Silestone countertops and lowering the bar – our kitchen remodel

silestone helix counters kitchen

We recently had new Silestone countertops installed in our kitchen and I am so excited to show them to you all! We waited a long, long time for these and I am thrilled with how our kitchen remodel is coming along!  We lowered our kitchen bar as well and I’m obsessed!

 

silestone kitchen counter

First, let me show you a picture of the new space with our Silestone countertops.  It is so much lighter and brighter than how it looked a few months ago with the dark formica counters.

 

 

raised silestone kitchen counter bar

See. That chocolate formica was fine with my old cream cabinets, but ever since we painted the cabinets gray (you can read all about that process HERE) , the countertops were kind of a buzz kill.

 

 

silestone kitchen countertop choices

We started our process of selecting new countertops at Profile Cabinet and Design in Kansas City.  I met them at the Greater Kansas City Home Show last year and was totally impressed with their work!  I told them I wanted a LIGHT colored counter with LOW maintenance. And then I came home with these 4 samples.  I always tend to gravitate towards the fancier and away from the “cleaner” look, so it was obvious to me which one I loved right away…. the one with the movement! HELIX SILESTONE!

 

 

removing kitchen bar ledge for silestone kitchen counter

We decided to tear out the raised bar area in our kitchen.  I was nervous about the decision, but I know the trend is really lowing the bar and I really wanted the space to feel more open visually.

 

 

countertop template for silestone kitchen counter

As a total sidenote: I have decided that if I don’t make it as a painter that I would totally enjoy templating countertops for a living.  Seriously.  It’s like putting together a life-size puzzle. I’m fascinated with the process. We made the corners of the bar overhand a little rounder than they were previously  so that again, the overall look would be softer.

 

 

overhang support for kitchen silestone countertops

When we decided to lower the bar, it made for a deeper overhang in the bar area. Well, that overhang was right on the edge of needing support or not. And because I know I have crazy kids who swing from chandeliers, we opted to put in support bars.  I just feel better with them under my prized Silestone countertops.

 

 

 

kitchen silestone countertop

And here is how it looks.   Our shorter bar in all it’s glory.

 

 

 

lowered kitchen Silestone countertops

My kids even love it.  And that’s saying something.

 

lowered kitchen Silestone countertops

I pinkie swear that they have sat at the lower bar more in the few weeks we’ve had the new Silestone countertops than they did the entire 12 years prior combined. Seriously.  The lower bar just feels so much….. “homier”. Is that a word?  Our friends agree as well…. the lower bar counter just seems more inviting to sit at.

 

 

 

cutting off barstool for kitchen Silestone countertops

We did have to cut off our stools to fit. They were too tall with the new lower counters. I literally had a handyman who helps me with some projects saw them off in the garage. Done!  The stools are from TJ Maxx .

 

 

kohler apron sink with kitchen Silestone countertops

The Silestone countertops are a man-made quartz and supposed to be extremely durable.  Again, crazy kids … so we need durable. Silestone doesn’t need sealed regularly like a lot of the other countertops and I don’t have to worry about things like spaghetti sauce and red wine staining it. #winning

 

 

Helix Silestone countertops

We went with the color “Helix” for our Silestone countertops at the suggestion of Profile Cabinet and Design and it’s perfect with our gray cabinets.

(on a total side note, I keep getting so many questions about my vintage farmhouse clock that I’ll attach my affiliate link for it HERE. Cutest banana holder ever!)

 

 

helix silestone countertops

Isn’t that gorg???????????  And on a side note, I’m obsessed with my canisters too. You can find them on occasion on my affiliate link for Antique Farmhouse HERE.

 

 

helix Silestone countertops

And here is another view of our Silestone countertops.  I did a little Facebook video talking about the changes in my kitchen that you can watch HERE. I’m wearing my new favorite shirt in the video so, bonus.

Next week I will be blogging all about the “arabesque tile” that we went with and my pot filler behind the stove. (The kitchen backsplash post is HERE.) Be sure to sign up for my emails HERE if you don’t already get them so you get the details sent right to your inbox.

