The key to achieving the ultimate kitchen renovations? Deep breaths says Debi Traub of Simply Beautiful Eating. Here the Toronto, Ontario based food blogger takes us through her dream makeover, from finding a contractor to picking the perfect color palette, to most importantly, keeping your cool the whole time! We can say the stunning end results were definitely worth it.
A food blogger can only dream of having the perfect workspace for her kitchen. I've been swooning over design inspiration for years, but waited until the opportune time to do a main floor renovation. Now, there is no ideal time to tear down your walls and live in a cloud of dust for a few months. Especially when two of my boys were getting married this year, within eight weeks of each other. What was I thinking?! Once my husband and I agreed to say go…there was no turning back.
Topping it Off
Countertops are one of the biggest investments you are going to make during a kitchen makeover. For me, they were another focal point in the kitchen, and one of the first things I chose. I saw a sample of quartz that I liked and thought that it would be the most practical choice, geared for food preparation, spills and the inevitable mess that is the standard state in a food blogger's kitchen.
And then, I fell head-over-heels in love with a slab of marble that I should not have installed in my kitchen. Marble is as temperamental as a two year old, but as beautiful as a private island in the Caribbean.
Tip: If you do choose marble, please make sure you have it professionally sealed.
Making a Splash
I now have one of the largest collection of tile samples in the world. I thought I was 100% firm on the one that I wanted until the day the counters were installed. I placed all the samples up against the wall and decided to go back to the drawing board. Since the marble was in a league of it's own, I didn't want anything competing with it. Keeping it simple and clean, I went with a white dolomite marble from Sarana Tile.
Tip: Only choose a backsplash after your counters are installed.
A (Very!) Helpful Hint
Of course, it would be so easy (and more fun) to splurge on everything when renovating, but that’s not reality. Every day of our renovation involved making choices, and almost every time it came down to cost. My husband's renovation spreadsheet was my worst nightmare. If it wasn't saved on his computer, I would have ripped it up into tiny shreds.
My advice: when you find something you like, but it is way out of your budget, research comparable items. Perfect example, I wanted specific island and dining room lighting fixtures and searched in every store within driving distance. The prices were out of reach for us. I went online and ordered them from well known home furnishing sites. I saved thousands of dollars by simply surfing the internet.