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Cabinets, Backsplash & Countertops0

A kitchen is the heart of a home, so undertaking a total renovation of this space requires flexibility and perseverance on everyone’s part. Washing dishes in the bathtub, living with the refrigerator in the hallway, preparing meals and cooking in the entry way all start off as a fun adventure, but when two months stretch to three and more, the novelty is often replaced with frustration and sqabbling.    

Despite all this doom and gloom, choosing new appliances can be exciting and trying out new colors and textures can bring a space to life.  During our kitchen renovation, changing the cabinets, backsplash and countertops proved to be the most satifying. 

Using local carpentry talent and wood that was affordable at the time, we brought in the deep red hues and rich grains of mahogany to grace our kitchen walls. Finely crafted drawers and cabinet doors open within a whisker 1/4-inch of each other. 

Tumbled marble 4” x 4” tiles on our backsplash protect the wall between our cabinets and countertops. The stone, when processed with abrasive grit and water tumbled smooth for soft corners, results in a natural, rustic material that will last for years. Its auburn and russet tones transition from the mahogany red cabinets to golden granite countertops. 


Yes, kitchen renovations are an intense dose of life as we know it. Seemingly endless days of relentless, exhaustive work with unexpected twists and turns march along on a timeline of its own. Fortunately, renovations ultimately come to an end. Hopefully, the result will be full of immeasurable pleasures with the preparing, cooking, eating, and spending time with family and friends in the heart of the home.

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other photos and text by Ann D. Travers

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