As kitchens go, ours wasn't bad. The cabinets are good quality, it has hardwood floors, and the laminate countertops had a little wooden edge around them to give them a little style over your standard builder-issue laminate. The colors might not have been my first choice, but it was all relatively attractive for a kitchen where you didn't choose anything yourself. That said, after living here more than 10 years, we were ready for a change. I always pictured our kitchen with black granite counters, so that was the main goal.
Unfortunately, J.C. and I don't have a decision making gene between us, and so "The Great Granite Decision of 2014" began. We looked at this one,
and this one,
sometimes we took measurements, and...
sometimes there were chickens.
After months of spending an unhealthy number of hours touring every granite distributor in the area (with numerous visits to each one), we were pretty sure we would never redo the kitchen and just continue looking at granite for the rest of our lives. (Just a side note... we're currently at that stage with our bathroom reno.)
Finally though, we came to the conclusion that there was never going to be a "perfect granite", and we simply had to choose one.
We selected cosmos black with a leathered finish. (Bonus points if you can spot the chicken in this photo.)
We had the granite installed back in February, and finally chose a tile backsplash about a month ago. We are nothing if not painfully slow with decisions. It is now done though, so here are a few before and afters.
Close-up of the tile and counter before...
And the sink before...
and after. I have to say the new black sink is probably my favorite part of the kitchen. It is a Swan granite composite sink, and I adore it. Is it OK to adore a sink? Maybe I shouldn't have admitted that.
Area by the fridge before...
and after (probably should have cleared the fridge for the after shots. We have kids though. Is it possible to have clean refrigerator doors with kids?).
Anyway, it is finally done, and we're happy (with the exception of those darn white plate covers that I hadn't even noticed until I looked at these pictures). It isn't a huge overhaul, but it is new, fresh, bold, and more us. (And I really love the cool black sink.)