Our Big Kitchen Reveal

We're finished!!!  I thought it was time to show you our finished kitchen.  We just love it!

Do you remember what it looked like before - right out of the 90s?

Here is the plan in case you forgot...

As you can see, we stuck to our plan fairly well.  One change included the color of the granite.  We choose black pearl from Premier Surfaces where we were able to pick out our actual slab.

The bar stools were a steal from Ballard Designs Outlet.

The white subway tile from Floor and Décor was a real bargain at .21 tile and we used delorean gray grout from The Home Depot.

What do you think of our chalkboard wall?  I have to give all the credit for that to my son-in-law Alex.  I designed it but he executed it.  Unfortunately I don't have the patience it takes and I can tell you it takes some patience!  The grid lines were purchased for just $10 from Leen the Graphics Queen and worth every penny.

Finding a good chalk pen proved a challenge until I found this one from Bistro at Amazon.

Here are some before and after pictures for you to enjoy...

One thing we didn't plan on was how much darker the kitchen would be with the black granite and the black chalkboard wall.  Instead of undercabinet lighting we decided to go with recessed lighting with LED dimmable lights from The Home Depot.
Start to finish took less than 4 weeks and we couldn't be happier.  Our kitchen reno project has led to many other projects in the house which I will be sharing with you over the coming weeks.  We now have a first floor that is ready for 2015!
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Kitchen Renovation - Kitchen Design Update

The new kitchen has been ordered! April Hill with US Installation Group came out a second time and checked the plan and a few changes were made.  Nothing major.  Thanks to Thomas Phillips at The Home Depot in Johns Creek making the final choices was easy.  One of the decisions that was made was to bring out the cabinet that sits over the refrigerator giving it a more built in look.

The biggest difference is that the garbage cabinet was moved to the left of the sink and the sink was moved slightly more towards the center of the peninsula.  I think I like this look better!

Here is our final plan...


Here are our final choices...

1. Linden cabinets by Thomasville from Home Depot in white.

2. Satin nickel pulls from Home Depot to match existing knobs.  They come in two sizes.  Since I'm not sure what size, I bought both the small and large.  I always do better with a visual.

3. Black Night Granite from the Home Depot.  This is a beautiful black granite that we stumbled on accidentally at a different Home Depot.  It must be in limited supply or special order since they didn't have it on the list.  But it is available and in budget!

4. Undermount stainless steel double sink by Revere from the Home Depot.  The biggest decision was whether we would do the smaller side on the left or the right.  I chose the left. 

5. We still undecided on the backsplash.  Since my son-in-law is installing, we'll wait until the kitchen is installed.

6. New stainless steel microwave and range by Samsung.

7. New wall color

8. 24" stools for the new bar from Amazon.com.

9. Chalkboard wall - more on this later.

We cannot wait to get started.  Here is our timeline...

Cabinets should be here in about 4 weeks.  Once cabinets arrive, installation is set up (usually within 10 days). As soon as cabinets are in the granite people come out to create a template.  Then we wait hopefully not more than 2 weeks. 

We decided to have the sink temporarily hooked up while we wait for the new countertop so we will have a make-ship kitchen of sorts.  Don't worry I'll share our experiences and lots of pictures.

And how did we do as to budget?  Well I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the final price and we should come in at or slightly under budget!

I look forward to sharing the experience with you!

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Until next time,

Today is National Ceiling Fan Day

Today is National Ceiling Fan Day.  Did you know that?  I didn't until I received an email from Progressive Lighting.  So what does that mean?  For one day we are encouraged to do two things:

  • Turn off air conditioners
  • Turn on ceiling fans

While I'm not advocating that you turn off your air conditioner if you live in an area where it is still summer.  Here in Atlanta the temperature is expected to reach 82 today. But I will be running my ceiling fans.  Ceiling fans consume far less energy than air conditions so that makes them good for the environment and your wallet.  Did you know that operating a ceiling fan can cost as little as $1/month?

Well ceiling fans have changed.  Take a look at some of these beauties I found...


And if you've forgotten which way a ceiling fan should spin during summer or winter, here's a reminder...
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Until next week,