Tuesday, August 7, 2007

MY BIG FAT REMODEL - UPDATE

Just a little progress report on the remodel: cabinets are in, well, mostly. I have used Crystal Cabinets, which I love because the company will make anything you want. Totally a custom company. Still waiting for some parts and pieces to arrive. Counters will be going in this Friday (white Carrara marble). I can hardly stand the suspense. I am using someone new for the installation who came highly recommended, but you just never know. He is a charming Italian man who seems to be the only one in town who still hones marble, that is acid washing it to create a flat finish.

I am in the process of ordering all of the "jewelry", like cabinet hardware, lighting, door knobs, bamboo shades for the windows, etc., which is really the fun part!

Anyway, I will post again when things are more "together"!

P.S. Joni from Cote de Texas ( great blog by the way! Please visit!) had a couple of questions about the kitchen, So I thought I would answer them here.

I used pilasters or "legs" between the cabinets to create the look of more expensive inset face frame cabinets for less. These cabinets are frameless or "European" style, so less expensive and a little more contemporary looking. I also like the furniture-like look the legs create. I am putting stainless steel caps at the base of the legs for added durability, and also because I like the added detail.

Regarding the Carrara Marble, I am honing it because polished marble will etch with anything acidic. I figured it's bound to happen, so why not start off with it etched? It will have the look of having been used for years. I have used it for clients' homes and they love it. It is not for everyone however. It will "patina". Carrara will stain and oils can be seen on honed marble, but with a bleach and water solution, most stains will come out. I also like the softer look.

I hope I answered your questions Joni, without getting too long winded!

26 comments:

-Suzie- said...

Hi Katie,
can't wait to see the next picture.
I love bamboo shades!

katiedid said...

Hi Suzie!
Ihope the next picture is soon! How is your Palazzo coming along? I will visit you and see!

Cote de Texas said...

Katie - how do you spell J e a l o u s?????? I love the way you have feet on your cabinets. Expand on them, please.

also, why did you choose Honed carrara? Just wondering, I'm going to do carrara one day/year. expand on your remodel, it's gorgeous, one picture isn't enough!!!!

Joni

katiedid said...

Hi Joni!
Thanks for visiting!
I am replying to your questions in a revised post, cuz I think others may have questions too!
I will post the "after" pics as soon as I can. I hope it is sooner than later!

Suzy said...

The photo of your kitchen looks fab so far - have fun picking all the other stuff, can't wait to see more pics!

katiedid said...

Hi Suzy! Thanks! And it is getting more fun now.:)

susan said...

This looks like, let's see, gorgeous, elegant, casual, cozy, all good stuff. It's exciting now, isn't it? You have a wonderful vision, it's very apparent.

katiedid said...

Thanks Susan! Coming from you that is quite a compliment!

Bhavna said...

This is so exciting! Having built a home ground up, I can so feel the suspense and excitement as a project finally starts taking shape and you actually see it materializing in front of you! This is looking good Katie :-)

katiedid said...

Hello Bhavna! Thank you for the encouragement. It is getting to the fun part now!

Arch said...

Doing up the kitchen part by part is really exciting, I remember at home, the carpenters took ages to do the cabinets and we thought our kitchen would never be done....then when the cabinet shutters were assembled it looked gorgeous.

Waiting for your completed look:-))

Sarah Jennings said...

Thank you so much for the detail on the marble. I love the look of marble, but I cook at least five times a week and I am not a neat and tidy cook! I fear that a beautiful marble counter would be terrible for me. I have a late '80s kitchen with corian (came with the house) that is due for a facelift, so I am paying a lot of attention to any posts about kitchens!

The Peak of Chic said...

I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see everything in place!!!! I love the idea of honed marble.

J Lee said...

looking great!
can't wait to see the rest ... :)

Jenn~

Splaneyo said...

It looks like it was worth waiting for and you are now in the home stretch. Yahoo! I am also looking forward to more pictures.
Heather

style court said...

So exciting Katie. I'm such a fan of honed marble and bamboo shades :)

kim. said...

OOOOhhhhh....custom cabinets AND marble. I'm drooling down the front of my shirt.

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks for sharing these. I can't wait to see more photos. I'm sure the honed marble will look fabulous.

katiedid said...

Thank you all so much! Yes the marble was under debate for a long time. We all like to spend alot of time in the kitchen and are not very tidy. But marble has been used in European kitchens for 100's of years, and will still have beauty and charm. So I thought, why not?!

Anonymous said...

We're doing honed carrara marble and white cabinets too!! We were so concerned about the staining, but finally decided that seemed like the best idea for us after much research. Before that we were thinking the 'misty carrara' Ceasarstone, but I thought it had too much of a blue cast to it and there is just something to be said of the tried and true good old fashioned marble.

It's taken a while to get our builder on board, but he finally seems to be getting into the idea. We're also using the Ann Sacks 'ice stick' tiles in there. Here's a pic that shows the general idea.
-sincerely from the Sac area :)

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/iluvchoos/IMG_3571.jpg[/IMG]

Can't wait to see more of your pics, it looks great so far. :) Will you share your marble honing source?? I'm so curious.

katiedid said...

Hello Anon! I woould love to see your project ideas, but for some reason the link is not working for me. It does seem that builders and fabricators are not thrilled about marble because it is softer and more fragile, hence more easily broken if something happens during an install.

Good Luck!

patriciagrayinc.com said...

What a beautiful kitchen you are going to have. I love what you have done and the windows in this room are magnificent. Tood luck on all the finishing touches.

grace mckean said...

am about to decide whether to go the white cabinet/marble route or not and am sitting on pins waiting to hear what your dilemma with the marble supplier was... any chance for an update? hopefully everything was resolved. thanks so much - love your site!

Dee Dee said...

Katie,
How do you like the white carrara, having lived with it for almost a year? Please respond, as I'm thinking about it (honed) as a top for my walnut-based island...
Dee Dee

katiedid said...

Hi Deedee-
Thanks for visitng! I love the marble, but not everyone might. It does not stain at all, which is great. But there are a couple of issues tht I wish were a bit better. The marble is very soft so it "bruises" easily. If it get bumped it will get a white spot. It also does scratch and it will darken a bit where there is grease that has soaked in. The grease marks seem to dissipate over time and look pretty natural. I was expecting this before I got it, so was prepared. On the upside, because it is honed, I can scrub it with no problem. Overall, I am pretty happy with it.

Good luck with your kitchen!

Cote de Texas said...

i just noticed this - haha!! I still had so many questions about the marble - I finally decided on Calcutta gold, honed. At first I went for polished but then frantically called the fabricator and told him to hone it. Funny that I was worried about this so long ago. Hopefully a few more weeks for me and then new countertops - finally!