something amazing happened in the kitchen.
And it wasn’t a new recipe.
It was something like putting on new makeup, new clothes and that sassy tie up pair of heels
whole new you amazing.
Have you ever noticed how sometimes just one thing can make all the difference?
Like those sassy tie up shoes.
You can wear heels with that little black dress…
or you can wear HEELS.
Heels that make you feel amazing and that turn heads
and have people talking.
And I say
Let them talk.
This recent pop of pretty in the kitchen…
well, it is kind of like
those heels and is definitely a game changer over here.
It gave the kitchen a whole new look.
And can you believe that it was just one little change?
But first, let’s talk about our kitchen Cinderella story
and how that amazing Fairy Godmother waltzed in and waved her magic wand
and the kitchen went from this:
Let’s get real.
A magic wand in renovating a kitchen?
It looks more like a hammer, reciprocating saw, a lot of paintbrushes, caulk,
possibly a bit of colorful language
a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
Most renovation projects are that way.
They don’t just have a Fairy Godmother with a magic wand that comes along one day
and says ‘Bippity Boppity Boo’ and hands you a brand new look on a silver platter.
That would be pretty awesome if it happened that way-
but this change was kind of like a Fairy Godmother change…
It was that pair of amazing heels that had people talking.
The ones that stopped that
handsome Prince in his tracks and had him talking marriage after 5 minutes.
But these shoes weren’t made of glass…
Any ideas what changed yet?
let’s talk about that farmhouse style island.
Did you know that when we first bought the house that there was no island in
It was just a galley style, walk through kitchen.
Originally where the range is – the hallway was- and you would walk smack dab through the kitchen to go to the back of the house.
That all changed when we closed it off and created a new hallway through a large extra room.
And it gave us the opportunity to bring in an island because
one of the things old galley style kitchens can lack
is counter space.
Though we have 25′ long of counter space on one side- that was it.
The other side was the refrigerator and doorways.
It wasn’t ideal.
But adding an island was a charming fix
and this farmhouse style island was near perfect.
It was rectangular in shape and not too wide and the only thing I didn’t instantly love about it-
was the faux butcher block top. Regular butcher block would have been much better because
though it is wood- this wasn’t as forgiving as butcher block with stains
and and it didn’t get that great old character that butcher block has.
Those dings and stains?
Well, they just looked like dings and stains rather than patina.
And we have sanded it down several times to get it looking pretty again
and reconditioned with a food safe rub and enjoyed it
but it always felt like it needed a little something different…
a darker color or finish maybe? Or maybe something else.
And when we changed the kitchen counters to a gorgeous marble slab recently
I knew exactly what that island needed…
A delicious chunky marble top.
Oh I cannot tell you how much I love this marble.
It is the same marble we used on the countertops- a gorgeous
Vermont Imperial Danby honed from Arizona Tile
This type of marble has long veining that I absolutely love- and it is crisp and white
with subtle brown and black veins that create a delightful pattern that does not overwhelm.
Did I mention that I love it?
Love it. Love it. Love it.
I knew that the marble would be amazing on the island…
but I have to admit that I was surprised at just how much that one thing changed the feeling.
It was almost like the day the first chandelier went up in the kitchen years ago.
Just that one change and the kitchen was instantly a different room.
It was that cottage kitchen – with all the old wonky cupboards, charm and character…
but it was instantly filled with this amazing feeling
of serene old world elegance and beauty.
It is a Cinderella story all over again.
And since marble is such a warm and patina rich stone that
takes something simple and makes it exquisite
it truly is an absolute perfect fit.
I am in love.
Between this gorgeous new island and refinished floors
prepare for kitchen photo overload coming your way.
And for those of you who are interested in changing your counters or island tops to marble or any other stone or tile-
I highly recommend Arizona Tile.
Between hand holding and steering me in the right direction stone and finish wise
to the amazing amount of choices in slabs and tiles
to the best prices around-
you cannot go wrong.
And stay tuned because I will have more details on putting this piece in the kitchen
(it was super super simple)
How we got it ready and all about sealing it to make sure it stays pretty.
I will also have another update on how our marble counters are holding up.
So if you have any questions-
send them to me and I will try to answer them.
And for more info about our marble counters-
you can find Q & A about Marble Counters here
Happy Monday everyone.
I have worked with Arizona Tile on various projects in our home
but all opinions and my crazy love of marble and Arizona Tile are my own.
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