Kitchen Counters!

nesting place kitchen

We have counters!

Our white quartz counters were installed last week, right in time for Thanksgiving! And I have a sink!!!! WATER!

white kitchen

Here’s a comparison to the day before counters. BC as I should call it. Also known as the Dark Ages.   DSC_9757


There are still a million little things that need to happen, electricity, outlets, priming, painting, hardware, sealing things, choosing other lighting, the hood, backsplash, making a decision on the open shelving, figuring out what to put on the ends of the island, replacing the floor molding, refinishing the floors, and phase two of the kitchen– the refrigerator wall. But all of that can wait because we are FUNCTIONAL!! And water and an oven have changed my life!





We do have a seam. And five years ago I probably would have whined and fretted about it. Today, I DON’T even care!!! I’m just so happy! Those two counter-top-installer-men said I was the happiest person they’ve ever installed for. When they asked how long I had to wait for my beautiful white counters I immediately replied “20 years and it was worth it.”  Because it’s true.

As tiresome, imperfect and humble as this little kitchen is–it is a DREAM to get to do this!

ikea sink

Did I mention that we have running water in our kitchen now?! I’ve decided that the kitchen sink it truly the heart of a home.


Thanksgiving! Y’all, I can’t stop !!!!!ing!!!


Best day ever, sink installation!


Thanks to your advice Chad and I went to the counter store and looked at the edges, we ended up changing ours to a 1/8 of an inch something–bevel? I’m really really happy with it. THANK you all for your help!


We also have four counter stools where the boys can sit and eat breakfast and make their lunches. When my sister came in town she convinced me that if we wanted we could even squeeze one more in. I might get an extra just to keep around. The stools are from World Market (they had a 25% off coupon last week!), and I’ll have a big long, huge resources list once this kitchen is done. In five years.


Thanksgiving. Mom and Dad were there too–I have no idea why they aren’t in my kitchen photos.


Also? Black Beauty works like a dream!


Congratulations to the winner of the 5th Annual Do Less Be More DaySpring $500 Shopping Spree….

Mark & Jan Ryder!! You Won!!  Check your email for details!

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  1. So excited for you to have a kitchen again! :) It looks wonderful.

  2. Lynne in NC says:

    Yay! the countertops are gorgeous. I am so happy for you and your family.
    Thanks for sharing the photos of the progress.
    We went through a kitchen reno last year and it is amazing what running water in a kitchen can do for one’s morale!

  3. Oh my gosh,that is GORGEOUS! Congratulations and enjoy!

  4. I’m so happy for you!!! The transformations going on are amazing and I love every bit of the new look!

  5. You have me so excited over white counter tops! I’d never have them here, but heck, your enthusiasm could almost sell me. Yay!

  6. Lisa Allen says:

    Love your blog! Such an inspiration to follow your posts on your new home. I have a question about the doors in your home. Are you going to paint them, or leave them as they are? It is for my own info…regarding our own home and what we may or may not do to our doors. Thanks!

    • for now I’m leaving them, they aren’t orangey at all (I have an aversion to orange wood) so I’m happy with them–as long as I have white walls I think they look great!

  7. I love seeing your kitchen come together! Do you or will you have a post about which exact products you are using? I have been looking at sinks for a year or so and finally see the one I want, YOURS! I am not a stalker, really. :)

  8. Hey there, I love your kitchen remodel! I am knees deep in my own farmhouse remodel as well and was wondering where you got your sink and faucet? Thank you in advance!

  9. Sheree Kaplan says:

    Where did you purchase your kitchen faucet? I love it!!

  10. Loving the way your kitchen is shaping up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! White counters are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad you were able to host Thanksgiving.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thought I’d keep the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!theme going.

  11. Wow…gorgeous quartz countertops and farm sink!!! and the lighting is beautiful too!! So open bright and airy. Beautiful kitchen! Your joy and thankfulness are contagious! So happy for you and your family! Love your sister’s cute polka dot top red jeans style too. Is that a side ponytail? Recently watched a really fun side ponytail video by Melanie of “Sparkly Green Earrings” : )

  12. I love it! You all have done a great job- and we have the same sink! We have been renovating our kitchen for almost 18 months now- we literally ripped every single piece out-floor, ceilings, walls, etc and put it back together. We are at the decorating stage FINALLY. I’m sooo excited! We decided to do diy concrete countertops and they are sooo much better then the ones we replaced them with! :)
    I actually posted a before and after shot at the end of my post today-

  13. Your sink is lovely as are the counter tops! Such fun to be following along with this remodel, reading your excitement and hearing your grateful heart. Can’t wait for the next update : )

  14. Yay, I love the start of your kitchen, keep posting pictures!

  15. So beautiful!

  16. LOVE IT!!!!!!!

  17. karen davis says:

    You seem like such a sweet girl, I love your kitchen!! Love the SINK!! I am happy for you, and the dreams that are coming true for you and your family! Sincerely, Karen

  18. It looks absolutely beautiful! Loving how light it is too- it makes everything seem so open.

  19. Congratulations! You are so excited and I am happy for you! The kitchen looks awesome!

  20. I’m so truly happy for you, looks amazing! Seriously even not finished it’s good. The ends of the counter will be interesting to see. I’m watching you and I’m inspired!

  21. We, too recently got quartz countertops installed. I am loving them just as much. What a difference they make! Nothing like a kitchen remodel to make one feel invincible. Happy cooking. :)

  22. I love those stools! Beautiful kitchen! Must have been so fun to finally use it!

  23. Did I miss the post when you chose the countertop material? I love quartz but also think a soild surface may be a good option!

  24. I hope you will have a post with a source list…I’m so inspired!

  25. I met you and Angela at Becoming 2 years ago! Love the counter tops. We still have our old countertops bec I can’t decide what I like. I do not like granite! sorry but I don’t. Can you use bleach on your new counter tops??

  26. It looks wonderful!

    I think we’re going to go with Ikea Lixtorp for our cabinets. How does the quartz look next to the ikea? does one make the other look cheap? {we’re thinking of black quartz countertops}. Also, why did you choose an overmount sink over an undermount {geez! That’s a lot of over and unders!}?

  27. Wow that looks like a mess. I work for a counter fabrication company called Fuze Stone in Manslfield Tx and we make custom countertop overlays. They are quartz slabs and they are only 1/2 inch thick so they go right over your existing counter. Much cheaper and no time without a kitchen!

  28. This is awesome post,thanks for this useful information,i think this will helps other,keep posting for update us.

  29. Those wide panel wood floors against that all white island look SO good! What coating did you use on the floorings?

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