The kitchen is coming along…
Very (VERY) Slowly…

Cabinets are in and painted (but without doors until next week)
Undercabinet lights (LED) are in.  Haven’t picked lights for ceiling but not in a rush.
I am not going to put pictures on until the doors are on!

We’ve decided on butcher block countertops for several reasons:

  1. They are pretty
  2. The green factor (we’ll use an oil finish and use a company that uses sustainable woods etc.)
  3. Toughness factor- just have to sand to get dings and such out 
  4. It’s pretty cheap 

Not sure about the countertop for the island though.  I wanted something I could roll dough on, that was cooler like steel or marble but the prices I’m finding are crazy! 

Trying to decide on a backsplash now.
I want recycled glass tiles I think.  Maybe some handmade tiles for accent.  To keep costs down this is the way to go.  I found glass tile from $3-$9 per square foot which isn’t bad.
For the glass I’m waiting on some samples from a company we used for our bath remodel in our current house (we used Hakatai Emerald blend and it’s beautiful.)  LOVE their tile and it wasn’t expensive.  Also considering ordering from if the shipping ends up being cheaper.

The handmade accent tiles I’ve found on etsy and on I really like.
Debating these now:

Handmade Tiles from

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