We did the backyard, we did the closet and so naturally it was time for the kitchen. We are all set with our nice appliances and cabinets but the laminate counter tops had to go.
|Basic Laminate Countertops|
|Trying to visualize it at home depot with our cabinet, granite samples and backsplash|
|They actually had to build extra wall to raise the bar|
It took five days when we initially planned for three. We did decide to get back splash at the last minute so I think that did add on the few additional days. They only work through the week so Mj and I had to juggle our work schedules. On Thursday they got to our house at 8:00am and didn't leave until 8pm then were back Friday for a couple hours to finish up. I can only imagine how long it would have taken us if we tried to do it ourselves. Being without a kitchen was inconvenient and they had to shave some granite inside which caused a lot of dust but it was all worth it in the end.
It took about 20 sheets of back splash tile which was way more then I thought it would be for a small kitchen. At about $17.99 per sheet it adds up but when we were choosing it I focused on what we wanted and not the price. If we're going to do it we might as well get what we want.
|This sink is deep enough to hide dirty dishes|
The sink was $375 but once you put it under granite it's not getting changed out so I'm glad we got what we really wanted here too. Slowly but surely I'm learning that while budget is important sometimes you really do just need to get what you want. This is our house, it's permanent and we are already spending the money so why not? Within reason of course.
|Now we need to find bar height stools|
Now that we have raised the counter to bar height we moved the two counter height chairs back to our dining room table and I am looking for two bar height stools to replace them. I'm also planning on putting some floating shelves in that blank space next to the window. Raising the bar height somehow made the kitchen feel larger and has given us a little bit more counter space. Lighter counters has brightened up the space. Thank goodness we found this contractor. He did our crown molding and painting for us last year and he's also doing our floors. He only charged us $2,600 for this entire project; that includes granite and labor. I cannot believe I'm saying the word only in front of thousands of dollars but compared to what others are charging out there this is extremely reasonable. This transformation happened in our own house and I still have no idea how they did it. How did they cut the granite? How do they make it fit perfectly around the sink? How did he build that wall? What a difference new counter tops can make!! Our kitchen went from basic to bling and I'm so happy with how it turned out.