Kitchen Renovation: Counter Tops Are Coming!

Have you ever heard the saying that renovations will take you twice as long and cost you twice as much? I’m here to tell you that’s the truth (don’t shoot the messenger). So now you understand why it’s been a while since our last update. After the faboosh KitchenAid appliances were installed, we’ve spent our time finishing out the new cabinet addition (pictured above – which includes a gorgeous KitchenAid built in microwave convection wall oven and the custom cabinet we had to have fabricated to put her in) and shopping for counter tops. We’ve been going back and forth trying to find a counter top that we LURVE. Not love, not like, LURVE. You see, I plan on being in this house until someone forces me out or I get a villa in Italy, whichever comes first.

30″ KitchenAid Built In Convection Microwave

I want this to be my dream kitchen. Which means if it takes a little longer to save up for the granite, tile, perfect light fixtures, etc. that I LURVE then so be it. I do after all spend most of my waking hours in my office kitchen so I want it to be pretty and sparkly ; ) That’s not too much to ask is it?

After several weeks of marriage counseling looking around we settled on 2 sexy slabs of granite called White Delicata. I only had to give and arm and leg for it ; ) Our fabricator has already been out to template (which is way more involved than just showing up with a tape measure as I foolishly thought).  They’ll be installing that beautiful surface next Thursday. Goodbye ugly greenish laminate counter tops and temporary plywood counter top covered by my nice black linen tablecloth. My heart beats faster just thinking about it. Hopefully I won’t just stand around the kitchen hypnotized by it’s beauty.

Next up: tile back splash. Well that’s after we can agree on tiles and watch 100 DIY you tube videos. Hold me. Then we’ll be adding our Stainless Moen Pot Filler. I can hardly stand it I’m so excited about that baby, never mind the fact that my sink is only a few feet away – pasta pots are daggum heavy. You know I REALLY wanted to have this because I the plumber had to cut a huge hole in the wall behind the stove to install her). That’s still there looking like that hot mess in the photo below.

I keep telling myself through the entire process that it will all be worth it. Hopefully it will all be over sometime before the end of the year ; )

I’ll be back with a video update after the counter tops are in!

In case you missed the previous video posts:


Disclaimer: KitchenAid provided me with a suite of KitchenAid appliances for my kitchen. Moen provided me with plumbing fixtures. I was not compensated for this campaign. My opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.


  1. 1

    Wow, this is looking AMAZING!!! So excited for you, Paula! 🙂

  2. 2

    Paula, it’s looking great! Love the KitchenAid appliances!

  3. 3

    Wow, I love the work on your kitchen so far. I’ve got a while before I do a kitchen remodel, but I can live vicariously through you for now. hehe

  4. 4

    How fun – it’s so great to follow along with your kitchen renovations. Can’t wait to see more!

  5. 5

    GIRL. I can’t tell you how sick I am that we didn’t put in a pot filler! Esp with a farmhouse sink, it’s kind of necessary. Looking soooo good!

  6. 6

    It is looking beautiful, Paula! I know you are so excited!

  7. 7

    it’s so funny, my whole kitchen is the size of a postage stamp but i’m dying for a pot filler. makes no sense but i’m convinced i need one! 🙂

    your kitchen looks like it’s coming along beautifully!! someday i hope i can see it in person and have you make me cabonara! 🙂

  8. 8

    Looks pretty! I love that mixer, red is absolutely beautiful color! 🙂

  9. 9

    Looks so good!!! Can’t wait to see the rest, Paula!!! Xoxo

  10. 10

    Looking great, Paula!!! Loving all the details so far 🙂 xo

  11. 11

    Oh Paula, I can’t wait to see it all finished. Then cooking party at your house, right???

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    Aggie /

    It will be so worth it my friend, your “office” is turning out beautifully! 🙂

  13. 13

    Oh I love the granite that you picked, gorgeous!! Can’t wait xoxo

  14. 14

    AhhH! So exciting Paula! You know–their is a female DIY blogger that I believe lives in your area; Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl. Maybe you can chat with her about back splashes? OR if you want we can do a google chat. My husbands a general contractor & we are big DIYers so we (well he) might be able to answer all of your questions!

  15. 15

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see the video!


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