Brad pointed out that I had not posted a photo of the kitchen lately. So, here it is.
The island is stained, the granite is installed, the large piece over the stove is in, and the sink is waiting for its faucet. The only thing missing? That cabinet on the back wall to the left of the large piece. Um, yeah, about that. I might have not paid full attention when ordering the cabinets. We wanted the piece to be perfectly centered so we bought two 20 inch cabinets to flank it. BUT the cabinets on the bottom, well they did not. So in order to have the black piece centered over the stove cabinet, we had to special order another cabinet there - an 18 inch. And the other side really needed a new one too, a 24 inch, but we couldn't bear buying two more special order cabinets, so we opted to use a piece of filler. We got the replacement cabinet a few days ago, but haven't been able to install it yet.
This is the glaze that we will put on all the white cabinets. It kind of looks gross and dirty this up close, but we did it to our last kitchen and it turned out fab.
Just wipe the glaze (cabinet stain -you can order it from Lowe's or Home Depot) on and wipe off as much as you want. We leave a small amount all over the surface, and more in the cracks. Let dry (may take a few days) and cover with poly.