Friday, May 23, 2008

It's Not Just Paint That Comes In Chips

... counter-tops do too. (At least if you get the cheap ones.)

It took two hours, and left me totally exhausted, but I managed to make the following four choices yesterday:

Kitchen cupboards:


Desk and island:



Kitchen counters:


Bathroom counters:


Now I get to wait two weeks for the full design in order to find out if I can afford this stuff. The best part? The kitchen counter is called Rocky Road - just like the ice cream AND just like the Benjamin Moore colour right beside Cabot Trail (which has now replaced Flagstone as my front-runner for living-room/dining-room after this week's discussion of whether it was grey or brown).

39 comments:

Shannon said...

Mmmmm! Chiiiiips!!!

Anonymous said...

Love it all!

Janet said...

They're all that and a bag 'o chips!

That comment sounds so dorky in my own head, but I wanted to incorporate the word 'chips' like shannon did. I wonder how many unique comments you could get that play off the word chips? Hmmmm.

Veronica Mitchell said...

I love the cupboards. Classy but comfortable.

Swistle said...

Nice!

minnesotamom said...

Great choices on millwork. What Veronica said.

Mimi said...

Did you see this month's *Style at Home*--it's all about 'surviving the design centre', by which they mean that mass meeting with the new home developer where you have to specify the crown moldings and the flooring and everything in between. And you survived! Huzzah!

(Me, I still have no furnace. Make sure you get a furnace, no matter what colour ...)

flutter said...

those countertops are GORGEOUS

Omaha Mama said...

Love it! I especially like the different tones for the cupboards and island. That's something I'd like to try...in my next home. Where there may be more than a teensy tiny kitchen. That's my dream anyway!

Well done you! That is an excellent palette and will be beautiful with your other choices!

cinnamon gurl said...

Ooh, that counter... fabulous!

Jenifer said...

I honestly think those are all great choices...I remember picking our colours for our house...it wasn't quite the ramped up 'design centre' as it is now. Anyway, it took us hours and I was so exhausted that I could barely remember what I picked when we left.

Well done and you can start to see it all coming together.

Magpie said...

i like the cupboards - i like that it's a slightly distressed antiquey look.

Cyndi said...

Love them! Those are the cabinets I would like to have someday. I looks very homey and inviting. Can't wait to see the finished product!

lapoflux said...

Too weird - this is the first time I have visited your blog and you know what? I just chose Rocky Road countertops too...

allysha said...

lovely, lovely.

painted maypole said...

do you plan to be spilling milk in your bathroom?

(they are all great colors, by the way)

NotSoSage said...

what colour green would you call this? the one i'm turning out of envy?

;)

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Angela said...

The counter sounds very yummy

www.antiquemommy.com said...

I love it all. It all just works beautifully together.

Bea said...

Mimi - We've survived stage 1 anyway - we still have to pick bricks, roof, siding, flooring, and lighting. So there's still plenty of opportunity for us to collapse under the weight of all these choices. (I wonder if furnaces come in vintage 1950s candy-apple red?)

PM - I was thinking the same thing - I TOTALLY have to spill milk in my bathroom now.

erin k said...

Well, painted maypole stole my comment. Actually I was thinking more along the lines of "does the bathroom counter come with the spilled milk..."

Nice choices.

kittenpie said...

I can't imagine this process, though I know a friend who is doing it, too. I just have to be able to STAND in a space to be able to picture what I want to do with it. I need a sense of the space and the layout and the light to imagine how I might change it.

bren j. said...

That countertop is great. What about the floor??

Lisa b said...

Two hours? Only two hours?
I had to just tell my friends to pick my cabinets. I get far too overwhelmed. I really like the counter.

Jolyn said...

I think the choices are beautiful. And your home is going to be beautiful.

I feel the need to apologize if my comment about the grey(?) came out over-the-top. I commented in a "sensitive" moment because I am currently trying to paint over some unfortunate grey in our family room. I was trying to be funny, but I think it may have come out wrong.

Christine said...

damn all those "chips" sound like fun!

Bea said...

Jolyn - No worries. I had been a bit worried that Flagstone was too grey, and I'm convinced now that Cabot Trail is better, so if it turns out well, it's thanks to you!

metro mama said...

We had to choose all of our finishes when Jane was just a few months old. We were so overwhelmed and sleep-deprived, I think our builder made most of the decisions for us!

I know you're not asking for advice, but my best advice is to spend the bucks on a granite counter in the kitchen (and maybe even the bathrooms if you can afford it). We love it, and when it comes to resale, it's almost expected these days.

Susanne said...

I'm really happy to find that I'm not the only blogger who has periodical outbreaks of weird interests. Not that paint chips, house building and kitchen counters are weird, mind you.

And everything looks really splendid. I always feel totally exhausted and overwhelmed in situations like yours which is why we just took everything the architect suggested (all is white and wooden which is fine by me). On the other hand choosing the door knob for the old front door took four weeks...

nomotherearth said...

I LOVE the kitchen counters! Can you pls tell me what that is? I'm looking for same kind of thing for our kitchen counters but am still undecided. That's the best one I've seen.

Beck said...

Very nice. And I'm going to also beg you for the name of the kitchen counters - we're renovating in June.

Bea said...

First counter: Pionite Rocky Road (MT 280 Suede).

Counter with milk spilled on it: Formica Himalayan Slate, Honed Finish (3689-77).

kgirl said...

very nice! you're such an earth-tone girl :)

Pieces said...

We just moved a large piece of furniture and I found laminate chips behind it from 5 years ago. I had taken four chips and taped them together on a piece of a cereal box so that I had a larger sample to look at. It brought back so many memories! And it was a sample of one that we didn't choose--I still think I made the right decision.

Alpha DogMa said...

Fancy Shmancy!

Good choices. When's the house warming party?

b*babbler said...

Loving all of it!

Decisions said...

Could you please tell me where you got the kitchen cabinets. What type are they?

Bea said...

Decisions - That photo was just a reasonable facsimile of the cabinets I had chosen - I'm not sure exactly what the cabinets in the photo were made of.