Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Snowball Effect

Did you ever notice how one little thing can snowball into an avalanche?

We are having our kitchen counter tops replaced.  In fact it is happening today.

This is what it looks like before the new granite goes on.

The drywall had to be removed, because we are lowering the bar height section to counter height.  So now that has to be replaced and painted.

There is a hole in the wall - see above - that has to be patched.

The tile back splash has to be fixed - there was no tile behind the now removed appliance garage.

The appliance garage, had to be removed in order to install the granite, and it came out in pieces.  So now, I have to take some time to empty and reorganize this pantry  so the food processor and blender can fit in.

This was a project I had planned on doing this winter, before I had shoulder surgery.  Now it looks like that is what I will be doing next week.

Stay tuned for the kitchen and pantry reveal...

p.s. want to see the special mosaic I am working on?  Click here.
Welcome Home,


  1. Little jobs can become big jobs. My husband noticed that the cabinets were pulling away from the kitchen walls last night. He is usually very good at fixing things but he said this we need to call in a professional .

  2. How true. That's why it takes Don a long time or a lot of nagging/begging to get anything done here. We're closing in the deck to make a family room so now he's adding a smaller deck so we can sit outside. Never ends unless Don says it's

  3. It's always just one more thing! But worth it. Can't wait to see your 'new' kitchen.

  4. Penny, we went through the same thing when we decided to get granite. We took out the appliance garage and so glad we did and then the white tile backsplash had to be replaced. All worth the extra work!

  5. Ahhhh yes. One thing leads to another and that to another and that to........ You know the routine! :-)

    But I love that this causes you to show us lovely big photos of your house!!! I LUV peeking into blogger's homes!!!! I think it's one of the most fun things, about blogging. :-)


  6. Penny,
    Your kitchen looked beautiful AS IS! I can only imagine how great the finished product will look! It'll all be worth it in the end...keep telling yourself that!

  7. oh yes, so familiar with snowball effect. Cannot wait to see what the snow storm brings!!

  8. One thing always leads to another.:-)

    They had two different sizes of hens, at our Home Goods. I bought the smaller. It is just right for keeping a couple of biscuits or toast warm. I only found two egg cups...would have liked four, but there are only two of us, so this works out great.

  9. Yes, I am cleaning today and one would never know it. It looks as if the entire house blew up. One thing always leads to another, which is why I believe that the first step is to install new closet space. :D

    It's going to be beautiful because that's just how you and your husband do things. Can't wait to see it.

  10. Can't wait to see it done Penny, bet you can't either ;)

  11. Oh ya Penny. I remember when we put granite in our bathroom. I was so excited but then I had to get new backsplash and then I had to paint the walls, it was never ending. Its not just a new countertop its everything. lol

  12. Hi Penny, I think the before photos of your kitchen looked beautiful-looked like you had Corian. But of my, with granite I am a bit green with envy. Hang in there, home projects do have a way of multiplying.
    It will look beautiful and I can't wait to see the finished project.
    Hugs, Noreen

  13. I want to rid our kitchen of the bar also and lower one counter area where a raised dishwasher is. I want to lower everything to counter height. The bar never gets used because it's sort of in an inaccessible area.

    You are going to love the granite countertops.

  14. We need new counter tops and I am afraid that is going to ruin our back splash and then we will need one. I need the sink and faucets replaced now that I think of it...why only do it halfway?!

    I'm popping over to see your project!


  15. I can't wait to see the new counter top, Penny.
    The birdhouse looks like a winner to me! I can't even begin to imagine the work that you put into it - gorgeous!

  16. I know it is all a mess right now, but I know it is going to just knock my sox off when I see it all finished. Everything you do is PRETTY.
    Gotta go see what u'r working on..:)

  17. It will be so beautiful when you get it all done! I looked at your birdhouse...WOW! It's gorgeous! Good luck this weekend! I can't wait to hear all about it! ♥

  18. I think kitchen are especially prone to snowballing. We store so many things in them and have so many different cabinets and finishes, lots of things can be affected by one small change. It's going to look great when you're done though!

