It's done and I love it!
Our house is a new build and we started moving in about 2 months ago, but I just got the last dining room shade hung last night. I've been posting pictures here and there and wasn't really planning doing a "reveal," but a couple people asked about it so here it is. If nothing else, it can show people what NOT to do. :)
I know it sounds trite, but I REALLY want to thank all of you for your help. Buehl was particularly helpful in tweaking the design. Rhome410, steph2000, breezygirl, and many others were there for me during my backsplash angst. I had already chosen my windows before I saw PPS7's kitchen, but seeing hers helped me feel comfortable with the decision. Her kitchen also inspired my island design. I can't name everyone that inspired me, but know that I appreciate your input.
I was going for a calm kitchen with easy-care contertops. My husband was going for "happy." When I told him about the sweeby test, he responded by writing this:
MY KITCHEN MISSION STATEMENT
"I want my kitchen to be tranquil, soothing, calm and happy. It should be cozy and bright, too.
"The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will not add an element of romance or whimsy but it might have a fish tile in it. Even a bear tile would be nice, as long as it's not within striking distance of the fish.
My perfect countertop will be level and divert attention from the mess my kids have made in the living room. When friends see it they will remark, 'Have you lost weight?' and 'You're looking quite dashing today!'
But most of all, my ideal kitchen will make my wife happy. Every time she sees it she'll smile at both the design and with fond memories of the process she used to create it. My ideal kitchen will perfectly match my wife's kitchen mission statement, even if it doesn't quite match mine."
Isn't he cute? I'm not sure if I have fond memories of the process - it's more of a fog. I was trying to make a million decisions about the entire house, so some details fell through the cracks. I don't know who picked out the crown moulding, but it wasn't me. I told the KD I wanted something simple, and sometime later this was installed. At least it's 10 feet off the ground! But I still smile when I see the backsplash, and I feel like the space is happy. Oh, and it works great as a kitchen. I just tested out the lunch-making, breakfast-eating, homework-finishing morning rush for the last week and it came through for me!
On to the details:
Cabinets: Locally-made Amish painted white (it's their standard white)
Countertops: Leathered Kodiak Brown granite
Backsplash: Sunflower mosaic in ming green marble from Saltillo Imports (purchased from Caledonia Tile in Indianapolis) and AKDO 3/4" x 3/4" mosaic in ming green light (it's supposed to be all light, but there seems to be dark in there)
Floors: White oak stained with Minwax Provincial and finished with satin polyurethane
Walls: Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray
Knobs and pulls: Restoration Hardware Lugarno knob in satin nickel and Restoration Hardware Asbury pull in satin nickel
Faucets: Brizo Solna (loved the hidden pullout spray) standard and bar-size
Sinks: Silgranit precis super single bowl and large bowl
Stools: West Elm rustic counter stool (thanks PPS7!)
Pendants: Kichler 2665OZ in olde bronze
Refrigerator: Samsung RF266 in platinum
Dishwashwer: Bosch SHX68R55UC in stainless
Range: GE Cafe Electric
Hood: Zephyr Breeze with baffle filters
Lighting: All-Pro 5" LED recessed lights, LED under-cabinet lights, and LED puck lights.
And here are the pictures (finally!)