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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kitchen Update! We have a Counter, Sink and Faucet!

March 11, 2013 counter-top and sink installed
This has been a long process but we are finally about finished.  The counter-top was installed on March 11th, the sink at the same time and then the faucet and new garbage disposal was installed on March 13th.

I still need to sand, and paint these filled holes from the old handles and I need to paint the trim along the floor.

This photo makes the counter look pink, but it is the color of the one below. I took these pictures early this morning and we have overcast skies so the sunlight was not coming in from the skylight like it usually does.  My kitchen has a lot of natural light sources and I rarely need to use the overhead lights throughout the day.

I like the way the granite trims the back splash on the windowsill.  When we had a tile counter the window was always getting splashed with water, the new faucet helps too because it is so high and the sink basins are deep.

I love my new faucet! We chose one that looked like an old hand pump from Moen, called Wetherly.

My granite guy found this sink out of New York, it is really deep and perfect for all the vegetables I grow. New York must not have a water shortage because I couldn't find one like this at the local home improvement stores.

I need to find a stainless cover for the overflow, this one is from my old sink.  I found one at Home Depot but it didn't fit, I will contact Moen and see if they have one or shop the salvage yards.

 I still need to organize what will be on the counter but front and center is always my coffee!

My next project is painting the rolling island. I wanted to find a dark amethyst color to go with the granite.  The red color is supposed to be a dark red Chipotle color but it came in really red and not at all like the color swatch from Behr paint.  I finally took a dried Pasilla Pepper with me to the Home Depot and had them scan it for color. It came out perfect, a nice purple chocolate color. The one in the middle is the color I will use. Then I may do some sort of artwork on this end, or I may add a towel rack or something.  

Dishwasher is finally back in.  At first we weren't going to put tile under it because I was not sure if it would clear the granite, after making some adjustment to the feet, we went ahead and had the tile installed.  

I am still deciding on a back splash, may or may not do it but for now my Sedona Sun will greet me when I am cooking.

 Another project waiting is this wrought iron grill.  I picked this up at an estate sale a few weeks back for $33.00; it is an old window guard but this will be my new pot rack, not from the ceiling but hung on the wall above the granite. I still have plans for the opposite wall that doesn't have any cabinets.  I found a nice old cabinet at the local antique shop but it was priced at more than I wanted to spend so I will keep looking.

Happy Spring and Happy Cooking, Gardening and Estate Sale Shopping!


  1. Your new faucet looks awesome! It's huge, and the style integrates with the kitchen sink. Did you find it difficult to install though? We've replaced our faucet recently; it's kinda different from the ones we usually install, so I've searched for a video tutorial first before I went with the installation. Better be prepared, right? :)

    1. Darryl, I had a plumber install the faucet and new garbage disposal.

  2. Let me guess. You planned for a light theme color for your kitchen, no? The shades you used was fantastic. Everything looks clean and elegant. The faucet and the sink fit with the countertop and even with your stainless appliances. I find the counter most fascinating. I wonder why you chose that design. It's as if I’m seeing a huge layer of cookies and cream, which is very nice. Haha!

    Robbie Marinero @ TNT Tile & Marble Inc

    1. I never thought of cookies and cream, that is funny. If I remember correctly the granite was named Cafe Cream, so you are right in there with the colors. I chose this slab because it has some sage green in it. This is not showing up in the photos though, but when the light from the window is just right, it glows with a pretty light sage color.


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