  19. I've after years finally accepted there's no such thing as a 'five minute job'! I totally agree about the snowball effect :o) We have a couple of jobs to do that we keep putting off beacause we know just how involved they're going to end up being.
    I'm certain your kitchen is going to look fabulous with the granite tops - and if it's any consolation my pantry is named the cupboard of doom!

  20. Penny, I can't wait to see the granite countertops! Whenever you renovate anything it just snowballs into more-LOL!!!

  21. Will you have to replace your whole backsplash? I hope not. It's always a snowball effect no matter how small the project is.

  22. Penny, All of my projects snowball out of control! Your new granite countertops will be wonderful.

  23. Oh Penny I sure know what ya mean!! Our new flooring adventure has started which led us to ripping out our fireplace surround. All of which will lead to do the stairs eventually. Lets hope their are no surprises lurking around the corner. Can't wait to see the new counter!:)

  24. Hi Penny...I know for sure what you're talking about. You start with one thing and 8 things later, you're finally able to get to that thing that got you started. I'm sure everything will look beautiful.


  25. Just keep your eye on the prize at the end…

    Have fun,

  26. I am feeling for you - as we just had our kitchen "refreshed" a couple of months ago.

    This past weekend we had a new counter/sink/faucets put in our master bath. I just finished reorganizing and putting everything away this morning. We also replaced the mirror and sconces.

    One thing definitely does lead to another, but it is fun - and pretty when finished.

    Now, we are on to our half-bath. We hung the new mirror the other day, and the new light was delivered yesterday. We'll hang it this weekend. I still have to order the new counter, sink and faucet, but I think I'll wait a couple of months.

  27. love the bunny knob! looking forward to the reveal.

  28. Looking forward to the finished results and I am sure you are too. I hate having my house torn up but the end results are worth it.


  29. Dominoes, I say dominoes, I tell ya! It's always that way isn't it? Penny your new mosaic birdhouse and that amazing resort you are both brilliant. I love what you are creating. Is your arm okay now? Is the Spring weather just making you filled with energy or what?

    Well, hope those granite countertops come out wonderful.

  30. Hi Penny! Oh, I feel for you as I know 'jobs' always take longer than they tell you up front and it can be so frustrating. It's gonna be gorgeous though and I'm in love with that little bunny head knob you have.
    Now, I could certainly take lessons from you as you 'are' the decorating queen! I love your style.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

  31. It will be even lovelier than it already was! I love everything in your house and know how hard you two clever remodelers have worked over the past couple of years! Looking forward to seeing the finished job Penny dear - good luck!

    I'm only thinking flooring right now - I want so much to rip out carpet and put old French farmhouse looking wood floors in dining room and entry hall - needless to say I'm battling with a certain gentleman about this makeover!!!! Anyway, it has to wait until we get back from England - no time right now.

    Hugs - Mary

  32. Me again - meant to tell you about the rubber stamps. They come in a set - a pretty tin "PARIS Rubber Stamps - 12 Rubber Stamps with Ink Pad" - manufacturer is Cavallini Papers & Co.Inc. I bought them several years ago at at local scrapbooking store but they are still online at Amazon (enter Cavallini Stamps), or here at A Touch of Europe - and several other sites.

    They have great stamp sets - I would love them all!

  33. Hi Penny,

    Kind of like painting one room and then the rest of the rooms need to be painted. Your kitchen will be fabulous when you finish and then you will be ready for the next project.
    Hang in there.

  34. I can't wait to see the finished look! How exciting -- as long as you can endure the chaos in the meantime. ha.

  35. That's how it seems to go. One thing always leads to another. Your kitchen is beautiful. Can't wait to see the new counter tops.


  36. I can't wait to see how it looks Penny! Everything you do is gorgeous!