|Shiny new granite countertops|
Our new counter tops are here, and they look fabulous! After weeks of waiting (and having issues with Home Depot), our kitchen is now starting to resemble a place where one might actually prepare food. In these photos, they appear jet black. They're actually a combination of black and gray (the color is called "Black Pearl").
|Before: no countertops. :(|
|After: counter tops!|
When Justin came home, he walked into the kitchen with eyes covered and said, "I don't want to look!" And when he opened his eyes, the first words out of his mouth were "holy" followed by an expletive.
Neither of us has ever had granite counters, and the difference between that and run-of-the-mill laminate is astounding. Plus, when you consider how...um..."construction-zone-chic" our kitchen has been looking since summer, you can understand why something actually NICE looking would come as a sort of shock.
|View from the sun room door|
|Lonely little corner cabinet|
|Still life with T-square and bananas|
|Justin preps our new (to us) sink|
|Enameled cast iron is easier to clean than people think|
|The crud left behind after cleaning the sink|
|Justin stains the cabinets|
|Golden Pecan stain on unfinished oak cabinets|
-- Install sink (including new faucet and garbage disposal) and hook up plumbing
-- Install microwave/vent over stove
-- Install light fixtures
-- Patch drywall near fridge
-- Finish up misc. electrical
-- Primer the 2nd half of the kitchen; paint texture over entire kitchen
-- Stain cabinets and reattach doors/drawer faces
-- Add a tiled backsplash
We will also eventually set up the kitchen island and finish building the butcher block top that Justin started a while back.
It's a lot of work, but we've come a long way, and it's going to be amazing when it's done!