Friday, January 28, 2011

Kitchen renovation might be done by Valentines Day!

I am still holding out hope that my new kitchen will be completely done by Valentine's Day.
Then I will be able to get out my Ruby glass and Milk glass and decorate. Right now I am so loving how it is looking.
I have chosen to go with subway tile but not bright white. The one I have chosen has marble streaks of grey and brown, to bring in the colors in the floor and the appliances. I fell in love when I saw it!

And the small tile that is made of natural stone will form a design above the range area.

  I got a real bargain on the subway tile.
4.19 a SF. Hubbo got the contractor price because after all he is a plumber.
So here are some pics of how the kitchen is progressing. My window is in and I have a temporary sink.
The window still needs trim and there is an arch that will go between the the cabinets and above the window. 
My inspiration notebook is there on the counter board. Don't you hate when contractors put dirty things like a dustpan on the counter. Uggghhhh! I know its not really a counter yet.. but uggghhh.

The real sink will go in the day of the granite counter install. It is a black granite sink that I have actually had for 2 years now and I adore it! So we are reusing it.

And on the other side of the kitchen... Can hardly believe it,Yes this is my kitchen!
The cabinets are all in and the handles just got put on today! Do you remember the before?
We are using poster board for counter tops until the granite arrives, next thursday. I got the cabinets to the right of the fridge in a reduced depth to allow us room for stools at the island. And I am very pleased with how they turned out.
It will serve as a buffet very nicely.

Here is the fridge wall before

Below is a pic of the contractor hooking up our old stove on the other wall, so I can cook until the new stove gets installed, ( after the floor)
Messy huh? 

When the contractors go home tonight I will spring into action making the space usable again,
cleaning and setting up phony counter tops.

 My son makes jokes all the time about our temporary sink and stove. 
He says "I don't get you guys"
"Everyone else lives without a sink until they get the cabinets and granite installed."
And I told him " yeah maybe, but everyone else doesn't have 3 master plumbers living in their household!
Boy... it is like pullin teeth to get them to plumb around here!
That old saying a shoemaker's children have holes in their shoes is so so true!
But all in all I am very pleased with the progression. It is beginning to look more and more like the pics in my inspiration book, every day....
From this  below:

To being Ripped:

The way that wall  is now:  
(door on right is gone and window in dining room is now a door)

We still have a way to go here, with the vent and the arch and I am hoping for corbels.
I had the handles installed so they would resemble vintage vegetable drawer bins.

And I will follow up when the floors go in, and granite gets installed...The new oven gets installed
 ( stainless)...And the arch goes over the oven. yippee.

Here are some of the photos I have been inspired by ripped from the pages of various magazines.
I will do my best to incorporate all the things I love into my renovation.
Inspiration #1
The shelf and corbels over the range... I like the hearth like feel

Inspiration #2 
Love how the counter and cabinet angle, for a soft transition.

Inspiration #3
I love how the Dining Room is right next to the Island so a large group can be all together.
And the french doors and glass cabinets. Also love the combination of antique windsor chairs with a modern gothic like counter stool and granite!

The floor will go in on monday /tuesday.
The granite will come on thursday of next week. Yippee we are almost done.
Joining the fun


  1. Love your kitchen remodel. Which granite did you choose? I am going to be starting a mini-makeover in my kitchen soon so it was fun to look at all you've chosen. I'm keeping my cabinets unfortunately as they are cherry and still in good shape. I thought of painting them but get horrified looks when I even mention the possibility. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more as you finish up. Great job.
    ~Lynn at Cottage and Creek

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