And, if you loved my Silestone countertops, you can pin any of these photos to your Pinterest to look back on later!

Peace and chicken grease,

Jennifer

If you loved this post, make sure to read about how I chose the patterned carpet for my stair runner. I also made a unique choice repurposing a rusty tin as my cornice in the living room. Interior design decisions aren’t always easy! My recent house projects may help you move forward with making things pretty in your home!

 

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20 comments
  1. Debbie Painter
    Debbie Painter
    February 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Love the update to your kitchen! After all of the new updates to your whole house, are you still going to sell it?

  2. Debbie Painter
    Debbie Painter
    February 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Love the update to your kitchen! After all of the new updates to your whole house, are you still going to sell it?

  3. Jennifer Allwood
    Jennifer Allwood
    February 23, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    We go back and forth…. we could be persuaded! lol =)

  4. Samantha
    Samantha
    February 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    We are about to remodel our kitchen and I am wanting to lower our bar similar to yours. However, my electrical outlets are on the tile of the top bar so I would be losing them. Did you move your outlet to the side of your bar and if so is your dishwasher right there?

  5. Jamie
    Jamie
    February 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Hello! Beautiful kitchen. Is that bead board around the bar (underneath)? I’m interested to know how you got that look. Thanks!

  6. Evy
    Evy
    March 14, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Love , Love your kitchen from your color choices and materials used. Absolutely stunning. We have demolished and will be rebuilding a new home. definitely pinned. Thank you for sharing. Love your blog.

  7. Ceiling Tiles
    Ceiling Tiles
    April 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing a great collection of images and information.

  8. Reena
    Reena
    April 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I have the exact same question. We have 4 outlets

  9. Reena
    Reena
    April 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I have the exact same question. We have 4 outlets

  10. Lisa House
    Lisa House
    May 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous kitchen! Lowering the bar was the right choice, now anyone sitting there can feel like they are part of the kitchen. Love your chandeliers…where did you get them? Thanks for sharing, has helped me as I am trying to decide what to put in our kitchen for counters. I have been leaning toward silestone, seeing yours …I may just change my color choices so I can use the same as you…it’s gorgeous.

  11. Lisa House
    Lisa House
    May 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous kitchen! Lowering the bar was the right choice, now anyone sitting there can feel like they are part of the kitchen. Love your chandeliers…where did you get them? Thanks for sharing, has helped me as I am trying to decide what to put in our kitchen for counters. I have been leaning toward silestone, seeing yours …I may just change my color choices so I can use the same as you…it’s gorgeous.

  12. http://www.pavetile.com.au/
    http://www.pavetile.com.au/
    December 30, 2016 at 1:57 am

    We’ve been stumbling around the internet and found your blog along the way.

    We love your work! What a great corner of the internet 🙂

  13. http://www.pavetile.com.au/
    http://www.pavetile.com.au/
    December 30, 2016 at 1:57 am

    We’ve been stumbling around the internet and found your blog along the way.

    We love your work! What a great corner of the internet 🙂

  14. Mary
    Mary
    April 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi there ~ I’m seeing this about a year later I think. I’m about to take down a bar and replace my countertops with Silestone white diamond. I can’t wait to get rid of that bar and I think we’ll use the seating there more than we ever have as well. I know with the replacement of our counters, this is my one change to take it down! How are you liking it a year later. Your kitchen looks beautiful!

  15. Alysa
    Alysa
    April 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Hi there! Your kitchen looks amazing!!! We are lowering our bar as well and hoping for similar results. We opted for quartz. I’m just wondering approximately the overhang of your bar in the kitchen? We’re also trying to decide if we need support beams or not.

  16. A gallery wall of old windows | Jennifer Allwood
    January 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    […] fun posts to check out! I changed my wall paint colors,  my kitchen with new gray cabinets, and new Silestone countertops and a fun arabaesque backsplash, AND  I updated my stairs with a new gorgeous gray patterned […]

  17. Taylor Chi
    Taylor Chi
    February 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Hi there! My husband and I are buying a house and might be interested in doing this to the kitchen counters. About how much did this project cost you?

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