I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. It’s really nerve-racking when your not that great at decorating and you’re forced to choose all the materials for your kitchen months in advance of the renovation. Luckily, our designer has a pretty good eye and could tell what I wanted after we spoke with her for an hour or two.
We knew we wanted brown cabinets…apparently a huge deviation from the white ones that are so popular these days. Call me old school, but I hate white cabinets. So hard to keep clean and just not warm enough for me. Jeff and I wanted a warm, inviting environment and, to me, that meant Italian-inspired.
After we picked out the brown cabinets, we chose the countertops and floors. Speaking of countertops, we should be having them installed this week! Here’s a sneak peak of what that material looks like:
The first tile Carrie, our designer, picked for us was OK, but the matching subway tile was too big for what we were looking for. We poked around the showroom looking for exactly what we wanted and, finally, we found it! It was gorgeous. Cream colored, with brown veining throughout, it was perfect. It had that old world charm and just modern enough to fit what we were looking for.
Tom, our contractor, called me on Thursday morning to talk about a couple things and then let me in on the news: our floors were being installed that day! He told me there would be areas we wouldn’t be able to walk on, but which would be clearly marked. Unfortunately, it was my late day at work, so knew it would be a long time before I saw the results.
That evening, Jeff called me, frustrated. Apparently, they had laid the tile in rows instead of staggered like you normally see tile.
Our tile is like the top left diagram. We were expecting 50% offset like the top right. I was talking with a coworker who informed me that that was an option but we had to specify it was what we wanted. Jeff and I were a little annoyed because we were never asked what our preference was. I told Jeff to pull the contract to see if it specified in there, which he did. Wouldn’t you know it…it says straight in the contract. Actually it says “pattern: none”. Regardless, neither of us remember them asking us what we’d like. Fortunately, we still like it enough. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter if we do or don’t…we’re stuck with it!
They did 80% of the floor Thursday and came back to finish the rest on Friday. They also installed our washer and dryer Friday. Thank goodness because the laundry was starting to pile up!! Three guesses what I did all weekend…
They added door pulls to the cabinets too. I love them! They look silverish in this picture, but they are more bronze-y in real life.
Oh, and they plumbed for our kitchen sink. I’m so ready to not have to do dishes in Jake’s bathroom!
Finally, on Friday, they installed our new sliding patio door. It arrived with a chip in the handle but Jeff called and took care of that in minutes. Our new handle is on the way! I really like our new door. It has internal blinds, which means we won’t have to have curtains in our kitchen!
Two weeks down and two to go, supposedly. Fingers crossed they finish on time! It’s really not a super big deal if they don’t…I’m just anxious to start cooking in my new kitchen!