|Before: left side|
|Before: right side|
Where we got the butcherblock: Well, I did a lot...and I mean a LOT of research on the internet about butcherblock. How to install, where to buy, how to care for ... etc. It came down to two choices. IKEA makes a good looking butcherblock counter that seems to work really well for most people. It's slightly thinner (1 1/4" vs. 1 1/2" ) and the nearest store is in Chicago. Or for slightly more money (really, just pennies considering the gas to Chicago), we could go to Lumber Liquidators in Davenport and get the 1 1/2" thick maple. Done deal. We figured we would need two 8' slabs to do the entire kitchen. I told you it was small.
|Old counters removed|
|No mitering here. The sink piece was tongue and grooved|
with the edge pieces creating a very snug fit.
As for the sink, I threw caution... and budget... into the wind. I tried, seriously, I did try to want a stainless steel sink. Truly. But it just wasn't happening. My first wish was an apron farmhouse sink, but the dishwasher door made it impossible to have a sink that stuck out any farther than the cabinets, so that was a no-go. After a few days of mourning the death of my dream, I tried to suck it up and envision a common stainless steel sink... Just wasn't happening. On a trip to Home Depot I found it. An espresso-colored, granite/resin composite sink. Such a thing of beauty. Rejuvenated hope. (dramatic much?)
|Granite composite sink and new faucet|
|Our personal superhero... His face is shielded in order|
to protect his secret identity.
Jay continued his ministry to our parsonage kitchen by installing the sink AND the disposal. I even have a little button on the sink that activates the disposal. So cool.
So we are getting closer to finishing. Still to come: Backsplash, lighting, and finishing touches!! I'd better get working on those curtains!