Kitchen Saga [Part 3: Looking more modern!]

The kitchen update continues! In the last post we replaced the flooring…and what a huge difference it made! Also, my man began the concrete counter top process. And now…on to the next projects: sink, faucet, microwave, and the first two counter tops installed!

After the first two counters were dry/set, Nathan had to grind them down with a wet grinder (variable speed wet diamond polisher to be exact. Cue Tim Allen “Tool Time” grunting). After that he had to seal them multiple times then wax each one before installing them.

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He also installed our new apron sink and faucet that weekend. It would be easier to measure for the size of the next counter top forms if the new sink was in place…no complaints here! We purchased the sink and faucet on Costco.com. Best prices we could find…and who doesn’t love getting stuff from Costco?!

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After the old sink was removed, Nathan added some supports for the new sink and cut away the old counter top, he hooked up the new sink and faucet!

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Kitchen Saga [Part 3: Looking more modern!]|eventuallycomplete.com(Fear not. The wood piece the faucet is on is only temporary!)

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Woohoo! Not much to look at right now…but once all the counters are installed…it will look so sleek!

Next, he installed the first two finished counter tops.

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So good! The little recycled glass pieces didn’t show up as much as I’d hoped…but I still love the outcome. On my final kitchen post, I’ll have to show some close-ups.

We are minimalists when it comes to stuff on the counters, so the microwave being there always bothered us. Now was the time to install an above range microwave. We found a great deal at h.h.Gregg and it fit perfectly. Nathan had to cut out the existing cabinet above the range and rebuild it to a smaller size. I choose to not have the doors rebuilt and put back on.

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It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to install, but it got done and correctly 😉

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So after that weekend of work…here’s where we left off!

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Kitchen Saga [Part 3: Looking more modern!]|eventuallycomplete.com

I love the little open shelf above the microwave…now I just need to put some cool stuff and pops of color inside it 🙂 I also like the little trim Nathan added along the top of the cabinetry. Gives it a little more class. I think when this is all over and done one of may fav things will be the sink area. I love the new light fixture. I love the sink and faucet. It all just works!

Thanks for tagging along on our kitchen journey! We are getting so close to being done! Counters need to be finished/installed, spruce up the front of the breakfast bar, back splash picked out/added…and besides slowly getting new appliances, we will be done!

One thing I do need to research is cleaner for concrete counter tops. Since they are porous and stain easily, you can’t use certain things on them. Anything with citrus or vinegar for instance will eat away at the seal and stone. I’d love any recommendations or tips from those of you with concrete counters! In the mean time, I’ll be browsing around on Pinterest 🙂

That’s all for now! Press on!

Jaimi S.

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