I know it’s been almost 2 months since I told you that I was going to chronicle my kitchen remodeling project.

Deciding on what to buy turned out to be harder than I anticipated.

I went back & forth between stainless vs black appliances (watch the video to see what I ended up picking!).

I stumbled into a sale at Home Depot and ended up buying Silestone quartz counters at a great price. Then, I stopped by Henry Plumbing to look at sinks and fell in love with the Cambria quartz counters. After some serious soul searching and a major attempt to get Henry Plumbing to match the price of the Silestone counters on sale, unsuccessfully, I finally gave in and spent about $1500 more to get the counters I really wanted (Home Depot said I could cancel the order at no cost as long as I did it before they came to my house to make the template).

The counters are still under $4500 installed, which really isn’t a lot of money to get the granite-look in my kitchen. Not only will the kitchen look better, but I should get all of the money back if I were to sell the house.

I also settled on a custom tile blend for the back splash between the counters and the cabinets. This one really had my confused, but I’m thrilled with what I chose and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Cabinetry handles have been chosen and my new chocolate granite sink has arrived.

I’ve decided on lighting too. I definitely am putting in a recessed light in the middle of the kitchen and undercabinet lights under some of the cabinets. The struggle has been on what to do over the island. I found something online that I really liked, and Metro Lighting was able to get a sample glass pendant from the manufacturer since they didn’t carry it in stock. Unfortunately, the sample looks nothing like the online picture and the colors just aren’t right.

Totally at a loss at what to put over the island that keeps me from spending a fortune (lights get REALLY expensive!), I ended up buying something at Lowe’s this week which can be returned if I don’t like how it looks. I’ll wait and see how it works once the counters come in and then make a decision.

Speaking of counters, they get installed in 2 weeks.

Here’s a rundown via pictures of what I’ve picked so far:

Cambria Counters (Oxford)

My new Cambria counters (Oxford color) with my cabinets and the tiles that will make up the new back splash.

Oceanside back splash tile custom blend

Here’s the way the tiles for the back splash will look when they are mixed together.


The Oceanside back splash tiles with the counters and the lights I almost bought (but in reality were more brown than rust). The counters and back splash was purchased with the amazing help from Shannon at Henry Plumbing.

Kitchen sink - Blanco

Blanco kitchen sink ordered from Appliance Connection


I’m keeping my current faucet minus the soap dispenser that never seems to work.

Next week my contractor will be at my house painting the adjoining living room/dining room, installing appliances and lighting. I’ll give you another update soon.