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I’m sorry…your backsplash tiles have been discontinued!

11 Sep

Say what? Yes – shit does happen and yes, my gorgeous white marble tiles were discontinued. It appears “they” have been having trouble with the product and “it” continually did not pass inspection. BAM – make another choice please! Ugh…and just when the end of my proverbial renovation rope was close…it was suddenly wrapped around my neck. All this on the day that the tiles were to be installed – of course. Oh wait, did I mention this happened on the first day of school? Um hmm. “Sasha, implement Plan B right away – I can’t stand this anymore?” What’s Plan B you ask? Clean, classic, crisp white subway tile! Done and done! 🙂

Now…let’s get the range hood up so I can get cookin’!!!



At long last….we have a counter top!

3 Sep

The one thing I wasn’t anticipating about my kitchen reno was the two week wait for my counter top.  Counters can’t be ordered until the cabinetry has gone in, then they come and template and put you in the que with everyone else.  Last night I came home to my very hardworking contractor Sasha completing the counter install with the stone team. This made me very happy!

We chose a Quartz counter product by CaesarStone.  CaesarStone offers a range of 36 colours to choose from. While I love marble, I know that the maintenance it requires does not match my home keeping style. Quartz surfaces are scratch and virtually stain resistant and I am a big fan of the consistent colour. We went with a cool, clean taupe called Latte.  I only had a small sample piece to look at, but I’m thrilled with my choice. It’s a subtle contrast against the white cabinetry and keeps the kitchen looking warm and inviting.

5' of cool, clean Quartz

Next up…back splash and range hood install!

Making a splash…backsplash that is!

25 Aug

I’ve always been very intimidated by Olympia Tile on Lawrence West. It’s a huge industrial building with a dozen foreboding loading docks for eighteen wheelers on the side. So needless to say…it was the last stop in our search for a back splash.  Luckily I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to find exactly what we were looking for inside the very well laid out show room.  We had pretty much decided on a subway tile look because it’s simple and clean in appearance. I’m not a fan of glass tile in the kitchen so really it came down to finding a ceramic or marble that we liked.

We choose a honed marble in Dolomite White – 2″ x 4″ tiles in a brick pattern.  The white is perfect with just a touch of light grey/brown veining to match our quartz counter tops (another post).   I’m sure it’s going to look fantastic!

Bit by bit…it’s coming together!

22 Aug

There is absolutely nothing better when you renovate and the after shot is truly a dramatic change.  My kitchen is been slowly transformed from a big-box store ugly duckling to a custom swan. And while we’re not quite there yet…I can offer you one dramatic sneak peek.

By now you're familiar with the old west wall of the kitchen...complete with skinny fridge.

Here is the new west wall, complete with pantry, spot for bulit-in microwave, wine rack, upper and lower cabinetry.

The new west wall.




























It’s Electric!

11 Aug

While I busy picking kitchen bling…my kitchen was receiving electrical botox. A little injection of new life. It was a fairly simple and straightforward job, but I was still on site first thing in the morning to ensure that all of my receptacles were exactly were I wanted them to be and not were the electrician placed them just because.  Of course there is something called “code” –  I’m sure you’ve heard Mike Holmes use the word – and my kitchen is now up to “code.”  What I did learn is that you must have an receptacle (plug) for every twelve inches of counter. I also learned (much to my chagrin) that you can’t have a plug in a closed cabinet. Now where am I going to plug in that dust buster?

Once the electrical was set…Sascha got to work with insulating the outside wall. Looks like  my cups are going to be toasty warm this winter, doesn’t it?

I think we’re ready for drywall!!!

Newly placed double receptical for valance lights and plug.

Single receptical - above 12" of counter.

Cozy warm.

Kitchen Bling Part 2 – Pulls and Knobs

9 Aug

I thought pulls and knobs would be a total no-brainier. In fact I thought it was such a no-brainier that I almost let our kitchen designer pick them. Screeeeech…..kidding!  I did however want to keep within the $5.00 allowance I had to work with…and trust me, 5 bucks is not much in the world of knobs and pulls. Considering some of the knobs and pulls I looked at in Summerhill Hardware were upwards of $30.00 EACH – $5.00 does seem a little on the cheap side. Anyway, luckily Danny (designer) sent us to Berenson (hardware supplier) to check some out designs, and I think we made out pretty well while staying within our budget. And you know how difficult it is to stay on budget right?

For the record – I like knobs on door and pulls on drawers…just personal preference.

My choice is the Westerly knob and pull. I think they’ll look clean and classic on my shaker cabinetry.

Framed and ready to roll…

7 Aug

Friday was framing day. Since only the outside wall was gutted, only it needed to be framed. When I look at it closely, it makes me a little queasy to think we’ll be losing inches. After-all, this kitchen reno is really all about  inches. But  Sascha (our contractor) and Danny (designer) assure me that all is well and once the plumbing and electrical are complete…we’ll pass inspection with flying colours – and our space will be perfect!

Right now…the electrical looks a bit dodgy doesn’t it?  Thank goodness the electrician will be by tomorrow afternoon to make it pretty again!

Yikes - we need an electrictian!

So enough about framing, plumbing and electrical…tomorrow I’m talking bling – kitchen bling!!!