Sunday, September 16, 2012

kitchen notes | finishing touches


We've just wrapped up a glorious weekend, filled with bright blue skies and cooler temperatures.    Saturday night Jimmy and I enjoyed a late dinner outside at a favorite Mexican restaurant and today we squeezed in the farmer's market, a neighborhood baseball game, bike rides, naps {for some} and dinner at my parents.

We've been without a stove, sink, kitchen plumbing and counters for about a week and the novelty of eating out has worn off, so we are mighty grateful for my Mum's cooking.  Speaking of the kitchen, if you want the play by play you can follow along on instagram {nineandsixteen} or click on the instagram tab above.  I don't have the time to adequately blog about the great counter debacle so I'll be very brief. I was set on soapstone, found a sample I LOVED and was a VERY happy girl.  When it came time to place the order we discovered that the quarries for that type of soapstone closed about 6 months ago and there is no more to be had.  The available alternatives weren't to my liking, so I made a 180 degree switch and went light.  As in a marble look alike quartz.  I love marble, but I'm too afraid to use it so I went with a suitable alternative.  I MUST blog about the options out there because it is interesting and may help others who love marble yet are scardy cats like myself. :)  I also think the dark matte soapstone might have swallowed up my tiny kitchen, I need to be able to reflect and bounce the light and the quartz will allow that, I hope!

So...Once that decision was behind me I was able to focus my energy on the finishing touches, which is really my favorite part.  I'm still debating on a fabric for roman shades.  I might even just end up with a solid linen, but at this hour, the top contenders are pictured above.  I'm using a grain sack like material for the under sink skirt and recovering the counter stools in check scalloped slips. I'm phasing out the raspberry-red colored checks.  They felt too loud in the new kitchen.  I will keep the fabric though and convert it to pillow covers because I know at Christmas time I'll want a bit more of it around.  I'm keeping the red check ottoman in the living room though. I added a sconce in the corner of the kitchen between my two windows and I adore it. I replaced our cheapy door knobs with pretty porcelain ones.  We have polished brass and antique brass knobs throughout the house but for some reason the 2 doors in the kitchen had matte pewter knobs, no idea why. I've been all over the board on shelf brackets too but I've firmly decided to keep the ones pictured above.  Now that about brings you up to speed.  The kitchen should be complete by the second week in October.  Most of the work, besides painting, will wrap up late this week/early next week.  Fingers and toes crossed those wonderful painters of mine are running on {maybe ahead} of schedule.  I'll be back with sources, great online shops, and more info on counter top options soon.  For now I'm all tuckered out.  Nite!

22 comments :

  1. Sounding great! !! Glad its going well. Have a great start to your week

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  2. Lord, you wear me out just reading all that! Good luck as you approach the finish line. Your choices all look beautiful - and that check is one of my favorites. It is what the 18 ft. long drapes in my great room are made from.
    Can't wait to see your kitchen all finished!

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  3. can't wait to see it. your sample board looks amazing. we ended up with marble in our kitchen and it certainly has it fair share of rings and marks, but we still love it. thanks for sharing, liz

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  4. I love your choices and the way everything is coming together. I can't wait to see when the room is finished!
    -Shelley

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  5. Beautuful choices! I can' t wait to see more.

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  6. It will be so beautiful!! I can't wait to see it. I know how you feel about eating out. It gets very tiring. We remodeled our kitchen in the Summer, and I could not wait to cook. Whole Foods deli is delish.

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  7. Beautiful choices- can't wait to see the finished kitchen! We redid our kitchen 2 years ago, and I thought I wanted soapstone, but was talked out of it as it is not popular in our area at all. We ended up going with honed black granite that
    resembles soapstone, Virginia Mist. While it is beautiful, and has worn like iron, I think if I had to do it all over again, I would go lighter like what you are doing.

