Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kickin Up Dust! Progress Report!

Never let anyone tell you that remodeling does not make the dust fly. It is so my friends. As many times as I have done these projects, it never ceases to amaze me how the dust settles everywhere. I covered everything so well, and still, my house looks like someone emptied a flour sack here. Of course I am cleaning up as we go, but the real cleaning will come shortly when we are finished and the rest of the fun decorating begins.

As the redo continues, yesterday was the granite day, and after 9 hours of the best fabricators in the world doing an incredible job, the granite is in and I love it. What a difference it makes in my kitchen. Today is tile on the back splash and grouting tomorrow. Still more dust, but the look makes it all worth it for sure.

Here are a few more pics of the progress so far.

Removing old counter tops.

Leveling the island, sink, bar, and stove top areas.

How a granite seam is joined and made to look seamless! And, we only have one seam in the whole kitchen.

This is an interesting process using weights, on each side of the seam line, filled with a special glue and tightened with an air compressor for nearly 30 minutes.
The results are amazing.

Our tile selection is a light creamy ivory with light shades of taupe. The grout will be light too. Very neutral to coordinate with the Giallo Venenziano. They look great together. I choose this lighter tile because I like to change my mind with color now and then. Tuscan Kitchens generally are known for amazing and colorful tiled back splashes, but I thought for us I would bring in that touch of color with my accessories instead. The tile will be applied on the angle diamond shape. This gives a sense of space and interest.

I nearly created a tiled mural for the stove top area, but in the end, I went with a wagon full of pots of roses surrounded by a Tuscan style frame. Here again, when I want to change the look, we are not stuck with a tiled mural that is permanent. Framed artwork can easily be changed.

Here is a little peek of the tile(no grout yet) with the granite and those gorgeous old pots filled with water color roses in shades of reds, pinks and greens. I had this print professional framed under non glare (highly recommend) glass for over the stove.

Well that's all for today's progress report. We reached 78 degrees today. Sure is a welcome change since the bitter cold temps a week ago. Look where my Miss B enjoyed the day. Laying in the sun by the pool. What a life! She looks like a lion.

See you again soon. Have a wonderful day.
Celestina Marie


Gone said...

Miss B sure does look comfortable there in the sun!!

High of 65 predicted for us today, then cooler the rest of the week/weekend.

Love your remodel! Can't wait to see the finish!!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You will love it when it's done! I know it will be gorgeous! LOVE the granite and the tiles you chose! I would love to do tile above my counter tops! Your island is great, too! You really should go sit by the pool some while they work...and relax! ♥

ornamentsbypink said...

All the dust will be well worth it!
Your choices sound great! It will be a beautiful room when its done!
Have a nice day!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... wow, it is really coming along!... can't wait to see more... and I love your beautiful potted roses painting, so pretty!... I also love Miss B lazing away by the pool... we got hit with over 6 inches of snow during the night... right now, I would love to be laying by the pool with Miss B in the sunshine!... love to you, and doggie kisses from Tessy to Miss B... xoxo Julie Marie

Jill said...

Everything looks like it is coming together beautifully! Love the picture of your dog by the pool. She is beautiful!!

Have a lovely day!


Mari said...




EFT Manual said...

Hope everything will turn out well! Miss B sure looks great!

Anxiety Cause said...

Your dog looks adorable and beautiful! I bet she's loving the sunshine.

Susan said...

Celeste I can't wait to see the finished project. It will be beautiful!!

Mariette said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Wow, you're 'under' the dust for quite some time. My saying is always that you only get rid of it after about three thorough rounds of cleaning... but it is WORTH it. Those that dread the dust, in order to change, are missing out on a great feeling of satisfaction in the end. You will have a dream of a kitchen.
Don't worry about the yellow roses; indeed March 17th is still one month ahead of us. Let the dust first settle...

Lots of love and I'm looking forward to your art work; so glad for having found you!!!


Ruth Welter said...

