I didn’t really like the way all of the light switch plates detracted from the harlequin tiled backsplash. Inspired by my Mom’s painted switch plates (shown on the right), I decided I needed to paint mine too. My Mom has … Continue reading
For several years, our TV lived on the mantle, which was a nice location design-wise. Neck cramp wise, however, the location left much to be desired. I always wanted the TV to be installed on the large (very empty) wall … Continue reading
Next on the kitchen reno list was shopping for new hardware. Designers sometimes call this part “jewelry” for your cabinets. I shopped online and locally at the big box stores to hone in on what I liked. Ultimately, the best … Continue reading
We put these on our Christmas list and were happy to receive them. Thanks Dad! They are also available in multi-packs. If you decide to go with flourescent, you’ll also need to hide the ballast. This was a big part … Continue reading
We started the tiling phase the weekend after Christmas. Fooled by the lure of a three day weekend, we thought we would have plenty of time to finish a small area like a backsplash. Well, maybe that would have worked … Continue reading
About a week before Christmas, we received our fabulous gift. Granite Countertops! They were installed by TopMaster, but we purchased the product and installation through Nebraska Furniture Mart. I believe financing up to 30 months is allowed, but you do have to put a certain percentage down since the service is provided by an outside vendor. Financing was provided at 0% (guilt-free debt! Yay!). We also purchased a stainless steel sink with our countertops.
In my opinion, you should know which tile you plan to use as your backsplash before your countertops are installed. What if you picked you countertops and then couldn’t find a tile you liked to go with it. Or is it just me that needs to plan (and obsess over) these things? Backsplash is installed after countertops, so keep that in mind. We made sure our old tile was removed and the wall was ready for installation of the new backsplash. Just don’t jump ahead and install your new backsplash beforehand. On one side they shimmed up our countertops to make them level and if we had a backsplash in place first, it would have been oven an inch off. Start thinking about what profile you prefer and what colors you like. The most commonly available colors are naturally going to cost less. We chose Crema Caramel and it was offered at a special price. There were 3 or 4 other colors from which to choose at the lower price, two of which were black. I have not seen “our color” included in the sale since and at the time they said it was included because they over-ordered. In my opinion, even if it is a “common” color, no two pieces are going to look the same and it’s going to be unique to your kitchen no matter what. To get an idea of what you prefer, I just wandered about the kitchen departments at big blue and big orange to “hone down” on my preferences. Look at the different profiles available too. We went with a full bullnose and a custom shape for our island. Since I changed color choices at the last minute without even discussing it beforehand with my husband, I let him choose the profile and make the final decision on the island shape. We were going to go with Black Galaxy and I am sooo glad we didn’t. I already have an obsessive compulsive counter cleaning problem and Black Galaxy would have sent me way over the edge! I do polish a lot though because super shiny is way prettier than water spots.
Back to the island . . .
Don’t forget to look at sinks. And while you’re at it, you may as well check out faucets as well. I’m sure your old faucet just won’t cut it when the new granite arrives. Here’s our fancy schmancy new faucet.
I have always hated our golden oak cabinets and once we decided that we were giving ourselves granite countertops for Christmas, I knew it was time to ditch the golden oak. I read up on all the different processes and … Continue reading
Our adventures in renovating our cookie cutter home in Suburbia starts with our kitchen remodel. Eventually, we’ll move on to other rooms in our front-to-back split home, but the kitchen will involve several posts. I will also be learning as I continue to post and become more adept in the world of blogging.
Here are some of the projects involved that will be detailed in future posts:
- Transforming golden oak cabinets with gel stain (and lots of patience and sanding).
- New granite countertops purchased from Nebraska Furniture Mart.
- Installing new mosaic tile backsplash.
- Painting cabinet hinges to match purchased oil rubbed bronze hardware using spray paint and RubNBuff.
- Adding beadboard to the island & painting the island.
- Giving the stools a makeover with gel stain, fabric and nailhead trim.
- Installing new pendant lights for the island and a new ceiling fan.
- Painting & RubNBuff-ing existing light fixture to match.
- Painting outlet covers to match tiles backsplash
- Painting the walls a lighter shade of butter yellow.
- Photoshopping in the new stainless appliances that I can’t afford yet!
For reference, here’s what out kitchen looked like before.