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I know I said we’re in the home stretch in my last post… but now we are REALLY there! Sarah from Room for Tuesday, our amazing designer, told us that once the countertops went in, the space would feel more finished. She was not joking. Right before I left for LA last week, our fabricators installed our gorgeous Polycor stone countertops and backsplashes. There are no words for how beautiful they look. I have been impatiently waiting to share this video and photos with you, so you know I’m stoked today!
Progress Report #7: Our Polycor Countertop & Backsplash Installation
Before we dig into more photos, I want to refresh everyone’s memories about our material selections. There were so many beautiful options of Polycor stone, but my first love was their White Cherokee Marble. As Sarah and I discussed color and material combos, I couldn’t get it out of my head! I’m so glad we went with this option. And what’s not to love? The dramatic veining, the crystal-y looking details… this marble is the perfect finishing touch for our kitchen.
I’ve tried so many times to decide on my favorite part of this kitchen and each time progress is made, I change my mind. That being said, the waterfall countertop is something special. Sarah shared more about that on her blog, so definitely check that out!
We had the choice of 4 finishes: polished, honed, antique, and sandblasted. Ultimately we chose a honed finish because it is most resistant to scratches. Also, it is more matte, creating a smooth, satin surface. Typically, polished marble is higher shine which makes the veining pop more. I definitely wanted that pop, but durability and a matte finish were more important in the long run. And now, seeing it in person, I’m just in love. I literally pet our countertops.
I wasn’t here for most of the backsplash installation because of a work trip. However, I did get to see the countertops go in! What an exciting day. And, yes, I tooootally cried. Make sure to watch the video because there’s a peek into another really big change we made (more on that soon).
Our kitchen is a little less than 100 square feet and often feels dark, but the seamless backsplash, feature wall, and waterfall completely brightened up the space. Now it looks bright because of how the light bounces off the white marble — some days I don’t need any extra lights on when I’m cooking!
You can see the kitchen is still very much a work in progress… and that our dining room accent wall will need to be re-painted again. Now that the end is in sight, I can say it’s all been worth it… all 10 months of construction. I still can’t believe it’s been that long and that we’ve lived like this. But it’s alllll gonna be worth it!
Expect to see this gorgeous Polycor stone as the backdrop of manyyyy more photos!
In case you missed in, you can read more about our kitchen renovation + these posts might interest you:
- The Before Photos + Our Kitchen Renovation Kick Off
- Our Demo Day Video
- Progress Report #1
- Progress Report #2: Cabinets
- Progress Report #3: Tile
- Progress Report #4: Expectations vs. Reality
- Progress Report #5: New Farmhouse Sink & Running Water
- Progress Report #6: The Home Stretch
Stay tuned for even more updates to come + be sure to catch our behind the scenes on Instagram. We’re really, really close to finishing this renovation!