Cobalt’s Kitchen

Kitchen Renovation Phase 3 - benjamin moore white dove painted kitchen cabinets and absolute black honed granite counters

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It’s like I’ve got this music in my mind…

Happy Fall Ya’ll.  That’s what I would say if I were from here, but I’m not, so I would say Happy Fall You Guys, or if I was on my blog I would say nothing.  For two months.  Can someone be my accountability keeper?   I’ll speed up the kitchen stuff since who cares anymore about every little step. Unless they’re Cobalt’s little steps, then I care about them.  They’re cute and they go tick tick tick tick tick tick tick on the wood floors as he trots to you.  Hey, who’s still reading this? Here’s our white kitchen…

kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

And here’s our new window!!

kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

And here’s a mini dachshund!

kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

That’s Nick.
kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

I promise I’ll take better pictures, but these are all old and terrible. Things started moving pretty quickly once the kitchen was painted.  We went back and forth between Benjamin Moore White Dove and Benjamin Moore Simply White, but I ultimately liked the slight softer tone to White Dove.  It felt less stark.  What didn’t move quickly was my decision-making.  I’ll pause and let everyone be surprised and confused.

The counters made my brain freeze up the most because I envisioned white in my head all along – either marble or something that looked like that.  Well, guess what? Marble is expensive and high maintenance, and I guess between me and Cobalt there are enough high maintenance things in our house.  The most durable and cost-friendly option was granite, but all the white granite options had too many other colors speckled in them, or they just seemed more beige/grey than white.

I liked a couple of the white quartz options, but those were a lot more expensive than granite, and seemed almost too plain. Basically granite was too busy and quartz was too clean/modern looking for me.  So, I switched gears completely and considered black for a contrast against everything else white in our kitchen.  I didn’t like the shiny/sparkly factor to the black granite though, so I started considering soapstone…also more expensive.

Then, finally, after hours and hours of neglecting my loved ones and being a slave to houzz.com and pinterest.com on my ipad, I found a new option!  Honed granite. Basically the polishing process stops before the buffing stage and you get a matte finish instead of a slick shiny one.  So I went and looked at some slabs again, and loved it!

absolute black honed granite

Done. Phew. Then there was the hardware to choose.  Which meant there was a lot of this.

benjamin moore white dove subway tile and honed granite

But, what does it look like in the sunlight?

benjamin moore white dove subway tile absolute black honed granite

This went on for many hours. I had narrowed it down to black or brushed nickel.  Black to match the counters and brushed nickel to match the appliances. (I was also trying out a light blue wall color in that photo, and you can also see the quartz sample on the right.)

This seemingly small decision was by far the hardest to make.  I called my friend and got her husband, one-year-old, and lab-doxie involved, and we were basically split down the middle.  So naturally, I polled Cobalt and Miles.  You can see the results here:

http://youtu.be/s6bHNwJlK3A

Cobalt helped, and Miles was pretty pissed that I was clearly trying to feed him metal instead of food.

Ultimately, I chose…….

the brushed nickel!  Not what I originally thought I would choose.  Actually, my first pick was a more aged finish that didn’t even make the final two because it just didn’t work with the rest of the materials.  I thought the black hardware would pop out a little too much in the small space, and I liked how the nickel ones added some more shine and matched the appliances.

Our next challenge was to find a kitchen faucet.  We knew we wanted a pull down sprayer, but most of those come with the goose-neck style faucet which would impede our new kitchen window. It was actually fairly painless to find a shorter one at a decent price, and the good news is that Cobalt really liked it.

delta cassidy kitchen faucet

delta cassidy pull down kitchen faucetIt’s Delta’s Cassidy faucet if you’re curious.

delta cassidy kitchen faucet

Nick liked it too.

fireman likes delta cassidy kitchen faucet

Now that we have that covered, if you’re wondering where I’ve been for two months, the answer is all of the places. Beaufort, Orlando, Ocean City, Charlotte, and Folly Beach – where we looked at wedding spots!!  I’ll share that with you next time once I sort out how much of the wedding planning  I want to write about.  A. I don’t want to give it all away, but I do want to share the process.  B. It will be a small wedding so I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings who’s not invited, but I do want to share it with the people I love, all of whom we may not be able to invite.  and C. I hate to even mention it, because I don’t like to ever recognize or talk about it, but I know there are plenty of not nice people out there wanting to hate, hate, hate.  And I don’t want to share it with those people.  Any suggestions?  Please comment your advice so I can sort this out. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep cruisin…

CCOTD:

In honor of Cobalt’s 6th bufday a couple days ago, here are all the toys, which are all his.  Not anyone else’s.

