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Kitchen Update: Before and After

Hey ya’ll!

Long time no see. 😉 I’ve been waiting to write another post until I could update ya’ll on our kitchen progress.

Initially, we weren’t planning on changing the kitchen, seeing as how we bought the house brand new at the end of 2013. After living in it for a year or so, I caved and painted the island as you may remember in my Kitchen Island Problem post and my solution here.

The island ended up looking a lot lighter and there wasn’t enough contrast between it and the rest of the cabinets. After a few months, I got fed up and sold it on Craigslist. While I looked for a replacement this little old console thingy sat there covering the wires coming out of the floor so my child couldn’t get to them.

baby island

baby island

It took months and months for us to decide what to do. I knew that ultimately I really wanted to replace the granite. The builder grade granite with that ogee edge just made me sad every time I looked at it. No snooty-ness intended, my job is granite so I know what I like in that department.

I finally convinced Mr. Middle Sister to agree to get new granite and a new backsplash. The ONLY reason we were able to afford this was because all we had to buy was the material. I reckon thats one of the perks of being a granite/marble/quartz/natural stone fabricator. Soooo…..I went with Crema Delicatus Granite, I really-really wanted (and still do someday) Carrara Marble, but our cabinets and walls are cream and Carrarra is white and gray. I knew it just wouldn’t work for this house.

Crema Delicatus Granite

Crema Delicatus Granite

I was debating on sink colors with those two little squares in the front. I ended up choosing a totally different one when I went to go pick up the sink. I ended up with a Blanco Precis Single Bowl in Cinder and I absolutely love it.

Wuv my new sink: Blanco Precis Super Single in Cinder

Wuv my new sink: Blanco Precis Super Single in Cinder

Our old sink was a 60/40 Stainless Steel and it was fine, but now that I have this baby, I’m never going back. Super Single bowl is the way to go. I can fit all my big pans and my kids dishes and more in there and keep my counter free of clutter. It is Aaaaamazing!

We did splurge on a restaurant style faucet. The brand is Danze. It was kind of an impulse buy, which we should be avoiding, but I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon with our frugal living. I need an intervention! lol, j/k. We will soon be forced to get back on said wagon so we can beef up our savings. I love our new faucet and am glad we didn’t keep the old one. I love the single hole in the granite. Our old faucet was two holes and I feel like that would’ve take away from the overall look.

Fabulous Faucet

Fabulous Faucet

At first, I wasn’t sure about it being stainless when our cabinet pulls are oil rubbed bronze. But once it was installed, I got over that real quick. Our appliances are stainless steel so I feel like that ties it all together.

It’s so exciting! Oh one more thing…we ended up having an island made and I stained it myself. I love how it turned out and I am now toying with the idea of putting in a planked wall above the fireplace in the living room stained in the same color. Whatcha think???

Feast your eyes!


I just love it so much!DSC_0210

Every morning when I walk into our kitchen, my heart jumps for joy!


Did I mention our new gray subway tile?DSC_0224

I love it as well.


A friend of mine does tile and she came and helped me with the backsplash. She did a lot of it, but she did teach me how to do it. I plan on retiling the fireplace soon with the same gray subway tiles. I alway have a project to work on. 🙂 I’m toying with the ideas of adding some variations of cabinet pulls and I’d really love to pull the microwave out and put in a range hood made of wood stained in the same color as the island. But, I may be getting ahead of myself here…as usual.

One more pic to show Before and After:

Before and After

Before and After

‘Til next time then. Thanks for stopping by!

What do you think, would you trade out your granite for something else? If so for what?


Out with the hideously ugly, in with that gorgeous copper thing.


I’m beyond thrilled! Last week before the hubs headed back to a land far far away, I talked him into taking down that eye sore that was looming above the island in the kitchen.

This is what was up there before. I, as usual didn’t have the foresight to take a “before” photo. So, you’ll have to use you imagination



Here’s the naked ceiling post-ugly thing. We like to put our ladder on the counter to get things done around here. One of the negatives of having 12ft ceilings.