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  8. I feel ya with the eating out. We did a lot of crockpot meals though. You can cook just about anything in a crockpot....and then maybe try to throw some veggies on the grill? We also have a panini/skillet that was helpful too. My favorite choice for the roman shades is the fabric that above the buffalo check. I love that. I love the other fabric as well, but it looks like similar to a fabric that you already have....maybe in your bedroom in blue? Am I right? Either way you can't go wrong. I can't wait for the big reveal!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Oh my, I just came in on this great makeover and I can't wait for the final reveal. I am definitely go to your other posts to catch up.
    All of your choices are fabulous, I especially like that toile.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Chrissy

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  10. Hi Tessa - I am really enjoying following along on your kitchen remodel. I always love your choices and can't wait to see the final kitchen. We are at the end of our kitchen remodel. The only thing left is painting our cabinets. We chose a Shaw farmhouse sink, bridge faucet and creamy white cabinets. Our renovation included taking out a wall between our kitchen and dining room and building all new floor to ceiling cabinets. We used beadboard on the ceiling and backsplash. It was a huge project and I am glad for it to finally be over! - but it is so wonderful to now cook in a beautiful, functional space. You will love it when your kitchen is done! - Chris

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  11. I've been dying for an update and am uber intrigued by your countertop decisions. I vote for a whole post on it! I'd love to learn from you as these decisions are ahead for me. xoxo!

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  12. everything looks beautiful - can't wait to see the final product. love the windows in your kitchen - your house has so much character and beautiful light! question off topic for you: bringing my twins up to cincy tomorrow for shopping @ Kenwood for their 12th birthday and we need a lunch suggestion! Do you have a favorite unique, cozy, fun luncheon spot? Thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you! Unique and cozy...hmmm... In Kenwood they have mostly chains. The perfect spot would be in Glendale called the Grand Finale (check if they serve lunch on Tues) but that's about 15 min north of Kenwood. There is a fun place downtown Cincy called Taste of Belgium that has fun food and a great atmosphere. If you want to stay in Kenwoid my two favorite spots are the Nordstrom Bistro and Trio's (realllly good food but a rather blah atmosphere). Happy bday to ur twins!!

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  13. Tessa! You just designed my dream space! Love all of your choices. And like all others above I'm curious about your countertop choice. I did in fact go with soapstone and so far I'm not thrilled with how it is wearing. I really wanted marble but, like you, was concerned about the abuse it would receive serving a family with 2 toddlers. It's all gorgeous!

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  14. You have such beautiful taste! I look forward to seeing the finished product. Take pride in your lovely home, it's well deserved.

    Kate

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  15. I love everything you picked! I'm excited to see how it all turns out, I'm sure it is going to be gorgeous.

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  16. What a gorgeous color scheme and great touches! Did you custom create your chair covers? This is exactly what I am looking for (in a color that won't show the kids' spills and stains or at least that I can slip off and wash). LOL!

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  17. I think you're going to love your counters!! We just had marble counters put in and while I think they're beautiful, I am constantly afraid of staining them or knicking them! I hope I get over this. Anyway, I have thought that quartz might have been a more user-friendly choice. Having said that, I love the light color of the counters and it make my kitchen look brighter and more sparkly.

    Anne

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  18. I'm drooling! Tessa--sincerely--it's all so pretty! CAN NOT WAIT for the big reveal!!

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  19. I love EVERYTHING you've chosen and can't wait to read more about your countertop selection because soapstone or a light marble are what I'd love to have for our kitchen reno but I know they both come with some negatives. Hopefully you've found the perfect solution for yourself and for me! Would you share where you found the brackets? I've been looking for simple ones just like that and have had no luck...

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  20. What a great post and so helpful! Down the road we will have to redo our kitchen and I have always loved the look of marble. Here are two links I have saved that you may find interesting if you haven't already come across them:
    http://petchhouse.blogspot.com/2006/03/sealing-marble-acid-test.html
    http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2011/09/white-marble-for-kitchen-yes-or-no.html
    I adore your style and am enjoying your kitchen progress! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I admire your design board. Can you share your product sources? I particularly like the fabric

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