Glass tiles are up

The backsplash consisting of small glass tiles is up and I took several pics that day. It looks so fresh and clean!


Looking closer you can see two different color tones – light shining through the outer tiles and making them look so much brighter.


To confirm our suspicion our fantastic Angel took her magic key chain (“Hero of the Day”)…


… and did some testing, blocking the light with her hands.


So now we are debating how to paint these tiles on their outer areas to stop the light from shining all the way through the tiles. Do you have any thoughts on this? Any experience?


kitchen step by step

The countertops are in,


ImageThe sink has arrived and we will add a built in soap dispenser to keep the surface clean and empty!



The backsplash will be installed by the end of the day, too.


kitchen is next in line


The kitchen cabinets have a new coat of paint, the naked island is still naked and the appliances are ordered.

Now we can go ahead and have the countertops and backsplash installed. “We” means our Angel on site will oversee the install since we are so far away.

This is our new faucet. By Hansgrohe.


Out of all the faucets on display we both went straight to this one and loved it. Easy choice – coincidently we picked the German brand out of all the others. It must have looked familiar somehow. So renovating Euro Style is possible in Texas!

And of course we were only running around headless during our last trip and forgot to pick it up for the countertop install. So here comes our Angel again. She is wonderful. Otherwise a little mishap like this would turn into a much bigger issue when remote remodeling.

This undermount sink will come to us in white! It has already been delivered to the tileshop for fabrication of the countertops.

update: the sink had a crack. We had to re-order, re-schedule, more delays. The real facts behind remodeling. Those that you do not see in the before-after pictures.


The placement of the faucet! What a discussion. In the middle of the divider or the middle of the whole sink? Finally we settled on the version with the most alignment, ha, ha. Aligned with the cabinet doors beneath and not aligned with the sink divider. The second version would have meant that you would have had to move the faucet every time you wanted to get the water running without it hitting the divider. And that does not look aligned!

The backsplash, glass tiles. We will use white grout.


I have to admit, I do not like granite. I know, I know – everyone loves it, the more pattern and streaks the better. I am the opposite, the more busy the counters the less relaxed I will be working in the kitchen. And trust me, I spend hours and hours and more hours in there…

So – the counters have to be simple. We agreed upon Silestone in an off white color with a touch of grey. Excuse the bad quality of this pic with my phone.


Also, the counters will be thicker than average and no round corners for me. Just slightly eased, almost a 90 degree angle. Like in his picture.




Have you remodeled a kitchen recently? Did you have unexpected issues to deal with?

simplifying the counters


The kitchen is fine, there is nothing wrong with it.

Just, we wanted to spice it up a little. When we started we did not really know what we wanted in detail.

We thought we needed paint, we needed to upgrade the appliances, the countertops had seen better days. Of course this leads to the backsplash, the sink, the faucet.

Starting to discuss the new overhang at the bar area we were questioning it altogether. The domino effect had us again!

So, no overhang.

Then why would we need the two tier counters?

Ok, let us remove that.

How easy is that and what would it cost?

This is what our commications was all day long. Decision making is so exhausting. But my husband keeps telling me that it also burns calories…

The work began.






The walkway between kitchen and wall gained so much space! And the kitchen does look less like a kitchen now – at least if you are looking from the living room. The white walls and the white outer cabinets blend in more.

Easier on the eyes – at least on mine!

Now the next steps are the new counters.

Also, in this picture a little sneak peak into the wood flooring….


finding a home for cook books

This is how I store my cook books






So for the kitchen renovation a proper space for them was always on my agenda.

Above the fridge there were these doors…


Just so simple – we took them out.


And here with the new paint.  You might need a stool to reach them once the fridge will be in. Or use the space for some other decor.

But anyway – the kitchen looks more interesting and lighter now.


The naked kitchen island

This is the “before” island. Uneven shape with round and cut corners and an overhang on one side that does not really make sense there. Since we are changing the hardwood floors anyhow I was flexible enough to change the whole island.


First I wanted to have the cooktop on the other side to just gain a better view into the open living room and backyard while cooking. The old version had the cook stare at the kitchen cabinets only.

Then I found the shape a little odd and asked the carpenter to straighten it and to move the doors for the pots and pans to the other side also. We ordered a new cooktop, we ordered a new countertop. We had lots of ideas…

One day while discussing the endless alterations with the carpenter, we decided to just take it out completely and start all over again…



Now this is my drawing for the new version. I wanted it to look totally different than the rest of the cabinets. I will probably have it painted a different color than the other cabinets using a very shiny gloss.

Thinking kitchen island, I want something really out of the box. We will see… it starts like this. My husband calls it a naked island.

…and of course it needs to say “flush” not “flash” in my little drawing…



The kitchen will also need all new

– appliances

– countertops

– backsplash

– paint on walls and cabinets

– sink and faucet

– hardware.

I picked the counters, the paint colors, sink, faucet and backsplash during my last stay.

The appliances are also ordered.

The island completion and the hardware will be on my next to-do list.