Tuxedo Kitchen : Get the Look

Subway Tile BacksplashTWO posts in one day?! I must be losing my mind. Earlier today I shared a really fun client kitchen and just couldn’t squeeze everything into a single post. As promised, this post contains alllll the resources and a ‘Get the Look’ roundup, along with a few more images… in case you’re wondering where everything came from. So far, everyone is loving that $30 rug. Click through for the details.

Black Farmhouse Sink

Tuxedo Kitchen Get the Look01: ikea laxarby cabinets // 02: loft pendant // 03: subway tile // 04: round cabinet knob // 05: geo drawer pull // 06: caesarstone london grey quartz countertop // 07: brass trinsic faucet // 08: apron front kitchen sink // 09: slate soap dish // 10: striped kitchen towel // 11: vintage wool kilim

appliances // 12: refrigerator  // 13: espresso maker // 14: dishwasher // 15: over the range microwave // 16: range

Cabinetry: As you know, we had the IKEA cabinets modified. We used the Laxarby line (#1) and the homeowners painted the uppers white.

Lighting: If the pendant (#2) above the sink looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same one we installed in our old dining room. I love that thing and it was the perfect fixture for this space! Dru & Brooke love wood tones and the industrial look. The large chandelier actually hangs above a eat-in dining area, that I’ll be sharing next week.

ChandelierHardware: This hardware shop (#4 + #5) is one of my very favorites! Jacqueline actually used this same company for her hardware (read that post here!). They have the best handmade, heavy brass hardware. We selected simple, modern, geometric for Dru & Brooke’s kitchen.

Countertop: I honestly had a tough time deciding between Caesarstone’s London Grey and Nobel Grey quartz swatches- they’re super similar. My initial preference was Nobel Grey, but due to shipping and inventory, London Grey made more sense and that was the homeowner’s first choice. In the end, I think it works perfectly and keeps the space feeling light and airy like we intended. The waterfall edge was an intentional design decision, which also made the most of our single slab. We used all the material without any waste.

Tuxedo KitchenPlumbing Fixtures: I’m not going to lie… our first faucet preference was not the Delta Trinsic (#7) that ended up in the space. Brooke loved the faucet in my old kitchen, and had her heart set on the Brizo Solna. However, they discontinued the brass color we wanted and we could not source it anywhere. Believe me- I tried. After multiple failed orders, we opted for the next closest product. It ended up being a good thing because it was much less expensive and saved room in the budget. We also considered using IKEA’s farmhouse sink because it fit the odd sized IKEA cabinets. I just wasn’t happy with the overall aesthetic and convinced them to spend more on a nice black, Blanco sink (#8) since they saved money on the faucet. That sink is indestructible and made of silgranite (crushed granite powder). Overall, it was the best case scenario for the plumbing fixtures.

Turkish Dish TowelAccessories: I found some really great accessories in person at my local World Market (#9, #10, and #11). I scored a vintage rug, a turkish kitchen towel, and a heavy slate soap dish. You can find more kitchen accessories here.

Appliances: All of their appliances are Whirlpool and so far, they’re obsessed. The biggest difference was moving their microwave from the countertop to over the range. That saved a ton of counter space! Brooke also splurged for a fancy coffee maker… much like me, that lady appreciates a good americano!

Kitchen Coffee StationIf you guys have any questions about the sources or process, drop me a comment below! I’d love to hear your feedback. I’ve had requests for a budget breakdown, so I’ll work on throwing that together.

Dog In KitchenI also thought I should link our amazing contractors for this project… if you’re local, we loved working with:

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Caeserstone, as they generously provided us a quartz slab. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create unique content while featuring products we truly use and enjoy!

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  1. LOVE Brooke and Dru–and their new kitchen! You did an amazing job!

    1. They’re the best! Thanks, Amy!

  2. ELIZABETH says:

    AH-mazing!!! Can’t wait to rip my kitchen out now….

    1. I can’t wait either… that exposed brick is going to be gorgeous alongside the updates :) xo

  3. What color white did they use for the uppers? I have solid oak cabinets I’m thinking of painting in the tuxedo look they used here – looks amazing!

    Will they spring for window treatments as well?

    1. Thank you! They used Benjamin Moore White Christmas on the upper cabinets. We actually ordered a roman shade for the window above the sink, but they liked it better without. There’s not a privacy issue because it looks into their backyard which is surrounded by trees.

  4. Emily Breidenbach says:

    Question about painting the ikea cabinets. Did they have them professionally painted, or were they able to sand and paint themselves? Curious how well the ikea doors took the paint.

    1. They painted them and were very careful to prep accordingly and apply many thin coats.

  5. I live this kitchen! Just to forewarn the home owners, if you have hard water or use certain cleansers, the black Silgranite accumulates white specs that seem impossible to remove (there are lots of forum discussions about this). I found that scrubbing with a borax and then rinsing with vinegar was the best way to get rid of stains but it takes some real elbow grease. I eventually starting using a food safe beeswax polish once a month or so on the sink to keep hard water stains from settiling in. Enjoy your beautiful new kitchen bfs!

    1. Thanks so much, Kelly! Luckily, they have soft water… but I’ll definitely pass the information along should they ever see that in the future. Super helpful, thank you! xo

  6. serena matthews says:

    what color black did they use on the lowers? thanks

    1. Tho lowers aren’t actually painted… it’s the IKEA laxarby line. Everything came black, and the clients painted the uppers white. xo

  7. Jody Breese says:

    Hi Sarah.

    I love this kitchen, you’ve done a wonderful job. I’m looking for a very similar style for my kitchen refurb and stumbled upon your post while searching for pics of Laxarby doors with brass hard wear. I’m not a fan of the Ikea butlers sink as its over counter mounted so would like to source my own. How did you get around the odd sized base cabinet.

    1. Thanks so much, Jody! I ran into the same issue… I don’t love the Ikea sink and the their odd side base cabinets won’t work with standard options available on the market. I ended up having the contractor modify the base cabinet to accommodate the black apron front sink. I hope this helps! xo

  8. love it all! What did you use for the flooring? We have an old farmhouse that needs some TLC. This might fit the bill! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Whitney! The flooring was actually updated by the homeowners, so I didn’t select that as it was already finished before we started to the project. You can find something similar here: http://bit.ly/2EfcZrt

  9. What shade of brass did you use for the pulls to go with the Delta Champagne Bronze faucet?

  10. Beautiful design! Do you have any more photos showing the whole kitchen space? I’m curious because I’m looking to redo my kitchen and this one seems to have a similar layout from what I can tell.