Holy Moly, can you believe it’s mid-October already? It seems like ever since we started this main floor renovation back in June, time has flown by so quickly! Every day, there’s so much to do and, as a result, I haven’t been able to share the process as much as I had originally planned. My apologies. However, if you’ve been following along on Facebook or Instagram, you probably have a pretty good idea of what’s been going on around our house the past few months.
If you’ve tackled your own renovation then you know it almost always takes much longer than first anticipated. We’ve certainly had some bumps along the road, but we seem to be back on track. The painting will all be finished up this week, then the kitchen countertop can go in. Next will be the installation of our sink and faucet! Not having a kitchen sink has by far been the most challenging part of living through this renovation.
So many of you have been asking to see progress pictures and I do promise to share renovation updates for each room as I can. At times, I’ve barely been able to stay ahead of trades, so blogging, unfortunately, has been put on the back burner. Thankfully, things are starting to settle down (including the dust!). Thanks for being patient.
As some of you know, I narrowed our quartz countertop selection down to two options last week. The original plan for the kitchen was to install Frosty Carrina by Caesarstone, since we’re thrilled with our Stone Grey Caesarstone countertop in the basement. However, my supplier showed me some other options from a different company called TCE Stone that also look like marble.
Marble Quartz Countertop Options
The one on the left is TCE Stone 4005, which has a bit more pronounced veining with a slightly cooler white background. The one on the right is Frosty Carrina by Caesarstone, which is more subtle in veining and a bit warmer in undertone.
Although the Ikea Bodbyn cabinets we installed are a warm white, we preferred the contrast and added interest of the TCE Stone (as did some of you) next to them. The best part is, TCE is noticeably less expensive than Caesarstone, which means my lighting budget just went up (perhaps!).
I was a bit worried about how the veining and color appeared over the entire countertop, so our supplier suggested going to the warehouse to look at the actual slab we’d be purchasing.
The trip into the city put my mind at ease since there was quite a bit of white mixed with touches of grey and taupe, which is not what the sample indicated. I liked it so much better! Some decisions, especially when they’re big ticket items, need extra attention even when it’s an inconvenience.
The warehouse was a bit dark, so I’m visiting our supplier later this week to take one last look at it in their workshop where there’s some natural light before they start cutting it down. I’m crossing my fingers I still love it when it goes in. Eek!
See you next week,