Silestone Marengo Counter Tops

Is it possible to be madly in love with inanimate objects? I’m beginning to think so. Our counter tops are here and they are everything I hoped for and more. And the new sink and faucet? Ditto.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking – subway tile backsplash and crown moulding still to come.

Shall we quickly revisit what the kitchen looked like three weeks ago?

I can’t believe I didn’t do this years ago – I had convinced myself that wood kitchens were more appealing to the masses for resale. And now I don’t care about the masses. Let’s get back to the pretty.

The new faucet and sink rock my world. Simple as that.

Here’s a close-up of our counter tops. I mentioned to my sister (a high school Science teacher) before we started this project that I wanted my kitchen counters to look like the lab tables in her Chemistry classroom. We laughed about this because…how should I put this? I didn’t see eye to eye with any of my high school science teachers and science wasn’t my forte. Probably because I was admiring the finish of the lab tables instead of learning the periodic table. Oh well, I graduated.

We went with black hardware for contrast and to echo the dark counter tops. [To answer a previous question, we bought a hardware template at home depot to make sure that we installed each knob and pull in the same place. It worked great - you could also make your own template with cardboard]. And I’m so glad I went with the black hardware – with the white appliances, I think the contrast is important.

In other kitchen news, the banquette is done! I just have to make the cushion and then it will be ready for prime time.

Comments

  1. It looks great, Emily! I can see why you are in love!!!

  2. oh my goodness! I LOVE your kitchen! My eyes went straight to the hardware-love it! And the countertops are beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest!

    did you make your curtain? I love it too!

  3. It looks amazing. I really love the black and white contract between the cabinet hardware/counters and the cabinets. Awesome job!

  4. Wow. Wow. Wow. It looks so good. Wow.

  5. The kitchen looks amazing! Honestly, the white and the black contrast make the room look so much larger, and brighter, and just generally lovely. I can’t believe how much it changed and how quickly it did so!

  6. amazing!! that looks like an entirely different place!! what a difference. and so glad you now have a place you love, not just tolerate.

  7. holy crap Emily – AMAZING!!! you put my dining room to shame. Patrick is going to be mad because I think that I just added another project to our list ;) nice work!!! -jenna

  8. Wow! I love it! I want white cabinets now. Great job…it looks wonderful!

  9. That kitchen is looking fabulous! Each addition just makes it look more awesome. :-)

  10. Wow! That turned out amazing! Do you feel as if you’ve moved? It’s like a whole new kitchen in a new house, except you don’t have to unpack and memorize where everything goes again!

    Enjoy it, can wait to see more photos!

  11. love it! and love the curtain!

  12. What a change! Love it!

  13. Looks fabulous! I love the cabinet pulls and the sink/faucet. Can’t wait to see the banquette!

  14. AMAZING! What a transformation. Love how cheery it is and I love the pops of green.

  15. Perfectly Done! Congrats it looks Awesome!

  16. Wow, what a beautiful transformation! I love the white and the apple green color is just the perfect splash.

    :) I was wondering if you’ve ever thought of doing something like this:
    http://theletteredcottage.net/our-house

    (The tall crown molding)

    I think it would look amazing in your kitchen, and they have a tutorial that makes it look fairly simple and inexpensive. Just thought I would share.

    Have a beautiful day!

  17. Kar in Colorado says:

    Lovely!! Pretty sure you have the same cabinets we do — builder basic in a 4yr-old home in the Thornton/Brighton area. Very reassuring to see how great they look with paint. Just yesterday we finished tearing out the builder carpet/vinyl/tile and laying 800+ sq feet of hardwood, so a cabinet redo is not in our immidiate future. I’ll just admire yours for now!

  18. I’m about ready to go pick up a paint brush and take my cabinet doors off. You did an awesome job.

  19. eeeee!!! It looks SOOO PRETTY!!! I’m so impressed with your kitchen reno skills! :) And, since I’m a science nerd, I totally dig your description of what you wanted in a countertop.

  20. Looks great so far! The backsplash is going to look awesome! :)

  21. Looks awesome!!!!!!

  22. WOW! great job! It looks so fresh and clean and bright. I love the curtain? Did you buy or make it?

  23. I love the kitchen look. Very pretty and sunny.

  24. GORGEOUS!!!!!

    I’m screaming from Superior – this is such a beautfiul kitchen, Emily!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the curtain!

    Can’t wait to see the banquette!

    xoxo

  25. A-freaking-mazing. The pulls make such a huge difference in the “custom” look. And the white is so bright. I went back and forth between photos thinking you had painted the walls too, but I realized it is just so much brighter. The curtain and rug are awesome too. I love that appliances just blend right in. Almost makes me wish I did white rather than stainless. The close up of the countertop looks the same as mine, but in the other photos yours looks darker. Either way- I love it!

  26. How have I missed this?

    Oh I know. I skipped my Google Reader when on vacation.

    Bad, Kim. This is amazing, Emily! I love the countertops. In fact, I’m kind of obsessed with them. Gorgeous. And the faucet? Perfect. It’s also really similar to ours (great minds think alike?). Only ours is black. But I love the style and the pull down handle and the spray function.

    I am just so happy that you did it and love it! And I’m totally waiting on pins and needles to see the banquette.

    Ex-cited.

  27. I thought I had already commented, so sorry for the late response. I must have been blinded by my serious countertop envy/jealousy/lust.

    They’re GORGEOUS & offset the new white cabs beautifully!!!! And that faucet is so sexaaaay, I just might make sweet love to it. You’ve also inspired me to get some sort of window treatment hung in our kitchen–I adore the pop of color yours adds to the space.

    Well done, Em, well done indeed.

  28. holy smokes, and i thought i was the only more interested in the finish of the lab tables!! i’m about to order these from home depot and have a quick question for you – how does the seam look? is it terribly noticeable? my concern with the silestone is the darker you go, the more visible the seam. if you regret the purchase (which it sounds like you don’t!) please let me know?! thanks so much!

  29. holy smokes, and i thought i was the only more interested in the finish of the lab tables!! i’m about to order these from home depot and have a quick question for you – how does the seam look? is it terribly noticeable? my concern with the silestone is the darker you go, the more visible the seam. if you regret the purchase (which it sounds like you don’t!) please let me know?! thanks so much!

  30. Emily, we’re embarking on a similar redesign (white with darker counters) – some people have tried to discourage us from playing up the contrast between light & dark – go off-white with your counters, they’ve suggested – your photos have convinced us to follow our instincts – so HURRAY and THANK YOU! Could you tell us about your spanking new faucet – make & model? It is gorgeous. Merci buckets!