I owe you a kitchen remodel update. I also owe you a bathroom remodel update, but let’s stick with the kitchen remodel for now. Deal? Thus far, we’ve chatted about our marble countertops, our cabinet installation, and our hardwood floors. And let’s not forget about where we started. Now, let’s talk tile. We went with counter to ceiling white subway tile with delorean gray grout. It’s a lot of tile, but it’s clean and subtle enough that it doesn’t take over the room. The island will do most of the talking in this kitchen, so once that’s in (it’s only halfway installed in the photos), I’m hoping it will steal the show. All in all, the kitchen is a functioning space, and you can see the outline of where we’re going. Perhaps it actually looks like a kitchen?! I was dealing with some mad sun in these photos, so they aren’t the best, but again, hopefully you can get an idea of how things are shaping up…
What’s still to come? Let’s see if I can remember all that’s still in store…
1.) Installation of cabinet faces/hardware
2.) Installation of open shelving
3.) Paint wood windows
5.) Final coat on wood floors
6.) Installation of island – only half is in place in the photos
7.) Installation of butcher block island top
8.) Decor, decor, decor!
Oh yes, and the unpacking of dozens of kitchen boxes is in store too. Ugh. Makes me tired just thinking about it. Sometimes I hesitate sharing these photos as there’s still much to do to make it look like an actual kitchen, but hopefully you can see the potential in this room:).
We chose carrara marble countertops. Are we crazy? Probably so. We just had to have them, despite the bad reputation they have when it comes to wear and tear (here’s a great post from Apartment Therapy on the PROS/CONS of white marble). The question was not did we want marble, but what kind/color did we want? Did we want a lot of white in our marble? Some gray? Lots of movement? The trick with selecting marble/granite/stone is that you only know when you see it. We looked at a number of different slabs like these…
The one on the left has lots of veins, and the one on the right is very grey. Tough call. We actually went with a different slab that has a good mix of grey AND white. It looks like this…
We wanted a good amount of white in these countertops, as our island will be a dark wood butcher block material, so keeping things bright and cheery was important.
And yes, they are honed. Polished marble scratches easier, and we wanted to stay as far away from that as possible! They are also sealed, so I’m crossing my fingers that we don;t have any run-ins with stains and such. I’m sure we’ll have a few mishaps on the counter, but I’m going to try my best to keep it somewhat clean. As for how to clean it, here are a few tips our lovely fabricators gave us (who I swear by – let me know if any of you Portanders want their info – de la tierra, inc.).
Do: Clean surfaces with pH neutral detergent/soap or stone-specific soap
Do: Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing/wiping
Do: Blot up spills immediately; on marble, the polish or hone can be etched by water rings left from condensation on glasses and by acids (e.g. lemon juice, vinegar, etc.)
Don’t: Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners
Don’t: Use abrasive cleaners such as powder/dry cleansers or soft cleansers with abrasive particles
Per usual, I will of course keep you folks updated on how these counters wear. Next up…tile! But not before Christmas….cheers to a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Delight in the magic of the season!
This weekend came and went in a flash. We spent a good chunk of our time over at the “new” house and made some serious progress on our first project. Demo day (err, weekend) was a success and we now have an entire dumpster full of old cabinets, dust and grime. The kitchen already feels lighter in so many ways and it’s incredibly gratifying to finally be able to get our hands on this home and make it ours. I’m happy to report that we made it out of there just before sunset yesterday – just in time for contractors to start their respective duties today.
Before demo day…
And after demo day…
We only had one minor surprise. The last cabinet we tore out unveiled the ceiling of the basement staircase. Not a big deal though – our cabinet guy can surely work around it and you’ll never know it’s there.
All in all, a good first weekend spent in the new house. Many, many more updates to come this week…stay-tuned!