Yet Another Kitchen Redo In Progress

I’ve been one very busy girl the last three days. I have applied the GianiGranite that the company so kindly sent to me to try. And now I am working on the top coats.

As soon as I started applying it, I had my doubts that my boho-style back splash was going to work. 

I just wasn’t liking a granite look with a colorful boho look. Which led to me taking down the decals. 

Then I went to Lowes where I picked up paint samples and trim. 

I will then decide on the paint color for the wall between the counter top and the cabinets, that will replace the colorful decals I had decoupaged on.

I wish I could have done the walls and then the counter tops, as I risk paint spatters on my counter tops, but it couldn’t be avoided. I will just have to cover the counters and be very careful.

I will pay maintenance to do the trim. I don’t have the machinery or tools to get that right.

I don’t want an “elegant” look. That is not me. And across from this is of course my big cart from World Market and above that the red cupboard from the antique mall. 

So somehow I’ve got to get these two looks to blend, and not to look too disparate. 

The granite look calls for a more sedate backdrop. And so I’m winging it. Deciding as I go along. It will certainly be much different than my first two looks.

I had certainly not planned another kitchen redo. But as you know, one thing leads to yet another.
Click here to see how my apartment kitchen looked before I started my now three renovations. And the subsequent styles I have chosen for each one. 

And I haven’t even lived here two years! In April it will be two years. I moved here in 2014.

I sure never planned on redoing the kitchen three times in less than two years, yet it has happened.



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  1. Brenda, just to let you know, regarding your "views", if I missed a few days and wanted to catch up I could not find the button for PREVIOUS posts. It seemed to have disappeared. So I gave up and decided I had just missed those. Am I the only to mention this?

  2. You ARE busy Brenda! Can't wait to see what you decide on. I'm looking forward to tackling some projects around here… seems like it's been so long. So, I will live vicariously through your kitchen remodel. Take care and safe DIYing… 😉 ~julie

  3. I always click to "read more"… After I read your post, I use your side bar to visit other blogs. I'm anxious to see how your kitchen remodel turns out, love everything you do!

  4. Brenda,
    This is going to be an exciting project and I am looking forward to seeing the results. Israel is a gem and I am so thankful that he has the "know how," for these renovations.
    Page views are down for me too.

  5. I didn't see a Read More button when I just now clicked on to read, it's all on one page. The internet has been out and other stuff going on so I haven't been visiting blogs as I'd like lately. I'll be going back to see what I've missed. Can't wait to see your new kitchen redo. I wish I could borrow Israel!

  6. I can't wait to see how this turns out Brenda. I have a few countertops that could use a makeover. So much good info. Make sure you link this gem up tomorrow on THoughts of Home on Thursday. 🙂

  7. I can't even tell you how much I look forward to your blog posts, Brenda – and you do what you need to do to get your views back up – those of us who love you don't care a whit whether or not we need to click through!

  8. You inspire me, as I am one who can obsess for months about even a minor change. I love your "pick up the brush and go at it" approach and need to be more like you. I actually prefer the truncated posts, no problem with a little click on "read more". Hope your views go back up.

    1. Hi Brenda
      I always enjoy reading your blog to see what's up at your place. I didn't realize you don't have a stove? Was this your choice? How do you cook?
      Can't wait to see the finished product!


  9. The read more option never bothered me one bit. I now have it on my blog as you may know. Hope your views go back up. Why do you think they're down?

    I used a similar product on our counters about 8 years ago. They still look good!

  10. Yours is the first blog I read every morning, then I go on to read several more throughout the day. I like it best when when you have photos of your own place, not staged unknown locations! How can we help get your income up? I don't quite know how this works! Do we buy something?

  11. I also have been thinking about Judy! I loved the black checked kitchen, it looked more like you and was so cozy looking, you are a master at changing things.

  12. Exciting things ahead for your kitchen! I don't mind truncated posts at all…you do what you gotta do! Hope the page views go up for You! 😉

  13. I don't mind the read more button…..I consider it part of my exercise for the day…..haha. Looking forward to seeing those counters and how it all comes together. You always have a special touch!

  14. Talking about 2 years since you moved in makes me think of Judy. How is she doing since death of her husband?

    You do great things with the small space!

  15. Talking about 2 years since you moved in makes me think of Judy. How is she doing since death of her husband?

    You do great things with the small space!

  16. Looking forward to seeing your kitchen. I am also one that enjoys "read more". If I could only read 1 blog it would be yours. I follow some others linked from yours but yours is still the BEST!

  17. Can't wait to see how this all comes together, but you are so good at figuring these things out – I know it'll look wonderful in the end. What a wonderful helper and friend Israel has turned out to be for yo

  18. You must have a great landlord to allow all this work…most apartments won't even let you put a nail in the wall. So glad you are able to have things the way you like. It's gonna be sooo pretty.

  19. I can't wait to see the finished kitchen.. I think it is going to look fantastic.. Hope your page views goes back up, real soon.. NO problem with the read more button.
    Proud you have Israel to help with the carpenter work.

  20. Israel is a gem! Send him over to my house if he wants a Texas vacation. I have lots of little projects that I can't get done on my own and have not found anyone here yet to give me a hand. I am looking forward to your finished product.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  21. Thank goodness you have Israel to help you with your carpentry needs! He has really become so helpful to you. I can't wait to see your new counters and backsplash area once it's done. I bet it will look so good. It's nice that there are products made to give you the look that you're wanting.

    1. You and me both. Well, I got half the decals from India free for a review. And I got the GianiGranite kit free for review. I guess if I didn't get stuff to review, my kitchen might stay the same for longer!

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