Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Counter Attack

It has finally happened! My counter tops are fully installed! I am going to do a few touch-ups and redos before I post a new "Kitchen Tour" picture page but for now... Let me just show you the final before and afters! 

The initial look of the kitchen in 2008: 


And after my second remodel of the cabinets back in 2010/2011:



My absolute favorite part!! How it looks now:


Bahhhh I can't even get over how holy-crap pretty these are! I seriously sped home as fast as possible from work so I could hang out with my counter tops! (Though ignore the over flow on the bar area. It was a catch-all during this process.) Remember last week when I pointed out that funky spot under the end of the bar? It was a big ole gap but now! It is fully filled in and I even added tile wallpaper on the right side of the counters instead of getting an end chunk of countertop, I think it looks better.


Even the cat liked em! Actually she got caulking on her fur. Which she wasn't a fan of. Therefore she had to lay on the counter until I served her properly and cleaned it up. 


Here's a run down of the things I kept from 2008 and the things that are new. I have to say so far this is one of the biggest impact projects I've done so far!

New vs. Old:

  • old hardware, just spray painted with oil-rubbed bronze.
  • old cabinets, painted with crisp white paint. (Does require maintenance of paint but worth it)
  • old sink. Just a couple repairs and it was solid again.
  • old stove. It works, it works for me.
  • new counters!
  • new back splash. I used tile looking paintable wallpaper by Allen Roth from Lowe's. The old stuff was twenty cent bathroom tile.
  • new fridge and dishwasher
  • new wall color
  • new switch plate and outlet covers
  • new light fixture (might update it again though, that one was $3.00 on clearance but it is rather modern for this space now.)
  • new window covering

Now I just have to figure out something for the "L" shaped bar area. I thought it'd be fine with the new counters. But now... that looks trashy compared to all the other remodel work I've done recently.

Here's really the only picture of it I have: 

The problem is the strange shape of the counter. To buy a piece of laminate that matches and then chop it up just seems ridiculous. It would cost a lot of money. I'm sort of thinking to take some wood and build a surface. It has to be relatively light since the cabinets aren't the most solid things ever.

Here's a couple images for the overall look I'm thinking:




Obviously those are a little fancier than what I would probably go with. But I think the contrast is nice and would keep the cottage feel of the house and add some desperately needed character to my house. "Do all things with character!" 

For instance I found an example of someone doing their entire counters with wood and then staining and sealing, I think that could look awesome!


I am excited to update that portion but one big project at a time is probably for the best. Not having countertops and microwaving dinner in my dining room wasn't my favorite experience. 

4 comments:

  1. They look amazing! I want to come rub my face all over them! The whole kitchen looks so much more updated and Meaghan-ish now. I really like the idea of using wood for the bar counter. I think that would look really good. I'm planning on making a wood counter for our laundyr room (like that last picture), so if you could finish that project immediately so I can copy you, I'd appreciate it! hee hee!

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  2. This look amazing! The before and after pictures are incredible! :) I have read tutorials on people painting their counter tops to look like granite or something fancy - like with multiple colors and sponges and what not. Here's one tutorial - http://www.creativekristi.com/video-tutorial-how-to-paint-your-countertops-to-look-like-granite/ I've always wanted to do that but our counter tops are already nice, dang it! :) You should do that and take lots of pictures so I can live my experience through you :)

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  3. So, did I miss this; what type of countertops are these? They look really beautiful! Love them.

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    1. Thank you! They are actually just stock laminate from Lowe's but they were the slightly higher grade ones. Worth the extra cash! :)

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