A Big Project Has Begun

1.13.2020

To my surprise we have begun a big project in the kitchen. I knew we were going to do this pretty soon, but not this soon. We went to look at stone slabs last Friday just to see what's out there and one thing led to another and we are now in full on kitchen counter replacement mode,  Of course that means also the backsplash, sink, and faucet are getting replaced, too. Am I excited? Yes, yes I am! 

Years ago we replaced our first kitchen counters with the granite we have now and I have loved it a long time, but after painting the cabinets white a few years ago the counter looked dark and dirty so I have been longing to lighten it up. I was leaning towards marble and would have gone in that direction even knowing the upkeep of it, but then I saw this quartzite slab below and I knew it was the one. It is called Sea Pearl and it has beautiful veins of gray and golden browns running through it. I didn't know the difference between quartzite and quartz until it was explained to me. Quartzite is solid quartz from the earth and quartz is a man made product and you can certainly tell the difference between the two. I have no issue with the man made, but I love the movement of the real deal. 

I wish y'all could see the many colors in this. My phone does not do it justice. We will need to use more than just one slab, but this place will only charge me for what we use. Some places charge you for each slab.


I have loved the granite composite sink we have had ever since we put in the granite so I decided to go with this type of sink again, but in a different color. Instead of black I chose Truffle. It's going to look so good with the quartzite.
My hardest decison was the faucet. I started to just keep the one we have, but I want to switch to this bridge style and that needs to be done now when the counters are installed so the right amount of holes are drilled.

Of course before the pretty happens there is the mess! The backsplash had to come off so it was demoed over the weekend. I loved that tile and was sad to see it come off, but I will pick out something nice.

The tile was taking off the sheetrock so he just took it all off.

Then new sheetrock was hung.


I went tile shopping and this hexagon tile is a very strong contender.


Now I need to call the stone fabricators and tell them I'm ready for the templates to be done.
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Hope y'all have a fabulous week!

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25 comments:

  1. So exciting Kim and messy too, LOL! I have quartzite in our beach home and love the look of it and the sheen! Looking forward to seeing your updated kitchen.

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  2. Oh, so happy for you, Kim! Looking forward to following this exciting project!

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  3. Hi Kim, We just finished a kitchen renovation. I am so impressed that you got all that done over the course of a weekend! We went with quartz and love it! Added a grey glass blacksplash to give a pop of color. And, upgraded to Kohler and love it. The photos are on my blog under projects! Yes, the template is a big step! That's awesome. Cant wait to see the after! laura

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  4. What a nice surprise! Looking forward to seeing your new kitchen countertop and backsplash. Can you provide the name of the company where you purchased your slab? I have a small kitchen and need less than 2 slabs as well. Thanks for the info!

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    1. If you re in the Atlanta are it is AA Granite and Marble on Steve Reynolds Blvd. in Norcross.

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  5. It took a while for me to get used to types of stone but now I do fine. We have it in all of the house. We have it on one small portable table that can be moved about the rooms a needed for serving or other duties. Stone does require care but probably no more than is required for other surfaces. It has true beauty and will last for ever. In fact it become more beautiful over years of service.

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  6. We just redid our kitchen and installed quartzite that looks similar to the one you've chosen. Beautiful!!! We also live in metro Atlanta, and spent several Saturdays at the stone yards over in Norcross and Gwinnett. You will be amazed at how much lighter your entire kitchen will look.

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  7. KIM, WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE THE NAE OF THE STONE YARD OR COMPANY YOU USED IN THE ATLANTA AREA. THE ONLY ONE i KNOW OF IS IN SAVANNAH. THANKS!

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    1. We are using AA Granite and Marble in Norcross on Steve Reynolds. They have slabs there and also can send you to other stone yards to look at more.

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  8. Ohhh... all the components looks so pretty! I chose quartzite for my kitchen, a beautiful stone called Paul Klee. It's about 5 years old, and last summer a small hairline crack developed in front of my sink, and now it's quite large and ugly. I've had a hard time getting anyone out here to repair it. (They really want to replace it with quartz, but that's not going to happen.) Some different installers have told me it is how the stainless steel sink was installed that caused the crack. I would encourage you to talk to your installers and make sure they know exactly what they are doing to avoid this issue.

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    1. The reason I chose this company is because they have been doing this for a very long time and they do a trick under the stone around the sink to keep that from happening. So sorry yours is cracked.

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  9. Hi Kim,
    I am liking this so much. What a beautiful choice you have made. I cannot wait to see this all done and installed. Don't you hate that you have to have mess before the beauty. It will be well worth it.
    Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  10. Holy guacamole, that's going to look fantastic!

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  11. How exciting for you! I had no idea there was a quartzite! It sounds like a good way to go. I am sure it will all be quite beautiful when done! I love the Truffle for the sink.

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  12. Thanks Kim for the company info. I live about 45 miles from Norcross, so I can visit their showroom.

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  13. This is so exciting! I know it will all be beautiful too. I am happy for you!

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  14. Yay! I remember you mentioning a couple of times that you wanted to replace your granite and now you're doing it! I know it will look fabulous.

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  15. Can't wait to see it! You're going to have so much fun with this re-do. Enjoy!

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  16. Beautiful choices Kim. Looking forward to seeing it when it’s done.

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  17. Oh, how exciting! Your slab is gorgeous! I will definitely follow along for your renovation since we want to redo our kitchen. Ours will probably happen next year. Have a great week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  18. We currently have a one thing led to another to another to another, going on at my place and to be blunt... I don't know what the helll I'm doing! Picking out things is not my strong point, and picking them out and having them all work together, well I usually strike out. I'm going to google quartzite right now because I'm curious of the upkeep on that as opposed to all the other stuff out there. One day I want something veiny, one day I like the contrast of a wood, and another day I'm all in for concrete counters. It won't be as beautiful or as well pulled together as you do, and I am 100% confident it won't move along as fast as yours!

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  19. Kim, this is so exciting! Love your choices! I have had a granite composite sink for 7-8 years and I love it! I would definitely go that route again if we ever get to redo our kitchen.

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  20. That's going to be so pretty! The last place I lived had quartz (manmade) counters and I loved them. They seemed pretty much indestructible. Can't wait to see your completed kitchen.

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  21. So excited for you, Kim! Your choices are gorgeous! How long have you been in your current home? As I recall, it's been quite a while. It's fun to make changes - especially those that we really love. Looking so forward to the big reveal!

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    1. We built this house in 1995 so next October will be 25 years. Lots of changes and updates over the years. Thanks!

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