Friday, February 15, 2008

Nearly finished kitchen
(minus one lightbulb and other to-dos)

Taking a break from the eternal search for furniture that doesn't exist, Im back to report on actual renovation progress. I can't believe Im saying this but (with the exception of a lightbulb, glass shelves for the upper cabinets and a few other minor things) my kitchen is finished!!

You read that right: appliances installed, countertops oiled, fixtures operating, lights shining, backsplash gleaming.

I think I just saw a pig fly by my window!!

Finished kitchen
It is not perfect but it is lovely and as close to what I imagined as is possible in my imperfect life.

Backsplash complete
They don't exactly jump out at you but the backsplash was done with the very same tiles that Mr. Limestone so painstakingly removed from the upstairs bathroom. The very same tiles we spent a good deal of time soaking and scrubbing and sorting. Hard to imagine but we barely had enough unscathed tiles to do even do this much backsplash after all that. (We had a lot of extras that have some minor damage) Its one of those things that no one but us will notice but Im happy we were able to use these.

Finished kitchen, oiled soapstone
Despite telling the crew we didn't want them to oil the soapstone, they couldn't resist. I loved how it looked gray and I love how it looks black. And lastly the shiny bridge faucet. This is one of those very rare things that the Mr. and I both agreed on from fairly early on. Im especially happy with how it doesn't look out of place despite its central location.

For comparison sake, lets travel back in time to what this room looked like before we touched it (photo 1) and on the first day of demo (photo 2).
Parlor Kitchen BeforeKitchenbefore

I think I see the end of this renovation tunnel that has sapped all of our energy (and money!) for the last year.

36 comments:

  1. White, sparkly, clean, gorgeous kitchen! I'm so jealous!

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  2. Stunning, really stunning, my 6 year old daughter even loves it , she said "I wish she was my Mom" speaking of you mrs.limestone, that is a difficult seal of approval to achieve, my girl has a great sense of style.

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  3. Thats really sweet of your daughter Chris but if she knew about my complete inability to bake, Im sure she would quickly change her mind. (Not to mention that your kitchen is gorgeous and 4x as big as mine!)

    Thanks liz!

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  4. beautiful! absolutely beautiful! are you planning on putting a table anywhere nearby? what's in that room where you're standing to take the pic?

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  5. This kitchen is open to my dining room (on the other side of the island - where Im standing while taking these photos). So there will be a big table and chairs there.

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  6. How big is the room, including dining room ?, because the rooms look really big, what are the dimensions of your master? none of my rooms are wider than 13 feet

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  7. The kitchen part is really small. It used to be a closed off bedroom before we changed the arrangmeent of the house. I don't have the exact measurements but I think its something like 10 feet long(the wall with the cabinets) and 8 feet wide (between cabinet wall and edge of island)

    If you count measure the entire dining room/kitchen area (because its really just one big room now) its 20 feet wide by about 12 feet.

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  8. what time is dinner?

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  9. Have you seen the Daphuane Sofa on Ballard http://www.ballarddesigns.com/Furniture/Sofas/Dauphine-Sofa/p/5628?path=1%2C2%2C1443%2C1488&iProductID=5628, I thought of you when I saw it .

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  10. Thanks for thinking of me Chris. Thats a beauty.

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  11. Wow, its just gorgeous! You give me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It looks fantastic!

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  12. What an absolutely gorgeous kitchen! This is totally something I would choose. Your blog looks great - I will be back to read the rest!

    Cheers,
    Emily

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  13. What a beautiful kitchen! I really enjoy your blog and watching your progress.

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  14. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon your blog - but I'm glad I did. You have an absolutely stunning home! I've looked back at some of the older posts and the transformation is incredible. I love the choices you've made - the mixture of old and new...the details. Just splendid. You and mr. limestone must be so proud. I've always dreamed of buying and renovating a brownstone (but in Harlem)...too bad I don't live in NY and they don't make them like this in Toronto.

    I look forward to reading along on a regular basis.

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  15. Oh my dear, that is the most marvellous refined kitchen. It is simply perfect and I adore it and want to come right in there and bring you something amazing and gourmet in a pretty box that we can open up and eat in celebration! Congrats on your kitchen. The soapstone is incredible, as are all your choices!

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  16. OMG, that must be THE most beautiful kitchen I have seen. I love it!! Everything looks beautiful, and I can't see one thing I would have bdone differently. Congratulationz with a job well done (and planned). I'm sure you'll enjoy cooking there. I don't know if I told you before (probably) but I also love the floors in your house. I wanna move in!!!

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  17. I love it. It looks like something out of a movie, like my favorite kitchen ever from "Something's Gotta Give." Y'all did a fantastic job!

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  18. wow! wow! wow! GORGEOUS!!!!! debbie =)

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  19. It looks absolutely wonderful. So clean and gorgeous! I can see the parties now!

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  20. Oh my...what a wonderful,gorgeous, and simply stunning kitchen! I know the tiles were a real labor of love..but oh so worth it!!!! Everything is simply TDF :o)
    ~Des

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  21. thanks everyone - I really do love how it turned out. I haven't had a chance to break it in but Im slowly stocking the fridge and cupboards with my favorite. Husband is already trying to drive me nuts by putting the knife block on the counter. (I like a totally clean counter)

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  22. it's stunning! i'm so jealous. :)

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  23. I love your kitchen, and your countertops....amazing looking!

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  24. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. My hat is off to you. It looks so lovely! You must be thrilled. :o)

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  25. wow it looks so fabulous!
    i want to move in.
    -meg

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  26. I'm drooling over here!!! Maybe this has been asked and answered before but what does that door lead to (back left)?

    AWESOME. I'm so siked to see these photos!

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  27. The door leads to the future deck + stairs to the garden we plan to add later. For now its a door that goes to nowhere.

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  28. Anonymous8:35 PM

    Your kitchen is my future dream kitchen. Actually, your entire house is. Absolutely love it! All of the choices you have made throughout the house have been floating around in my head for years but I do not have the ability or talent (or finances right now-lol) to put it all together as well as you have done.

    I also like a totally clean counter which my family and friends just cannot understand. lol

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  29. I'd love to know more about your pendant lights, please. Your kitchen is delicious!

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  30. Hi KB - Thanks for stoping by. The pendants are from Hinkley lighting and they are called "Knickerbocker". Pretty much all the lighting supply sites carry this brand so if you do a google search you'll find them. Hope that helps!

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  31. Great kitchen! Where did you get your cabinets? Were they custom?

    Looks great.

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  32. Thanks. They were by Plain & Fancy.

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  33. Anonymous4:43 AM

    maybe i missed it. but what brand and style name is your kitchen faucet?

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  34. The cabinets are so beautiful. This is my dream kitchen - white, simple, luxurious and timeless.

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  35. Here in Australia most people use either marble, caesarstone or laminate for their kitchen bench tops. We used a white caesarstone when we renovated our kitchen in late 2007. Isn't soapstone soft?

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  36. Your kitchen is stunning! I LOVE soapstone, and it goes perfectly here.

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