BEFORE IMAGES Here are some images of the kitchen prior to the renovations. I made an inspiration board of images of kitchens that I aspired to have. The main focus was to have a marble inspired kitchen without actually making everything made of marble because in all honestly I tend to be a bit clumsy in the kitchen and by a bit I mean really clumsy. I did some research and found quartz to be the best option for me and my home! Quartz is a man made stone and it’s heat resistant, scratch, crack and stain resistant – perfect, right?
I went onto the Ceasarstone website to pick a couple of quartz under their Classico line. It was originally between London Gray and Frosty Carrina but Calacatta Nuvo had just been released so we decided to go with Calacatta Nuvo even though it was a bit pricier than the other two. If you go onto the site you will see that there’s a new design that resembles marble very nicely called Statuario Nuvo (image below), you might want to look into that one as well.
PROCESS IMAGES The process took about 3 days; we removed the backsplash and the granite we original had and sold it on Kijiji for $300. We had to remove the sink, disconnect the plumbing (yes,we were waterless for 3 days) and unhook the vent. We decided to add valance lighting to the cabinets to add more lighting. There are different types of valance lighting but we choose LED tape lighting because it’s flexible, easy to install and very thin. We also extended our cabinates to hide the valance lighting with matching material by simply gluing it on and keeping it clamped on over night. The next day Metropolitan Kitchen and Bath,the company we’ve been working with to renovate our kitchen installed the quartz which took just a couple of hours.
Avoiding the tile backsplash we decided to go with 6 large slabs of the Calacatta Nuvo all the way to the ceiling to cover the entire wall to match the countertops. The white from the quartz allows it to play the role of a reflector, allowing the sun light and added kitchen lighting to bounce more light within that area and making it brighter overall. We also replaced the brown kitchen stools with white ones from Casalife to have that white on white kitchen look.