Presto Chango!

Hey everyone!  I hope you are all having a safe and special weekend.  I hope everyone takes time to remember our Veterans, past and present, who have fought and sacrificed to make this "The Land of the Free."  To all Veterans, I say "Thank you for your service."

Well, last week I gave you a little "tease" about something that was going to be happening in our kitchen.  Being that I'm not a super-patient person (except with my "Grands"), I was delighted at the speed with which this project happened.  It was exactly a week from start-to-finish.  Woohoo!  Last Friday, measurements were taken and a template was made for.......NEW GRANITE COUNTERTOPS!  I know that many, many of you already have granite & have had it for ages, but not me.  This is the first time, & I'm just thrilled!  So, on Tuesday, we got the call that they were ready & could be installed on Thursday morning, starting at 7AM.  We spent Wednesday afternoon removing everything from the existing countertops & drawers.

What a lot of stuff!

This is what the kitchen looked like at 6AM Thursday morning.

Not at all sad to see this go "bye-bye!"

Then at 6:40, this pulled up in front of our home.

These guys were "Worker Bees" and made short order of removing all the tile.
They were really careful and cleaned up as they moved along.

The first piece of granite.

I love the double bullnose edge.

I'm so excited to see the sink!

This crew worked so fast & efficiently & were finished by Noon!  
A plumber came on Friday morning to hook up the new stainless sink & faucets.  And by Friday evening, we were back in business.


 Pretty much everything went back to its original place, but I did do a few tweaks here & there.  And that surprises you how?

We extended the island by a foot to accommodate stools if we want to use them.

We may add some brackets or legs at some point.

We have some minor touch-up painting to do but not much.


 I'm lovin' this sink.  It's called a 60/40 & is super-deep.   

I love the high backsplash, and the crew did a beautiful job of cutting the granite around the shutter.

 The faucet is so sleek & there is even a soap-dispenser. 

Now, what would you put in this cute Rooster dispenser -- hand soap or lotion?

The island is now 4'x5' and is such a wonderful work space.......

& display area.

Ya know how one thing leads to another, so now we want to replace these two light fixtures.  I could really use some advice here from all you inspiring bloggers.

I've seen a small chandy & matching double pendant lights that have the light alabaster globes with a polished nickel finish, & I like them.  My dilemma is whether the polished nickel is going to look okay with my little vintage table & chairs?  Also, the adjacent family room has a fan-light fixture that is dark wood with dark fittings, but it is close to the ceiling.  Do I even need to take that into consideration when choosing the two kitchen/eating area fixtures?  Please, I could really use your input.

A better view of our breakfast table.

Everything looks so much better on these countertops.

It has actually gotten chilly enough that The Man lit the pilot light and we had a fire in the fireplace last night.  We haven't had a fireplace in almost 20 years (don't really need one in this part of AZ), & we are lovin' the ease of flipping the switch!  It was just so cozy!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share another remodeling project with tons of photos.  I love it when you stop by and leave a comment, so please drop by any time.

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  1. I love your granite, but I also loved your before! So....my white cheap counter tops are really awful!! Congrats on the update and everything looks just beautiful! Perfect color!

  2. The new counters look fabulous, I am so excited for you. I can't believe they did them so fast, and you are lucky that they actually cleaned up there mess. I will have to think about the light fixtures, but it looks like the island could support a double light fixture, and for a change you could put a drum shade over your existing chandy for a cheap fix while you decide on something new.

  3. Oh I love your granite, such a lovely color. Everything looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

  4. Your kitchen looks great now! How exciting for you. :)

  5. Hi Carol.....Love the granite. That was a quick turnaround. I'm not good at picking lights so hopefully someone else can advise. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

  6. Your new granite is so pretty! I love your kitchen and your new sink looks wonderful! I have an extra deep sink and just love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  7. Love the new counters! I have granite tile & I'm dying to replace it with slab granite.

  8. CAS, your kitchen is so pretty! I know you must be so happy to be getting the work done around there. :D

  9. Your new granite is so pretty!! Love the color... I know you are so excited!!! Great post - I love anything to do with kitchens :-)

  10. Gorgeous! I love the look and backsplash...& Oh..that kitchen island!!! I'm itching to replace my kitchen counters soon...

  11. So happy for you! It turned out beautifully! I just got granite in June. Love it!
    Enjoy it!

  12. Love your new granite.Looks alot like my color.I know you will enjoy it.Your kitchen looks beautiful.My husband too is a veteran.4 years USMC and 26 ANG.

  13. Don't you just love the granite. I remember how excited I was when we got ours a few years ago. You will love it.

  14. Your new granite is very beautiful - really makes your kitchen shine. Love the island size too, you will get much use out to that.

  15. Your new granite counters are gorgeous! You did a great job picking out the color too because they compliment your wood beautifully! I am very happy for you. Extending the island was a wonderful idea too!

  16. Hi Carol! I'm back to say - I'm now following you on Pinterest! Isn't it fun? Still loving your gorgeous kitchen!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. Hello! I'm a newbie blogger and found you at the picket fence. Love the transformation in your kitchen. That double bullnose on the granite is a great classy look. I love to quilt like you and I'm showing finished projects on my blog madedownsouth.blogspot.com. Stop by sometime!

  18. You must be so please with the way this turned out! The granite is so pretty and look so nice with the cabinets!

    Thanks for sharing your exciting post at Potpourri Friday!

  19. Wow Cas! I love your place. The combination of wood and granite made it so lovely for me. I love perfect match of the two, so comfy and homey!

  20. Granite countertops are a big job! ...and done in a week. That would make me very happy too!
    They look great.

  21. The new countertops are amazing! I bet you are enjoying them tremedously and do not miss clean the tile anymore.

  22. WOW! They look so beautiful! You made a great choice and your kitchen looks so warm and cozy. Thanks so much for sharing this transformation with us at Inspiration Friday this week and for leaving such a sweet comment...we truly appreciate you! :-)

  23. Oh Cas, I LOVE it!!!! I am so happy for you. I love the color you chose. My favorite is your edge. Oh, how I wish I had done my edges differently. I love your extra big back splash, too.
    And a week???? You lucky girl! Our waiting list was 6 weeks, and then they goofed, and it took another week, and I'm not a patient gal either. I say go with the light fixture that you like! When we were building, we were told not to worry about matching from room to room. Whatever you do will be beautiful! Have a Happy Thanksgiving in your beautiful new kitchen :) with all of your family!

  24. Your granite looks great! I love it! The fireplace looks cozy, I know you enjoy it!

  25. I love your new granite, CAS! It looks great & makes such a big difference in your kitchen. Nice color choice too.

    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I am now following you!

  26. Oh how lucky, and they look wonderful, Clean durable counter tops, I am green with envy. This really makes your kitchen seem larger. Thanks for sharing

  27. Fabulous! Love the edge! It's amazing what a difference the countertops can make! Happy Thanksgivng!...hugs...Debbie

  28. CAS, your new granite countertops are a beautiful addition to your very lovely home! Congratulations!

    Wishing you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


  29. Don't you LOVE it? Your granite looks very "up town"! It does really upscale the look of your kitchen. I know you will enjoy we. We have granite in our 5 y/o home and I have really enjoyed it.
    Hey, I'm a retired AF wife and grandma to 4 including a newborn! Fun, huh??
    Donna (nice to meet you!)

  30. Your granite looks gorgeous !! Doesn't it feel like a brande new kitchen? Even your accessories look even more beautiful on there. :) I love our granite and hope you enjoy yours, too!


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