Kitchen, New House,

Countertops and painted cabinets, oh my!

I snuck by the house this morning to take a peak at the cabinets and, to my delight, the countertops were being installed right when we got there!  They are BEAUTIFUL and look so luxurious!  We had quartz (Cambria Torquay) countertops in our last home, and while I loved them, they just aren’t as beautiful as real stone.  These countertops are marble called Shadow Storm. This particular marble is supposedly one of the most durable marbles that exists.  It’s much less porous than Carrara and is comparable in durability to granite, according to the saleswoman at the stoneyard.  How can something so beautiful be less expensive (by $800!!!) than a manufactured stone?  Craziness.

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So, remember when I mentioned before that I was nervous about the cabinet color coming out right?  Well…*gulp*.  I’m a little shaky in the chest writing this.  There’s nothing more I’d like than to write how perfect everything turns out, but not everything is always perfect in a renovation…or anything in life, right?  Despite the color looking “perfect” on the sample, it just looks different when it’s painted all over.  This isn’t necessarily a BAD thing, it’s just different than my expectations, so I’m having to get used to the color.

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It’s more of a robin’s egg blue, and not as gray as I thought it would be.  The word that keeps coming to my mind when I see it is “pretty”.  Since when is “pretty” a bad thing, Emily?  It’s not! …it’s just not completely my style.  I’d gladly pick it out for someone else who may be a little fancier than myself, but us Morrison’s are a laid back crew.  We wear jeans to church, we don’t dress up all that much in general, we rarely have an occasion for fine China, and we drink beer and two buck chuck from Trader Joe’s!  But this kitchen…this kitchen calls for fine wine and at least 4″ heels at all times of the day!  Sorry, kitchen, you may be a bit disappointed with your owners.  lol.  Okay, enough personifying a kitchen.  I’m still a little “I have an infant” crazy.

I was more nervous than anything to show Alex.  He already told me he wanted more gray, less blue, when I showed him my original paint samples, and this was waaaaaaaay more blue than those were. I text him these pictures and, thankfully, he’s been really positive about it. Although it is bluer than he’d want, he can see it looking more our taste once the dark floors are showing, the tile backsplash is in, lighting is hung, and the runner is on the floor.  Gosh I love that guy!  He really knows how to bring my mind to a good place when I start to panic.

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I’ve yet to decide wall color for any space in the house.  It’ll be something I do myself after we move in.  I’m leaning towards a gray (even thought I swore I was over gray!), or a creamy white. We’ll see…my brain isn’t that far ahead yet.

I also got a peek at the tile going in around the bathtub and I looooooooove it.  This bathroom started out as mediocre at best.  I’m honestly a bit shocked at how good it’s looking considering the layout.  I love being surprised by things turning out better than expected!

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The vanity is being painted today (Sherwin Williams “denim”) and moulding around the mirror is being built and installed, and hopefully the vanity lights will get installed too.  This space is just such a pleasant surprise.  Mixing high end (marble tile around tub and marble countertops) with low end (subway tile and ceramic tile floors, re-using old vanity and mirror, $20 vanity sconces) is my favorite part of designing.  I could make a killer room given a massive budget, but doing a complete (NON-DIY) renovation of a master bathroom for around $8k?  That’s a challenge to tackle.  Most master bathrooms run between $15-$20k.  The small square footage is saving my butt big time in here.

Two more days before everything is supposed to be completed!!  I can’t imagine it all being done by then…we’ll see!

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Deb

Looking forward to seeing more….I ditto what your husband said! I think the accents can down play the haughtiness of the color.
Great work!

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Fidelia

Oh…My goodness! Your chair redo is absolutely wonderful! You are so resourceful…so clever and talented! What a beauty! Your painting skills are spectacular…so pefect and so lovely!Thanks for sharing your ma!CsrpieceeBlessings,tarolynn

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Tami

We are considering putting shadow storm marble in our new kitchen. It looks great in your pictures, but how is it working out? I’m concerned about durability and maintenece.

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Emily

It’s beautiful! We’ve only had it since August so I can’t speak for longterm quality. It’s been low maintenance– we were just told to reseal it once a year. I will say, my 2 year old took a serrated butter knife and hit the edge of the counters like she was drumming over and over for about a minute before we realized what was going on and it did chip the edges. I’m pretty certain that would’ve happened to almost any natural stone though, but just thought I’d mention it.

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Tricia Lowe

Emily, do you still love it since you’ve had it for a year? i too have young kids!

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Emily

Yep! The butter knife incident is the only problem I’ve had. The maintenance has been zero, but I do try Tomane sure wine or red juices and sauces don’t sit on them for very long.

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