Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kitchen Renovation: Week Three

We finally made it to week 3 of our kitchen renovation. Weeks 1 and 2 went by surprisingly fast, especially since week 2 was mostly just a waiting game. See the details on week 1 here and week 2 here.
Week 3 was full of exciting steps towards a finished kitchen. Check out week 3's progress day by day:
Day 11 - Surprise, countertops!
We didn't have anything on the schedule until Wednesday (Day 13 of the renovation), when the countertops were supposed to be installed so you can imagine my surprise when the project manager called mid morning Monday to let me know countertops had been installed. I couldn't wait to see them! They also installed our under mount double sink so that was a nice bonus. Having the granite in early also meant the rest of the schedule could move up, meaning we might actually finish earlier, which is definitely exciting when you're in the middle of a renovation. Check out the countertops - aren't they gorgeous?
Kitchen Renovation 
Kitchen Renovation
Day 12 - Fancy faucet:
Day 12 brought us the installation of our fancy new faucet. You would probably be surprised at how hard of a decision a faucet fixture was. There are plenty like what we chose - the single piece with integrated handle and detachable head for flexibility and spray functions - and they each had a style of their own. We ended up agreeing on this model after debating several options. Who knew a faucet could be so complicated?
Check out the new faucet: 
Kitchen renovation project
We also had a disposal installed, which we didn't have previously. I'm so happy to get rid of the little mesh drain "catcher" we'd been sporting since we bought the house so we didn't send food down the drain by accident. I hated that thing!
Day 13 - Back Splash Fun:
Remember all the back splash ideas I shared (see them here) when we were planning and picking finishes for our renovation? Now you get to find out what we chose! Drum roll please......we went with a herringbone pattern using smooth subway tile! Here is the inspiration for that:
Herringbone tile pattern
 We wanted something with a little modern flair that wasn't overly busy since we already have a bright orange kitchen. We also wanted to keep it light since we have the dark cabinets, so the herringbone pattern in a creamy subway tile was the perfect fit. Installation was scheduled to take 2 days, but the tile crew finished in 1...another day taken off the schedule was fine with us!
Isn't the herringbone backsplash beautiful?
Herringbone tile pattern
Here's a close up of the detail:
Herringbone tile pattern
Day 14 - Shiny, New Appliances:
Day 14 marked the beginning of a civilized kitchen again: Our new appliances were installed and we were ecstatic. As part of the renovation, we opted to get new appliances. What we had inherited when we purchased our home were old, dated, but functioning at least. We felt new appliances were the icing on the cake of our new kitchen. After a lot of research (Consumer Reports became our best friend.), we chose Samsung appliances. Their refrigerators rank very high as do the other pieces, so it was a fairly straightforward decision for us.

We love the custom built-in refrigerator:
Kitchen renovation project
 We also opted to do an above-the-range microwave instead of a countertop unit. We'd had an above-the-range microwave in our first home and loved it. Part of the reason was it really opened up a lot of extra counter space, so it was an easy decision to add one during our renovation.
Kitchen renovation project

Kitchen renovation project

Day 15 - Ceiling Painting & Lights:
When we swapped our fluorescent fixtures for recessed lighting, it left some nice holes in the ceiling. These were patched but the ceiling needed to be repainted so it all matched. That was done on day 15. We also opted to add one more recessed light at the far end of the kitchen, just past the refrigerator. It was like a sad, dark black hole before we added the additional recessed light.
Kitchen renovation: recessed lights
We also were really excited to see our new eat-in kitchen fixture installed. We loved the design of it and felt it was a nice fit with the other finishes in the kitchen. It also was just a relief to get rid of the existing fixture - let me remind you of the original fixture so you can really appreciate the new one. Original fixture:
And the new fixture:
Eat-in kitchen light fixture
 Big change huh? We love the new fixture. We'll be donating the original fixture. Someone will love it I'm sure. Maybe a diy-er will think of something amazing to transform it.

Well that wrapped up week 3. What did you think was the most impressive change? Countertops? Back splash? New appliances?

Stay tuned for a reveal of the entire refinished kitchen very soon!



  1. Replies
    1. Thank you - can't wait to share pictures of the finished product!

  2. Well done! This kitchen renovations design looks fantastic and I'm very impressive by designs and color combination of this kitchen. Wooden work is also very nice. This is best idea for my Kitchen Designs Sydney. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. This is an inspiring transformation! I love your preferences. From the countertops and backsplash up to the lighting and fixture, they look tasteful! Did you hire an interior designer for this project? I am positive that this is one area in the house that every one in the family now loves to hang out.

    Gabrielle Jeromy @Majestic Renovations

    1. I'm so glad you like it Gabrielle! We did use the help of a design firm - they guided us along the process but let us pick all of the finishes so the finished product really fit our style.