Our Nashville Kitchen Remodel- Countertops

When we first bought our Nashville house, this is what the kitchen looked like…

 

Our Nashville Kitchen Remodel

 

It is a beautiful kitchen.  It’s just very themed.  It’s very farmhouse.

If you’ve been here for awhile, you know that’s not my style.  I describe my style as “Coastal Americana” and I just came up with that label for myself one day once I realized which pieces I gravitate towards.

One of the first things we did was take down the chicken wire (yes, I said chicken wire) over the pantry door.  Also, the window treatments on the pantry door and kitchen window.  We also switched out the super traditional, curvy legs on the island and painted the whole thing grey.

We added new lights above the island and new counter stools.  We also painted the hood vent white.  With all of these changes…  It just still wasn’t getting it for me.  It just still didn’t feel like my kitchen.

So Matt painted the brick backsplash white, with a faux Dutch schmear technique.  Nope.  Didn’t like it.

So, major changes had to be made.

 

countertops

 

When we bought the house, we knew we were going to need to replace the countertop on the island, at the very least.  It has three large cracks running through it.  That replacement was negotiated into our purchase price of the home.

I’ve never loved the countertops because of the traditional brown veins.  One area (to the left of the stove) has so much brown, that there is actually green running through it.  You don’t even want to know what I think it looks like…  I’ll spare you.

So, the time has come to choose a new countertop.  And we’re replacing them all.

We first narrowed it down to three choices…

 

kitchen caeserstone countertop

 

With a toddler in the house, marble was not a viable option.  But I love love love the look of marble.  So, caesarstone it is!

When I first laid eyes on Montauk, I fell in love.  Montauk is a polished quartz and it’s positively lovely.

But Matt had his heart set on a honed finish.  For those of you new to the world of countertops, honed is the opposite of polished.  It’s basically a matte, smooth finish.

We narrowed it down to Calcutta Nuova and Frosty Carina.  We lived with the samples in our kitchen for days.  Checking the colors at all different times of day under all different lights.  After days of studying the samples, we decided on Frosty Carina.

 

Our Nashville Kitchen RemodelOur Nashville Kitchen Remodel

 

Next up is backsplash.  I want to lighten the kitchen overall.  Because the kitchen only has one window and it’s looking out on the covered porch, the natural light is minimal.  In order to work with what we’ve got, we’re choosing all products that will brighten the space.

I’m leaning towards a 5×5″ square tile as opposed to subway tile.  We had subway in our last house and I feel like everyone is doing it, so I want to choose something less popular.  We’re looking at the above samples, but I’m really loving the square- not only for the shape but also the color variation.  We have another brand we’re interested in, that we’ll hopefully get a sample from tomorrow.  The subway tile above is Phoenix Ceramic in “Bianco” and the sample board with the square tiles is Speartek Porcelain in “Seasons Pearl”.

Next up, looking for a different style hood vent.  Ours is very traditional, so looking for something with cleaner lines and just a tad more modern.

Comment below and let me know if you think I should go with square tiles on the backsplash or if you prefer something else.

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  1. Leonie
    May 22, 2020 / 12:00 AM

    The square tiles! I’ve always loved those!
    I get what you mean, by choosing the less popular option.
    I hate a copy paste house all around town 😉

    • Angela Lanter
      May 22, 2020 / 4:41 AM

      Exactly! I don’t want mine to look like every other kitchen you see on Pinterest and Instagram.

    • Lisa
      May 22, 2020 / 10:11 PM

      Personally I love the subway. Most people don’t do a 3×12 so it wouldn’t be cookie cutter. The classic subway that a lot of people still lean towards is 3×6 or 4×10 in a traditional brick pattern but that one is a 3×12 shown in a 1/3 stagger pattern and it’s so clean and classic. As a kitchen designer, I’m afraid the squares are too traditional 😬 I love love love the color of both of them and the frosty carrina tops though!

      • Angela Lanter
        May 25, 2020 / 5:03 AM

        Thank you so much!

