Hi friends! So many of you have asked how the kitchen renovation is going… well! I have a lot to tell! Not only about the kitchen reno but more things too! Let’s dig in…
I’m sharing lots of new today. So make sure you read to the bottom of the post!
Before we get into the kitchen renovation I want to answer so many of my friends who are asking about ON THE MENU. I think (not sure yet) that I will postpone all new OTM features until after the Christmas holidays.
I just have so many amazing and wonderful upcoming posts about fall and decorating and Thanksgiving and home decor diy’s and Christmas, Christmas, Christmas that I want to share and Monday is a big day for blogging! I just need Monday’s to fit them in!
All my amazing OTM fans can peruse all the tons of menus on StoneGable because there is lots and lots of inspiration here!
Hope all of you understand.
Now let’s talk kitchen renovation! NO styling has been done in the kitchen so it is what it is! These are very “real life” images.
I don’t get into the kitchen too much right now except to get things out of the refrigerator and as you can see some of the cabinets.
The biggest addition to the kitchen over the last week has been the set of cupboards that go to the ceiling. Oh what a difference this made!
Crown molding will finish off the cabinets at the ceiling. I think the additional height of the cabinets gives this very efficient kitchen a lot of “presence”. It looks like a serious kitchen now!
Wednesday or Thursday of this week the cabinet fronts will be installed. The top cabinets have seeded glass as well as the cabinet in the center.
All the top cabinets will be lit as well as the center cabinet. And they will be on dimmers. My hope is to gently dim them in the evening for a little ambiance when we are not working in the kitchen.
Did you notice my farmhouse sink?
I’m sorta madly in love with it! It is a “composite” sink. These sinks were new to me but after doing a bit of research I found a composite sink would work best in my kitchen.
They are quite impervious to stain and bacteria and scratches and wipe up with soap and water. They almost have a “soft” feel. And I just loved all the styles and colors they come in.
And I’m a bit crazy about the color of our sink! It’s called mushroom. I think it adds a nice soft contrast to all the white in the kitchen. What an interesting focal point!
This is the next generation of the farmhouse sink!
All the countertop is going in on Tuesday and the sink will be hooked up right after that. I think of all the things I’ve missed in my kitchen, running water is at the top of my list.
Actually, I’m adding it to the commodities in life I am most thankful for. It’s right up there with air conditioning and flushing toilets!
Okay let’s talk about countertops! We had bit of a mess with them over the last week and a half.
The short story is that is was really no one’s fault! And the fabulous KBE Company doing this renovation is really working their tails off to push this project forward.
This picture will help to understand what has been happening…
A week and a half ago the stone company came to lay down the countertop but it was very obvious the color was not right! The background slab is what they were going to install.
The countertop is Quartz, a man-made material that looks like marble but is so much stronger and stains a whole lot less!
They did not lay the already cut countertop, lots and lots of cut countertop because it became quite clear that the color was wrong! My project manager Jon (amazing guy) had them leave a small counter that fit between my stove and a door. UGH! It was u-g-l-y!
It was beige and looked muddy! In real life the differences between the countertops is quite pronounced.
The countertop we chose is the one marked “original”. Very different, right?
Here’s what happened. Now I’m not a stone expert so I’m explaining it in very layman’s terms.
Quartz is run in slabs like its real cousin marble. Apparently, there was a darker run of slabs created before the light colored quartz I chose. And some of the colorants were not completely flushed through the machines to create the stone. So it permeated my white slabs.
Since the stone company had to make this right I took the opportunity to head back into the company with the owner of KBE and take a second look at the stone I chose.
Well, sometimes things work out for the best! And I actually, found whiter quartz with some veining that I think will work better than the original one I chose.
And I even changed out the bevel edge, another miscommunication!
So really, it was a blessed and amazing do-over!
I hope I feel the same way on Tuesday!
Sometime this week our backsplash is going to be started. This is the real-deal Calcutta marble. And the grout will be light. Because it is not being installed on a work surface it can have a protective coating put over it so splashes wipe off.
Off topic here, but you can really see the color of the mistake countertop here.
I love Calcutta marble because it white color.
It has some gray tones in it and also some golden tones too. I call my house color palette white and blond so Calcutta marble fit so well with the rest of the colors in our home.
And since our how has such an open floor plan it is important that everything works together!
I chose a basketweave for its classic styling and movement. And if I am anything I am a classic decorator!
The kitchen is being renovated with longevity in mind. Although I love the two-toned kitchens and the gorgeous moody blues that are so popular right now, I want this kitchen to stand the test of time and look beautiful.
I’ll keep you posted on Instagram. Go HERE to follow along.
In other BIG news, Bobby had COVID! Bless his darling heart! We think he probably caught it from a patient. I just could not talk about it until now. So upsetting!
He was very very sick and I was quite shaken because he never gets sick!
The good news is he fully recovered and did not need hospitalization because it did not go into his respiratory system! Praise the LORD!!!! And I do!
We had to be self quarantined from each other in our home for two weeks. And I could not take care of him. That was the hardest part.
But like I said, Bobby is fine and back to work and doing very well now! Only a tickly cough remains.
I’m so thankful for the prayers of my family, friends, church family, and Bobby’s co-workers who lifted us up and brought us food and more! THANK YOU!
I was tested for COVID and did not get it! What a blessing.
So things are rolling along in our altered state of normal! The whole COVID thing really has put all the other craziness of the renovation into clear perspective!
And I’m saving the best news for last. We have a new addition to our family. Our son Christopher, daughter-in-law Abigail and granddaughter Emma Kate welcomed a new little life into their family!
His name is Bailey Law Pratt. He came into their arms and our family by a different route! And we love him all the more for it! Adoption is a wonderful, life-celebrating gift!
Little Bailey Bear we are so happy you are finally here! You can see a little of his journey to us on my personal Facebook page HERE.
Christopher and family are finally home and we saw this darling little family yesterday and they are so happy… and so are we!
Well, that’s it for the big news lately! And here’s what I know. God is good all the time!
And I am grateful to Him and to all those who love us! And I’m so grateful for you too!