Choosing Finishes for Your New Kitchen

Before we delve into today’s topic, let’s chat about chrome versus brass/gold.There’s definitely a premium on all things brass/gold right now. Well, unless it’s that tacky shiny gold stuff from 1993…that stuff is still really cheap.I wrote a few weeks ago about my dilemma with choosing to go with either chrome or brass finishes for the kitchen in the new house, and the majority of you all agreed that chrome was the way to go. I agree. And seriously, you all are awesome for chiming in even if you disagree. I puffy heart you all. The two deciding factors in my chrome or brass debate boiled down to timeless and price. I feel chrome is timeless and easy to live with forevermore no matter my current taste (chinoiserie, black and white, roosters…kidding, I’ll never like that rooster stuff!) and brass/gold may be a trend I hate in five years. But, at the end of the day, brass/gold stuff is just way too expensive. Plus it’s hard to get all those gold finishes to jive together cohesively, meanwhile chrome is chrome. But how much more would I have to pay if I chose gold, exactly? Here’s a general look at chrome versus brass/gold hardware, lighting, and faucets.

Chrome vs. Brass and Gold Finishes for a Kitchen | via


Cabinet Hardware: $3.20×20= $64

Light Fixture: $440

Chrome Faucet: $265

Total: $769


Cabinet Hardware: $46×20= $920

Light Fixture: $1210

Gold Faucet: $384

Total: $2,514

The difference is over $1,500, and I haven’t even factored in hinges, barstools, backsplash tile and those sorts of things. Are there cheaper light fixtures/pendants that would work in a gold finish? Yes, absolutely. But I was trying to compare apples to apples in terms of 48″ chandeliers.

But back to the main point of today’s post. 

Daniel and I have been struggling with whether to go with the one linear crystal chandelier, like so (excuse the poor Photoshop job…)

Crystal linear chandelier in a white shaker cabinet kitchen | via

Or, go for glam and do two separate chandeliers. 

Double crystal chandeliers in a white shaker cabinet kitchen | via

I put this out for opinions on my personal Facebook page, and let me tell ya…my Facebook friends HATE the idea of chandeliers over a kitchen island because chandeliers don’t belong in a kitchen and it’s overkill. Meh. I disagree and think chandeliers are a great way to add glam to a space, and my style definitely skews glam.

I mainly want chandeliers over my kitchen island to decorate them for Christmas like this:

Chandelier Christmas Decor Ideas

Source: Rusty Hinge

But then again, Julia’s linear chandelier looks fabulous decked out for the holidays.

Chandelier Christmas Decor Ideas

Source: Cuckoo 4 Design

Finding stylish counter height stools is difficult. The four Ashley barstools in my mock-ups above will come out to be less than the cost of ONE barstool we wanted from ZGallerie. We were willing to splurge on ZGallerie barstools until we saw they would charge $100 a barstool for shipping. Yeah, no. But they sure do look great. 

White kitchen with shaker cabinets with counter height barstools | via

And sadly, Frontgate doesn’t make this gorgeous lucite barstool below in a counter height size or else I’d be all over that…seriously, Frontgate, take all my money and make a counter height version. Look at how AWESOME they would look. But I can’t have 30” barstools at a 36” counter…right? Sigh. 

White kitchen with shaker cabinets with counter height barstools | via

Soon I can move on to the living room, which I am stoked about decorating for the holidays. I’m skipping straight over fall and going full Christmas in October mode, sorry not sorry. However, I am not stoked about finding a new sofa for the long haul. I’m tired of 5 year sofas (or 2 year sofas like our last Ashley sofa) from discount retailers and want a more grown up, sophisticated, quality piece. But more on that later.Drop any suggestions or ideas or things I may have missed in my kitchen planning. xo.



  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    June 8, 2017 / 2:39 am

    I know how you feel. Take a look at my kitchen remodel that we did 4 months ago. I have chrome and gold in a happy mix that is affordable. It only takes a few touches of gold to get the look you want and you still have the chrome on everything else.

    • Monica Benavidez
      June 19, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Your kitchen is one of my faves- so practical, functional and GORGEOUS!

  2. Sue Cox
    June 8, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I like the linear chandelier–although the pair is nice too. O dear. I see your problem.

    • Monica Benavidez
      June 19, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      It was a hard decision, but I chose the linear chandelier. 😀

  3. LMoore
    June 14, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Try Ballard Designs for the bar stools. I think the Chinese Chippendale style they have would work. I like the linear but the two could work. Think about under cabinet lighting now. Ask about plug mold, this way you do not have outlets in your backsplash and you have lots.

    • Monica Benavidez
      June 19, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Your suggestion is perfection, and I'm totally going with the Dayna stools as you suggested. Thanks for your input! xo.