Cobalt mini dachshund loves toys especially his yellow long dog

Cobalt mini dachshund loves toys especially his pumpkin long dog

Cobalt mini dachshund loves toys especially his green long dog

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Kitchen Renovation Phase 2

Kitchen Kitchen Ya Ya Da Da

Hey, hey, heeeey.  So, a lot has been going on this summer, but we are finally entering into a couple weeks of normalcy.  Perfect time to give a kitchen update!  This is the phase where we really saw what the overall layout of the kitchen come to life.  Let’s get visual shall we?  More pictures, less words.  Nobody has any time for that.

So here we go clockwise around the room.

Phase 2 Kitchen Renovation - Fridge cabinets

 

Phase 2 Kitchen Renovation - Sink and Cabinets

Phase 2 Kitchen Renovation - Custom Cabinets

 

Phase 2 Kitchen Renovation - Kitchen Breakfast Bench Nook

Got all that??  I threw in some pop-up video action for you too.

Anyone have any time left for an update on what’s been going on lately?  Don’t worry we’ll stick with the more pics less words thing.

Mom and dad came to visit right after the last time I posted…

South Carolina Lake Murray Mom & Dad Visit

 

South Carolina Lake Murray Mom & Dad Visit - Dad

 

South Carolina Lake Murray Mom & Dad Visit - Mom

 

South Carolina Lake Murray Mom & Dad Visit - Dad and Nick

 

South Carolina Lake Murray Mom & Dad Visit - Me and Mom

Nick had a birthday!!!  Mabel says “I’m yo pwesent”  “My mom made me”.

Nick Birthday - Mabel Bloodhound

 

And I made him this delicious Lemon cake from this recipe

Lemon Cake

Which we brought on the new sailboat and then went out on the lake to raft up with friends and watch the fireworks!

Nick and Emily on the sailboat 4th of July

 

4th of July Lake Murray Fireworks on Sailboat

 

4th of July Fireworks Lake Murray

 

Nick also opened his presents which he should have known were for Cobalt

The next weekend we went up to Rochester, NY for the actual 4th of July with my family.  Cobalt helped us get there.

Cobalt mini dachshund sleeps in the car

After he slept a lot.  Here he goes.

Rochester 4th of July roundup…

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The last picture was the trip home where Emily had to pee and Nick made her go at South of the Border.  Cobalt was not happy.

I think the dogs had the best time of anyone.  Mabel went fetching in the water for the first time…

And Cobalt stole bread from the coy fish, some of which were bigger than he is.  We’ll go ahead and call that your Complimentary Cobalt of the Day….

CCOTD:

 

 

Kitchen Renovation Phase One

Ooops…and A Kitchen Update

Whoops. So May was a total FAIL on the ol blog….

 

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I’m not sure what happened to Spring exactly.  Between conferences, a wedding, random other travels and illnesses, it flew the freak by. Let’s do a quick recap and then move on to phase one of the kitchen so we can do that big reveal already.

 

There was Easter, and dying brown easter eggs…
dying brown easter eggs

 

I went to Nashville for work…
Downtown Nashville

 

My friend Merideth came to visit and our friend’s dog sang the blues on a sailboat…
Emily and Merideth on sailboat

 

 

My BEST FRIEND got married!!!!!
efoc at theresa's wedding
mom and dad

 

bridesmaids

 

emily and nick at theresa's wedding

 

We went to Myrtle Beach for Nick’s work…
Myrtle Beach

 

Nick got the gout…

 

My brother and sister-in-law Ben & Courtney, and our friend Naomi came to visit!  Fingers crossed that we got them hooked on moving here….
gang on sailboat

 

girls on sailboat

 

And today…we got a new boat!  More on that when we get it in the water.  But that does bring us up to today, and it’s actually the motivation for my post.  Nick and his friend, Andrew, went to Oriental, NC today to inspect and buy our new boat, and won’t be home until 9ish.  So I of course, think to myself the whole way home from work about all the productive things I’m going to do while he’s gone.  I’ll write my blog, I’ll work out, I’ll do laundry, I’ll clean, etc.  Well, fast forward an hour and it looked more like this:

 

couch fall

Followed by

 

 

and watching Gilmore Girls…

 

Gilmore Girls

 

Whoops. So I decided to do one load of laundry and start my post.  That’s something.
Back to the whole kitchen renovation thing.  We had the best contractor in the whole wide world, and we were actually sad when he left.  Nick said to me “Today is Glen’s last day.  That means he’s not coming over any more.”(insert adult man sadface here).

