Last week was most frustrating. I am very sensitive to the inability to make a simple decision because that was something that crippled my mother for much of her life, from picking curtains or an appliance, to moving into a more comfortable living situation. In the first case, she made me do the deciding (I assume so I would be at fault if she ended up not liking the choice); in the second, she never made the decision. I try very hard not to be like that!
With that in mind, I pulled up my big girl panties and marched up to the tile and granite place, armed with some granite names that I had seen and liked. I just couldn't pull the trigger on the first two choices.....until I eliminated black from the mix. Then everything started to fall into place. The granites at the top of my list were disappointing....way too dark. Something to keep in mind when shopping for granite is that the stones change dramatically as they cut into the vein, and a picture on Pinterest may look totally different today. Another hint: different suppliers have different names for the same approximate stone, and vice versa. Not helpful!
Anyway, we wandered around the warehouse again, and just when I was about to give up, I remembered one last name, White Springs. Or Spring. Not sure. It was pretty white looking on Houzz, but not so much in the slab room. Still, there were six slabs, so arrangements were made to pull out the first two so I could compare three slabs. The last three I was told would be identical.....they slice them to open like a book, mirror image!
Note: fluorescent lighting makes everything look a bit green. Phone camera doesn't help.
I spent a fair amount of time comparing the three slabs and imagining where each counter would fall on the slab. Final placement will occur after they have come to measure (probably wise not to trust me), but I have a pretty good idea of what I want where. The sink (in the corner of the main counter) will hopefully be placed in a less interesting part of the slab so that the more colorful vein will end up in the middle of the counter. That "river" would then potentially flow across to the part of the island counter that has nothing (cooktop) set into it. That's the plan. Time will tell.
What comes next is the part I'm calling "herding cats". Still not sure how to get everything OUT (wall tile, counter tile, old cooktop, old sink) before I can start the ball rolling with the granite installers. My carpenter friend (who was going to disconnect the cooktop and help haul away the counters) is away till after Easter, but I need cooktop and sink for Easter, anyway. Tile demo starts Easter Monday and hopefully we will be ready to roll by the end of next week. Fingers crossed!