Quartz vs granite

I wanted quartz. In fact I really really REALLY wanted quartz.  What I didn’t want was the price.  The Silestone I picked out was an astonishing $80 per square foot and I just couldn’t justify the price. Even with 32 square feet of countertop space that added up to be way more than this Renolista wanted to spend.  I started out not wanting granite because it was expected.  EVERYONE has granite countertops.  It wasn’t something that would help my house stand out when I decide to move on to my next project, but in the end the price won me over and I decided on some very nice granite countertops.  After spending a few weeks researching and gathering samples I found a screaming deal on some prefab granite slabs at the Home Depot.  The color was great and matched my new flooring perfectly!  The countertops ended up being $35 per square foot PLUS and extra 10% off.  This included installation and tax, and with the help of a Home Depot gift card I ended up spending less than $1100 for both the countertops and sink!  I promptly made my way to the Home Depot to order them which meant only one thing… more demo.

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You can see my laptop there… Blurred Lines and Strawberry Bubblegum made this demo process much more fun… now only if JT could actually HELP me, I’d be in heaven!  I digress.  This is the end product:

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This is how my kitchen looks at this exact second.  I joke that I’m going for a rustic log cabin look, but in fact it’s miserable.  This Renolista has OCD which doesn’t allow her to enjoy the dust on every meal cooked, or the lack of space to even prep a meal.  If these countertops don’t get installed soon I am not sure how I will live!  If only I knew about these things when I started the remodel… it’s the “joy” of reno, right?

I have gone ahead and picked out not only the granite, but also the sink and faucet to accompany the installation:

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All are very budget conscious but really pack the style.  The one thing I am not willing to compromise on is style for cost.  I need both.  This isn’t always easy, but so far patience and alot of shopping has sent me in the right direction!  The sink can be found at the Home Depot and is a granite composite at the bargain price of $149.  For the faucet it was really difficult to find something that caught my interest until I stumbled upon this beauty from Ikea and a great deal at only $99!  The countertop company should be out next week to template the kitchen for fabrication so I am anxiously awaiting the phone call like a kid on Christmas!  I can’t wait to have an actual kitchen again!!

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Orange tile? No thanks!

I tried to like the orange tile floors that were installed in the entry way and kitchen of the new place, but I couldn’t.  I needed something modern and comfortable to stand on for long periods of time while I pretend to be Martha Stewart!  I made my way over to Waldo Bowers and decided on this BEAUTIFUL Provenza flooring for both the entry and the kitchen:

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The hardwood floors are oil treated so I know I will have some upkeep, but the color is just divine and really picks up the color of the carpet!  With the floors picked out, it was time to rip out the tile… and rip out I sure did!  This Renolista pulled out every tile with a crowbar and a sledgehammer.  All my tears, sweat, and even a little bit of blood went into making a racket and demoing this atrocious tile floor.

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And after chipping away at it (no pun intended) for a few weekend, I finally was left with the end product:

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Empty hall closet

Which is exactly how it sits today.  I’m still waiting for the floor to come in and for the installer to come out.  I may be able to demo, but you do not want me installing hardwood floors if you want it to look even remotely decent.  I am smart enough to leave some of the work to the pros!