The Great Granite Counter Top Love Affair

What good is a kitchen without counter tops?

About as good as Dunder Mifflin without Jim Halpert.

We lived without Jim for 2 and a half weeks.  It’s a hard life.  No one to make you smile.  No one to play pranks with.  Our beautiful cabinets were a sad sad Pam.  Alone.

But not for long.

Pam and Jim

Our counter tops were ordered through IKEA.  They subcontract to a local company in Salt Lake called Aspen Counter Tops.  And the way it works is this:  they won’t even think about sending out the templater until the cabinets are 100% installed.

Cabinets- NO COUNTERS 🙁  FOR 2.5 WEEKS. 🙁 x 2.5

IKEA Cabinet Installation

And AFTER the templater has made the template, it takes 2 weeks minimum for them to fabricate it and install it.  It’s a horrendous wait… like waiting for Jim and Pam to FINALLY be together.  Yeah.  I know.  It was a rough 4 seasons.  But worth it?  You tell me.


Granite Counter Tops


(This is a temporary microwave, and this is NOT where the real microwave will live when we get it!)

Granite Counter Tops

How to Renovate A Small Kitchen on a Budget

Granite Counter Tops

And lest we not forget:


Granite Counter Tops

For this reason alone adding the extra footage of counter space was worth it:

Granite Counter Tops

If this isn’t an epic love story, then I don’t know what else is.

Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

New roof 

-Build new fence (in progress)

Paint ceiling & walls

Install flooring 

-Baseboards + board & batten (supplies purchased)

-build new banister (in progress)

Counter top install

-Back splash (supplies purchased… did you weigh in on the opinion-fest on Facebook?)

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Wow! All that counterspace in place of those pantries was GENIUS. I agree- you need somewhere to plop groceries. I can’t wait to see what everything looks like with the backsplash!

    • Kenz

      Seriously! Bringing home groceries before was just a nightmare. I’m so excited for the backsplash too. It’ll really put a finishing touch in the kitchen. YEAH YEAH YEAH!

  • I think the wait was worth it (although I would have died without countertops). They are absolutely beautiful.

    • Kenz

      Someone suggested I write a post about how to survive without a functioning kitchen… and I just laughed. Because I basically cried every day! Running water was the greatest thing ever to come into my life lol

  • Bethany Kline

    AWESOME! it all looks great! It’s hard to believe how much has changed just since I started following along on your journey! HUGE STRIDES! like woah!

    And BTW, your office references are perfect and awesome. The Office is my love language…. and yes, totally worth the wait. 😉

    • Kenz

      Girl, we speak the same language. I feel like I lived vicariously through Pam and Jim for so long. haha!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Such a huge change! I love the waterfall effect you did in the grocery picture! Great idea!

    • Kenz

      Thank you!!! It’s my FAVORITE part of the whole kitchen. I touch it often. haha. I’m a crazy woman.

  • Jesse

    I love it! That red chandy is killer too btw

    • Kenz

      Thanks! The red chandelier was so much fun at the time, now it’s gray and in my cousin’s kitchen!

  • andrea @

    I think you deserve a medal for putting up with an **almost** finished kitchen without countertops for 2.5 weeks. Or maybe a pint of ben & jerry’s (is that gf? if not, it should be!)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your design choices…love the countertops, think it’s fantastic to have the bar area with storage under, and the GRANITE THAT EXTENDS DOWN THE SIDE? Fantastic. =)

    • Kenz

      No running water in the kitchen was probably one of the hardest things I’ve done. sounds so lame, but oh my gosh, it was SO hard. There’s definitely gf ben & jerry’s, and you BET I’ll be eating TWO pints 🙂 One for me and one for the baby of course. We LOVVVVE the waterfalling granite down the side. It was a little more expensive, but we figured if we were going to do it, we were going to do it right. 🙂 It makes me happy when other people appreciate the beauty as well!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    I guess for you the wait was worth it too because it looks amazing! Your kitchen is right down my alley. So bright and beautiful! ♥

    • Kenz

      Aw thanks Julia! I’m a fan of how bright it is!

  • Addi

    Kenz and Aaron! Your kitchen looks so amazing! I miss the both of you so much! I hope you are doing well

    • Kenz

      Thanks babies! We’re definitely loving the way it’s coming together. It’s been a lot of hard work and frustration to live through, but worth it! Miss you too. Stop by and say hello 🙂

  • they look great! And, as the former resident of a house with not enough counter space, I get a rush looking at all those bags of groceries sitting comfortably on your spacious new counter top 🙂

    • Kenz

      hahahaha THANK you for getting how WONDERFUL it is to have a place to set the groceries down. It’s just one of those little gold nuggets in life 🙂

  • This looks so stinking good. Wow! What a difference! And I’ve lived in houses with no countertops. It’s one of those things that is pretty hard to live without. Welcome back, Jim.

    • Kenz

      Remember when Jim came back from Stamford? It’s just the happiest. A happy homecoming. Aaron told me I need to stop calling our countertops Jim Halpert. I guess I’ve lost my mind haha. But in all seriousness, no counter tops means no sink, which means no water. It was tough. SO happy to have some function back in my life!

  • Well, look at that! So pretty and clean and stylish.

    But UGH to four weeks of no counters. How did you do it? How did you cook?!?

    You’re a tough lady, Kenzie. (Also YES to the Office reference. Jim Halpert forever!)

    • Kenz

      How did we do it… well… haha, LOTS of take out, cereal, sandwiches, eating at our parents houses, and crying. haha. It was a really hard month.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

    I just looks so fantastic with those counters on there. Love it!! And such a great place to plonk down all your groceries. Awesome!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! It is SO nice to have counters again. It makes cooking and everything else so much better. haha!

  • kelly @ view along the way

    STUNNNNNING! I’m dying. I love it so much,. Also – did you just connect home reno to Jim & Pam and the Office? I think you did. I think that just happened. It’s just too much goodness for me all in one place. Can. not. handle.

    • Kenz

      lol I know right? You’re probably getting a cavity from all the sweetness!

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