Kitchen Remodel – Week Six: Blower, Countertops, Backsplash and Our First Meal

IMG_9093 (1280x1043) Here’s the kitchen at the end of week six! We are sooooo close.

On Monday, the blower and hood got installed over the range…

IMG_9059 (960x1280)On Tuesday, some dry wall touch-ups…

IMG_9064 (942x1280)And the countertops arrived. I selected a light gray quartz, which is actually somewhat lighter than I remember in the showroom, but I think they compliment the white kitchen and stainless steel appliances beautifully (whew. Was nervous about that one).

IMG_9067 (1280x960)Quartz was also put down for the fireplace hearth (and will frame the fireplace as well, but pieces were cut a fraction too small) and the mantel was built.

IMG_9088 (1280x960)On Wednesday, the backsplash was installed…

IMG_9087 (960x1280)I chose 3 x 6 ice white subway tiles. Grout will be done this coming week.

IMG_9089 (960x1280)Baseboards were put down…

IMG_9068 (960x1280)And the painters came to take the hallway doors away (to sand and spray at their warehouse).IMG_9065 (980x1280)

There’s always some sort of small issue to be dealt with and this week for me it was the case of the two red knobs. If you’re anything like me, this photo makes you want to shield your eyes and run the other way. I’ve been promised new knobs. I’m hoping for the maroon red vs the cherry red, but I’ll be happy with either, as long as they’re the same shade.

IMG_9122 (1155x1280)The best part of the week was being told that our kitchen was ready to use! Even though this was such good news, we haven’t really utilized it yet. Knowing that painters are still sanding, grout hasn’t been done and the floor people will be kicking up more dust this Friday….I don’t want to have to clean the whole room and then do it all again next week.

We have started doing dishes in the sink and I did move the espresso machine and coffee grinder out of the dining room to the kitchen counter, because clean-up in the tiny bathroom we’ve been using is such a pain. And I did break in the Wolf range. I have been fantasizing about the first meal I would make in our new kitchen. Sometimes it’s carnitas tacos, sometimes lasagna, sometimes turkey chili.

IMG_9144 (1280x1181)It’s never once been boxed macaroni and cheese. But it was yummy.

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