05 July 2010

Another Kitchen ala Sally Wheat

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Sally Wheat’s Famous Gray Kitchen

Today, we have another kitchen to show that was inspired by Sally Wheat’s  gray kitchen.  When I first posted about Sally’s house a few years ago HERE, I had NO idea how popular she and her house would become with readers.  I also had no clue how many people would actually be inspired into action by Sally!    I will say that most questions and comments about Sally are regarding her kitchen with it’s gray painted cabinets, Shaw’s sink, and marble countertops.  She certainly inspired my own kitchen redo.  After seeing Sally’s kitchen, I was spurned on to finally remodel my own outdated one HERE.   And, remember this:   a few months I showed a kitchen/house remodel HERE whose owner told me she was directly inspired by Sally Wheat’s kitchen. 

The latest Sally Wheat inspired kitchen comes from Sara of the August Fields blog.    Sara’s blog is all about building her new house and when she recently featured her kitchen, she gave credit to Sally Wheat.  To read Sara’s kitchen story go HERE.   I must say that nothing gives me greater pleasure as a blogger than to read about these inspiring kitchen designs.  That these design inspirations would ever even occur certainly never crossed my mind when I started this endeavor over three years ago.  But, it has been a very rewarding aspect of this solitary sport.   So, a huge thank you to all of the readers who have sent in pictures of your kitchens and homes.  Keep them coming!

 

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Sally Wheat’s gray kitchen.  The color, Benjamin Moore Fieldstone seems to be a favorite with so many readers.  I get asked over and over again – what color did Sally use on her cabinets?  Also – many people love her open upper cabinets with their carved brackets.   In both kitchens directly inspired by Sally, they each copied these cabinets.  Also, many people love her pendant lighting which she purchased at BROWN. 

 

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When it came to remodeling my own kitchen, I used gray on the cabinets – but a much lighter gray which was custom mixed so I don’t know the name of it!!!   Also, I used Calacutta Ora marble instead of Carrara.   I copied Sally’s Shaw’s sink and I used a polished nickel bridge faucet.   I was also inspired by Sally’s window and so I replaced mine with this beautiful casement window, which much made a huge difference.

 

The First Sally Wheat Inspired Kitchen:

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BEFORE:  This is a before picture of a kitchen in Houston that was inspired by Sally Wheat’s. 

 

 

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AFTER:  This homeowner chose black granite instead of white marble, but she modeled her upper cabinets after Sally’s.  Also, she used a farm sink and the same type of bin hardware as Sally.  Notice the brackets on the bar mimic Sally’s own overhead cabinets.   The subway tile backsplash is also like Sally’s as is the style of cabinetry.     The pendant lighting was another Wheat inspiration.   I’ve heard through the grapevine that this house is going to be featured in a magazine!!!!  To read all about this redo, go HERE.

 

 

The Second Sally Wheat Inspired Kitchen:

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The August Fields Kitchen, inspired by Sally Wheat

Here is Sara’s new kitchen.  As you can see, she chose white marble – not Carrara, which Sara explains is now really a gray marble.  I agree!  That’s why I used Calacutta Ora.   Sara used  White Italian marble with walnut on her island.  In this picture – one of the pendant lights is missing as you can tell.  These pictures were taken right after they moved in.   On her blog, Sara says that originally she wanted black soapstone countertops with white cabinets.  That was until she read the blog about Sally Wheat’s kitchen – that’s when she totally changed her design plans for her kitchen.  

 

 

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Sara used a beveled white subway tile for her backsplash, which I just love.   And she used the exact same gray on her countertops that Sally Wheat did:  Benjamin Moore Fieldstone.   The gray on the walls is Benjamin Moore Vapor Trails.    Be sure to notice the ceiling!!  I love the beams.  NOTE:  Under the microwave is a little pass-through door to Sara’s schoolroom.   As the mother of 5 young children – she home schools them.  The schoolroom is adorable – with black and white vinyl tile floor.  

 

 

image  Here is a picture of her upper cabinets – with the extra thick shelves.  These really look exactly like Sally’s cabinets because Sara took a picture of them to her carpenter so he could copy them.

 

 

 

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Another view of her upper cabinets.  I love her cabinets and I love the pendant lighting.

 

 

image I really like her island with the columns on the corners.   And, there is another sink here too. 

 

 

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A close up of Sara’s farm sink – it has such a pretty apron.  I love her bridge faucet too.  I think the bridge faucets are my favorites.

 

 

image Sara added a cute wood hood for her cooktop.  The hardware is from Restoration Hardware.  I wish I had used this hardware myself. 

 

 

image Sara used the Kenmore pro refrigerator and freezer pair and then pushed them next to each other.  By using a stock trim kit, it looks like it is all one unit!   

 

 

image Looking from the family room and breakfast room into the kitchen.   There is a brick veneer on this side of the countertop.  This large table was custom made and it seats 12 – new chairs are coming. 

 

 

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Looking past the breakfast room into the family room. 

