting 😉)! If you have any more questions, please comment below so I can answer them in part 2.
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