Got Granite?

Hell to the yes, we do! The granite company graced the kitchen with its presence today, installing 40 square feet of category A Azul Platino granite with a bull nose edge into our counter-free kitchen. And I must say, it is looking mighty fine. Mikey and I are ecstatic. This is undoubtedly the most excited we’ve been about the kitchen. What a difference fabulous-looking countertops can make! Enough rattling. Time for pictures.

The right side of the kitchen. The granite company cut the holes for the sink and faucet, and now we have a kitchen sink. Hooray!

The left side of the kitchen. Still waiting to purchase a hood. But check out the crown molding and the new cabinet hardware!

Alternate view. See the gleam on that granite?

Long shot view. I'm shooting from where our microwave would typically sit.

And a close-up shot. There are actually specks of sparkle in the granite, which can come as a surprise to some people who order Azul Platino. It definitely wasn't on the sample we saw at Lowe's, so I can see how it can be misleading. But I actually love the touch of sparkle that's been sprinkled throughout.

When it comes to picking out granite, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re going to get. Not every pattern or color is the same. But luckily for us, we weren’t being all too picky about it. We just knew we wanted a grayish color. And now that it’s here and installed, it’s safe to say we are more than pleased with the way its turned out.

So what’s next? The backsplash. If you’ve been keeping tabs on my kitchen remodel posts, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with subway tile. Simple, classic, monochromatic, brick-shaped tiles that add a pop of color to any room.

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Photo courtesy of Two Ellie

Photo courtesy of Country Living

I fell in love with a glass subway tile sample, similar to the one above. It’s the middle tile in the photo below.

I think it’ll provide a nice contrast against the darker shade of granite, don’t you think? The other two were options we considered, but the bottom one is too blah, and the top one is too dark and doesn’t have enough contrast.

Well in addition to the backsplash, there are still some odds and ends that we need to wrap up. I still haven’t made a decision on lighting. Its been hard to commit to a style. Should I go with industrial style? Vintage style? Pottery Barn style? If everything out there was a tad bit uglier, I would’ve weeded out the hideous options by now and scored some lovely-looking lighting. Then, there’s the hood, the base boards, the switch plates, the window treatments and some other stuff I probably forgot that are still on the to-do list.

But all in all, things are still rocking and rolling. And despite the fact that some people told us a kitchen remodel would be a true test of our marriage (with all the stress it can cause you), I still love that husband of mine. Even though it’s 9:15 at night, and he’s still crackberry-ing about “performance issues” with work. To put it lightly, I think that whole “true test of your marriage” thing is a load of crap anyway.

More kitchen updates to come. Stay tuned, don’t touch that dial, we’ll be right back after this, etc.



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5 responses to “Got Granite?

  1. Ma

    NICE!!! I love the pattern and color you picked! I can’t wait to see your kitchen once it’s all done. So far, it looks FABULOUS!


  2. TR

    Hi we have the same granite, and are trying to find a good “aqua color backsplash. Where did you get yours? We really like the way it compliments the granite.


    • The tile is by Daltile, and the color is Whisper Green. We bought it from a company in St. Louis called ProSource at a wholesale rate offered through my job. This kitchen remodel took place a few years ago, so I don’t know if this tile is still available. I’d start by checking out the Daltile website.

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