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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to show you the final pictures of our kitchen. This might take a while so grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy.

First I will start where I last left off. The cabinets were installed and the finish details of the knobs, crown molding and base trim were in place.

The crew had a couple of days before the granite would be installed so they took that time to install all the appliances except the cooktop.

The granite was installed the Monday I was returning from my recent trip so I don’t have any pictures of that while it was being installed so here is the completed granite installation.

The granite color is called Santa Cecelia. The above picture doesn’t do the color any justice so here are a couple of close ups.

A wide view of the granite on our peninsula

A close up detail of the same area

The Santa Cecelia is described to have “colors that fall more in the grouping of gold-gray due to the slight hints of burgundy, ivory and black veins interlaced on the consistent white stone background. I also found this great description of all the colors found in this stone.

Next up it was time for the tile back splash to be installed.

Back splash tile without grout

We picked out Durango Travertine from Mexico in 3″ x 6″ tiles and paired it with Precious Gems Woodland Teak Glass and Slate Medley for the accent color.

Durango Travertine with Precious Gems Woodland Teak Glass and Slate Medley

The Precious Gems accent is described as a “collaboration of glossy and frosted glass with natural slate and quartzite”. We really love how the colors in the accent tiles resemble the colors in the granite.

Cooktop Backsplash Tile Detail

For the cooktop backsplash we used the same Precious Gems detail and paired it with the 4″x 4″ Durango tile. It is framed with Sandgate Antique Bronze Cove Liner.

Finally the cooktop and the glass for the cupboard doors was installed. It took quite a few days to clean all the cabinets and fill them up.

The kitchen looks great mom! When are you going to cook me some treats?

The view from our family room

I love all the large drawers we put in. They are great for holding pots and pans. The best part is that you don’t have to get on your hands and knees to try to drag something out of the bottom shelf any more.

This is a great place to hang out and be right in the middle of all the action.

Besides moving the door and window the biggest change in our kitchen was to remove a small wall that was on the left of the doorway from the family room that you can see above. You can see the wall in this next picture.

Old view of refrigerator

It created a little cubbie that our refrigerator fit in.

Corner where refrigerator used to be

Now there are cabinets that wrap around the corner. Without that wall the entrance from the family room is more open and makes the kitchen seem bigger.

View from the kitchen window

The new window is bigger and lower than the old one and gives us a beautiful view of the back yard. With LED under cabinet lighting the kitchen is very bright even at night.

View from the eating area

We don’t have the table in our eating area yet because Charlie is working on refinishing it. We really love is our new refrigerator. It is a Samsung counter depth unit and the thing we like best about it is there are no handles sticking out. I will do a review of it and our new microwave in another post.

I hope you have enjoyed watching our new kitchen construction. We are very happy with how it turned out. I have already done some cooking and felt it was great to work in. We now have a lot more counter space which makes it easy to prepare meals and work around the oven and cooktop.

I’m still catching up on my blog reading but now that this project is behind me I will have more time to comment. Thanks for your understanding.

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Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. First I want to apologize for not visiting your blogs lately. I was away over the weekend visiting family for a wedding shower and was very busy for a few days before that finishing my gift. I’ve been trying to keep up with the reading but probably won’t have time to comment on many.

Now let’s get on with the kitchen renovation update.

After the tile floor was finished the crew went to work installing the cabinets. I don’t have too many pictures of that work because it was quite a mess with cabinets all over the floor.

Here is a view of the kitchen with the cabinets installed.

The cabinets are Dynasty by Omega with the Ultima door style. The wood is cherry with the sage finish. We have a few cabinets that will have glass installed later so don’t think the doors are missing.

The next step was to have the templates for the granite created.

I was only able to sneak one picture of the man from Rocky Mountain Granite working. If you haven’t had this done let me explain. What he is doing is taking corrugated plastic and precisely cutting them to the size needed. He then screws the pieces together to make one continuous template. You can see the one for the other wall in the foreground of the above picture. Later we will go to their shop and layout the templates on the granite pieces we picked out.