    • Kristen
      May 28, 2020 / 2:09 PM

      Oh I’m so glad I read this. I was thinking about square tiles on the backsplash in my kitchen but wondered if I was wrong for wanting something different from the usual rectangular shape.

      I’m excited to see the hood!

  2. Gemma
    May 22, 2020 / 1:03 PM

    I think squares look good. We have square tile in our house (it’s a rental so not in the colour I would choose myself) but it does look nice. You kitchen is amazing, my husband would love it (he’s a chef) so counter space is a big deal to him 😆
    I’m a big lover of dark cabinets though and he’s not so keen 😆

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:04 AM

      Thanks, Gemma!

  3. Marissa
    May 22, 2020 / 1:05 PM

    Love the back splash rectangles!
    Cannot wait until its all done 🙂

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:04 AM

      Me too! Thanks, Marissa!

  4. Holly Blakeburn
    May 22, 2020 / 1:07 PM

    I love the square! I bought my house and love the kitchen! It has all white cabinets and a white/gray marble counter top. The back splash is white as well. I always get so many compliments!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:04 AM

      I bet it’s beautiful!!

  5. Tricia M
    May 22, 2020 / 1:26 PM

    The countertops will look great!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:04 AM

      Thank you so much!

  6. Nadya Voytovich
    May 22, 2020 / 1:31 PM

    This will be a fun, yet very stressful, project! The square tiles are so unique and with give it so much light. I can’t wait to see the process and the end result.

    • Kelsey Randalls
      May 22, 2020 / 3:44 PM

      I think you should find something else for the backsplash. I think diamonds would he beautiful!!!

  7. Kelly Cabana
    May 22, 2020 / 1:34 PM

    First, love the counter tops! I like the different lol of the squares, BUT I also think you can never go wrong with subway tile either. Both are options are good, in my opinion!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:05 AM

      Thanks, Kelly!

  8. Shannon
    May 22, 2020 / 1:34 PM

    I really like the square backsplash! Can’t wait to see it all finished.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:05 AM

      Thanks, Shannon!

  9. Richard Johnson
    May 22, 2020 / 2:06 PM

    Stunning kitchen ..great countertops awesome taste Angela!!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:05 AM

      Thanks, Richard!

  10. Mindy Diegel
    May 22, 2020 / 2:09 PM

    Love the subway tiles! They look so cool. I can’t wait to see it all come together.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:05 AM

      Me too! I’m so excited to get it all done!

  11. Rachel
    May 22, 2020 / 2:17 PM

    I vote for the hexagon tile backsplash (but I like a little more mid-century vibe so I might be biased)! The countertops are perfect. The carina is beautiful! Can’t wait to see the paint colors. Vent hoods are so hard, definitely something with more clean lines. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. You are giving me inspiration for mine!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:06 AM

      Thanks, Rachel!!

  12. Terrena
    May 22, 2020 / 2:17 PM

    I love the square tile. I think that will look amazing. I’ve got a glass splash back in the most boring shade of brown so you can imagine how much I love it 🤦‍♀️. Once we finish our back yard remodel it’s the next on the list.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:06 AM

      What kind of backsplash do you think you’ll go with?

  13. Britian Schaefer
    May 22, 2020 / 2:18 PM

    I love home renovations and projects! Totally get what you mean choosing the less popular. We are going to be building our forever home very soon and I feel like choosing the finishes is going to be a very stressful part of it! Love the square ones you chose and can’t wait to see it all finished!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:06 AM

      It is stressful but so worth it! Thanks, Britian!

  14. MacKenzie DeMarque
    May 22, 2020 / 3:38 PM

    Oh man, it’s so hard to choose! But I think you guys picked well!! Looks so pretty!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:07 AM

      Thank you so much!

  15. May 22, 2020 / 3:57 PM

    I really love the square back splash. Not only does this make it basic or not as popular but the simple piece brings out a beautiful and I think will make the kitchen just with that backsplash a tad more interesting! 😉 Also I agree with the first qaurts but its still pretty.

    I loved this week’s blog post. I must say I think it is very exciting being able to re-model your house. 🙂

    I can’t wait to see more!

