New countertops in today! ...teaser photo

cookncarpenterFebruary 13, 2013

New Soapstone in today, still have the backsplash to do, among other things...

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badgergal

Wow, they are beautiful!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 1:24AM
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miruca

Very nice!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 1:29AM
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cookncarpenter

We had white ceramic tile on both the lower and upper counters for 27 years, nothing wrong with it , but this is a nice change, maybe for the next 27...?
BTW that's 2-1/4" thick Mesquite on the bar top counters and window sills

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 1:48AM
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function_first

Beautiful soap stone! And the mesquite is drool-worthy, as well. Gosh, they look wonderful together! Congrats!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 5:48AM
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SparklingWater

Lovely. What is the name of the soapstone?

Your cabinets are very nice too! What wood and stain is that? Love the mesquite counters, btw. Nicely done.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 6:58AM
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cookncarpenter

..thanks for the kind words ~ The Soapstone is Mariana (Brazilian), the 5 1/2" backsplash will be the same. No stain or finish on the Mesquite, just mineral oil, beeswax, and Carnauba (food grade). Cabinets are Knotty Pine that I built in 1986, with just a slight whitewash to keep them from yellowing, although they have darkened somewhat over the years, just from sunlight. I will be replacing some doors and drawer fronts, and I hope I can get the stain to match! (I think I used thinned down white oil base primer at the time) Will be refinishing the oak floors to get them more in the reddish tone of the Mesquite...

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 8:15AM
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herbflavor

love the wood with the soapstone......it enchances it.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 8:20AM
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cat_mom

Awesome!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 9:46AM
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lazy_gardens

BTW that's 2-1/4" thick Mesquite on the bar top counters and window sill

Where did you get it?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 10:23AM
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Mistman

Catmom took the word right outa my head but I'll say it again
Aesome!!!

I just picked my slab yesterday, called Brazilian Black, looks very similar.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 11:41AM
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rovo

Beautiful combination of mesquite wood and soapstone, which I haven't seen much. I love the warmth of your kitchen and am looking forward to the final reveal.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 12:51PM
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outsideplaying_gw

Beautiful and a great looking combination. Did you build the mesquite countertop too?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 2:51PM
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cookncarpenter

I had a countertop company in AZ, William Rogers, glue up the Mesquite stock, and they shipped it to me. I did all the cutting and fitting on site. I've been working with wood all my life, and Mesquite is likely the hardest wood I've ever dealt with. (Janka rating 2345) Has a bit of an oily property to it as well, similar to Teak, and a wild grain with lots of character. Sanded to a 400 grit. The Soapstone is sanded to 320 wet.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 4:26PM
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williamsem

I love the patterns in it! Lovely.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:01PM
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motherof3sons

That is gorgeous! Love both counters.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 9:57PM
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texasgal47

Love how everything is so organic and textural. Your new soapstone is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 11:47PM
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breezygirl

I commented on your sink reveal pic on another thread and am so glad I found more of your lovely kitchen. I've never seen a mesquite counter, but it's really warm and beautiful. The two tops look like great neighbors. As much as I love wood counters (I have black walnut myself) that soapstone is to die for. If I could have found slabs like that when I was looking, I would have a soapstone island instead of walnut. The black is so rich and the strong, infrequent veins are just the right amount of tension to break up the solid color. Can't wait to see more!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 2:37AM
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ellendi

cty, happy to see you back with progress on your kitchen. There are not to many people here that have built their own cabinets and now are doing ands on reno.
Looking good :)

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 7:30AM
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sis2two

I love the beautiful veining in your soapstone! You are going to love it.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 4:38PM
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sjerin

That's a beautiful ss counter!! How impressive that you built your own lovely cabinets.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 6:18PM
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tinan

Very pretty and unusual looking!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 10:23PM
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cookncarpenter

Update, backsplash went in today! Not only was my fabricator able to get it all out of one slab, he book matched the splash :) I'm so thrilled with the look...

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:27PM
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2LittleFishies

it looks fabulous!

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 9:29PM
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Angie_DIY

That is fantastic! Love the bookmatching.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 11:40PM
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function_first

That is seriously gorgeous. Wow.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:10AM
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tmy_jax

The vein matching is very well done! A true sign of craftmanship beyond fabrication! Congrats!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 8:46PM
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Bellsmom

OMG(osh)
This is really fabulous. I don't always love soapstone, but you made it sing. And that mesquite!
Wow.
Perfect for your space.
Thank you for sharing!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 9:55PM
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Mizinformation

Love, love, LOVE how the veins in the stone and the figuring in the wood play off each other.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 11:09PM
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steph2000

Your soapstone is beautiful in the first picture. Bookmarked, it is breath-taking. Egads, your installation is flawless.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 12:39PM
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