Counter Tops – In progress

If you want to see the before and after pictures for the counter top project check out this post.

 

I am so happy with my kitchen now. I love the  way the counter tops turned out. They were surprisingly quick, relatively easy, and super affordable.  

 

The question I get asked most often is, “Weren’t you scared you would mess up?” My answer? “Uhm… you really can’t get ANY worse than pink.” 

 

Seriously. The primer was a huge improvement. Don’t believe me? You’ll see soon enough. 

 

Step one was to choose a granite sample that I wanted.

 

That part was pretty easy once the cabinets were done. We initially thought we wanted Baltic Brown which is shown below (with the tile back splash I have not yet installed)

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Looks nice, right? But check out this one with the cabinets: 

 

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I was sold as soon as I saw them next to each other. 

 

Then I just had to really pick apart the granite sample and determine what colors are in it. I went to Micheal’s and picked out about 8 different colors of craft paints. 

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Now that the clear coat is on, I have some favorites. The silver shimmer REALLY pops and looks amazing. As does the dark grey. 

 

I got a water based Kilz primer and a water based polycrylic since my craft paint is water based. It’s a good idea to stick to one or the other (water or oil) for all of your coats, since water and oil don’t play well together. 😉 

 

I started by removing everything from the kitchen and scrubbing the counters down with Krud Kutter. (The same stuff I used for cleaning the cabinets- this stuff rocks for cutting through grease!) 

 

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Then I taped off the walls and cabinets and covered the floors with old sheets. Because I chose water based products clean up was a breeze, but better safe than sorry! 

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I was SHOCKED at how many coats of primer it took to cover the pink. I did 4 coats!! 

 

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It was easier to paint around the sink without the faucet there so I enlisted Leon to remove the faucet…. It wasn’t easy…. and he wasn’t thrilled. But we are both happy to be done with that old faucet.  

 

 

 

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Remember how I told you the primer was an improvement?? Now you see???  

 

 

 

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Four coats of primer later…. 

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Ahhhh… it’s soooo refreshing to be DONE with the pink. 

 

The next part was fun. I grabbed my craft paint, some paper towels and felt like Picasso. 

 

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I found that the key to a granite- like consistency was to dab the counter with lots of paint on the paper towel (don’t be stingy) and to do lots of layers of the different colors to add depth. I found that I loved the silvery- metallic colors the most so I almost wish I had used them more. It’s hard to tell when you are doing it, because it looks different once the top coat is on. The top coat makes all your colors pop and look glossy. 

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So, Leon has this obsession with black. He wants everything to be black. Black walls, black light switch covers.. I think he would have painted the counter tops black if I had given him a choice. After I was done with the counter tops, I went to replace the white outlet covers and he says. “Those would look cool black.” And for once, I agreed! 🙂 

 

So I grabbed my can of gloss black spray paint, (because who doesn’t have a can of black spray paint on hand at all times?!) and painted them black. I think he was right on this one. The black outlet covers complement the black in the counter top and I think it looks rockin’.

 

 

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Ugh… my iPhone makes some of these pictures look yellow… I assure you…. they are not yellow! 

 

 

What do you think? 

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Bye Bye Pink!

Remember the pink counter tops in my kitchen?

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Guess what. The pink counter tops are GONE!

In the words of Montgomery Gentry:

Gone like a freight-train, gone like yesterday 
Gone like a soldier in the civil war, bang bang 
Gone like a ’59 Cadillac 
Like all the good things that ain’t never coming back!!!! 

Come on. Get up, do a little celebratory dance with me. It’s THAT exciting.

Want to see what my kitchen looks like now?

Well…..

Here is a picture of the granite sample I fell in love with:

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Don’t get too excited… We can’t afford granite, and I’m a little too “do-it-myself” to spring for granite right away. (We are still saving up for it though!)

Nope, I painted them!

I got my inspiration from Creative Kristi.

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hehehe I love using this picture ^ 

Alright… so…. I’m eager to show you the end result so I’m going to show you the before/after pictures in this post and I’ll do another post for some in process pics so I don’t get too picture heavy.

