It’s beginning to look a lot like

A Kitchen!
We had a couple of big days here at the Kitchen Reno ~
The counter guys showed up bright and early Tuesday morning with a trailer full of Bee-U-ti-Ful granite. Such excitement!
Counter Install-3
It turned out to be a longer than expected installation – and they even had to go and get a new piece – but that’s the challenge of installing a new anything in an old house.
Counter Install-5
Counter Install-6
Hmm….if we get it to line up on one side, there’s an inch gap on the back side. Quite the puzzle.
Counter Install-1
Then there was the peninsula slab – now that was one big heavy piece of rock! Unfortunately, the overhang curves weren’t right and we were afraid the whole counter would have to go back. Gulp. But not so :). These guys carry all kinds of tools with them, and recutting and bullnosing and polishing a couple of corners was well within their grasp. The glitch on the sink side of the counter was not so easily fixed, though, and they did have to go back to the shop to get a new piece after they tried to fix the gap problem.
Seams were joined –
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and edges polished.
Five hours later, the kitchen had counters!
Counter Install-8
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I’m happy to say that the little piece over on the refrigerator (spot) wall did not present any problems whatsoever. 🙂

But while the counter guys were busy figuring out how to make the granite fit, Gary was busy on the other side with the water heater project. After finally getting the chimney pipe (remember, that 3/5 concentric vent) down the chimney, it was time to get that baby operating. He decided to move it to the chimney wall to make that little teeny tiny closet just a tad more useful, and by the end of the day, we not only had hot water from the new tankless water heater, but Lara also had a designated Vacuum Cleaner Closet.
New Closet
OK, so you have to imagine the closet walls and door, but I’m sure you get the vision!
And did you notice that the hall decoration (aka old water heater) has been removed? Now that was a delight to behold to those of us who have been squeezing by it for the last month!

Once we had counters, it was on to plumbing! By the end of Wednesday we had a working sink, garbage disposal, cold water filter and dishwasher.
sink faucet
The dishwasher isn’t quite installed just yet, but close enough to do a load of dishes for sure!
So, what’s next?
Well, today Gary is trial fitting the large pantry and bookcase that goes in front of the Vacuum Cleaner Closet.
Tall cabinet
This picture was taken a couple of days ago – but perhaps you can see our problem. Even without the kickplates installed (which will make the entire unit 3 inches taller) there is that door cornice molding that will definitely be in the way of actually opening the upper cabinet doors. We haven’t totally figured out the fix, but Gary’s on it, as we say. Problem has been identified, and resolution will be forthcoming.
He doesn’t want to actually install the cabinet though until we do the painting behind it. And we’re still not quite sure about the color. Lara did decide on the backsplash tile – a great mosaic with lots of neutrals to work with –
We’ve tried four different shades of green (the last two are still in the running), a nice gray-blue, two shades of mocha/latte and even a deep wine color (ruled out pretty early, way before she decided on granite color and backsplash). Right now she’s going between a lighter or darker sage green or maybe that blue gray. Of course Jo (she and hubby Roy stopped by to see the progress) just said – have you ever thought of a deep gold? AAAAAHHHHKKKKKKKK…..
Help!!!!! We’re open to suggestions!

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed –
It’s also beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
One day and a wake-up!

3 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like”

  1. Consider putting the backsplash tiles “on the diamond” given that you have a grid in the window and door that predominate.


  2. Chip –
    Ach – you’re two days too late! We considered diagonal for the flooring, but budget constraints had us laying it straight. The backsplash is already up – and we went with the traditional layout. I’m sure the diamonds would have been a great touch. Maybe next time around? 🙂

  3. Twas just a suggestion…I am sure it looks absolutely amazing all put together! Kudos to all for their hard work and thanks for letting us tag along for the ride via the pics.

    Happy New Year!


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