If you’ve seen the sneak peaks on Instagram, you probably know that our kitchen was finished this week! When I left off, the cabinets had been painted, new hardware was installed by me, and the counters and backsplash were just itching to come off…
Come off they did!
We hired Wainwright Tile here in town for the job. I got quotes from Lowes (which would have required a lot of DIY and unknowns) and another local tile shop. The other tile shop never called me back despite multiple attempts to contact them, so Wainwright was our clear winner. They did an amazing job!!
The concrete was suppppper heavy and had to be carried out by two guys. So many dings and scratches!!
Missing kitchen sink
We always ponder doing things ourselves but in the end decide it’s better to let the experts do what they do best. Hiring out the demo cost us extra, but I am so glad we left it to the pros! As it turns out our counters were not level, so they had to do some extra carpentry to put in more supports for the new counters and level things out
Our sink was poorly caulked the last time and the crud in the seams drove me nuts! I had tried all kinds of cleaners and scrapers, but the gunk was stuck in the caulk.
Just imagine my smile as I was cleaning this bad boy to a shine!
Of course while this was all happening we were kicked out of the kitchen again for a few days, but just twist our arms to go out to eat won’t ya! We had breakfast at the bakery, lunch downtown and dinner at Citizen Burger Bar. Had this reno taken more than a few days I would have set up a temporary kitchen and shared some creative ways to eat. But since we only had to evacuate for 2 days at a time, we just found fun things to do outside the home. With restaurant high chairs that didn’t need to be cleaned.
The next morning at 9am sharp our beautiful quartz arrived
And in a matter of hours I was in love!!! Bulky seams be gone! We have two seams in the new counters, but you have to squint to see them they are so tight. Albemarle Counters fabricated the quartz and they did an amazing job as well.
When it came to choosing a new countertop material I had my heart set on quartz since the first time I googled “most durable countertop.” Since my biggest complaint about our previous counters were the chips, scratches and dings, I knew I wanted something that would last for the long haul. Quartz is resistant to stains and scratches, it’s easy to clean and it can tolerate moderate heat. It never needs sealing and it’s nonporous so you can use anything to clean it. I also wanted something totally sleek and modern with a bit of sparkle.
Thus, we chose Caesarstone’s Quartz Reflections (#7141) which is mostly white, slightly gray and has little sparkles throughout. It’s actually really similar to the countertops we have at the bakery.
Shortly after the counters went in Wayne went through and put some mud on our old backsplash damage to smooth it out. The kitchen immediately started to look amazing with all that brown gone! Shout out to Wayne, the owner of Wainwright, who kept watchful eye over every step of this process!
We had the weekend to fall in love with the counters before they started on the backsplash on Monday.
For the splash I knew I wanted a seafoam blue subway tile. I’ve studied enough kitchens on Houzz (have you seen that amazing site!?) to know that I loved the clean, fresh, beachy look.
We chose an Architectural Collections line called Cadence Collections in Seaglass in a 3×6 subway glass tile.
The color shifts anywhere from blue to a Caribbean green depending on the light
The took two guys an entire day plus some to cut and hang all the tile. Glad I didn’t DIY this one!
Yet another day they came back to grout. For a tiny second we debated going with a grout color other than white, but I just couldn’t do it. #whiteobsessed
And finally…………..the finished kitchen!
Love how my yellow radio pops against the tile!
Remember the 1” seam jump between the wood and concrete here? Now it’s a smooth workspace in all directions.
Flashback to before:
And after –
Who is excited to do some dishes? ME!