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Building a House: Kitchen Edition

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Yep, the Baby Gizmo Headquarters is moving again! You are correct – we’ve only been in our current house for 4 years, but we are on the move again. Sure, four years in our gorgeous house (with a pool, I must add!) wasn’t long but we have our reasons for moving but we’ll dive into those reasons another day.

Today, we talking about our new home. Well, what will be our new home. Yes, we are building a house, and as you may or may not know, this process takes about 8-10 months. I have to admit that the beginning of the house build is the most stressful because that is when ALL the decisions need to be made. But that is also the best part of building a home – it’s a blank canvas!

We get to pick everything for the inside and out – carpet, cabinets, wood floors, hardware, shower enclosures, faucets, paint, lighting, appliances…everything! Then once we move in – the decorating really begins. So many decisions, so little time!

Since I feel like we are all friends here, I thought it would be fun to take you along for the ride. Give you a little inside look at my life right now. Plus, I NEED your help. Mr. Gizmo and I aren’t the best decision makers in the world so we LOVE to “poll the audience” and basically let YOU help build our home.

Today, we are starting in the heart of the house – the kitchen.


I spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking, and since it is the heart of the home, I want my new kitchen to be perfect. Our last house had antique white cabinets and a dark brown island, which I loved, but I want to switch it up now.

We know 100% that we want bright white cabinets around the perimeter of the kitchen like this…

white kitchen cabinets

…but the decision up in the air is the color of the island! We *think* we want a dark grey island but we also like the look of a bright, clean, all-white kitchen which would require a white island. A grey island would give a little warmness to the kitchen but is it too trendy?? You know how I love grey but is grey a dying fad and will be out in 2 years. I’m not normally one to bank on fads but I really do love the grey island.

What do you think?

Grey Island like this one?

grey kitchen island

Or white island similar to this one?

white kitchen


In our last house we had grey speckled counters which were really nice. I had originally wanted white counter tops, but unfortunately, white counters were not one of the options with our old builder unless I wanted to special order VERY expensive granite, which I did not.

This time white (*almost white*) counters are an option and I’m jumping all over it! We are probably going to go with white quartz as they will be non-porous and are not susceptible to staining or scratching which is fantastic when you are talking about white counters and kids. My cousin had white marble counter tops in her last house that she had to use a coaster for EVERY SINGLE CUP she set down on the counter. Yeah, no mom has time for that no matter how beautiful the counters are.

So, white quartz it is for us like this…

white quartz counters


This is where we NEED your help! I feel like this is the biggest decision and yet we just can’t decide. What color hardwoods do we get? Let’s just assume that the island will be grey and the perimeter cabinets will be bright white. What color hardwoods would you get? Okay, let me give you our top two choices. Dark Brown, Hand Scraped Hardwoods or a Grey Hardwood?

Normally, I would always go with a classic dark brown hardwood. My last house had dark brown and everyone loved it including us. People warned us that it would show dirt and dust but I have to admit it really wasn’t that bad. It just made sure that I kept them rather clean.

So, here are the choices…

Grey hardwoods similar to this…

Grey Hardwood

or a classic dark hardwood like this…

dark hardwood floors

Here are the actual choices:

hardwood floors

Which one would you choose? This hardwood will be on the entire first floor of our home which means not just the kitchen but the entryway, dining room, breakfast nook, family room and office.

Kitchen Sink

My last house had a big, one-piece, stainless steel “farmer-style” sink and I loved it. It was perfect for fitting dirty pots and pans and if I wanted it to be a “dish dryer” when I got lazy, I just threw in a dish organizer to hold the dishes on one side.

This house the one-piece, farmer sink will be back but will it be stainless steel or porcelain? Oh, the decisions!! Mr. Gizmo prefers the drop-in stainless but I think the porcelain might be a good change up but I can’t decide. Which one would YOU choose?

stainless sink
porcelain sink

Okay, that’s not all the kitchen decisions but that’s all I have for today. Sure, I still have lighting, hardware, appliances and extras to pick but those will wait for another day. Let’s make these decisions first.

BONUS Unique Kitchen Island Options:

blue kitchen
round kitchen island
teal kitchen

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Thursday 19th of April 2018

Just finished remodeling out kitchen and I love our new Blanco Ikon

Amanda Brewer

Thursday 19th of April 2018

Grey island. Dark floors. First sink. That's my 2 cents! Good luck!

Marsha Owens

Monday 16th of April 2018

We built a house that was completed in May 2016. Choosing everything was pretty much up to me because it was hard for my husband to get off work to go to the builder's design center. This is the second time I had to do this! He was happy with all of my choices. He isn't a fan of the white cabinets and when we saw a model home with the espresso cabinets, he did like that, so that is what we did. I did go with light counter tops though, and a light color back splash. My stepdaughter did go with white cabinets in hers and the gray island and the dark hardwood. But like you, I think of the gray being a design fad but I also think the white island makes the kitchen way too white, especially with the lighter color floors. But if those were my choices, I'd go for the gray island and dark hardwood now that I've seen it in my stepdaughter's house.

Just wait until you have to choose paint colors. The builder just uses crappy flat paint that is sprayed on, so before we moved in, we had the whole house painted. It took me forever to decide on colors and painting always makes me nervous because it never turns out the way I am expecting! This time I am happy with everything except for the color in our foyer, hallway, and great room. This is because I wanted something neutral, couldn't decide and my husband rushed me into choosing something the painter said a lot of her clients have chosen. Unfortunately, this paint looks pink at certain times of the day and I hate it! After that, I took my ever loving sweet time choosing the rest of the colors!


Sunday 8th of April 2018

I would do the grey island (that is really easy to change down the road if you want to mix it up). But I would definitely NOT do grey hardwoods! (If you’re worried about grey island cabinets, then choosing the most expensive thing in the house- the hardwoods- in grey is bold and I wouldn’t do it!) I personally love the light brown, but if you love dark brown then go with that again! The browns are classic and “go” with everything! And I love the porcelain farmhouse apron front sink. The stainless scratches easily and it never really “looks” clean. The porcelain is a much better look! (I’ve had both!) I would also look into getting cabinet fronts for some/all your appliances if you really want all the white cabinets on the perimeter to be the focus. The white quartz that is made to look like marble is great! Marble is so high maintenance! I know it’s great for baking, but unless you have an area that is just for baking I’d stick with something less porous! Also, I’m seeing a lot of butcher block sections on islands for cutting- it’s a fun feature, is very practical, and adds warmth if you decide to go with the all white kitchen! Good luck, and congrats!

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