One Room Challenge Week Five: A Grand Rapids Kitchen

Welcome to Abby Manchesky Interiors and week five of the One Room Challenge! 
I'm so glad you're here.

The One Room Challenge is an event trademarked by Linda at Calling It Home in partnership with House Beautiful Magazine where 20 designers are invited to transform a space in just six weeks. That may seem like a long time, but let me assure you, it goes very quickly. But the best part is there is a deadline! So you know it must get done. 

If you're just joining me in this Grand Rapids Kitchen remodel, here is week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4. Today marks week 5 and everything is moving at a crazy fast pace. All the planning and begging of tradesmen to line up their schedules exactly is paying off. My goal has been to transform my perfectly fine kitchen from workable to wonderful. When we bought the home six years ago I knew I wanted to change the kitchen I just didn't know when. The kitchen is the hub of the home and it didn't feel like our kitchen. So let the chaos ensue!

A handful of key pieces arrived this week, including this HUGE piece of art by Chelsey Scott from Minted. Chelsey is a Midwestern artist (girl after my own heart) and this piece is called Out to Sea II. Minted is a generous sponsor of the One Room Challenge and I am very excited to hang this 40 x 54 piece in my dining room. It has all my favorite watery colors and ties in the green from my kitchen cabinets. I selected this piece very early on, before I really knew the evolution of the room. Thankfully it's still a perfect fit!

Our fancy schmancy faucet arrived yesterday! I can't wait for our plumber to install it. This is a very high quality piece and I'm sure there will never be a dirty dish in our sink once this baby is in action. This faucet is almost double the height of our current faucet. It will make a statement, to be sure. I went back and forth between deciding if I wanted a chrome or brass faucet. Ultimately I wanted to mix metals in my kitchen and not have everything perfectly match. This is the Axor Citterio 2-Spray Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet from Hansgrohe USA. Hansgrohe is a sponsor of the One Room Challenge and I'm very thankful. This will be a sculptural piece in the kitchen. 

Last week ended with the drywall being finished and the walls & cabinets primed. I'm happy to say that the dining and kitchen walls are now a high gloss white! Chantilly Lace to be exact. 

"Lace is crisp and bright while having enough depth to avoid a sterile look. It's a white on the cold side but able to bring in warm tones as well — excellent when used where modern and traditional meet." — Moises Esquenazi

Couldn't have said it better myself. Here it is on the pantry hallway in a high gloss.

I'm dying to add the Varaluz Sea Urchin pendant to this hallway. 
It's going to be spectacular in this space. 

Once that dried then they put plastic everywhere and taped off the walls so they could spray the cabinets in Steamed Spinach by Benjamin Moore.

I nearly cried when they were done. The color is SO beautiful. And you only get once chance to pick the correct green...this one I love. It has blue undertones, which fits with the rest of our home. It's not too bright (a neon green kitchen would not be nice) and it's not so dark that you can't read the color. For me and our house it's exactly what I wanted.

Next was the 4 x 12 white subway tile from Home Depot. This is a very inexpensive tile, but since I was covering quite a bit of square feet, I needed it to be larger in scale and simple.

I mean...I can hardly stand the goodness. 

The cabinets are green! The tile is up!

Today is a big day.
*Floating shelves are installed. Grout is added to the tile.
*Cabinet doors get hung and hardware added.
*Electrical is finished and all the lighting installed.
Then Thursday morning our new faucet goes in, and a new (vintage) buffet is delivered for the dining room. I had wanted to add a sofa to the dining room, but none of mine were tall enough and I couldn't find one the correct height in the short time. I think the vintage buffet will provide the extra storage I need and allow for more surface space while entertaining. 

Thank you so much for reading. If you are on Instagram you can follow along with the ORC through my stories. I'm sharing short video clips every day on the progress. And this week will be many dramatic changes! Woo hoo! I'm just a tad excited for this to be finished. We've basically been camping in the living room with total chaos not having a kitchen or dining room for six weeks. 

Please take a moment to check out the other designers! Holy wow there are some incredible projects happening here. They are all so different in scope and style, that I promise you'll be very inspired.

In the meantime, let's connect. 

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  1. It is looking so good! I love the green cabinets and subway tile. I hope everything goes smoothly today, because it sounds like a lot of big things are happening.

    1. Thank you, Ruth!So far today is smooth--here's hoping for the best. xo

  2. It's looking absolutely incredible, Abby! I giggle every time I hear the name of your green paint. Seriously, it was meant for a kitchen!!

    1. Thank you, Dana! I know, that paint name is too appropriate. Why can't it be something more scandalous than a healthy dose of Spinach?! ;-)

  3. Beautiful choices, Abby! I recently painted my cabinets white and let me tell you that seeing your green cabinets wants me want to paint them all over again! Can't wait to see your finished kitchen.

    1. Thank you, Sandra! I love a white kitchen. You can never go wrong with that. xo

  4. Abby, it looks soooo good. I love the green and the modern subway tile! Even without making the window bigger, your changes have totally transformed the space. I love it.

  5. What a transformation!!! It truly is amazing what six weeks and cash can do to improve a house. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  6. The green is stunning, one you will be able to live with for a very long time, good call, Abby!!

  7. You're in the home stretch Abby! It's all coming together beautifully.

  8. OMG this is making my heart pitter patter! LOVING IT! the cabinets!

  9. Dying over those glossy walls and the cabinets look sensational Abby! So much brighter all around!! Cannot wait for your reveal!

  10. Aby this is excellent and lovely kitchen. Kitchen cabinet is looking solidly rock and giving a sober look.



Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400


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