When I made the decision to go with Carrara marble countertops everyone tried to talk me out of it. The kitchen designer, the countertop installer, even my mom. I have had my heart set on these countertops for years. Yes, I know marble stains, etches, and shows wear. I'm okay with all of that because that's what I love about it. It's hard working and takes a beating, but all those imperfections mellow out into a beautiful patina. Rather like people do ;)
|at the stone yard- Master Tile Colours in Houston...|
|our honed Carrara marble slab...|
I knew the soffits had to go. The ceilings are only 8 feet, so we needed more vertical space. Once those were out we had our electrician come in and add four canned lights on a dimmer switch. Drywall was next, and then just last Saturday our cabinets arrived. The original cabinetry was a good quality and in 1969 had been custom built in the kitchen. However, the layout of it was a bit wonky what with a recessed pantry to the right of the sink and a wall oven on the other side of the room. So we had to gut it completely. I went with Kraftmaid cabinets in Mushroom (no glaze or distressing). I wanted a very clean look to this kitchen and chose Shaker style on the cabinets. I also made the decision to not have any upper cabinets. There will be open shelving on the wall to the left of the sink as well as the L shaped wall to the right of the sink.
|Looking into the kitchen from the doorway. Notice the ripped out trim- the only solution to getting the oversized corner cabinet into the tiny room!|
|Corner near stove...|
This entire summer we have worked so hard to create a home that reflects the life we want to lead. Now it's time to make that dream our reality.