    From Erinn Sequeira.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:07 AM

      Thanks, Erinn!!

  16. Natasha
    May 22, 2020 / 4:13 PM

    Beautiful kitchen! Mine needs a new paint job!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:07 AM

      Thank you, Natasha!

  17. Kay
    May 22, 2020 / 4:30 PM

    What about vertical subway tile? That is an awesome look as well.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:08 AM

      That would! I didn’t even think of that!

  18. Holly Leonard
    May 22, 2020 / 6:18 PM

    I definitely love the square backsplash. I really like the countertops too. And why did the previous owners put chicken wire in the kitchen? That’s like taking farm house to a whole new level in my opinion.

    I have a question though, how does Kenny to with all the lighter pieces of furniture? I can’t keep anything white with my 3 girls. What’s your secret?

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:08 AM

      I agree. Ww couldn’t figure out why they added it there. Kenny does very good. She doesn’t love mess either. 😂

  19. Lindsey Clayton
    May 22, 2020 / 6:31 PM

    It’s so beautiful! I really like the square tiles!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:09 AM

      Thank you so much!

  20. Heather
    May 22, 2020 / 7:12 PM

    I LOVE the countertop you chose and also the square tile!! Can’t wait to see it finished.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:19 AM

      Thank you so much!

  21. c_konkle
    May 22, 2020 / 9:34 PM

    I really like the square tiles I think it looks clean and still modern. I do really like subway tiles but get why you wouldn’t want to go that route what about the reverse if it went vertical instead. Also I don’t know the name of the trend but the small tiles more of a mosaic may take away from the clean overall look though if you are going for all white. I cannot wait to see if all come together you have a beautiful home its fun watching it all come to life.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:19 AM

      Love those ideas! Thank you!

  22. Mallary
    May 22, 2020 / 9:36 PM

    I think the squares will look nice! I can’t wait to see the finished kitchen! You rally should be an interior designer as you always have great ideas and you have great taste! ❤️

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:19 AM

      You’re so sweet! Thank you Mallary!

  23. TRACY MELDRUM
    May 22, 2020 / 10:41 PM

    Hi Angela! I am a Chef, so this blog post is just speaking my language! I day dream about designing my dream kitchen ALL. THE. TIME. lol!
    You and your family have made excellent choices so far! Love watching 🙂 I love the square tile. It has lots of texture! I like that it is not smooth, shiny, and flat. Would it be hard to keep clean? or is it easily wipeable? The hexagon shape looks like of bathroom shower tile to me. So definitely in love with the square. I agree with the subway tile comment, too!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:20 AM

      Thanks babe!! What would you do in your dream kitchen?

  24. Nikki
    May 23, 2020 / 3:36 AM

    I like your choice in backsplash. The other looks to me like painted brick.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:20 AM

      Thank you so much!

  25. Lynne Ford
    May 23, 2020 / 3:49 AM

    We’re in the process of making plans to renovate our kitchen (and bathrooms x 3 as well) so will follow along with your renos with interest. I love the square tile too!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:21 AM

      Thank you so much! What are your plans so far?

  26. Emm
    May 23, 2020 / 4:40 AM

    I like the hexagon tiles, considered doing those in my splashback a few years back. And I went with the Calcutta Nuovo for my countertops. 🙂

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:21 AM

      Love that!!

  27. Kristi
    May 23, 2020 / 6:44 AM

    What about herribone with the more rectangle ones or torn the squares 45 degrees so they are more diamond shaped.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:21 AM

      Love that idea! Thanks, Kristi!

  28. Tiffany Bailey
    May 23, 2020 / 10:41 AM

    I’m feeling the square tiles! I don’t have any backsplash in my house, just obnoxious maroon paint (the whole kitchen and basement were painted the color)! I just love everything about your house! I cannot wait to own and decorate my dream home. We are thinking about moving out of the state of Illinois though so the dream home will have to wait!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:22 AM

      Thank you so much!

  29. heather_silver_
    May 24, 2020 / 5:56 AM

    Subway tiles are overrated! I agree with the square tiles !

