When we left off before, in our kitchen restyle post part 1, our crazy DIY couple (that's us) were knee-deep in attacking their kitchen, head-on, with a little bit of demo.
Holes were patched, round one of demo clean-up was done, and just as things were starting to level out the couple received the best email that they'd gotten in a long time! Remember when that wife wrote about some amazing things that she REALLY wanted in her home, but just felt like would probably never happen? Well... in the famous words of Mr. JB...
Ikea had contacted that ambitious kitchen restylin' couple and asked if they could donate a beautiful farmhouse sink to their remodeling cause!!! The couple had to think about it for ... oh, yeah, NO SECONDS and accepted the beautiful sink with open arms!
Something that the couple didn't know at the time, is that this smooth kitchen remodel was about to take a sharp turn left, because throwing a farmhouse sink into the plans and redoing their kitchens whole look, how that wife envisioned... was starting to make all of her helpers look like this...
Now, this couple does a LOT of DIY projects around their house, but there are a few things that they have decided NOT to do on their own. One of them happens to be, messing around with, painting and chopping up their expensive kitchen cabinets. So... they called in an expert; Nic and Jeff, from Copper Canyon Design.
After a few minutes of pondering, Nic decided it would be best if he just took their existing sink cabinet away to his shop, to rebuild another one with a platform (to better support the heavier Ikea sink), using a few of the old cabinet pieces and a couple of new ones... so the couple
put their kids to work cleaned things up again, and got everything ready for their new cabinet to arrive.
After just a few days of hard work, thanks to Nic, the finished sink cabinet looked like this:
Side note: There were additional holes drilled out of the cabinet in the top, for the dishwasher hose drain and the faucet fixture.
Nic and the husband got to work setting up the new cabinet and placing the gorgeous farmhouse style sink into place.
ahhhhhhh! Do you hear the angel chorus singing?
It was perfect! And the wife was beyond thrilled!
Next... those new granite counter tops. Like I mentioned before, the color we picked is Giallo Ornamental.
The awesome contractors from Granite City came out measured for the couples new counters and for a small fee, hauled away the largest piece of their island granite for them.
SIDE NOTE: A lot of you asked what we did with our old granite. Honestly, we just had them take it away. We asked around to see if anyone wanted it, and also looked into listing it on a few websites, but with how heavy the pieces were, and the inconvenience of storing it all, we decided just to have Discount Granite haul it away in their truck while they were there.
No kitchen remodel goes off without a hitch right? Well, while the wife was home alone, but with counter top installers ready, she ran into one of those "hitches" once she realized that they were missing an important support board for the new sink, that the granite needed to sit on.
Handy-Dad to the Rescue!
After a quick SOS sent out to the wife's Dad at work and a little hmm-ing and humm-ing the couples expert "handy-Dad" figured out how to rig things up so they could work properly, and a crisis was averted.
In only a few hours, the new counter tops and farmhouse sink were installed!!!
It took the wife a few days of hounding the husband to get the actual faucet hooked up to her sink so she could use it, but once he experienced the "awesome-ness" of doing dishes in their hallway bathtub, like she had been doing... he felt bad and went straight to work.
The couple had to change out the faucet halfway through the process as well, because they opted for a pullout option instead, but once they had that all figured out, things moved along smoothly!
Alright, so let's get back to 'real-time' here. Now that our beautiful granite and farmhouse sink is installed, we're prepping the walls for our new backsplash! Once Cason had all the walls smoothed out and sanded, from our hole repairs, I went in with a good quality primer and painted over everything, so it would be ready for the tiles.
AWESOME TIP: I don't know if you've seen or heard of these bomb-diggity new Paint Brush covers, but they ROCK! No more Ziploc baggin' it for us. These tightly sealed hard plastic covers are SO perfect for storing paint brushes between coats. They're fairly inexpensive, and fit lots of different sized brushes too. They'd make awesome stocking stuffers for Christmas, if you have an avid DIY in your life.
So here's what's coming up next!
Because we are always so pleased with their work and selection, we used Granite City to order our backsplash materials through and will also have their experts install the new 2x4 matte gray tiles in a subway style layout, with alabaster white grout. We mauled over this decision the longest, I think. We really liked the look of white subway tiles, because it was clean and fresh, but with some of the other changes we were making, we thought that having the gray tiles instead would make our kitchen look a bit more grounded and a lot more unique!
In our next update, we'll also be chatting a lot about our cabinetry, and what we decided to do there. Things are coming together and we're getting so excited!
...till next time!