Last week I introduced you to my plans for my kitchen renovation, and now it’s time to start getting into the nitty-gritty of the real construction. I’m sharing this room transformation as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home blog, and I’ll be showing you our progress over the next 4 weeks, ending with a completed and entirely transformed new white kitchen. The photo above is a reminder of where the room started, and this week we’ll look at replacing the kitchen counter for dramatic impact.
I need to add at this point that of course we’re not gutting our kitchen or we’d never be able to complete it in this short period of time. Instead we opted to save a boatload of money by making the fewest changes as possible, yet changing those things that would offer the greatest impact. To that end, while I really would have loved to replace all of my black granite counters, we chose to replace only the island, as it’s dominant position in the center of the room would offer the most bang for our buck.
I’ve been wanting this renovation since the day we bought our house a year ago, so I couldn’t have been more excited when they came to install the new counter. This was the very first step in the plan, so I eagerly cleared out the kitchen and happily anticipated the ripping out of this first big item.
I’ve worked with this marble company before (they did our butler’s pantry last year) and they were quite efficient, so I visited the yard a short time ago to select my slab and they templated and were ready to install just a week or so later. I was in awe of how quickly the old slab got removed. (We saved it in the garage for a possible future bathroom counter.)
In addition to the island counter, I’ll also be changing my backsplash, so they removed the 4″ slab that was part of the lower backsplash. This piece drove me absolutely crazy as it broke up the line of the backsplash and I was thrilled to see it finally removed!
We were lucky when the thick piece of granite was removed that it didn’t ruin the perimeter counters that will be staying in place. I’m anxious to see the rest of the backsplash gone, but that will be done by the tiler, so it will have to wait for another day.
Above you can see the new slab in place and the beginnings of a lighter room. The space still looks quite dark, but I know where we’re headed and so I try to look only at my new white slab.
I selected a white quartz with a calacatta marble look. The material was chosen for its performance and durability and for the way it visually works with my upcoming backsplash.
I’ve always looked past what was actually in this kitchen and seen what was in my head, so the lighting I’d added when we first moved in will work much better with our new lighter look.
This one simple change is only the beginning but it already makes a pretty big impact.
I love to look at the kitchen with this tunnel view below, where I can only see the counter and the white pantry and silver appliances behind it. It’s the closest I can come at this stage to approximating what the final result will be. Stay tuned next week when we’ll be replacing the hated floor!
To see the full plans for the renovation as well as the inspiration for the space, you can visit last week’s post HERE.
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