 

 

imageSara has five little ones and she  home schools them all (except the baby!)    Look what she put into her house – a drinking fountain!!! Isn’t this the best idea?  She said she has already saved a bundle on paper cups.    The schoolroom is right behind the kitchen – across from where the fountain is. 

 

Thank you Sara so much for sharing your beautiful new house with us.  To read all about her kitchen, go HERE.   Remember, Cote de Texas welcomes pictures of all redos, renos, remodels, and even new houses!!

69 comments:

  1. Loving the light gray cabinets that I keep seeing...it is tempting for our next home!!

    The drinking fountain is such a fun touch as well.

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  2. Pure perfection! I love it all, from the refrigerator (can't believe it's a Kenmore) to the marble (I want to rip out mine now) and the water fountain (what a fabulous idea). Thanks for sharing this remodel.

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  3. Wow, I love the fresh-looking, clean style. Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  4. Honestly. I think I am more impressed with the fact that Sara home schools 5 than her stunning kitchen re-do ala Sally Wheats. I repeat 5, gasp!
    pve

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  5. so nice ! and quiet , all is perfect.

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  6. WOW! It's a great kitchen with so many beautiful details. And, a school room...how unique!

    Thanks for sharing Joni and Sara!

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  7. Love the remodel and that drinking fountain is pure genius!
    Thanks for the share...
    L.

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  8. Fantastic! Truly beautiful.
    And the water fountain - brilliant!

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  9. Gorgeous Joni!! I love her Kitchen and the lighting is perfect!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  10. Is grey the new white? Some great ideas. Joni. I think the homeowners use of the Kenmore freezer and fridge is fantastic. And I agree with Kerry M, just love the water fountain!

    Your kitchen is super cozy BTW. I want some sort of a light fixture on the counter top too.

    ~Kelley~

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  11. Hi Joni! Oh, I love this post! These kitchens are so lovely! I think I'd take any one of them and then I'd just sleep in there! :)
    Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Really beautiful. Wish I had selected white marble when we did our kitchen. Don't think hubby would go for ripping it out and doing it over though : ( .... Amazing and wonderful, the ripple that Sally Wheat's kitchen has made.

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  13. Sara has a very beautiful kitchen! I filed yet pictures of your kitchen Joni, and I will file the pictures of Sara's kitchen too!
    I so love the chandelier in the kitchen! Just awesome!
    xx
    Greet

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  14. Love. sigh. Any one of these is absolutely to die for. Best idea? Of course the drinking fountain! Not only so handy, but what a fun piece, a real "ice breaker" !

    xo

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  15. Very beautiful! Walnut on the island I love. I like the pendant style over the sink, but for me, the pendants over the counter break the flow and fight with the beautiful chandelier. I love the columns and details on the island also. Thanks Joni for the paint color names,it is always interesting how colors photograph compared to in store paint chips.

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  16. I love these, Joni!!

    And that apron?! And the drinking fountain? Genius!

    PS-You NEED a Facebook page. I'll even make you one :)

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  17. That chandelier makes the whole space for me. How amazing! I might even like this kitchen better than Sally's. Maybe.

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  18. I love Sally's kitchens and wish I could have used open shelving in mine but with a woodstove and oil furnace the dust it creates would have been a nightmare. I have a bridge faucet and love it they're gorgeous. Even though we finished our kitchen I would have liked a window like yours Joni and am tempted to change ours out...if I can get the husband to agree, yours is so much prettier. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Hi. I am new to your website and cannot remember how I landed here a couple weeks ago. I am also a Houstonian and love it that I can actually go to some of the places you mention. I frequent Brown often and look forward to the antiquest spot on Dunlavy. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and tell you that I love your site! :-)

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  20. Love, Love, Love it!! What a gorgeous kitchen for a mommy of 5 . . . the drinking fountain is just too cute!

    Jennifer

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  21. LOVE the huge beams in the 2nd kitchen. Definitely will be following you!

    rustedwood.blogspot.com

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  22. I missed the post on Sally's gray kitchen. It's just lovely! I would never have thought of using gray, but it works! And Sara's kitchen is stunning. So glad I stopped by today!

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  23. As much as I love the chandelier I can't help to wonder who gets to clean it.

    Beautifully done nonethless.

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  24. HI Joni!
    Always interesting to see the different interpretations of Sally's European inspired kitchen, and how people put their own stamp in it...Always beautiful to see..Maryanne xo

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  25. What a treat! That's a great kitchen. Thanks!

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  26. I too am particularly loving the gray cabinets and the other miscellaneous details are not too shabby either. :)

    Thanks for the colors Joni as I'm seriously considering going with gray in my kitchen. -Brenda-

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  27. I never tire of seeing THAT kitchen!!! And, I must say, the water fountain is just inspired!!! xo Elizabeth

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  28. joni, thanks for the nice post on our kitchen! it truly is as joni says....inspired by sally's beautiful kitchen. :) thank you everyone on the kind compliments. i will be posting more specifics on the kitchen as time allows but am happy to answer questions in the mean time. cheers to gray kitchens!