I spotted this beaut on Amazon a week or so ago, it’s what inspired this wild undertaking.


My heart plummeted into my toes when I spied the price tag on this baby. The repeated ridiculous price I kept seeing was $584. I just simply couldn’t pull the trigger on it for that much moolah. So when it came time to put in the payment info I closed my browser. Not 15 minutes later a little birdie sent me an email with 15% off the light; I tried to haggle for 20% off and settled for a 17% discount. Thrilling isn’t it?!

The day after FedEx leaves it at our front door, here’s pops putting it together. I’m so lucky to have a handy dad to help me when honey-do is across the world.


This thing was super tricky to put together, not that it was overly difficult, just that it turns out all wonky and crooked after you connect all the attaching parts. We hung it up and took a step back and I was immediately worried. Dad made some adjustments and it is looking pretty straight. It maybe still walks with a slight limp. Either way, it is an immense improvement over what was there before.

Feast your eyes.


I’m asking Santa for Statuary Marble counter tops and a subway tile backsplash. I’ll paint the rest of the cabinets DIY. I don’t think the fat man in the red suit will come through but here’s hoping.

Oh, If you are as infatuated with this pretty thing as I am, here is the link to get your hands on one too.

Goodnight ya’ll!

Problem solved, kinda.

Hey Ya’ll,

So over the weekend I painted the island in the kitchen. I ended up going with a totally different color than what I originally was gonna do.

Note the samples below and Maverick photo bombing.


Here are the steps I followed:

1. Remove all doors and hardware

2. Sand lightly: The hubs and baby and I went to Lowe’s and bought a small sander that looks like a clothes iron. It had a lovely little filter contraption on the back that caught the stuff I sanded off. Like this one. It did the trick quite nicely; I used 220 grit sandpaper…or was it 180 grit? You just want to get the glossy look and feel off. Our cabinets are painted with oil based paint so sanding was necessary.

3. Wipe the surfaces down after sanding to get all the gunk off.

4. Primer: I slapped on one coat of primer using a small trim brush and small foam roller brush. Also from Lowe’s; we get a military discount when we remember to show our IDs, which helps out from time to time. The foam roller really gave a nice finish. I bought some all purpose primer the paint guy really talked up. It didn’t work miracles or anything but it did the trick.

Here is the island with one coat of primer


5. After the primer is good and dry, start rolling on your paint. Now for my paint I chose a Benjamin Moore Color: Cape May Cobblestone and had them mix it up in a gallon of that new Valspar Reserve paint. I love that stuff, it really is worth the extra money. I used the trim brush for the corners and crevices and the foam roller for the rest. Let that first coat dry for a good while, then slap on your second coat. Now it probably wouldn’t have hurt to sand lightly between coats, but at this point I had lost my patience and my 9 month old was in his walker pulling what he could reach out of the doorless cabinets. Of course destruction and terror ensued.

Here are the island cabinet doors with one coat of paint, or was that primer…?


Here is the island with one coat of paint. I taped off the floor because I am a mess with edging in small spaces. It was all over the tape. Make sure to run a razor blade along the tape before you rip it up, or you’ll rip your pretty paint up too.IMG_0189

Finished product


I know, the lighting (a to-do and post for another time) isn’t the best, and the dark floor does nothing for that color. But I do love how it turned out! I love that color, I think I want to use it in our 5-year-plan-Farmhouse down the line.


I was surprised at how well it turned out; I almost decided to paint all the cabinets in the house, but then I flew back in from La-La Land and reality slapped me silly. The kid would be all up in those doorless cabinets wreaking havoc.

I am sweet talking my dad into installing a Statuary Marble top on my freshly painted island. He has a granite and marble fabrication company and does amazing work. I’m also dreaming of white subway tiles replacing the current backsplash.

