I hope you all had a great weekend! Fall showed up in full force this weekend, and I even turned on the fireplace for the first time. It’s all good.
I’m getting started with a new client kitchen project, and I’m really excited to see how it’s all going to come together. This kitchen is small but mighty, and we’re going to make it beautiful and high end by the time it’s all said and done.
Here are the plans:
- Paint the cabinets
- Build up the cabinet frames to the ceiling and trim with crown moulding
- Add finished panels to the island and exposed end cabinet
- Add new cabinet hardware
- New granite countertops and backsplash
- New stainless steel appliances
- New sink and faucet
- New paint color on the walls
- Find a fabricator in your area to measure so you’ll know how many square feet you require when looking at slabs. The granite fabricator purchases the slab from the wholesaler and then gives you the price to cut and install it in your home, based upon their measurements.
- Choose your slab(s) from the granite wholesaler (put them on hold so no one else can steal them away from you). Usually they will offer a two week hold period.
- Once you’ve purchased your slab, the fabricator will be the one you work with to coordinate the installation. Some fabricators will remove your old countertop and even do plumbing work, which is convenient. Definitely a question to ask when shopping around for a fabricator. It’s nice to have a one stop shop.
Absolutely stunning. You can see that at this wholesaler, they put letters on the slabs that indicate how expensive they are on a scale from A-Z. “A” being the least expensive and “Z” being the most expensive. So yes, this delicious Calacutta Crema marble was a wee bit spendy.
Some of the slabs are visually stunning – like works of art, really.
Upon closer inspection, it was almost like birds had hopped all over the slab with ink on their claws. So, we dubbed this granite – “Bird Fingerpainting.”
This slab literally had fossils in it. Fossils. This slab looked like rockets in outer space, so we thought “Space Junk” might be a good name.
Check out this beauty! I have never seen anything like it. It reminded me of cells in biology class. We debated on naming it “Osmosis” or “Embryos”, and thought it could be used in the office of an ob/gyn’s office. 😉
We’re looking at using White Dove as the cabinet color – that will work.
- Mont Granite – https://www.montgranite.com/ – locations in Cincinnati and Columbus. Good selection, and is where we ultimately found the second slab of “Butterscotch.” Didn’t offer granite samples.
- StoneMart – https://www.stonemartmarblegranite.com/ – located in Columbus. By far, the best selection of granite, marble and quartzite. Granite samples of some, but not all slabs.
- OHM – https://www.ohmintl.com/ – located in Columbus (but they have other locations across the country). Smaller selection of granite than some of the other locations, but they had slabs that others did not. I found a couple of slabs that were contenders if I hadn’t found the Butterscotch color I was searching for. And they keep a good inventory of their slabs online as well. A good amount of samples were available to take home, which is nice.
- IGM – https://www.igmcorp.com/ – located in Columbus. Selection wasn’t as good in comparison to the other locations. But, it might be worth a visit if you’re in the area, since they’re all located so close to one another.
- DalTile – https://www.daltile.com/ – located in Cincinnati. Good selection of granite, and I noticed a lot of marble slabs as well. Granite samples available for some of the slabs.