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

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!

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time,

Kitchen Design - Our Choices

I'm happy to say that we've made most of our selections thanks to two wonderful kitchen designers, Thomas Phillips at The Home Depot in Johns Creek and designer April Hill with US Installation Group.  Thomas and April made the whole process very easy. 

Thomas helped with the design and explained all of our choices and made suggestions we hadn't thought of.  He educated us in all our different cabinet and countertop choices.  Thomas made suggestions that will actually expand our storage space.  April came out to measure twice, once in the beginning and then after the design was created to make sure everything would work.  There are still a few changes that have to be made but we are very excited about our decisions and can't wait to show you the final plan.

Now we wait for final pricing although we have gotten a ball park and I think we'll be ok.  We've decided to let Home Depot (US Installation Group) do the install but the plan is still to have my son-in-law do the demolition. 

Now for our choices...

This is what we call a design board in the interior design world! Can you see the new kitchen?

1. We chose the Linden cabinets by Thomasville from Home Depot in white.  We love the clean look.

2. We're keeping out existing brushed nickel knobs but will purchase matching pulls for the doors. 

3. After bringing home lots of samples of both granite and quartz, we decided to go with Black Night Granite. Who knew there were so many different shades of black!

4. We can't wait to get our stainless steel undermount sink. 

5.We still haven't decided on the backsplash but it's between white beadboard or white subway tile.  Either way, my son-in-law will install after the kitchen install is complete.

6. We decided to add a stainless steel slide in range and a stainless steel microwave.  Both are by Samsung. Know anyone interested in an almost new white Kenmore over the range microwave?  We have one to sell!  I also ordered a new stainless steel front panel and handle from Sears for our existing dishwasher.  The refrigerator will remain white.

7. We're changing the wall color from yellow to a medium beige (Behr Ranch House) for a more grown up look!

8. 24" stools for the new bar.  I found this one on

9. We're going to paint the back wall with chalkboard paint.  Rust-Oleum makes one.  Can't wait!

Next time, I hope to have all decisions made as well as our time line to share with you.  And of course lots of pictures!

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Until next time,