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  1. That’s a pretty slab, with that vein running diagonally.
    You make me glad I didn’t go with black granite when I did my kitchen (I ended up with red marble).
    Why don’t you like the floor? In the photo it looks like nice terra cotta tile.
    Can’t wait to see the new backsplash!

    1. Thank you! As for the floor, what I really hate about the tile is that it’s a dull drab color that seems to suck the life out of the room when you enter. It’s actually a mood killer for me. It’s not real terra-cotta and so it lacks the richness and warmth of that tile. It’s also an incredibly dark foundation for the space which also drags it down. I’m curious to see what you think when you see the new floor… 😉

  2. You are off to a grand beginning! The new countertop is fabulous!

  3. The new counter top looks great! I can already see your new kitchen in my head too! Those chandies are going to look fab in the redone space!

    1. Thanks, Nancy!! It’s funny, my family can’t necessarily understand my vision until they see it, but I know you can! 😉

  4. Lory, gorgeous and Quartz lives up to its name. We have it in our new home and you can do anything to it and I mean anything. Items straight from the oven goes on top. If you cut on the service with a knife nothing. We don’t do that on purpose bad for the knives but you can. Spill anything on it, perfect. I use Windex vinegar to clean and perfect. Love this stuff.

    Your chandeliers sparkle over top of the Quartz.

    can’t wait to see the progress.


    1. Thanks, Cindy, and I’m so glad to hear that! I really agonized over not going with real marble, but ironically, the real deciding factor was that the color actually matched the marble backsplash tile better than the slabs they had available. But the performance issue was a major part of the choice as well… 🙂 Thanks for following along!!

  5. It’s a beautiful slab, Lory! You’re going to love your new kitchen and I for one can’t wait to see you style it!

  6. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    It’s wonderful that there are some beautiful choices out there that look like marble. Can’t wait to see the rest!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth!! The slab was probably the one thing I was most unsure about, so it should be smooth sailing from here… 😉

  7. bobbi duncan says:

    I can just hear the excitement in your post. The quartz is beautiful, and a wise choice in an area that gets so much use. These little tidbits are so fun-just makes me so excited to see what’s next lol! We still haven’t gotten to our backsplash–hopefully, by spring. We’re in the mist of painting the entire interior, among other projects. Seems there’s always something to do. This is when I wish for that adorable little cottage.

  8. My kitchen has always had white cabinets, but at one time we had black granite on the counters as well. It showed every single spot and I didn’t like that…..so when we replaced with what we have had since our last remodel I was happy. I always wanted white…but I can’t win on some things with the Mr! Looking forward to your next steps.

    1. Yeah, I would have preferred all white, but most of the work I do on the island, so it should be a big help… 🙂 Our black granite is black galaxy, so it also has gold flecks in it, so not only does it show spots, but it also makes it impossible to clean crumbs. Drives me nuts! But I did have the fabricator seal the granite while he was here, so it’s much easier to clean than before.

  9. The new bright color is great on the island. I am sure you are enjoying it. I can’t wait to see the progress!

  10. Your new quartz countertop looks more like marble than any other quartz I’ve seen! I wonder what the brand is. When I got new countertops awhile back, there wasn’t any quartz that looked enough like marble to suit me. Quartz was out of our budget anyway. I got the Formica 180 fx calacatta gold marble laminate. The edges bug me a little. I really like your straight edges on your quartz much better than the edges on the granite you replaced. I really like your butler’s pantry so I’m looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen!

    1. Thank you, Lucille! Yes, I agree about the straight edges. If I could have changed the ogee edge on the black granite I would have. I don’t know the name of the quartz maker because we bought it from a local marble yard. But so far I’m very happy with it. Still would have preferred real marble, but it just wouldn’t hold up as well in the kitchen… 😉 Thanks for visiting!!

  11. I am getting ready to replace my black granite with a similar look so this was really helpful as I am not one who can visualize very well. We are leaning toward quartz over quartzite as we want something very durable and doesn’t need sealing as we use our kitchen a lot. Do you find the quartz durable? I see the one post that indicatesshe puts hot pans on it with no problem which I really like.

    1. So far the quartz has been awesome! I always put hot things on it. Not sure what it will look like after 10 years, but so far very happy… 🙂

  12. Roxanne Bernard says:

    Your kitchen remodel was my inspiration when we remodeled our kitchen during the pandemic. I was unhappy with the granite I had selected years ago but my hubby was adamant it was staying. Our budget couldn’t justify throwing away thousands of $$$ in granite. Everything else in the kitchen was torn out. The company that removed and reset the slab suggested a different, but compatible, piece for our huge island. Bingo! Now I love all the granite! I also removed the 4” granite backsplash and used a similar marble as yours to tile from the countertop to the bottom of the cabinets. Every time I walk in my kitchen now I feel so happy!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that!! There are often tricky ways to solve our design issues for far less money than we might think… 🙂

  13. Your before kitchen look exactly like mine with one exception-my cabinets are oak. I picked it out and loved it when we built our home but 10 years later, not so much. The black counters are way more trouble than expected, with every fingerprint or drop of water requiring I pull out the daily cleaning spray not just daily but a dozen times a day. Your redone kitchen is beautiful and exactly what I want. Thanks for sharing.