Sometimes I think I’m crazy for changing up things like this in our less-than-a-year-old house; but if I wasn’t a little cray cray, I wouldn’t be me. 🙂

Till next time ya’ll!

In hindsight, extra tips if you are painting your cabinets (these are for you Micah :-))

1. Make sure you sand at least a bit to smooth your surfaces; you can use a sheet of sandpaper or a power sander (small one-see link above)

2. Choose your color carefully!! I suggest getting ideas from Pinterest; I did a search for “gray cabinets” to get the paint names for a couple I liked and see the paint on actual kitchen cabinets. The problem is, their lighting is probably different than the lighting in your kitchen, or the texture of your cabinets may be different, or that color looks really good on their modern style doors but looks plain awful on your super traditional style doors, etc. Sorry for rambling; my point is: you want to make sure you LOVE LOVE LOVE the color you pick for YOUR cabinets in YOUR kitchen. So, save name of the company that makes it and the name of the color and go to Lowe’s and have them mix you up a sample container for around $3. That way if you are trying to decide between 7 colors, you don’t spend a fortune. Tell them who makes the color and the name and they can make it, yes even if it is a Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams Color.

3. Use an all purpose primer, this will mean you have to use less actual coats of paint.

4. Apply paint and primer with foam rollers to get a smooth finish, you can use a trim brush for crevices and edges etc.

5. Get painter’s pyramids to put your cabinet doors on to paint them, it will save you a lot of headache (available at Lowe’s or here is the link on Amazon)

6. Label the doors with a piece of painters tape and a number or letter, do the same on the inside of the cabinet it corresponds to.

7. Take your time; let it dry before you put your doors back on, you will cry when you knock paint off when you hang your doors too early, trust me on this.

8. I used Valspar Reserve paint; I’ve heard good things about Sherwin Williams Acrylic Latex paint but haven’t tried it yet.

9. Sand lightly between coats

10. Reuse your paint trays and brushes by putting them in ziplock baggies and putting them in the fridge or wrapping them in foil and putting in fridge. (If you don’t have room in your fridge, they may still be reusable).

That’s all I can think of for now; I’ll add more if anything pops in my head. Good luck and please share your experiences!

The Kitchen Island Problem

In the words of Peg from Peg + Cat: We’ve got a BIG Problem.  We moved into our new construction house last November a week before we had our baby boy. I like the house just fine, but the colors aren’t really me.

So, last month I painted the walls, changing the drab contractor grade taupe that is on the walls of what seems like every house these days. I went with a cream color for most of the house but chose a light gray for my office/extra bedroom and dining room. I will probably choose the same light gray for our baby’s room and maybe even our bedroom. I haven’t gotten around to those rooms yet.

Anyway, I detest the color of the granite the contractor chose for the entire house. This gives you an idea.

Counter Material. With all due respect to anyone who likes it, I kind of hate it. I’m more of a carrerra or statuary marble kind of gall; I adore white and light gray marble and granite.

counter material

This is what the island looks like currently that beige-cream color is on all the cabinets and trim. It looks ok here, but I promise it has an almost beige element to it. Why can’t contractors use lighter colors. What happened to classic white cabinets?!

current color

Here is one side of the island with 3 coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint on it; I thought this was going to be the way to go, but it was a major fail.

chalkpaint fail

This brings us to this picture of the two samples I’m considering. The color on the left is Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal and the color on the right is Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. I like the Iron Ore better but I’m afraid it will be too dark with our dark stained concrete floors.

These are the colors I am considering for the island. The color on the left is Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore and the Color on the right is Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams.

This should be pretty simple, I’ve painted cabinets before. The problem is that they used oil based paint on all our trim and cabinetry. I’ve never worked with oil based paint before. I’m not sure which process to use to get this island painted. Do I sand it and prime it with oil based primer and then paint with latex paint? I read a blog on Pinterest that suggested doing that and their cabinets looked great.

More to come with the Island Problem!

Cheers ya’ll!