Are you ready?

Are you sure?

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Before….

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Drum Roll please…..

After:

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Poor lighting makes this look yellowed in the picture- it doesn’t look that way in person.

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Bathroom updates!

We have been dealing with having a gaping hole in our bathroom since we moved in. It drives me nuts because Chewie keeps jumping into the wall and we have to dig her out. 

 

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The REASON we had a gaping hole in the wall is because we had the old tub removed… 

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So here we are….six months later…

 

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Sigh. I know… I’m terribly lazy. I had grand plans to do this myself but then I got distracted with other projects and things and just couldn’t make myself buy the HardieBacker. So, we paid someone to come and prepare the walls for me. 😉 

 

So NOW we are here! 

 

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We have walls!!!! WOOOHOOO! 

 

Having walls not only prevents Chewie from climbing into the walls, but it makes this bathroom remodel seem more manageable. My goal is to have it done before we leave for Aruba again in April. Since I really only do things like this on the weekends I think this is a reasonable time frame. I have some ideas… What do you think..

 

I bought my shower curtain (actually, I got two and am going to hang them both, on opposite sides, like window curtains). 

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And we’ve decided on tile colors: 

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The black is “Absolute Black” (it has little specs of shimmer in it) and is granite! It is beautiful. Imagine the black with the glass mosaic accents and white grout. 🙂 

 

I love the colors we’ve chosen because I can chose any pop of color and change it out whenever I get bored. I can decorate with red towels, candles and pictures and when I’m bored with that, I can choose blue or green or purple… and all of those colors will look amazing with black! 

 

Then, I’m going to use the cabinet transformations on the cabinets to give them a face lift. 

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They will be the same color as the kitchen cabinets. We are also going to get new fixtures for the faucet and bath/shower head. 

This is our guest bathroom and will be an oasis for our guests when I am done with it. 

Going tomorrow to buy all my supplies. Can’t wait to get started! 

 

I’m thinking about taking down the huge mirror and replacing it with two framed mirrors but it’s literally glued to the wall. :-/ I’m not thrilled about that. Each time I’ve had contractors in here they say, “I will try not to break the mirror, but if I do, I’m not liable for it.” and I think to myself… “Break it, break it, break it.” Sigh. No luck. 

 

 

Sorry for the lapse in posting… I’ve been a slacker.

January was a very busy month for us. We had a great New Year, worked around the house a little bit, and visited our family in California.

We took Noel and Karen’s newest toy out for a spin….

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And we went to a comedy show…

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I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen quite a bit too. 😀

I made Pesto Chicken Pizza :

(Recipe from: Pampered Chef)

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Dessert Pizza:

(Recipe from:So Rumbly In My Tumbly)

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Smore’s Cookies:

(Recipe from: The Girl Who Ate Everything )

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites:

(From: Stephanie’s Kitchen)

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And I made a Mickey Mouse cake to celebrate Kathy’s (my mother in law’s) birthday in December:

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Now that I’ve made you hungry…

We took a pretty big break on the renovations in January… the only thing I really did was the floor thresholds. I could have purchased the Pergo ones that went with the floors but they were insanely expensive. Instead we went to Home Depot and bought thresholds that were bare, untreated wood.

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These thresholds were about $4 each. They had little holes in them because they were intended to be screwed into a sub floor  Because we tore up everything down to the concrete, we had nothing to screw these into, so I filled in the holes with wood putty and turned to my handy silicone to secure them.

Leon helped me cut each threshold down to the appropriate size for each doorway and then I sanded the untreated thresholds down, chose a stain that matched our floor, and applied a few coats of stain and polyurethane.

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In the photo above, the threshold on top has about 6 coats of the stain and the others have  only 1-2.

Here is a close up of the finished product:

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Then I just applied a liberal amount of silicone to the floor and allowed them to dry for about 24 hours.

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And here is what they look like now:

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You’d never know they were home-made!

More to come!

January