Posts Tagged 'granite'

Update: Project Kitchen Has Shiny Stone!

We’re nearing completion. Since my last post on Project Kitchen, the granite countertop has been installed and we’ve begun pulling ideas for a backsplash! Next step is to find the right backsplash – whether it’s mirrored, covered in creamy glass subway tiles, or even left painted and treated with a nice calm coordinating pattern. The new granite is Brazilian Marron Cohiba – a rich blend of deep browns, blacks and peices of mica mineral!
New counter top works great with the appliances!

New counter top works great with the appliances!

For the new facet and sink, we decided on an under counter mount deep set rectangle sink that can hold all of the signs of a good dinner party without being seen by guests. =) The Como faucet is by Danze and has a sprayer built into the nozzle. Its very modern with out being to severe. I love the one handle operation and the handy coordinating Danze Parma soap pump!

Brushed stainless steel single lever faucet and soap dispenser.

Brushed stainless steel single lever faucet and soap dispenser.

In the meantime, we painted the backsplash wall Edgecomb Grey by Benjamin Moore. It’s used as an eggshell finish above the cabinets and in the adjacent dining room. The color is a nice neutral that sits on the fence of pale silvery blue and light taupe. The color changes throughout the day and makes a perfect temporary backdrop for this room. Voila! To be continued…

The island is now open into the dining room! We got six more inches of space with the tear down!

The island is now open into the dining room! We got six more inches of space with the tear down!

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Late Summer Update: Project Kitchen.

It’s nearing the end of a beautiful Washington DC summer (minus all of the typical humidity) as well as the end of this kitchen renovation that has absorbed a couple of weekends of free time. But I love the work, so its been a fun journey for me personally and professionally. New appliances, re-painted hardwood cabinets, and new brushed nickel hardware (plus a wall hung vintage bottle opener) is all complete and installed. It is such an amazing improvement. Yeah!

New Kitchen Aid Appliances from Sears.

New Kitchen Aid Appliances from Sears.

Just this past weekend, we ripped out that grey laminate countertop and cut down a low wall (messy and loud job sawing through metals studs) to allow for three side of the new countertop to show. Check out the progress!

Countertop ripped out and wall about to be cut down.

Countertop ripped out and wall about to be cut down.

Level countertop ready for Marron Cohiba Granite!

Level countertop ready for Marron Cohiba Granite!

Countertop now an island - looking from dining area.

Countertop now an island - looking from dining area.

The new granite countertop gets installed today (by awesome Dominion Granite and Marble!) and I’ll have those pretty pictures for you later this week.

Finding Nemo.

Project Kitchen is under way. We’ve painted cabinets, purchased new appliances, installed new hardware, and selected granite counter tops (images and descriptions to come). Now I’m researching tile or other wall treatment for the kitchen backsplash. Looking through the Washington DC Spaces magazine this morning, I saw an ad for Nemo Tile.

Nemo Tile in Jamiaca, Queens, NY, 1921

Nemo Tile in Jamiaca, Queens, NY, 1921

I tend to lean towards the not too trendy bit something fifferent approach. So the first page of this website drew me in. Nemo specializes in usable tiles and offers a myriad of options; which run the gamete of conventional materials such as stainless steel, glass, porcelain and stone, to the more unusual; and environmentally friendly, coconut shell tile.

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I prefer to stick with neutral wall treatment for this project as this is a condo and will eventually be sold to a new owner – so keeping it in line with the Victorian architecture of the building but updated for cilty living is key. The granite selected is a polished stone called Marron Cohiba (love the name) and has brown, black and touches of pearl in its markings. Marron Cohiba is quarried in the Huila Region of Angola. It is formed of unevenly shaped dark brown crystals often with metallic mica reflections. Often times, these crystals will show fine white streaks that are usually only visible in larger portions of the stone.

Marron Cohiba Granite

Marron Cohiba Granite

Now, we have new stainless appliances and want something to work alongside a creamy white cabinet, this granite and the silvered appliances. Any ideas?

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