Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kitchen Remodel Part 2

It's time for another kitchen remodel update. While we have progressed a bit father than the pictures I am about to show you, know that they were taken a couple days ago. So much happens in 3 days time.

Since I last updated you about our kitchen remodel (here), we had our tile floors put in, new counter tops, a massive hole in the wall for our range ventilation system, some electrical work done and progress on our old oven area.

This remodel has amazing and sucky all at once. So many decisions, so many changes and so much work. Yes, we have had more painting projects since the whitewashing the brick wall.

I feel like everyday we come home, something new has happened or been changed. I can't wait for it to be done and I can cook again. Oh how I long to use a kitchen sink again. Ha.

Let's start with the floors. If you remember, this is how they looked before we started.
laminate floors - home remodel
Laminate floors aka the worst

This is how they looked once they ripped the old stuff out.
plywood floors - kitchen remodel

And here is what they look like now.
Emser Explorer Series Paris Floor Tile
Emser Explorer Series Paris Floor Tile

I am soooo in love with these floors. It may have taken 5,000 trips to different tile stores, but I am so glad I held out for these tiles.

Now let's move onto my new counter tops. I had a boring, not modern counter top before and after watching way too much HGTV, I decided I HAD to have quartz counter tops. I did a bunch of research on them and knew it was the best for our family.

This is after the counter tops were taken off and plywood took its place.
Plywood counter tops - kitchen remodel

And after.
Quartz counter tops - kitchen remodel

We had our counter tops installed and it turns out they are the wrong ones. The ones you see above are a Calcatta Classique Quartz and the ones I ordered are a Cashmere Carrerra Quartz. When these were installed, I thought something was wrong, but I was sick and just let it go. Now that I am more aware and did my research, I see that they are completely different. We notified our contractor and are waiting to hear back about a solution. While these are not bad, they are not what I ordered. And the veins are huge. I wanted something more subtle. These babies cost a pretty penny, so I want what I ordered.

As you can see, we had a single sink added in as well. But we don't have our water, faucet or garbage disposal hooked up yet.

Another project that is going on is the addition of a range hood. Prior to renovating our kitchen, we had a cook top with a down draft ventilation system. We searched for a down draft range, but none of them had good reviews and we were disappointed in the selection (ie basically none). So we decided to spend the extra money to have a range hood put in. This meant cutting into the wall, creating a new exhaust system down to the old one and rerouting the old one so they matched up. 

It seemed easy enough until they cut a hole in the wall and took the hood out of the box. There was no way the hood was going to fit in the spot because it would sit too low and stick out way too far. 
adding a range hood - kitchen remodel
See how there is not much room between the "counter tops" and the top of the cabinet.

This is what our Friday meeting was mainly about. In the end, we decided to raise one cabinet up to accommodate the hood since it was only 22 inches from the hood to the range and it needs to be at least 24 inches. We raised it up way more than that since we are tall people and want it to look aesthetically pleasing. 

This also means that now we have to have crown modeling (ugh) and I have to search for a color that I want and a style. Not fun when you are not the biggest fan of crown modeling on cabinets. 

This is what the range area looked like Sunday evening.
adding a range hood - kitchen remodel

The cabinet has been raised and once the cabinets are refinished, the new crown modeling is on, and the hood area is complete, it should look really nice. Fingers crossed.

So as you can see, we are still knee deep in our renovations. Also if you notice in the last picture, we still have no door that leads into the garage. I can't wait for that to be put back on.

We did do the painting project this weekend and I can't wait to show you those results, but I am going to wait until the area is a little more finished. 

Stay tuned for the next update and let's hope we are done soon.

I am linking up with Jenn and Jessi for What's Hap-pinning.


  1. Oh my goodness. I am loving the changes so far!! That floor is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  2. Oh my gosh it's looking so good! LOVE those floors! I am so sorry about those counters, I hope it gets resolved quick! That is so frustrating not to get what you ordered, especially on such a big item. What did you paint this weekend? Are you guys painting the cabinets too?

  3. Looking fantastic! The counters are still pretty despite the mix up but I do know how frustrating that can be!

  4. Renos can be so frustrating but things are looking good. The counters look good but sad they aren't what you wanted! The floor looks amazing! Happy Wednesday!

  5. So frustrating they got you the wrong countertops! That floor is gorgeous though! It's coming along!

  6. That floor is so amazing!! And girl, when we were building our house the same thing happened to us when they installed our countertops. They installed ones that were similar in name, but they looked totally different. We made them rip them out and start all over again because I just couldn't live with the wrong ones. It ended up not delaying our closing date so that was good. Definitely make sure you get what you want because it's easier for them to change them now than down the road!

  7. Looking good so far despite the mishaps. Good luck with the countertop situation and picking out the crown molding, it is tough going now but will be so worth it in the end!

  8. I absolutely love your floors! It's looking great!

  9. Wow! I LOVE your floors! It's so elegant, but versatile at the same time. I do really like the countertops as well, but I totally understand wanting what you paid for. You don't want to settle. I can't wait to see what you decide to do!

    I shared some fall favorites on the blog today!


    1. Thank you so much. I can't wait for all the renovations to be done and I can start using my kitchen!

  10. I don't blame you for wanting what you ordered. Especially with stuff that you plan to live with for at least a decade.

  11. Love the floor. It looks great. The countertop is nice too, but I can understand being frustrated since it's not what you ordered. Can't wait to see more.

  12. LOVE the floor! Keep the updates coming. :)

  13. Your floors are gorgeous! Can't wait to see what it looks like with the right countertop!

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