Right between the freezer and the furnace.
I just told Phil I wanted a laptop for his birthday. I got "the look."
You know, this one. Only without the hat.
I would hate being married to me.
At some point I mentioned in passing that I wasn't getting granite countertops in the kitchen. I'm too lazy to figure out when that was.
I had my tops picked out for months. That was one big load off. I was going to get high-def laminate. I was terrified of picking out expensive stone tops that I might end up hating down the road and then being stuck with them until I'm as old as Methusela. Or until Phil croaked, at which point I could safely have them replaced.
I had a local guy come measure and give me an estimate. This included my countertop and my island top.
I'll just let you soak that up for a minute.
No fancy edges either.
I could have gotten it several hundred doll hairs cheaper from the Home Depot (or anywhere else I imagine).
But then I had to stop and think. A dangerous pastime, I know.
Did I really want to spend that much money for plastic-covered
I did a quick price estimate on the Home Depot's website. Then I took a drawing in. For a measly $100 more I could have A-level granite (the most common type; therefore, the least expensive).
I wanted to find similar patterns/colors to what I'd already picked out. I came up with Steel Grey for the island:
And Luna Pearl for the perimeter cabinets:
A few days later I walked into our local builder supply store to scope out baseboard trim and I fainted on the spot. When I came to, I saw the countertop of my dreams:
It was quartz, and it was the most beautiful surface I'd ever seen in my life. I immediately started petting it and licking it. After the rep took the sample forcibly from my mouth, I called my buddy at Home Depot to see if it was too late to cancel the Luna Pearl.
I was in luck. Except the quartz was almost double the price of the granite. She was going to club me like a baby seal (charge me $4000). Was it because I was getting too intimate with her sample? Perhaps.
Well, my friends, we got the deal of the century. I got the top of my dreams (not my boobs) for $2700. It's Viatera Everest and it's made by LG. In the USA. And it's exclusive to the fabricator we bought it from.
Eat your heart out, you people who don't live by me.
I got my Steele Grey granite installed on the island a couple weeks ago (with some scratches--that was over a month ago and the fabricator still hasn't made good), and a week after that, I got my Viatera Everest quartz for the rest of the kitchen.
I'm fully functional now. What's left? I'm glad you asked. We still need to install the range hood, "pot sticker," cabinet hardware, and tile. (Yep, I'm covering up all that stencil work. It's got to go.)
So, wanna see????
My faucet I won in a giveaway by Sawdust & Embryos!
Oh look...a single plate in the sink.
Phil eats off this plate every day. The fact that I was nine and he was 19 when I made it is only a little bit creepy.
Now for the tile. What do you think? These are my 3 choices (right now). I've pretty much ix-nayed the hex pattern. I'm already tired of looking at it. That leaves me with the smaller, gray/white subway, or the classic creamy white subway. Thoughts?
Now, keep in mind that big area over the cooktop will not only have a range hood, but 4 floating open shelves as well. It will not just be a sea of tile.
And if you missed my Facebook status last night, here's how we spent our NYE:
Our New Year's Eve in a nutshell:
Eat fabulous steak (both of us), drink bottle of wine (me)
Sit down to watch Star Trek Into Darkness
Phone call from son with "minor car issue"
Get tools (Phil), fart in truck (me)
Phil: "Did you shit?
Me: "A little bit...I was warming the cab of the truck."
Phil: "You're riding in the bed."
Son's car has broken rear axle.
No New Year's celebration for him.
Take him home.
Upon arrival at our home Phil says, "Thanks for coming along."
Me: "Hey, all I did was stay in the truck and fart."
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!