 

Glen and I worked on the kitchen design together, and between his squashing some of my dreams and replacing them with other neat ideas, we both agreed that we came up with a pretty great kitchen.   Here is a breakdown of what did and didn’t make the cut:

 

Island –  No. I wanted this so I could lean on it and drink wine have more counter space for cooking and gathering around, or even put the sink in it so I could be looking out the window instead of at a wall.  But, it just wouldn’t work well with the space.  It’d be too tight opening the oven door and trying to get around it.

 

Window cut-out – Yes.  It’s in the wall to the dining room – this was Glen’s solution to giving me a view to the outside (front yard instead of back) and a more open feeling standing at the sink.  We weren’t able to open up the whole wall but he cut out a nice sized window that I love.

 

Wine area – Yes. A glass rack and wine bottle holder – This couldn’t eat up too much valuable space in the kitchen so Glen and I found the perfect spot for it between the new fridge location and the…

 

Rachel Ray pantry! – Yes. This is what it was called the whole time, and how we now distinguish it from the bigger closet pantry in the dining room.  It is perfect.  It doesn’t take up too much room in the kitchen and it is so functional.  We can grab things we need while cooking without having to go into the dining room to get them.

 

Slow-close doors and drawers – Yes. I love these and now I assume all cabinets are slow close and end up slamming a lot that aren’t.

 

Farmhouse sink – Yes.  It’s as great as it sounds.

 

Marble countertops – No.  I thought the whole time we’d have marble or marble-like counter tops, but when that was no longer an option due to price and functionality, and I realized I didn’t like ANY of the white granite choices, I started exploring other options.  I actually did end up with a granite, but it is absolute black with a honed finish. It looks a little like soapstone, and I love the contrast it adds.

 

Subway tile – Yes.  With dark grout instead of light.

 

X Mullion glass cabinet doors – No.  Who knew it was so expensive to put wooden X’s on glass doors? So instead two hundred something a piece doors like this:
We went with the much less expensive classic mullion look like this:

 

There were a ton of other details and decisions to make, but I’ll go through those and point them out in the finished kitchen.

 

The first phase of the kitchen happened immediately after demo, and it was so exciting to see our new kitchen come to life!  First was demo, then opening up a wall…

 

 

opening kitchen wall

 

Then the first of the custom cabinets went in!!

 

custom cabinets phase one

 

Including the much anticipated Rachel Ray pantry.  Such a fun first step.

 

Rachel Ray pantry

 

As you can imagine, there have been a lot of Cobalt photos and videos taken over the last 2 months…so it’s a little hard to choose.

 

Your long awaited CCOTD:
mom and cobalt at jakes
Mom and nini at one of his favorite spots, Jake’s, where they have “Yappy Hour” and dogs are always allowed on the back deck area!  He says Mom, I want to go to da pwace wheyoh ev-wee-one pays attention to me and fwohs da ball fo me a wot.  

 

What? That could be a number of places but this time it was Jake’s.

 

 

The time we renovated our kitchen 3 months ago

Hey guys.  Life happens?  It’s amazing how many times you can say I’ll do it tomorrow.  I need to work on that.  It’s finally warm here in SC so my mood is up a few notches 🙂  I am just a happier girl when the weather is nice.  I even got some plants for the outside of the house and bought soil for the first time.  Then I realized I didn’t even have a trowel so I got one of those too.  Cobalt picked out the flowers for the 2 fire hydrant planters on the front porch.  He and I had a total mom-nini day on Saturday, since Nick is at FDIC in Indianapolis all week. It was the most adorable day ever.  More on that tomorrow.

Now that our kitchen has been done for quite some time, I suppose I should show you already 😉 As a reminder, here is what it looked like when we first moved in:

kitchen view from living room hallway

kitchen before view from garage door

kitchen before window nook

You can see all the house befores here.  It was really easy to remove the cabinets, especially since I didn’t do any of it. Nick and our contractor Glenn handled that.  And then we got really accustomed to the dining room being our kitchen, because the kitchen looked like this…fair warning, these pictures are a bunch of blurry suck.  I blame Nick.

 kitchen demo 1

kitchen demo 2

kitchen demo 3

kitchen demo 4

kitchen demo in the garage

Looks like a mess huh?  Don’t worry, pretty soon things were looking more like this:

kitchen step 1

kitchen step 1

We’ll call that step 1 of…like 45?  Don’t worry, I’ll show it in less posts than that.  Unfortunately, that’s all we have time for today, but it’s a start 🙂  See you soon.

CCOTD:

On our way home from our Saturdate:
Thanks fo taking me on a fun day.  I knew dis is what you did evwee time you weft da house.

Cobalt in the car