Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Kashmir White Granite Is Installed!

After 5 weeks without running water and a working dishwasher in the kitchen, the countertops were finally installed last week!  YAY!  (washing dishes in the laundry room sink was getting OLD...)

*If you would like to see the progress of my kitchen remodel in its entirety (and for sources) click here


Here is the new farm sink, bridge faucet and honed Kashmir Granite! (try to ignore the ripped up old tile, the tile man is coming to install on the 17th!)

The honed finish on the granite is GORGEOUS and has a really great feel to it as well....we were lucky and were able to get very white and gray large slabs without much garnet in them so they really look like marble but without the upkeep so that is awesome!

Here is a good shot to show you how we ripped down the 2 bar top and how it really opens up the space and sure lightened it as well!  The kitchen seems so much bigger and brighter now... (can't wait for dry wall and tile backsplash)

Here is a shot of the island with the larger slab on top.  It is really nice because there is now an overhang on the back and the side for extra seating and hanging out in the kitchen, just what we wanted!   The cabinets still need to be glazed, and originally we thought the wine fridge would go where the dark original cabinet is located so it isn't painted, lol.  We later decided to place the wine fridge next to the real fridge, so our painter will fix this when he comes for the glaze.

Here is where the wine fridge ended up and it works out much better!

Here you can see the overhang on the back of the island and my new double countertop stool with knife pleated slipcover!  It is made of washable and durable ivory denim and the bench is super comfortable!  Great place to pull up and have a snack or a glass of wine.

Here is another wide shot of the lighter and brighter kitchen.  The black stool will be repainted, the tile will go up on the 17th, the cabinets will be touched up and glazed and then the hardware will go up.  After seeing how the polished chrome bridge faucet really dolled up the sink, I can't wait to see how the pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware look!

Here is a glance back at my kitchen before the refacing...

you can see the 2 bar top we eliminated in this pic too

pretty dark and seemed smaller, 
no one wanted to spend time in here

remodel in progress.....

We still have a ways to go, but the bright side is that we have a working sink and dishwasher, so the kitchen is now back to functional!  Stay tuned!!!

24 comments:

  1. Wowza - love it. And I dream of having that sink one day (yet another sign of being an old lady).
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  2. Looks so great!!! Love everything you've done!

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  3. There absolutely IS upkeep with Kashmir White -- I have it; the honed as well. It is extremely porous and you MUST seal it religiously. I'd suggest educating yourself on poltices (pull stains from granite) and stay on top of whatever it is you place on your countertops. Knowing the stains is crucial if you want to keep your countertops looking as they do now. I have about twice the Kashmir White as you in my kitchen (wasn't a reno, but a custom build), and it's magical. I cook and bake daily and really USE my kitchen (versus people who just want to LOOK like they cook/bake and have a pretty kitchen), so my countertops (and dual fuel viking) have to be workhorses. Just take it from me...the "oh, aren't they so perty" attitude can get you into some trouble if you're so naive to think they'll stay that way without a lot of work. Just some advice.

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    1. Thanks Elissa! Yes, we are well versed on this granite, especially since it is honed. It has had a powerful 15 year sealer applied and is on a regular sealing schedule so that will be taken care of for us. Thankfully, I am really NOT a cook unless you count the crockpot, so I'm not too worried. I will def keep my eyes open for any stains and their origin for the process of removing them, for we do have a toddler and another baby on the way. Thanks for your advice and input!

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    2. It sounds like you're on the ball, then! One thing I learned is that whenever I do get a stain (sealers are known to fail -- even the best ones) and need to make a special poultice to draw it out, I have to re-seal that area. And crockpot cooking is still cooking! Just make sure you place a silicone (or other non-absorbent) trivet/protector of some such underneath the crockpot because I learned the hard way with my own ; ) Congratulations on the new baby and new kitchen!

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  4. Oh it is so stunning!!!! I love how open it is now!! You've made some lovely choices. As always, your sense of style is amazing. Enjoy your new beautiful kitchen!!! Even if as you say you are not a cook, enjoy drinking wine in there. ;)

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  5. You mentioned that your cabinets were "refaced". Did your painter use a special kind of paint??

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  6. LOVE IT! Looks gorgeous. We did a major kitchen/family room/powder room remodel this summer and lived in our unfinished basement washing dishes in the laundry sink for 4 months!! But so worth it in the end. I did a farmhouse sink and bridge faucet, too. My granite is called delicatus - which is a little darker with black in it, but grounded with ivory, taupes and grays. The cabinets are white. I love the lighter look in your kitchen (and mine)! You will be so excited to celebrate the Holidays in it :)! Enjoy!

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  7. Everything is looking great Will you share the pain color on your cabinets? What kind of glaze will your painter finish them with?

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  8. We have Kashmire White granite and LOVE it. The only thing I'm really cautious with is oil/grease that can stain, but other then that it's held up really well and I cook all the time! We're still working on our kitchen reno, but you can look at it here if you like:http://www.swooninteriors.com/search/label/Kitchen
    Love what you did with your cabinets-we didn't have anything salvageable, so had to get new. Saving up for some RH hardware too-they have such a nice selection!

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    1. Janna -- we also have Kashmir White (honed). I commented above. If you get olive oil/grease on your countertops, simply make a poultice of plaster of paris mixed with clear acetone to a very thick peanut butter consistency (enough to cover 2" beyond the perimeter of the stain) and seal all four sides to the granite immediately with Saran Wrap and 3M Blue Tape (must be this kind of tape). Just MAKE SURE there's no heat/flame source on such as an oven/dishwasher/candle because the acetone is extremely flamable. Leave it on for 24-36 hrs. so it dries and pulls the stain out. Then wipe with damp cloth. Whatever stain is left will continue to disappear once you've removed the poultice. Works like magic. You can also try baking soda and water, but it's not nearly as effective. Make sure to re-seal the area whenever you've used a poultice to draw out a stain. Good luck!

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  9. So, so pretty! It's nice and bright. So exciting!

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  10. I have to admit, when I read that you were re-modeling your kitchen, I thought to myself, "What?! Her kitchen is already gorgeous!" But, seeing these pictures side by side, I have to say I am really impressed and amazed at the difference. Yes, your "before" kitchen is still one that I think any one would envy, but the changes you've made make it absolutely magazine-worthy, in my opinion. That sink alone is to die for. Die! Can't wait to see it all complete! :-)

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  11. Love your new kitchen! I would also like to know the brand and color of your cabinet paint please.

    Thanks!

    Michelle S

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  12. Shelli I love it! The original cabinets I am sure were gorgeous, but I love that you went ahead and painted them since they weren't your style. I hate the "why paint perfectly good ____" argument. Because it's *not* perfectly good and it's my house! Bravo, girlfriend. Looks amazing!

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  13. It's so beautiful, friend. I just love it. What a transformation. The countertops are stunning.

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  14. Loved your colors and texture. What is the color of your Kitchaid stand mixer...Apple Green or Pear?

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  15. Gorgeous!!! Love seeing the progress! I want those countertops!

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  16. Beautiful! Whats the new color for the cabinets? I love it

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  17. this looks like it came out of home & garden magazine! I LOVE THE GREY & WHITE, and the sink is a great feature!

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  18. It looks absolutely FAB Shelli! I love the lighter colors. They make the space look larger and more inviting. I also love the bench seating!

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  19. Beautiful Kithchen. Have missed you these past couple of weeks. Hope that you and your family are doing ok. Thinking of you.

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  20. What color are your walls in the kitchen? Everything is just stunning!

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