DIY Kitchen: {Granite Countertops: Before/After}

DIY Kitchen: {Granite Countertops: Before/After}

I’m stoked to start sharing the pretty touches to this kitchen remodel!  Seriously, this wood color combined with the contrasting peach colors is making me nauseous!  What possessed this color obsession!?!?  And truthfully, women of this SUPER generation, did you eventually tire of it too and wish you’d gone more basic in the substantial pieces of your home!?!?  Or are you still loving your peach counters and pink toilets?!!?  I’m for real!!  I’m so curious…anyone have answers!!?  I’m thinking a few generations from now they’ll be asking us the same about our chalk paint and chalkboard paint obsession!  And when that day comes, I think I’m going to stand my ground and scream it from the rooftops that it’s still cool!?!?

I do have to give props to the previous owner for lots of reasons, one being this cute raised shelf above the sink!  Awesome detail for a rather practical design era!  I love this and definitely wanted it to be repeated with my new countertops.  Although, I did ask for more of a lip between the shelf and the sink because I wanted room left for soap and lotion.  Check out the spray attachment…high stylin’ it!
One thing that needed to go yesteryear was the countertop’s grooves!  Disgusting!  I’ve told you before that the previous owner must have been immaculate…proof was in the countertops, but I don’t care how much bleach and vinegar you throw down on these counters, kitchen tile grout and I don’t get along!
For this project…yep…we hired out!  It took these two guys four hours to hammer out all the previous tile and several inch depth concrete that originally had been used to secure it.  I can’t even imagine how long it would have taken Stud and I!  I have to say, we probably wouldn’t have been as tough on our floor though…thankfully my stain stick covered the scratches they left when particles flew and their boots grinded the pebbles into my new hardwood floors.  Deep breath…relax!  Progress usually involves a step or two back before you can move forward!  Despite the couple of scratches and them asking for more money three times during the job…really!!?  What’s etiquette in that type situation!?
Under all that tile were sheets of thick wood laid nicely out…that detail was definitely not under the laminate countertops of our old house when we traded it out for granite!  Equally amazing was the fact that the countertops were perfectly even in this sixy something year old house.
Beautiful backsplash…don’t ya think!
And there it is…White River in all it’s glory!  The perfect color and the perfect movement.  I love it!  I don’t know if you deal with indescisiveness ever…I do!  And I have to say that this decision I never have wavered on, which makes me love it that much more.  It’s totally meant to be!
Having loved the kitchen sink we used in our previous kitchen remodel, I ordered the same one again for this house.  I love having a sink deep enough that dishes can be hidden when friends stop by unexpectedly.  Friends you heard it here…I love your visits anytime…just don’t look in my sink!!!
A close up shot of some of the movement…there are areas with a bit more.  I love also how the seams on my countertops are totally seamless!
Check out this beauty…Gorgeous, right!  Next up PAINT!  Enough of our flesh colored cabinetry!

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  1. Deidre says:

    You asked about the colors from the 1950s and I ‘m only 30, but I love them.

    You didn’t intend to buy a 1950-styled house, so please don’t think you’re included in this comment, but I’ve seen people purposely buy one for the other features and then gut the beautiful kitchens and bathrooms. I say, “treat it like a Victorian or other historical house.” If you don’t want olive green or that brown/orange/red? (amazing colored)bathrooms, buy a different house.

    I loved my grandmothers house with the mint tub that wasn’t tall but was somehow deep (kinda like my grandma) and it’s matching built-in hamper.

    I like that you chose a spekled granite– most people would fund that too daring.

    But I’m sick of granite and “stainless steel” (quotes because the back and sides are normally the black material my appliance are only MINE are all-black and cost hundreds of dollars less per appliance)–I’m sick of a world of only beige, white, or black granite.

    I want peach and pink and yellow and green and I like knowing my grandmother’s house was different than everyone else’s; I say “was” because the guy who bought it ripped out the beautiful real wood cabinets my grandfather built (yes, they were the standard 1950s yellowish, with those black, bulky hinges/pulls, but they had a beautiful patina you only get with 60 years of burnt-bottom cupcake smoke. (Grandma always had a butter knife ready to scape the black away)

    Only the new owner replaced them with fake wood-veneered, plywood IKEA cabinets that cost $10k.

    How does fake cost so much?

    So will this kitchen get gutted by the next generation that buys your house, absolutely, and it’s a shame, because it really is a beautiful kitchen you built!

  2. Jackie says:

    I felt sorry for my granite installers … every wall was uneven. they had to cut into my drywall. I love your color and the subway tile is indeed “calming” … Great Job!!!

  3. Love it. We would love to someday update our kitchen too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cristy @ menemini says:

    Looks great, but feels even better, right?

    As far as the hired hands, always get a proposal that states what is included and excluded, and sign it! That way both you, the homeowner and the guys doing the work have a clear understanding of what’s to be done and for how much. This greatly reduces room for “unforeseen extras”
    Sounds like they don’t subscribe to a quality work ethic…they should have either protected the floor themselves or request masking by others!

  5. Denise says:

    LOVE your granite. Can’t wait to see the finished cabinets. I’m sure they’ll be amazing

  6. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    Aimee, Beautiful granite! I love the lighter color of the stone.
    Hugs, Sherry

  7. ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says:

    Hi Aimee,

    I love the granite countertop.


  8. Lindsay says:

    I love this! Your kitchen is gorgeous! I enjoy watching the process of renovating it!

  9. Aimee - says:

    You are so right Jennifer!!! I totally agree! That’s the insanity of it all! LOL!

  10. Jan says:

    I am SO impressed by the scope of this project and you and your husband’s dedication and enthusiasm for getting it done. Things are looking fabulously. I am very much enjoying following long the progress, living vicariously. Wondering – do you hire yourselves out??? Kidding – couldn’t afford you probably 🙂

  11. Cranberry Morning says:

    The change is amazing. I love it! doesn’t even look like the same place.
    As far as painted on chalkboards, I will never be a fan. I have a stack of old slate blackboards – the real thing – and I love them!! I know they’re beastly heavy, but they’re also a great feature of the old country schoolhouses that used to dot the landscape in a bygone era.

  12. Maury Kilgo says:

    I love the little shelf in front of the sink too! Pefect size for a little display. What sink did you get? We’re starting to look at updating our countertops and we need a new sink.