New counter tops, led to new painted cabinets, led to new paint on the wall, led to new eat-in area. Makes me very happy!
The original counters were 1990 ceramic tile and GROUT! Gross grout!
We had them replaced with Colonial cream granite. You can see the granite search story here.
I wanted light and bright colored granite. This one is perfect. And of course cost a bit more, because it seems everyone now wants light colored granite. Lucky us!
The cookbook area became the morning coffee area. Much less groggy, half awake walking to find the creamer and a shorter distance to the sink to fill the coffee pot with water. Yep, we are old fashioned that way, no single use coffee maker for us.
We also extended the island and counter above the sink. Increased our counter space tremendously. I can now get a stool under the island on one side.
I know you are checking out the absolute black island slab. That was one of my last stands. The granite guys wanted all colonial cream, I wanted the black island to kind of anchor the whole kitchen together. With lots of stainless steel and black it really pops. And is a nice calming effect as you look around the kitchen. I found lots of examples on Pinterest, so I knew it would work.
I use a lot of black in decorating. Black shutters, black mantel, pretty much a touch of black in every room. Black shutter project you can see here.
We thought we might have to replace the tumbled marble backsplash, but it blended perfectly.
A much needed new cook top that is super easy to clean. (except when I take a picture and leave crumbs all over it) Even with crumbs it looks so much better than the old one below.
Hubby let me totally choose everything. He is great like that. I went from a 50/50 sink to a full deep large one. Love it and it just perfect for twin grand-daughter's to fit in for bath time.
I painted the cabinets with Annie Sloan "old white" paint and a light coat of varnish. They are so much brighter now, I reused the black knobs. It took two cans of paint and one container of her varnish.
I sold the oval black kitchen table and purchased new chairs and I already had the zinc table. Empty nesters only need two seats. And when we have the entire family over we really do use the dining room.
The "new to me" kitchen is everything we hoped for and more. Up next, my favorite things.
faucet - Kohler
cook top - IKEA
lamp shade - Tuesday morning
chairs - Homegoods
zinc table - Pier One
small chandy - Ballard Designs
vintage stool - Round Top