3.11.2012

Our Kitchen: Basic to Bling

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
Picking out the back splash was a little bit agonizing.  We spent at least an hour staring at glass tiles but I think we made a good choice.  We wanted a light color for the counters to contrast with our dark cabinets.  Mj found White Kashmir Granite on the internet.  It can be really hard to tell from pictures but we liked what we saw and Home Depot carries it so we got to see the samples there.  We've been watching Renovation Realities on the DIY channel and we think a more fitting name might be Renovation Nightmares.  We are not DIY people so we decided on the granite color, bought our sink and our back splash from Home Depot and then turned it over to the pros.

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.


19 comments :

  1. I LOVE, love, LOVE it!! It look fantastic and I think that was so worth the money. A nice kitchen you love is a must!

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  2. It looks incredible!!! Wow!!! You picked the perfect backsplash and granite countertop!

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  3. It looks great! Great choices!

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  4. Bling is RIGHT! That granite is the perfect offset and the back splash looks like it was worth every cent! I love making a house a home <3

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  5. $2600 well spent! It looks AWESOME!! One of Ryan's friend's who recently built a house used those same horizontal tiles in one of their bathrooms...I am LOVING those and cannot wait for our kitchen reno this summer!!!

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  6. oh my gosh it looks so so amazing!!!! you must be just wanting to hang out in the kitchen all the time now :)

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  7. Looks awesome, great choices!

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  8. a kitchen that you like being in is important! looks awesome!

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  9. Money well spent, I'd say-it really looks good. What a difference granite makes. I like the raised bar as well!!

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  10. It looks amazing, I love it!!!

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  11. Very nice!! I wish I had the courage to do such a project.

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  12. It looks so lovely! In lovin you for an inspiration...the backsplash is gorgeous!!

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  13. WOW!!! Your kitchen looks absolutely amazing!! What a great transformation.. love the backsplash you picked out!

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  14. This looks so great; congrats on a job well done!

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  15. What a beautiful kitchen! And really, what an amazing deal. Here in LA I think prices are far too inflated. I remember getting an estimate to re-do our kitchen in our old apartment and I nearly died at the $30k price! Needless to say, we moved instead. :)

    Love the backsplash!

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  16. such a beautiful remodernation

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  17. How did you guys add on the raised bar? The kitchen looks absolutely amazing!

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