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:22 AM

      Thank you so much!

  30. Katie B
    May 24, 2020 / 6:14 AM

    The chicken wire!! 🤦‍♀️

    I love the square tile and the frosty carina! Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:22 AM

      Thanks, Katie!

  31. Lisa
    May 24, 2020 / 7:45 AM

    Love how you and Matt work together and find a great compromise.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:22 AM

      Thanks, Lisa!

  32. Rachelle Clary
    May 24, 2020 / 8:06 AM

    I love the square tiles. My parents have square and it is gorgeous!!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:22 AM

      Thanks, Rachelle!

  33. Erin
    May 24, 2020 / 2:46 PM

    I love your kitchen!! The island is my fav!! Joanna Gaines would be proud of your farmhouse kitchen!! I love modern homes but I have grown to love a little bit of farmhouse touches because of Fixer Upper. I can’t wait to see the rest of the house when it is completely done!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:23 AM

      Thanks, Erin! We’re excited to see how it all turns out!

  34. Jennifer Alexander
    May 24, 2020 / 5:13 PM

    Square tiles look beautiful! 🙂 when do you think your kitchen will be fully completed?

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:23 AM

      Hopefully by the end of summer!

  35. Shannon G
    May 24, 2020 / 9:26 PM

    LOVE. Love. Love. This is so beautiful! 😊🌸

    • Angela Lanter
      May 25, 2020 / 5:23 AM

      Thank you so much!

  36. Beth Darnell
    May 26, 2020 / 2:35 PM

    Love the marble look on countertops too! I think you made a great choice on what you picked. I definitely like the square shape for backsplash more than the hexagon.

  37. Brittany Blackburn
    May 27, 2020 / 8:35 PM

    I actually like the subway best! I don’t really like the hexagon.

  38. Kylie
    May 28, 2020 / 3:06 PM

    I love the square tile! I despise cookie cutter houses and right now everyone is leaning toward the farmhouse look, which I like but I prefer cold yeast, different bold colors and my own touch! I’d love to redo my entire kitchen! But floors first!

    • Kylie
      May 28, 2020 / 3:08 PM

      Lol not cold yeast! My own thing*

  39. Michelle
    May 28, 2020 / 5:10 PM

    Not the subway tiles – over used in my opinion. I’m not impressed when I see it on hgtv. The squares. I guess right on the counter top.

  40. Christina Jackson
    May 28, 2020 / 7:34 PM

    Square tile! I feel like the hexagon tile is like subway tile, everyone is doing it. I tend to go more towards clean lines, I don’t want to get sick of it quickly.

  41. Shelley
    May 29, 2020 / 3:47 AM

    Definitely the square tiles for me- I love the slight colour variations in each tile.

  42. Yvonne
    May 29, 2020 / 9:14 AM

    I love love love the subway tiles!!!👍🏻👍🏻 They would be totally my choice, too.

    • May 29, 2020 / 1:20 PM

      We’re going with the square style, we had subway in our last kitchen. 🙂

  43. Yvonne
    May 29, 2020 / 9:15 AM

    Oh no, I meant square tiles!! Sorry!!😂

  44. Holly
    May 29, 2020 / 11:16 AM

    What about using the countertop material for a seamless backsplash? I did the kitchen in my old house with gorgeous hand glazed crackle tiles. But since they were still a subway tile, they looked generic from across the room. Then my girlfriend did her backsplash to match her counter with a seamless piece of marble and my head nearly exploded. DEFINITELY doing that the next time around!

    • May 29, 2020 / 3:40 PM

      I don’t care for the brown in the current countertop at all…

  45. Nichole Dinda
    May 31, 2020 / 4:05 PM

    I love the countertop you chose! A kitchen is a big undertaking, and I’m looking forward to seeing how you make it your own. 🙂 My husband and I are big into color, so my kitchen cabinets are a medium shade of green (Glidden Safari Green) and my walls are Cornsilk, which is a light buttery yellow. Floors and countertops are next, but not for a little while due to budgeting.

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