If you’ve been following along on Instagram you’re probably aware that ever since my husband and I moved this summer we’ve been putting our blood, sweat and tears into revamping our new apartment.  Just like with our previous place, one of the first rooms we tackled was the kitchen.  Last time around we decided to go with an all white kitchen, so this time (while I still think all white is the holy grail for kitchens) we decided to mix it up and challenged ourselves to stick to a black color palate.  The result?  We LOVE it!  It’s both cozy, but crisp, and created the perfect backdrop to display some of our favorite curiosities and accessories.

The biggest change we made was obviously painting the cabinets black with Benjamin Moore’s AURA paint in Black Tar.  The surrounding walls are Sherwin Williams’ Tricorn Black, and in the middle of our painting we switched out the knobs for these ones from Anthropologie.

Along with painting, we tiled the back splash ourselves with these subway tiles from Home Depot.  This project took some time, but was inexpensive (under $150), and worth every minute as soon as we finished!  While our last kitchen also had white subway tile, we chose to use black grout this time, instead of the white grout we’d previously used- and I’m so in love with the result!

The largest undertaking, both in the kitchen and in the whole apartment, was the crown molding my dad and husband hung.  It’s definitely the trickiest DIY project we’ve taken on to-date (multiple days, multiple power saws, lots of scary ladder moments) but there’s no denying that the result is awesome, and definitely adds overall value to the apartment.

Vintage salt and paper shakers from my all time favorite antique market in North Carolina.

Other elements I knew I wanted in our new kitchen were a fun light fixture and a cozy rug.  I thought the sputnik light fixture was fun and went well with the mid-century vibe of the cabinet pulls, without being too theme-y.  I also thought the traditional style rug in such a fun, bold color spoke to the eclectic feeling of the room, and actually- the whole apartment!

[Photos By Hallie Duesenberg]

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7 Responses to Kitchen Makeover

  1. Liz says:

    Where did you get the P.A. for the counter? love those!

  2. Stunning, I am always so impressed with your makeovers! If I ever move, you will have to consult on my next home.

  3. Love it, all!! Where is the rug from?

  4. Jason Santos says:

    Awesome. One can also see some nice kitchen ideas at http://grannyflatsolutions.com.au/.

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