Kitchen renovations, wow! It’s only been a few weeks since we started this renovation, but I sure have learned so many things. This was suppose to be a February project, and if you notice the date on this blog then you’ll see how that timeline is working out for us. Since we’ve done everything ourselves except for expose the brick and drywall, this process is going at a very real life speed. I do projects during the day when my boys are at school, and sometimes in the evening if I find some extra energy.
So where are we at now?
This wasn’t in the plans, but in the end this may end up to be my favorite thing we did. We knew there was a chimney here, but in our basement it was painted white, and we were hoping that wasn’t the case here. That morning we were scheduled to have our drywall done, but I decided we needed to check on this brick. If I didn’t, I was going to wonder the entire time. Needless to say, best decision we have made so far in the renovation.
The removal of the drywall by the brick, and the adding of new drywall was done by CLE Concrete. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a contractor.
I did just say the exposed brick might be the biggest change, but can a new sink also be? Of all of our plans this was Matt’s one request, and I was happy to get a new sink. I knew with the space we could go for a bigger sink, but that also meant we would be cutting more granite. While I would never cut granite again (in the house at least), it was a doable project that give us a total wow factor!
The sink is Elkay Quartz Luxe and is 35″ wide in the color ricotta. Swoon. We also paired it with an Elkay faucet in Chrome.
Just call me a tile pro now :p Just kidding! The vision came to life! I found the perfect tile at Mosaic Tile Outlet, and it’s even better than I imagined. I went for a 4×4 distressed tile in a gorgeous glossy white that has so much variation. It’s especially beautiful when the sun is hitting it.
I will have a tutorial and full write up on this coming soon. We still have some work to do before it’s called finished, but this is it’s current state:
And a close up of it’s beauty. Still debating if I want to grout or not, I really am loving this look, and might live with this for a bit before making any grouting decisions.
And finally, some odds and ends. We started wrapping the peninsula in bead board, and it feels so good to have that brown slowly going away! Still need to finish that up, and paint, but it’s coming soon! We also removed the cabinets above the stove, and also the microwave so we can start prepping this area for a new range, range hood, and tile.
That’s all for this week, and I’ll leave you with this current image below. The back of the kitchen is starting to real lighten up, and I cannot wait to start working on trimming out the cabinet on the left, and then start painting! I know once the painting begins it’s going to look so different.
That is all for today, I’ll see you all back next week for another update!