As a few of my followers here and on Instagram know last year I entered a blog post into Alt Summit Blog Carnival Contest which was sponsored by Wilsonart. The blog post was about my counter tops and can be found here. Well I won the Grand Prize which consisted of a ticket to Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, you've already seen my post about that here and here. But the second bonus was I won new counter top for my tired kitchen tiles and a new sink from Wilsonart. BONUS!
Choosing the counter top was not as easy as I thought, but we made our mind up and choose a nice big sink. Once you start this process you begin to see all kinds of other things that need to be updated. First on the list was a faucet, the old one was sub par to start with, but now we have a nice fancy one. I can't imagine what it's like to redo a whole kitchen because choosing counter tops, sink, faucet, clearing everything out, cleaning up afterwards and organizing (still doing this) was no small task.
What turned out to be a good thing, but wasn't what we requested is we didn't want the back splash. My cousin had given me some subway tile and we were going to actually have a real tile back splash. But what we discovered after all the tile was torn out and the counters were gone is that they had indeed cut the counter top material with a back splash. So there went my tile idea. I say this is a good thing, because at the moment we can't really afford to have this done or purchase extra tile, as I'm not sure I have enough of the original. Solution? Paint. We went out and bought paint to match the other area of the kitchen and got that done super quick, moved the stove back and started using our kitchen again.
Can I say I love not having to clean tile and the big sink is super convenient to use. Items left to do are: 1. Freshen up the paint on the cabinets. Save that for another day. 2. Need to re-paper all the cabinets and drawers, as they look shameful. I've order some new patterns from Amazon.com and will start on that in the next few days. We still have items out of the cabinets and on our patio. [gasp] 3. Order a new kitchen rug as the old one now doesn't match and well it's pretty shabby too.
So once again, I thank Wilsonart for the lovely new counter tops and sink. And I thank Alt Summit for the amazing experience in Salt Lake City.
Here are a few before and after photos:
Before Old Shabby Tiny Sink
After. Great Sink and new fancy faucet from Home Depot. Gotta love my sugar and creamer from Casa de Perrin too.
Before (I had all my boards covering up the old counter tops) I had 3 boards, now I just have two. One marble and one boos block for baking and chopping in that order.
Painted the wall Morning Sky Blue (Benjamin Moore). Kei & Molly tea towels and turquoise tea kettle (KitchenAid). I consolidated all my cooking utensils in two simple white canisters. (Bed, Bath & Beyond and Sur La Table). Spice Rack (Soho Spices)
Entire Before Kitchen (told you it was small)
After. Looks so much better.