White kitchen with Azul Aran granite countertops

flyingkiteSeptember 11, 2012

Just ordinary kitchen with upgraded countertops and flooring.

Azul Aran granite countertops and white cabinets create an interesting combination that one can find useful for his/her remodeling projects.

Before, builder's default cabinets, vinyl floors and laminate countertops:

After:

The only seam, installer's pride:

"Leftovers" Project, coffee table before:

After:

Sorry, no cheese after upgrade.

Mission accomplished.

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cbusmomof3

Congratulations...a big improvement!! You must be so happy! Enjoy your new space.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:31PM
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SaraKat

Wow! That Azul Aran is pretty awesome and it's hard to find, congrats on your great find and beautiful kitchen. What a transformation!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:09PM
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badgergal

Wow! Your kitching went from boring to beautiful. The granite adds a lot of character to your space. Love the new wood floors. I bet you smile every time you go in there now. Wishing you good food and good times in your new kitchen

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:10PM
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ginny20

Beautiful granite, and the floors are lovely and warm. The new sink/faucet make a difference, too. What a wonderful change!It looks like a completely different room. Congratulations on your new space!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 9:08PM
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Madeline616

Love your floors and backsplash, and your granite is so unique and pretty.

Congrats :)

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 9:27PM
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islanddevil

Wow what a difference a floor and countertops make..well not any old floor and countertop of course. That granite is just beautiful I've never heard of it before. Was it hard to find?

One suggestion, have you considered changing out the gold cabinet knobs? I think something in a silver tone would really go well with your sink, faucet and beautiful backsplash. But of course, JMO.

Great job!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 9:44PM
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flyingkite

Thanks to all of you! Finding the right granite was the biggest challenge for us. We spent a lot of time sifting through our local granite yards.

There were several options available:

You can see my project manager on this picture, I've just followed her orders...

The final choice was between Azul Aran and Creama Bodeaux, the most popular brand in our area.

We liked Creama Bodeaux but Azul Aran happened to be a better choice for our white kitchen.

Thank you island for the good advice, we'll give satin knobs a try.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:10PM
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phiwwy

I second the suggestion of satin nickel knobs. Colonial Bronze makes ones that allow you to choose a two-tone finish. I'm doing them in pewter (outside) and satin nickel on the face of the knob. Just a little added interest. Enjoy your new beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 1:11PM
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chiefy

What a transformation! Really good job.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 1:45PM
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petra66_gw

Very nice granite, it really changes the place!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 1:51PM
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ailene54

A beautiful transformation!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 7:00PM
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a2gemini

I would say "mission accomplished" Wow - nice transformation - love what you did to enhance your kitchen!!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 8:14PM
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islanddevil

Nice to see some good size granite samples. And of them your 2 favs are mine also, but your Azul is by far the tops. For as much as I love and wear blue, I never even thnk to look at anything bluish for the kitchen. You've broadened my horizons! Love it love it!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 9:30PM
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catkin

Pretty! Where can we find your back splash material?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 9:38PM
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flyingkite

Catkin, we used
3 x 6 Greecian White marble tile for our backsplash,you can find it in your local Home Depot. It's a good tile but very inconsistent in color & pattern. However, it was a perfect match with our granite.

Initially we were looking for a mosaic tile:

But after countless visits to our tile boutique we realized that we want our granite to be the eye catcher, not the backsplash. Greecian White subway tile weren't expensive but almost half of the purchased tiles had defects, color spots, cracks etc.

Actually we bought leftovers from somebody else's project!
Three more trips to other Home Depot stores for other leftovers and we've got our tile!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 11:20PM
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catkin

Thanks so much! That's actually within reach for me. :~)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 1:20AM
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flyingkite

Finally I followed a good advice and replaced golden knobs with the satin brushed nickel ones.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 1:16PM
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