#MAHAHKitchenReno Continues!

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Kitchen renovations mean business! I remember how serious the whole process was when I did my first kitchen reno for a client last year – and we had a contractor and worker bee’s getting it done around the clock and it was still stressful! Lots of stuff got messed up with the cabinets and sizing, sink and faucet issues galore, and last minute switches by the client. Nightmare. I was dead set on making sure our DIY reno went a bit smoother, and part of that was letting the pro’s do their thing on our DIY weak spots – like the countertops. We made a post about what we chose a little bit ago, if you want to catch up, you can check it out here. Basically I convinced Joey we can have marble, kinda. I found a company that specializes in the look and feel of stone – in a high end way. So we made a little video about VT Dimensions and decided to share our #MAHAHKitchenReno process via video, because we don’t do that enough.  And, if you want to see the removal of our old laminate and what we are dealing with on the gritty side, check out this post and you will be pretty much in the know of our whole kitchen drama and why we decided to let the pro’s do their thing. This post is going to be a long one, so let’s cut to the video Joey and I made showing you our current kitchen condition, showing the VT Dimensions goodies the counter specialist brought, and going over some major fails and also spouting some solid do’s and don’ts for you.


If you are at work and can’t really watch the video, here are the Cliff Notes:

  • We found an amazing alternative to marble counters and I am really excited, because I really like marble.
  • We also found a professional to install the counters, because – well, we had issues with the lengths available at IKEA and we showed them off.
  • I really like marble.
  • A list of do’s and don’ts we’ll repeat at the end of this post.
  • A glimpse of what happens when the pro’s stop by and bring samples, sweet samples. It’s not the type of thing you order online – you want to touch and feel.
  • Joey gets funny with marble columns.
  • If your kitchen is like ours – it will only run you about $1,750 for counters + installation. SCORE!

If you aren’t a link clicker, you don’t know where we started this process. Rewind to 2009, when we bought our home, and enter mellow yellow-ville.


After some sprucing up of the backsplash, and replacing those yellow flash-back-to-the-60’s countertops with butcherblock, we have been living with this scenario for a year-ish.




Yes friend. That is in fact a missing cabinet door. “Why?”, you ask. Don’t use oil based gloss coating we kindly answer – if you want you cabinets to stay white. Which we did. When the reno is done, the door will be too. We promise. It’s the snaggle tooth of our kitchen. Ok, back to the counters. I did a really fantastic job of burning them, and staining them with things like pasta sauce and carrot puree. We needed a change quick because being a mom has turned be pro-germaphobe.

We know that people seal their counters with a gloss finish, but we mentioned before – it’s just not the look we love. We have a ton of raw wood in our home. Remember Joey made this table from reclaimed Queens wood? It’s raw. So is our dining room set and our massive coffee table table – 100 year old British wood to be exact, all raw. So, we ended up with burnt, dull, unsanitary wood. See for yourself:

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So, we used their handy locater, and this guy stopped buy to walk us through our counter replacement options, and we were able to make decisions right there! He measured – and that was it! Dunzo. It was sooooooo much less painful than that client I mentioned before.


He walked us though everything pretty painlessly and brought samples. Lots and lots of samples, which made me very happy and made it much easier to make a selection.



Thanks to all of you lovely readers for your votes on our Instagram! We went with ALL of your majority votes so far! We are officially in the middle of getting Calcutta Marble with a Marbella Edge Profile fabricated, it takes about 2-4 weeks. This isn’t real marble, but it looks and feels like it is and has paper-towel clean up maintenance, which is our goal.



The other updates are exciting too! We found our sink! She is pretty, very pretty.

30" fireclay apron farmhouse sink


And, you already know about these brass beauties we scored from Barnlight Electric. Gush.

brass kitchen lighting

We are still on the fence about which faucet to pick, but I am dead set on something brushed brass.


We grabbed the cabinet hardware as a desperate temp after Joey refinished the cabinets. The drawer pulls are from Restoration Hardware, and we love them, but finding something to go with them for the cabinets have been difficult, and we are still deciding. We are thinking something like this, both from Restoration Hardware, but with more of a muted brushed look.


We are mixing metals, and I am good with that.

Next up is installing the lights, getting rid of the red on the door, and finding that perfect faucet. Make sure to check out our Instagram to see up-to-date pics and tips on on kitchen reno. Follow #MAHAHKitchenReno for the feed.

We also started a Pin Board on Pinterest to organize our inspiration. Feel free to drop by and spill some knowledge there too!

Doing your own kitchen and have some helpful tips to keep it affordable? Get the conversation going in the comments. Also anyone out there use VT Dimensions? We would love to know how your counters are holding up!


  1. We have that Rohl sink and while I still love the look, its kind of a pain (if you are used a stainless one). Not a big deal but you have to wipe off the various crumbs and stuff since its handmade nature doesn’t let everything flow easily down the drain. Sure it only takes a few seconds so not a disaster but something I wasn’t expecting.

    Love, love, love those lights.

    Would love to see how your marble look laminate turns out. I’m a pretty die hard marlb

  2. Urg. I meant to write “I’m a pretty die hard marble fan. Its hard for me to believe anything could come close, especially laminate – but I can’t wait to see how it looks in your beautiful kitchen”

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