I hate those sleepless nights that pop up every so often, like last night: can't move the next day. Especially when it's pouring cats and dogs. Ah, but after a few warmish, sunny days, and a lot of rain, the trees are starting to bud (the maples are tinted pink, the forsythia are starting to show yellow) and that's a good thing!
The studio has not been calling my name lately, sadly. I have gifts in the hopper, so I better get in the mood soon, but it's been cold and the only heat in that room is electric. Gah! My last bill was a killer. The other side of the coin, though, is that it's pleasantly cool in the dead of summer, without AC, for many of the same reasons. This is my current project, part of a bridal shower gift. I've done two towels so far and plan to do a set of plain weave napkins. The napkins aren't going that well, so it may be back to more towels.
Other things are going on at the moment that have me distracted, to put it mildly. After many years...decades, really...of procrastinating on updating kitchen counters, I was inspired to just DO IT after seeing my neighbor's lovely new granite counters. I thought it would be easy, bwahahaha: pick granite or quartz (or one of each, as I have an island), get a new sink and faucet (both also way past needing replacement), piece of cake. Wrong. I have ceramic tile for a backsplash behind one counter and decided to go in a different direction. That means taking down the tile...before the counters can go in. The island is the same tile as the backsplash. [Hear me: do not ever put ceramic tile on an island that also contains a cooktop.] So, the choices and decisions expand exponentially!
Granite store #1. Went with my DIL, who will be adding a total new kitchen addition to her house this year. Her job will be easy as she is planning simple white cabinets. Right now, it's all about white cabinets, white counters. Oh, did I mention that mine are cherry? I still love them, even though a few have boy and husband scars, but I'm not seeing very many inspirational photos on the likes of Pinterest and Houzz, etc. What do they show with cherry or similar woods? Black. Not in my kitchen. At least, I can't see it yet. So, we sat down with the sales rep, looked at a few things in the showroom, then arranged to go a few towns north to the big "slab yard". I found a different granite (for the island) and a marble-look quartz (for the main counter). We also got some information about the timeframe (plus an estimate) and that's when things got scary.
I still haven't quite figured out how it all works: I have to put down a deposit so they will come measure. Store #1 says 3+ weeks to fabricate. When installation day comes, I need to have the JennAir cooktop pulled, the island counter (which is covered in several hundred pounds of tile) removed, the sink and other counter removed. Wait. that JennAir, which isn't made anymore, is 15 years old. That, from my experience, is about the lifespan of these things. Uh, oh. A conversation with the guys at the only JennAir retailer in the area confirmed that it probably wouldn't survive the removal and re-installation, and the hole cut in the expensive granite, or whatever, won't be the same as the old hole, so, yeah. I bought a new JennAir. Gulp.
So, that was actually good news, except for the price tag. They will have the JA delivered here so the guys who measure will have the template to go by. They will also haul away the old one for nothing. One big problem solved. The sink should be simple, but not so much. I have a corner mounted sink, which seemed like a good idea back in '83. It limits the size of what I can get for replacement, but I measured my neighbor's sink and decided to order the same thing. It came. According to the template, I can go bigger. So, I tried to order the same sink, bigger size, from Home Despot and got a message that it's not available at the moment. Lowe's could get it, and it might or might not be on the way. At that point my plumber will stop by and let me know if I can use the bigger one. (Starting to see how not simple this is getting?)
Now, by this point, I'm not sure at all about the tile choices, or going with Store #1. Lots of reasons. Not important. So off the DIL and I go to Store #2. Really nice place, the slab display was inside, and the sales woman was very nice. So, off I go in a totally different direction. I came home with two samples: a lighter and more neutral granite called Jurassic Green for the main counter and.....yeah. Polished Absolute Black for the island.
Of course I woke up the next day with big reservations. Of course I did. I think the black will look gorgeous, but it's SO. BLACK. I even tried covering the entire island with black card stock. Very black. And it will show every spot. And dust....this is a very dusty house. I can only hope the downdraft exhaust on the new JennAir is better than the old one. Maybe it works better with the black on the outside counter, and the green on the island? (Another issue: I bake bread on occasion and work on the main counter. It involves a metal bench knife/scraper. Not a great idea with the granite. Maybe quartz would be better?) Ready to scream.
On to the faucet. I fell in love with one of those commercial looking things, ordered one and....it was so enormous it was ridiculous. Back to Home Depot. Faucet #2 was a very pretty and expensive Kohler. Saved about $100 on Amazon but....also way too big. Apparently there's a smaller one. That faucet got sent back to Amazon yesterday, new one ordered in smaller size, but between the return shipping and the higher price of faucet #3, I'm down about $150 at this point. And so it goes. Solve one problem, three more crop up.
I'll try to keep updating this saga, if I don't decide to just scrap the whole thing and take a month long trip to Tahiti. Probably wouldn't cost this much. And why are my photos posting upside down or sideways?