14 Oct 2014

Kitchen Progress: Countertops and Backsplash

We have been SO busy over the past couple of weeks with three birthdays, Thanksgiving, our ongoing kitchen reno, and party planning for the boys' teepee shindig this coming weekend.  I hope you can forgive me if I'm a little more MIA lately.  I'm just trying to somehow get everything done!  I hope all of my Canadian friends had a really lovely Thanksgiving.  I spent my Thanksgiving day cooking Thanksgiving dinner and re-sewing the boys' teepee.  The teepee suffered a little accident and required some tough enough for rambunctious little boys reengineering.  I am happy to say the teepee is finally done and hopefully ready for this coming weekend.

Today, I wanted to share a little on the progress of our kitchen.  It is really starting to look like a kitchen now.  The doors are all in place, but still need a little adjusting in a couple spots.  The biggest change is definitely our countertops and backsplash.  It took us forever to find the slabs we used.  They are statuario marble and they balance both the hubs' and my tastes.  He liked the marbles with the really heavy veining and I prefer a relatively quiet marble.  I find these counters have enough of both to satisfy both of us.  We decided to forgo the traditional backsplash tile and just had a piece of marble cut for the backsplash (which is 20" high for anyone wondering ;) ).  I really like how it goes with the overall minimal look I'm trying to achieve in our kitchen.  Here are a few pictures of the counters and backsplash. 


I'm super happy with our progress so far, but there's still a lot to do/missing:
-floating shelf to the right of the uppers
- adjustments on some of the doors and drawers
- lighting: sconce and pendant (still haven't decided on the pendant!)
- fix the flooring in the opening to the dining room (we enlarged it to allow for flow to the new walkout)
- paint all the walls and trim (I've picked up Farrow and Ball's All White and am excited to see how it looks!)
- move and/or add the pot lights 
- install the hood fan and venting for it
- order stainless steel panels to line the inside of the hood fan cabinet
- electrical (keypad and wire an outlet)
- paint french doors
- decorating/styling (the fun part) :)

I'm really not sure how I'm going to be able to get it all done by the Fall in Love Room deadline, but I'm sure going to try! 

20 comments:

  1. OH sooooo pretty!!!!!! i love it already so much!

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  2. This is just so so pretty. I love that marble you picked out. It is fabulous in your space. Love it Anu!!

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    1. Thanks so much Katja! The marble made the kitchen look so much more finished.

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  3. Aivan ihana. Ja ihana tuo ensimmäinen kuva :)

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    1. Kiitos! Nalle loves to hang out in the kitchen with me - always "vahti-ing" for food. :)

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  4. I adore the clean look you've got going on in our kitchen. The marble back splash and countertops are simply divine.

    char@marshallhousematters.com

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    1. Thanks so much Charlotte. I really wanted to go for a fairly minimal look in this kitchen.

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  5. oh, that marble! I would have thought that I preferred less veining than that, too, but seeing it in there it's just perfect :)

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    1. I was a little worried about the veining at first, but I really like it - there's enough quiet to balance it out.

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  6. Wow, it's stunning! So pretty and I like it on top of your floating shelves, too. Very creative!

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    1. Oh, you noticed! ;) It really made a difference to lighten the top of that piece as well.

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  7. OMG what a dream come true. So pretty!

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    1. Thanks Julia. I really wanted marble the last time we did a kitchen and didn't go for it. I'm so happy we went for it this time.

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  8. I love how the fridge blends in! The cabinets and counters look great!

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    1. I'm really glad that the hubs convinced me that we needed to have the fridge built-in. It really gave that pantry wall a seamless look.

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  9. It looks gorgeous Anu! So clean and streamlined. Scandinavian minimalistic. Well, that's your style. :) You must be over the moon to have it nearly finished.

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    1. Thanks Ina. It's definitely looks and functions better now! :)

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  10. It's beautiful! I love my white kitchen too. Just wondering about the clearances above your gas range- is 20" enough?

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    1. Thanks so much Jo. The actually fan unit is mounted a lot higher in the cabinet (the height that the manufacturer suggested). We are ordering a custom stainless steel lining for the inside of the cabinet/ doors below the fan to protect the inside of the cabinet.

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