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  29. Joni (and Sara @ August Fields),

    Simply amazing. I LOVE the new kitchen and adore the little touches that were borrowed from Sally and elsewhere. A perfect (and calm) kitchen for a mother of five (who homeschools to boot!). I love the drinking fountain idea. Brilliant.

    This is perfect inspiration for our latest project: to paint the kitchen cabinets.

    My hubby and I just started a home blog this week (http://www.brilliant-nest.com) as a way to work together and have fun together. It is success stories like this that keep us going. Thank you.

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  30. That is one of the best designed spaces I've seen in a while. I love it and everything flows perfectly. I have to say, I really think the schoolhouse pendants are so appropriate for a mom that home schools! Great post Joni!

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  31. Oh my gosh! I went to a couple places in Houston that you've mentioned. Seriously? I saw a pillow today and it was $550.00! I don't know how much you are willing to spend, but that is a joke! I thought your site was wonderful until I read the price tag. I LOVE your taste and designs, but seriously... give us a break!

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  32. I really like your blog, but it takes so long for your pictures to load. I'm not sure if anyone else has this problem or not, but thought I'd mention it.

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  33. Very Very interesting!

    Keep up the great work!!

    Steve
    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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  34. Thanks for the visit, Joni! Please join FrenchGardenHouse for our 1st summer GIVEAWAY and to meet Connie. xo Lidy

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  36. Love the latest post! In fact, I love every post!!!

    A huge thank you for the new post which no longer allows Robert Pattinson's picture at the top of the screen as I peruse your blogroll. I was spending way too much time looking at him!

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  37. perfect in every way ...

    miss you
    let's catch up

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  38. ALL of these kitchens are gorgeous, each in a different way.
    I especially love the high cailings in Sally's kitchen, and mixing the modern furniture and art with very traditional looking cabinets. It is truly the mother of all kitchens.

    The island in Sara's kitchen is wonderful. I'd love to see her save those chairs, paint them all one color (maybe a dark grey) and then use benches with tie-on cushions and slips on the chairs to tie it all together. Since it's such a perfect new house, having a little of the older, slightly mismatched stuff would seem like a nice contrast.

    --SC

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  39. I'm so in love with both Sally and Sara's kitchens. Makes me want to do something new with ours. Thanks so much for sharing!
    XO Piper

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  40. OMG....so beautiful!! I love everything about those kitchens! I really love the country style. The grey fieldstone color, I might try on my t.v armoire, as it is honey wood stain. Also,the fountain...that is really neat!
    Thanks for the amazing photos!

    I should send you my before shots of my kitchen...the new ones are on my blog, go see what you think!

    Cindy

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  41. Wow this is absolutely stunning! I love it all and the drinking fountain is absolutely adorable. I would love to see her whole home!

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  42. Beautiful! And I just love that she thought to add a drinking fountain. How fun is that?

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  43. Sally is fabulous! I met her during my renovations and she was very inspirational! I've started to put a few photos up of my renovations on my new blog for my friends if you'd like to take a peek...it's still a work in progress but I still pull ideas from fabulous blog posts like this one! Thank you!
    http://missfitwit.blogspot.com

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  44. I've remodeled my kitchen with Farrow and Ball French Grey cabinets and honed Caracala Gold marble countertops. How do you maintain the marble? I've used Home Depot sealer and had the dealer re-hone and coat with"Bulletproof", yet still get etch spots and rings. I'm a serious cook, and don't want to have to cover the counters all the time. Any ideas?

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  45. Oh, Joni! These kitchens are WONDERFUL! It's always such a joy to come to your blog and read. They all did wonderful jobs with their kitchens. Thanks to your friends and you for sharing these inspirational kitchens with us!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  46. Joni:

    I love love love this and all your other posts, frankly!

    Question about your blinds: I notice (and adore!) your frequent use of the wood shades/blinds. You seem to use the tortoise shell looking one mainly. What is the name of that color? Where do you get them? And do you think if I did an entire home in them (though the drapes in each room would be different - I'm thinking of doing this just so the windows look identical from the outside view), would that look be too much of the same?

    Thanks in advance and Cheers!

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  47. I, too, love the bridge faucet. She does beautiful work!

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  49. Do you think he would notice if I rolled that root table right on out of there on a dolly and stuck it in my SUV?
    TO DIE FOR -
    I WENT BANANAS

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  51. Cynnie said...
    Do you know where I can find the black and white artwork featured in Sally's breakfast area?

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  52. Sigh. I love it. You have probably already read the Sally Wheat blog post on Made By Girl, but if not give it a whirl. Eye candy.
    Sigh.

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  53. Just goes to show that those of us who homeschool can be practical & stylish at the same time. Love that you mentioned that. We are a proud bunch.
    Sara's home is just beautiful. I have to ask...what is the little door or pass-thru in the wall under the microwave? Probably something practical. She and her husband should be proud, they did a top notch job.
    xo Lisa

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  54. This is my dream kitchen!!! i usually gravitate towards more modern kitchens but this one has so much appeal, LOVE it.

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    I was inspired to paint my vanity Benjamin Moore Fieldstone and I just Love it! So again thank you.

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