The next step was to install the crown molding, base trim and the knobs we selected.

There was a slight problem with the upper cabinets because they had been installed too close to the ceiling. The crew measured the distance between the lower and upper cabinets to determine the height but forgot to check that there was enough room for the trim. This slowed them down a bit because they had to take all the upper cabinets off the wall and re-hang them almost an inch lower. Being vertically challenged this doesn’t bother me one bit.

Above is where our new refrigerator will go.

Hey mom! When will all this work be done?

The new microwave is installed but not plugged in yet. We are farther along than this post but I will show you more in another post.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here with the next update on our kitchen renovation. There have been a couple of changes since my last update.

While the crew was away for the weekend Charlie (with a little help from me) was able to get the ceiling and walls painted. You can also see in the picture above that the old flooring has been removed. We were hoping that we would have been able to keep our existing floor but unfortunately that didn’t work out. The laminate tiles that were there had been glued in place (even though it wasn’t necessary) so instead of just being able to pop them out they broke when it was tried.

This sent Charlie and I scrambling to find flooring that would work well at the transitions to the family room and dining room as well as coordinate with our granite counter top and cherry cabinets.

We were able to find a closeout porcelain tile that has a nice range of colors that mimics some of our granite colors.

Yesterday most of the tile was laid in the kitchen area. The old floor also went into the back hall, powder room and laundry room. We didn’t want to have too many different floors on the first floor so the tile is being laid through that area too.

The tiles are 1′ x 2′ and they didn’t put them all the way to the wall in most places since they are just being covered by cabinets. The same thing is true for the patchy paint job you see above. The wallboard does have a coat of clear sealer to help preserve it as well.

 We love the tile and are excited to have the cabinets coming tomorrow!

Stay tuned later this week as we celebrate a special day for our special girl and another kitchen update.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to give you an update on our kitchen renovation. I will also give Walter some room at the end of the post to let you know how he thinks things are going.

As you can see, the wallboard is up and the crew has started putting mud on the walls.

One of the things we are most excited about with our renovation is that we will finally have a vent hood that is exhausted outside.

Vent Hood Exhaust Roughed In

Here is a view of the vent from the outside

Vent hood exhaust just above window

Once the vent is painted it won’t stand out so much.

The replacement cedar siding is up. Now we just have to wait for some warmer and drier weather so Charlie can stain it. We have an appointment next week to have the landscaper come to make plans for moving the steps to the new location of the door.

Now I’ll turn it over to Walter.

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Those men sure do make a lot of noise sometimes

I can’t believe Millie can sleep through this

What was that?

Here is a little action video so you can here how noisy it was. You might want to turn up your speakers a little.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

As you can see I’m a little more concerned about the work going on in the kitchen than Millie is. To be honest this video was taken on the first day of work. Now that we are about 2 weeks into the project both of us are not as nervous or barky as we were the first day. We do bark at them when they come in first thing in the morning but we settle down much quicker. The crew are very nice and when they have taken their breaks and are hanging out on the patio we sometimes go out and get some pets and have even given a few kisses here and there.

Zzzzzzzzzz…

When the work is done at the end of the day we all crash on the big bed and take a little nap. All this snoopervising work is exhausting!

This weekend our dad gets to paint the walls and ceiling and early next week the cabinets will be installed so stay tuned.

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here. We’re not really sure what is happening around here but our pawrents are up to something. The past couple of weeks they have been taking stuff out of the kitchen and putting them in boxes in the living room.

Then they moved the furniture around in the dining room and put more stuff in there.

We also overheard them saying something about there being lots of noise in the house and how we probably won’t like it very much.

Here is what our kitchen looks like now.

There used to be a table at the far end of the room and a china cabinet against the tall wall on the left.

The microwave is in the dining room now and all the other stuff that used to be on the counters is in there too. We hope our pawrents can find our treat jars in all that mess.

All this is why we are declaring our pawrents up to lots of mischief. We will keep you posted on what we find out. All this mischief is also why our blog visits and commenting has been a little off lately. We hope we can get our secretary to do a better job in the future.

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