marble countertops

home progress: marble countertops, apron sink & new faucet oh my!

kitchen progress countertops // smitten studioOn the last kitchen update we had just ripped everything out and started installing the cabinets. We’ve made some more progress since then with the installation of new marble countertops & backsplash, a new sink, and a beautiful new faucet. Yay for running water in the kitchen again (it has been too long).

I went to the marble yard and found this beautiful Calacatta Gold marble slab. I’ve always wanted a kitchen with marble countertops and I know they aren’t the most durable or practical but come on, the heart wants what the heart wants.

One thing that surprised me is that I always just thought Carrara marble was the way to go, meanwhile all the backsplashes I have been drooling over where actually Calacatta. Both from Italy, Carrera marble is generally more gray with smaller veins and Calacatta is whiter with more dramatic veins. The slab that I found was very white and the veins have the prettiest range of colors that include touches of gold and green.

marble countertops // smitten studioAs soon as the marble was down, I celebrated with a little champers and a snack, which then led me to putting the counter to the real test of photograph-ability. Everyone should design kitchens based on that right? ;)

kitchen faucet // smitten studioAnd finally, this faucet! I have never gotten so excited over a tap before, I may have done a ridiculous really cool dance when it arrived at my doorstep.

Rupe’s one request was that the faucet had one of those extendy pull-down functions which is practical of course, but sometimes ugly. So when I fell in love with this sleek modern beauty I thought I had a fight on my hands, but thankfully, things got a whole lot better in the Samuel household when I realized it does have a pull-down feature hidden inside the pretty little spout. win win!

Oh and we were so happy with the sink we installed in the cabin that we used it again here. For an apron style sink, you can’t beat that price.

Next on our to do list is to get the doors and drawer fronts on the cabinets. I just picked up my order from Semihandmade and they are amaaazing! I can’t wait to get them finished and installed.

To see the kitchen before check here.
To see all of the home renovations so far check here.

Product guide: Faucet c/o Brizo // Sink by Ikea // Cabinets by Ikea // Serving board & napkin by A Sunny Afternoon

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel