02 August 2010

Cozy Little Kitchen

The kitchen is finally done... and we love it!

Here's a summary of what all we did...
  • lowered the raised bar & installed white Corian counters (extended them a couple inches too)
  • installed an undermount, stainless, tight-radius Ticor sink with grids (which is amazing btw)
  • re-plumbed the sink & into the wall to keep the disposal (Jesse did an awesome job!)
  • put in a Grohe LadyLux3 faucet (the crown-jewel of the kitchen)
  • installed a ModDotz penny-round back splash
  • replaced a window shade with Emma Jeffs' Orba film
  • painted the back door bright red
  • put up a little chalkboard behind the clock
  • added 3 blue Glenn stools from Ikea
  • the Nelson Saucer (ok, that was a while ago, but I still consider it a big thing)
So it's all done now, and we don't regret a thing! We did all the demo & tiling ourselves, and it wasn't so bad at all. The best improvements are the sink/faucet area & that big expanse of countertop on the peninsula. It just feels so much bigger & brighter now! Hope you guys like it as much as we do... :)


Tess, Gilded Days

That's amazing! I'm so envious!


WOW!!! LOVE the kitchen!!!!! Hope you enjoy your new space!


It looks GREAT!!! How long did it take you guys to do?

Sassy Style Cards

Wow you did a lot, it looks so much different and better :)


That is a sweet little kitchen! It's so clean and simple looking, yet cozy and inviting.

Tess Carter

Thanks guys! Glenda- decision making didn't take long- maybe a week or two? We had to wait a little under a month I think for the contractor to get the countertop ready. The demo took a 3 day weekend & the tiling took 2 days (including wait time). It was drawn out by company visiting amid it all, but overall, not long at all!


Beautiful Kitchen ! Wonderfully decorated ~ enjoy and thank you for posting on my blog.
Best to you!


I *love* the backsplash/tiling! How hard was that to do? Great job!

Tess Carter

I was prepared for it to be difficult, as I've heard penny rounds are among the hardest tile to lay, but I didn't think it was a at all! I just took my time & followed the general guidelines you can find at DIY places online. We were able to cut the tiles just using nippers, which also made it easier. I did have to improvise some with the space I was working in- it was SO much easier to just use my hands for the grout!!! I did use the sponge for it- just not the grout float. I was able to use the notched trowel for the thinset, but would have greatly benefited from a much smaller one.


i love everything about it! especially the tile backsplash. i want it. good job!

suzy dickie

You have the coolest kitchen...ever. I love it. You two have great taste.

Lo Christine

Looks fantastic!!


Ooh, can't wait to see it next weekend!


Great job! I loved the blue back splash wall. The colors are happy and fresh all over the kitchen.


Love love LOVE the backsplash!


Well it looks absolutely fabulous!!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

Wow, those penny round tiles are gorgeous! I might steal that idea for my next house!

chrystie the gemini

Wow your tile looks amazing! and I love the color splash of the back door!! Great job guys!
If you don't mind me asking, how long did all of this take you, start to finish? I feel like my house projects just drag on and on. Where you guys done within a week or so, or did you take a month or more?


Love it! Getting rid of the bar made a huge difference!

T @ Poppy Place

It looks lovely :) T.


That looks so good!! I'm super jealous. The backsplash is so great. I'm glad you were able to get it afterall.


I love the sink and the white corian! and of course the backsplash is adorable! you guys did such an amazing job...huge improvement :)


That looks great! So glad everything came together the way you wanted. Love it!


I love it! It looks great!

Pink Dandy Chatter

wow, it's beautiful!! good job!


Looks awesome! That backsplash is so unique..love it, along with the sliver of chalkboard (perfect amount, not overkill).

I love that you photographed the sink with grapes in the strainer and the water running, heh heh heh.

Enjoy it!


Great kitchen, I would love to have one like this!!!

Staci Edwards Design

I love the penny round back splash!


Hi Tess - Your kitchen looks wonderful! I love the colors. Feel free to share the Before + After pictures of your new kitchen on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CorianHome.We also share tips and videos on how you can keep your Corian(r) countertop looking like new for years to come. Enjoy! - Christine from DuPont

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