Sandra & Justin's Kitchen: The Home Stretch

Renovation Diary

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Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet

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This week the countertops came in. We went with a quartz and we love it. We love that it doesn't require any maintenance the way marble or granite would, and adore the cool crisp look of the solid deep gray color against the white. We knew what we wanted for countertops since the beginning, but it took quotes from a few places to get the price we wanted, even though we were looking at the exact same brand and product from several different vendors.

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Cabinets on the left side.  

Our real problem was that our countertops would require just barely more than one slab of the quartz, and most retailers round up, so we would be paying for two and only using one and a sliver of the other. Luckily for us, during a trip to IKEA to pick up our range hood we found out that they carried the Ceasarstone quartz countertop in the Concrete color we wanted without charging by the slab, just by the square foot. And they were having their kitchen sale at the time, so we inked the deal on the spot and easily saved $1500 dollars. 

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The sink is in and functional.

The day after the countertop was installed, our plumbers came in and hooked up the range, sink, and dishwasher. It's starting to look like a kitchen! And can wash dishes in the kitchen again. 

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Spray painting the cheap-o, utilitarian shelf brackets to look snazzy.

Also this week, after mulling around lots of varied options for the shelf brackets, I decided to go way, way low-end. I wanted a jolt of color in the room, and fell in love with the idea of painting the basic shelf brackets available at any hardware store. We like the orange a lot and think it will really pop against all the cool color scheme and pair nicely with the salvaged wood shelves. They will also help pull in the dark orange metal stools that should be arriving in the mail any day now. But we are waiting until the tile goes up next week to hang them.

It is coming together.

Estimated time for project: 10 weeks
Time remaining: 2 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #13 of Sandra and Justin's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Sandra Jergensen)

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