I remember us redoing our hardwood floors years ago Celeste and I cannot believe the dust it threw up. I remember that our contractor at the time had all the entryways to the rooms sealed up so dust wouldn't quite reach the whole house. It was a mess but worth it. I know your reno will be too, you are doing a great job.


Lululiz said...

I love the colour of your granite tops, absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see it all finished, it will be a dream kitchen for sure.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I know you have a busy weekend ahead! I posted some pretty photos this morning...hope you can stop by to visit! Hugs! ♥♥♥a

Unknown said...

G'morn sweet C ~
What a gorgeous set of cabinets & lovely granite! The colors are so rich & warm ... anxious to see it all finished, as I am sure you will be.

Love the art ... oh, if it were REALLY a blooming pot. I broke down & bought a gloxinia for color the other day.

Poolside, awesome! That lucky pooch! We had 60+ mph winds for 2 days ... really yucky!

Then computer messed us up BIG time ... working thru this still ... then I was doing fine until yesterday & blogger decided to not randomly let me leave comments. Oy!

Have a beautiful week, know that you are missed & thought of often.

Hugs & love,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

How lovely your new kitchen is going to be, love the tiles and the granite bench top.
All the dust will be so worth it when it is all finished and sparkling and clean.
Love the photo of Miss Beazley enjoying the sunshine and so glad that the weather is warming up there.

Happy week

Angela said...

My goodness gracious, she does look like a lion there,,LOL Too precious.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

It sure is coming along Dear One. I can just imagine the dust.I'm so excited for you. I hope you covering your nose and mouth while you are working.
I will be looking in on you.I'm still not posting yet.But I'm thinking about you,
XXOO and blessings,
Marie Antionette

Unknown said...

Celeste, I am so excited for you!! Everything looks just beautiful as I knew it would. I love your choice for the backsplash and the mural is soooo Tuscan!!! Just beautiful, I cannot wait to see it all finished. It is freezing here, I would love to be right there beside Miss Beazy right now, lol!!!!!
Love and miss you!! So sorry I havent been visiting as often as I should. So much has been going on around here, it has been rough and I have been feeling awful. I am ready for spring, hoping things have calmed down by then!!

Unknown said...

Everything looks beautiful, but then again, everything that you do is lovely. A little birdie whispered that it was your Birthday.

Happy Birthday beautiful lady. Loving this music too. I have a little Birthday wish on my Pink Saturday post.


Mari said...



Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Celestina,
Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed day. Your kitchen is looking gorgeous...and guess what--you and I have the same granite pattern...I knew we were "soul sisters!"

Have a wonderful, happy special day--You are so special!

Shirley said...

Hi Celestina, A little bird told me that it was your birthday. Happy Birthday my Texas Friend. I love the way your kitchen is progressing. I have been a little busy lately with not having the time to visit like I like. I will take some of your 78 degree weather, Please, Have a great weekend. Your Missouri Friend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celestina Marie! I know.......i've been through the same thing last two years in my home lol. I just don't mind anymore. It's all part of the deal when you want to remodel the house or add new wallpapering or such. In a couple of months you'll forget about it ;-) Your dog looks so sweet there indeed at the pool What a beautiful dog!
Hope all will turn out lovely one day!!

Anonymous said...

No Celeste all week! Uh-oh! Covered in dust! Can't wait to see the pictures of the finally finished kitchen! :-)
Hugs, Diane

Annesphamily said...

You have lots of work cut out for you don't you? Best wishes with it all Have a wonderful week. Anne

lilybets said...

I love Miss B !!!.I like very much the style of your blog and I have seen your beautiful rose lavender scented...magnifique !!!.

BumbleVee said...

after 24 years of remodelling and building and re-doing....I know it well.....the dust that is...!

How clever...a framed print above the stove...

I almost got tiles behind my sink...but, not this year....we decided to take a bit longer to organize things ...we are slow..... and besides...we decided to take a holiday for the first time in 10 years instead of doing anything this dust this year....

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..