Kitchen Facelift

Sometimes homeowners love everything about their new home – except for the kitchen. Such was the case in this project.

Our clients liked the cabinets, but hated the type of granite on the countertops & backsplash. They also really wanted a large farmhouse sink. As you can see in the “before” photo the granite was a dark black with blue crystals – which our client hated!


We were brought in to provide a new look –with warmer & softer tones to go with their other furnishings throughout their home. We call this project a facelift because all we were changing were the countertops, backsplash & plumbing fixtures – much less than a major overhaul of a kitchen where everything goes!

Doan_Selection_dayWe started the project by the client & me making all the selections. With them being from out of town, we planned to make a full day of it! We first selected the granite slab material, then chose the tile backsplash, & wrapped the day up by selecting our new farmhouse sink & fixtures. We ended the day with a glass of deserved wine at a local eatery downtown Portland!


As our selections were made and materials ordered, we scheduled the de-construction of the old countertops, backsplash & plumbing fixtures. The “demo” day went great! We had to be extremely careful not damage the existing cabinetry while removing the old granite.

Doan_GirlsThe day was not only productive, the clients daughters had fun playing with the old granite and making a fort out of the sink box. 🙂

In the next couple of weeks, our new stone countertops were being cut and polished and our other materials were on their way. We also had to re-design and build the sink cabinet to fit the new farmhouse sink.

Finally the day arrives for the installation of our client’s new granite! After it is installed, the beautiful farmhouse sink & fixtures go in. The tile backsplash is installed, grouted the next day – then voilà! The new kitchen has arrived!

Our homeowners couldn’t be happier with their new kitchen – and we had a fun time working with the whole family on the project!



Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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